In this novel we find Holmes married to Mary Russell, a sharp-witted woman in her early twenties. Mary narrates the book much in the way Dr. Watson recounted Doyle’s adventures. Mary and Watson are very different people which made this new tale all the more interesting.
Much of the story takes place in Japan and is so beautifully descriptive that I felt as if I had been transported there. At the heart of plot is a book, a blackmailed future emperor, and bit of Oxford.
This is a well-written novel worthy of being read. Mysteries being what they are, I will say no more!