A Study in Treason by Leonard Goldberg

The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes Mysteries, Book 2

Synopsis: The following case has not previously been disclosed to the public due to the sensitive information on foreign affairs. All those involved were previously bound by the Official Secrets Act. With the passage of time and the onset of the Great War, these impediments have been removed and the story can now be safely told.

When an executed original of a secret treaty between England and France, known as the French Treaty, is stolen from the country estate of Lord Halifax, Scotland Yard asks Joanna, Dr. John Watson, Jr., and Dr. John Watson, Sr. to use their keen detective skills to participate in the hunt for the missing treaty. As the government becomes more restless to find the missing document and traditional investigative means fail to turn up the culprit, Joanna is forced to devise a clever plan to trap the thief and recover the missing treaty.

Told from the point of view of Dr. John Watson, Jr. in a style similar to the original Sherlock Holmes stories, A Study in Treason is based partly on facts in our world and partly on the facts left to us by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Review: I fell in love with the cover when I saw it and when I realized that I was dealing with a Sherlock Holmes story, I could not resist! I love that kind of stories! But by cons, I must admit that I did not realize that it was a second volume, otherwise I would have waited to read the first one but I told myself that I could always try and see if I managed to understand everything.

I found that the form of the story was quite original. The author launches us directly into an investigation, and gives us the impression to follow the research step by step as if we were witnessing the arrival of the police during a crime and that we attended all hypothesis. It’s quite interesting and different to read.

However, I must say that I was sad enough not to be able to get into the story or to become attached to the characters. I do not know if it’s due to the fact that I did not read the first volume so I do not want to stop you from getting into this one, but it did not really work for me.



23 thoughts on “A Study in Treason by Leonard Goldberg

  1. I’m sorry it didn’t work for you, Melliane 🙁 It really sounds like a very intriguing story and, if I ever decide to give it a go, I’ll be sure to grab the first instalment!

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