June and Giselle did not know each other. Tragedy is all that binds them; they were destined to come together as ‘sisters’, united by pain, grief and a sense of loss so immense that it would drive both to the brink of madness.
June’s life with Rab Thomson had been a dark and turbulent existence, characterised by mental torture, physical violence and rape. Giselle’s relationship with Ashok Kalyanjee had been a strange and distant affair, of lives spent apart before, during and after marriage.
But both relationships had produced two beautiful children, and the women believed that their misery was in the past. Both mothers believed it was important to allow the fathers’ access to their children. On that fateful Saturday in May 2008, neither could have conceived that the men they had once loved would do anything to harm their children. But they were wrong, so terribly wrong.
Nothing can bring their children back. But June and Giselle have one solitary comfort: they are no longer alone. Their lives may have been torn apart, but they have each other. Together, they are stronger.
This is the story of their parallel journeys: of the dreadful days before, during, and after the murders of their children. Told in their own words, with searing honesty of their pain, and guilt, it is a story of endurance, friendship, and survival against the odds. It is not a story for the faint hearted, but it is a story that must be told, for in the end, it is a testament to the human spirit.
As Dr Watson’s secret manuscripts are revealed to the public, a multitude of previously unseen cases come to light. An American millionaire receives threatening letters from a sinister Black Hand . . . A mysterious box terrifies a shopkeeper . . . Holmes and Watson feel the influence of an old enemy from beyond the grave . . . And a tragedy occurs which Sherlock Holmes will never be able to forgive himself for failing to prevent.
From the smoky streets of London to a countryside mental institution, the renowned detective and his faithful sidekick Watson must use all their cunning to solve this array of mysteries. Murders, madness and diamonds abound as June Thomson continues the Holmes canon with a brilliance and ingenuity that perfectly captures where Conan Doyle left off.
The unpublished manuscripts of Dr John Watson, concealed for years in the depths of a Charing Cross bank vault, are now brought to light. Sherlock Holmes and his faithful friend and biographer must solve cases as complex as any they have known before. Some may even bring them face to face with old enemies from the past, figures left behind in the mists of the Reichenbach Falls . . .
A widow with three hands slips out of a church door . . . A farmer lies dead in a barn, his son accused of his murder . . . A skeleton with a silver locket is unearthed in a back garden. What do they have in common? The famous resident of 221B Baker Street. A brand new cache of original cases displays the master of the art of deduction at his intriguing best, proving that the game is still very much afoot.
In Sherlock Holmes’s London, reputations are fragile and scandal can be ruinous. In order to protect the names of the good (and not-so-good), Dr Watson comes to the decision that his accounts of some of his friend’s most brilliant cases must never see the light of day. And so he conceals the manuscripts in an old despatch box, deep in the vaults of a Charing Cross bank...
Now, outlasting the memories of those they could have harmed, these mysteries finally come to light. An aluminium crutch betrays the criminal who relies upon it for support... An Italian Cardinal lies dead in a muddy yard in Spitalfields... What do a pair of suspiciously successful gamblers have in common with the Transylvanian mind-reader, Count Rakoczi? And can Holmes and Watson outwit the jewel thief who has the nerve to steal from the King of Scandinavia?