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This is an entertaining brief read for the moderately well-versed fan. Most of the interest is found in details and scene-dressing, as the plot is barely a sketch. If one knows basic details about William Gillette's "Sherlock Holmes" play (and, of course, the stories which inspired it), Andrews's weaving together of the two is nonetheless rewarding. Also, a scene of Holmes refusing the offer of a knighthood (a canonical event, but only as a reference) is a satisfying bonus.
It's 1901 and London is in mourning. Queen Victoria has just died, and the new king, Edward VII, is ready to ascend to the throne. However, as Holmes and Watson find out, the coronation may have to be postponed a bit. It seems that someone has stolen the Crown Jewels from the Tower, and Lestrade is desperate for Holmes' help to find them. The theft of the Crown Jewels brings Holmes into contact with the "eminent thespian," one William Gillette, who is currently in town to play Holmes on the scre ...more