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Mrs Hudson and the Samarkand Conspiracy

(Mrs. Hudson #4)

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Mrs Hudson must step into action once more.

It's summer in London, and things are quiet. But while Holmes and Watson chafe at their inactivity, a train, carrying a vital encoded communication, is entering a tunnel in an obscure region of the Balkans – never to be seen again.

The case of the disappearing train is only the beginning of the nation’s difficulties. The missing me
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Published March 12th 2020 by Canelo
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Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Martin Davies writes a terrifically entertaining addition to his Mrs Hudson of Sherlock Holmes fame series set in Victorian England in a case that poses great danger to the nation. In the unbearably sweltering heat of a London that many have escaped, Sherlock and Watson are dying of boredom, desperate for the excitement of a complex case to get their teeth into. The story is narrated by Flotsam, the maid working under Mrs Hudson below stairs. However, Flottie is no ordinary maid, she is bright, ...more
Judy Lesley
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: british, cozy, historical
As a fan of mystery novels there are times when I just want to step back away from the dark subject matter of murder. This series is a fantastic chance to read a good mystery puzzle without being confronted by death or the possibility of death around every corner. Mrs. Hudson and Flotsam are the "downstairs" in the household of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson and quite an indispensable duo they are for helping the great detective solve mysteries that make their way to 221B Baker Street, London. F ...more
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mrs Hudson and the Samarkand Conspiracy is the fourth instalment in the back-by-popular-demand Sherlock Holmes and housekeeper Mrs Hudson series of books. It isn’t essential to have read the preceding books prior to this, but I do feel it will be more enjoyable and engrossing to read them chronologically from the beginning. At the height of summer in Victorian London people are sweltering beneath a sea of humid air and not knowing where to put themselves. Holmes and Hudson are restless and their ...more
Elaine Tomasso
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I would like to thank Netgalley and Canelo for an advance copy of Mrs Hudson and the Samarkand Conspiracy, the fourth novel to feature Sherlock Holmes and his housekeeper Mrs Hudson.

There is a heatwave in Victorian England and London is wilting. Holmes and Watson are suffering from the heat and a lack of cases so they are interested in reports of the train that went into a tunnel in the Carpathian Mountains and disappeared. Holmes suspects there is more to it than reported and it appears that th
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The fourth book in Davie's Mrs Hudson series does not disappoint. Mrs Hudson and the Young maid Flotsam are the "downstairs" duo in Baker Street. They solve some of the puzzles Holmes and Watson can't get to, but also work alongside H&W.

The story has an interesting plot, with lots of smaller puzzles and, of course, a main conundrum that needs to be solved in order to save the Empire.
Jill Elizabeth
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness, but I LOVE this series!! I have a love-hate relationship with Sherlock Holmes universe stories... When they are good, they are AMAZING (e.g., this series, the Laurie R. King books). When they are not, they are DREADFUL (I won't name those). His is such an iconic universe, and everyone who has ever read the original Conan Doyle stories (or, I suppose, watched the movies/tv shows that proliferate) has their own opinions about the characters, supporting and main. I love when authors ...more
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Mrs Hudson and her sidekick Flotsam aka Flottie are unique women. Mrs. Hudson a woman of few words, vast range of friends and acquaintances, an even vaster knowledge of the vagaries of London society and the ins and outs of the aristocracy she is a legend.

Enter Holmes and Watson the famous duo - who solve all crimes big and small. Even tiny ones like a vicar constantly having his spectacles nicked.

The story is long and convoluted and covers spies, foreign and bumbling British diplomats, a treat
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
A heatwave has arrived in Victorian London and all is quiet on the crime front, so Holmes and Watson are bored. Until the mystery of the disappearing train in a tunnel between the villages of Predeal and Tomos in the Carpathian mountains. But who was the passenger, why is he important, and how did the train disappear. The cleverly woven plot covers spies, diplomats, missing spectacles and blackmail.
An entertaining well-written read told from the p.o.v of Flotsam, maid to Holmes and Watson, with
First book I read in this series and now I want to read the others.
It's an entertaining and engrossing read, full of twists and turns, and with a cast of interesting and well thought characters.
I can't wait to read the next instalment.
Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
wendy collins
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hurrah for Mrs Hudson!

A superb plot, wonderful characterisation and enough accurate historical references hidden in the narrative to please the most ardent historical novel buff. Highly recommended to any crime fiction readers, historical fiction readers, Sherlock Holmes lovers and feminists! Can't wait for the next one.
Jan 16, 2021 rated it liked it
This is an enjoyable and solid mystery. The story moves along nicely. There are just a few too many coincidences at points, but they get the story where it needs to get to. One event, I felt, comes to the attention of Baker Street because the plot needs it to, rather than through actual logic. But Flotsom is an intelligent protagonist, the story is enjoyable and I look forward to the next one.
Melissa Dee
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was an entertaining entry in the vast Sherlock Holmes sideshow. Without taking anything away from Holmes, he and Watson take a back seat to the talents, connections and experience of Mrs Hudson and her sidekick, Flotsam.

This novel is just plain fun, (and I loved the particularly clever interchange between Flotsam and a young playwright.)
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This a great series! I hope there will be more. Mrs. Hudson and Flottie are excellent characters and are every bit is clever as Sherlock Holmes. This was action packed and had a real twist at the end.
Andrea Johnson
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the fourth installment in a fun series for Sherlock Holmes fans. Holmes and Watson are joined by Mrs Hudson and Flotsam in detecting. The game is afoot! Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the advanced copy
Clara Berge
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a good book. You can't guess the outcome. ...more
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a very enjoyable series. I look forward to book #5.
Stephen Carr
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Good read

A great read yet again. The latest in a cracking series of books involving all the greats of the Holmes stories and a few extras that become part of Baker Streets finest.
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great read

There are more twists and turns in this plot than I have ever encountered in a mystery. But it all resolves nicely to add up to a most satisfying mystery.
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Martin Davies is a British author. He has written four novels about Sherlock Holmes' housekeeper and four other novels, including one about Joseph Banks and the Mysterious Bird of Ulieta, entitled The Conjuror's Bird, all of which have been published.

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