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Lady Sherlock

Circle of the Smiling Dead

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Lady Natasha (Tasha) Dorrington, an emancipated and brilliant detective in 1906 London, is drawn into a deadly mystery involving an ancient pagan curse and a diabolical scheme to plunge Europe into a devastating war.

An Admiralty courier is murdered, and plans for the 
Dreadnought--a new battleship that will upset the balance of naval power--are stolen. All evidence implicates Great Britain’s international rival: Germany. Tasha is summoned to help solve the crime. She is thus observed by Deirdre, the Priestess of a malevolent cult intent on exacting vengeance on Western Civilization for the long-ago decimation of her religious sect. Cleverly leveraging the greed of giant armaments firms in England and Germany, Deirdre plans to frame Germany in an attack on the Dreadnought. In her arrogance, Deirdre decides to simultaneously engage Tasha in a contest of wits. 

The story moves from fog-bound London to a desolate island off the coast of Scotland. Deirdre manipulates Tasha's overconfidence, crafting a mystery to lure her into a labyrinth of false leads, lethal traps, and an unexpected romance. As Tasha pieces together the puzzle, Deirdre plays her top card and strikes at Tasha's vulnerable heart by kidnapping her young daughter - left defenseless in her Mother's occupational absence.

It is an epic struggle between two formidable women: one madly intent on enslavement and revenge, the other fighting for a free and rational humanity - as well as the precious life of her only daughter.

"Sherlock Holmes fans will find much to enjoy in this intriguing addition to the literary canon inspired by Conan Doyle's iconic creation. Lady Natasha Dorrington, however, is a character strong enough to sustain the interest of readers who know nothing of the infamous resident of Baker Street. An ingenious and compelling plot provides this fascinating female detective with twists and turns aplenty. I very much look forward to further Lady Sherlock adventures in the future." - Max Kinnings, author of HITMAN

From Publishers Weekly

Nov 14, 2016 – Framed as the oral narrative of the daughter of "the remarkable Lady Natasha Dorrington," Emmy Award winner Wachtel's feeble first novel charts the adventures of the woman who became known as Lady Sherlock. In 1906, Tasha is just establishing her reputation as an astute investigator after clearing herself of charges that she murdered her husband. In order to recover a diamond necklace, she poses as a belly dancer and is happy to comply with Commissioner Rushworth Ramsgate's request that she complete her sensual gyrations before explaining to him how she solved the case. When bored, Tasha resorts to crime . For example, she uses her skills as a cat burglar to break into a rich man's home to steal his beloved teddy bear . The clich d central plot centers on an evil priestess, who alone decides who suffers "the Smiling Death." Illustrations, some showing Tasha in scanty costumes, do little to enhance the text. Those expecting a clever riff on Sherlock Holmes will be disappointed.
Lady Sherlock
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  • Category: Women Sleuths
  • Published: Nov 01, 2016
  • Publisher: WordFire Press
  • Seller: WordFire Press LLC
  • Print Length: 238 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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