In this, the third novelette in the first series, Holmes is called in to rid a Royal Navy battleship of a vampire that has attacked a member of the crew. He finds a silent, troubled ship, under the command of an irascible acting-captain. A gruesome murder ups the stakes: is a homicidal vampire on the loose or is someone playing a deadly game?
'This agency stands flat-footed upon the ground and there it must remain. The world is big enough for us. No ghost need apply.'
The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire, Arthur Conan Doyle.
Despite Holmes' injunction, clients troubled with vampires, apparitions, mummies and disembodied skulls did mount the seventeen steps at 221B Baker Street and apply to his agency and he was reluctantly obliged to investigate their claims.
In this series of five novelettes, Holmes and Watson have a light-hearted chance to pit their skills against supposedly unearthly predators, and probe evidence that suggests ghouls and ghosts are behind the macabre, uncanny and eerie happenings in a grimy house in Stepney, on board one of Her Majesty's men o' war in the Thames, at an exclusive girls' school in Surrey, at the Japanese Village Exhibition and at a séance in a genteel villa in West London.
Have ghosts had the temerity to challenge Sherlock Holmes, or can Sherlock Holmes uncover human agencies behind the supernatural?
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Published March 23, 2013
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction.