What if Baker Street’s most gifted resident wasn't named Sherlock Holmes? What if, instead, that title belonged to his unassuming housekeeper, Mrs.Hudson? Playfully breaking with convention, Mrs. Hudson and the Spirits' Curse brings a fresh twist to the classic Victorian mystery.
An evil stalks London, blown in from the tropics. Stories of cursed giant rats and malign spirits haunt the garrets of the East London neighborhood of Limehouse. A group of merchants are dying one by one. The elementary choice to investigate these mysterious deaths is, of course, the team of Holmes and Dr. Watson. But the unique gifts of their housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson, and her orphaned assistant Flotsam, will also be needed to solve the case. Can she do it all under the nose of Sherlock himself?
Praise for Martin Davies: "The voice is fantastic...so readable and enjoyable and multi-layered." (Boyd Hilton, Radio Five) "A pacy confection of history, mystery and romance... a most engaging and unusual novel." (The Times) "Ambitious and intriguing... part thriller, part love story, part quest, this is a hugely readable book." (Spectator)
Martin Davies grew up in northwest England. All his writing is done in cafes, on buses, or on trains, and all his first drafts are written in longhand. He has traveled widely, including in the Middle East, India, and Sicily. In addition to the Holmes & Hudson Mysteries, he is the author of four other novels, including The Conjurer’s Bird, which sold over 150,000 copies and was selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club, and Havana Sleeping, which has been shortlisted for the 2015 CWA Historical Dagger award. He works as a consultant in the broadcasting industry.