“The Return of the Pharaoh” by Nicholas Meyer (Minotaur Books)
A missing duke, the tomb of Thutmose IV and Sherlock Holmes all converge in “The Return of the Pharaoh,” the latest installment from Nicholas Meyer on the adventures of the world-renowned spy.
Meyer’s book brings readers to Egypt in the early 20th century, when Watson and his second wife, Juliet, travel to arid country to deal with tuberculosis. Through the sanatorium Juliet is staying in, the mayor makes a reflection of current COVID-19 protocols: Not only must patients wear masks and gloves, but they are also required to sit at least 6 feet from visitors.
A month after his stay, Watson meets none other than Sherlock Holmes, who posing as a colonel. Holmes soon reveals that the Duchess of Uxbridge has employed her services to find her husband after he suddenly stopped answering her letters while he was in Egypt.
Known to be in great debt, the Duke of Uxbridge has pinned his hopes on “Egyptology” and unearthed a yet-to-be-explored, treasure-laden tomb of a pharaoh (filled with treasure and gold). is expected) so that his financial shortfall can be overcome. In their attempts to get to the bottom of the case, Watson and Holmes stumble upon a murder, discover a detective, uncover an affair and survive a deadly sandstorm.
Meyer paints a vivid picture of an earlier and less established Egypt, acknowledging the plundering of artifacts by Western countries such as Britain and France. Written in the style of the original books by Arthur Conan Doyle, Meyer’s Take on the Sherlock Holmes Adventures blends the old with the new, giving readers familiar stories with parallels and hints of more modern take.