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The Return of the Pharaoh: From the Reminiscences of John H. Watson, M.D. by Nicholas Meyer

Updated: Feb 6



My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher St. Martin's Press for an advanced copy.



From the blurb:


In 1910, Dr. John Watson travelled to Egypt with his wife Juliet. Her tuberculosis has returned, and her doctor recommends a stay at a sanatorium in a dry climate. But while his wife undergoes treatment, Dr. Watson bumps into an old friend--Sherlock Holmes, in disguise and on a case. An English Duke with a penchant for Egyptology has disappeared, leading to enquiries from his wife and the Home Office.


Holmes has discovered that the missing duke has indeed vanished from his lavish rooms in Cairo, and that he was on the trail of a previous undiscovered and unopened tomb. And that he's only the latest Egyptologist to die or disappear under odd circumstances. With the help of Howard Carter, Holmes and Watson are on the trail of something much bigger, more important, and more sinister than an errant lord.


My thoughts:


This is the author’s fifth Sherlock story (Note to self: Get the other 4!!) It is such beautifully written and the way Nicholas describes Egypt (from their way of life through a history lesson of the different Pharaohs up to an actual sand storm!). It’s very authentic of the Egypt of the 1900s. It's like you're actually there. It shows he has really done his research.


Also love the footnotes at the end of every chapter which explains references of his other stories, a welcome addition to first time readers.


As a long time Sherlock fan I’ve read a lot of great books but the way the author portrays the detective, it’s something hard to explain, differently to other writers. I shall edit the review when I find the right words!!


Nicholas Meyer graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in theatre and film-making, & is a film writer, producer, director and novelist best known for his involvement in the Star Trek films. He is also well known as the director of the landmark 1983 TV-Movie "The Day After", for which he was nominated for a Best Director Emmy Award. In 1977, Meyer was nominated for an Adapted Screenplay Academy Award for adapting his own 1974 novel, The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, to the screen.


In addition to his work on Star Trek, Meyer has written several novels, and has written and/or directed several other films. Most notable being the 1983 made-for-television anti-nuclear film The Day After.


Meyer wrote three Sherlock Holmes novels: The West End Horror, The Canary Trainer, and The Seven-Per-Cent Solution. The latter was Meyer's most famous Holmes novel, and the project for which he was best known prior to his Star Trek involvement. It was also adapted into a 1976 film, directed by Herbert Ross, for which Meyer wrote the screenplay.



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