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Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Twain Papers by Roger Riccard brings together two greats of the literary and detective world. We meet Samuel Clemens, his family, Sherlock Holmes, and Dr. Watson as they begin the investigation of the missing papers. While staying in a hotel in London, someone breaks into the Clemens' suite and steals a briefcase containing notes which will eventually be used in his autobiography. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are called in to find out who has taken these very private and valuable papers. Many of the guests of the hotel are questioned and some become suspects. Among the guests are Adelaide and her two children, adding a touch of romance to the story. Holmes keeps a tight watch on each of the possible questionable suspects until he can solve the case and get back Samuel’s missing papers.
I felt as though I was present for the week-long search and knew all of the suspects fairly well; however, I never once saw the final scene coming. Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Twain Papers is indeed a mystery with a surprise ending and a great deal of historical background. Roger Riccard certainly knows his subject well and shared it in a well-written manner. The flow of the book just floated along from day to day, sharing all of the action of the investigation, the interplay between each of the characters, and a great picture of the era. Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Twain Papers is exactly what I hoped it would be and is well worth reading.