In a crafty new novel featuring the world's greatest literary detective, Alan Vanneman extends the boundaries of the Sherlock Holmes canon with a knotty investigation that begins with a late-night summons that takes Holmes and Dr. Watson from the cozy Victorian comforts of 221-B Baker Street. Aboard the Orient Express they travel the breadth of fin-de-siecle Europe to exotic Constantinople. But danger's afoot, for death, too, is traveling first class.
As Holmes strives to unmask his most cunning, ruthless, and elusive foe, he is transported into a world of high finance rife with intrigue and crime. With a cast of characters that includes the enchanting lady of fortune Countess D'Epinau and historical greats like Winston Churchill and Cecil Rhodes as well as a beggar girl whom Watson adopts, Holmes follows a trail that leads ultimately and unpredictably to the fabled and fabulous lost Hapsburg tiara.
The author of many short stories, and writes on-line for the Bright Lights Film Journal.