Sherlock Holmes and the Giant Sumatran Rat


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The world was not prepared for this story, a conspiracy hatched in the highest levels of the British government. A rogue Minister of Defense plans to turn soldiers into blood-thirsty animals—and Holmes and Watson may be among their first victims.

The adventure starts when Holmes is warned away from investigating Jack the Ripper’s heinous crimes. Despite Holmes’ well known skills, he is sidelined. He must content himself with a straightforward case, finding a bolting beau, the result of a simple lovers’ quarrel.

But that “romance gone wrong” is really the key to a nasty secret with tendrils reaching all the way to a Sumatran island. That’s where four castaways made a difficult decision. They turned their backs on a society that sent them packing and allowed themselves to be infected with a deadly virus. After all, they never expected to ever come home again… And they certainly never expected to be considered lethal weapons! Can Holmes and Watson stop them from being used for evil purposes?

This fast-paced adventure will take Holmes and Watson from the dregs of London to its noble heights. The two friends will travel from Bedlam, the hospital for the insane, to stately Windsor Park. Sherlock Holmes and the Giant Sumatran Rat is a fast-paced thrill ride that’s sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats. If you like historical thrillers with a hint of the supernatural, you’ll love this series. Each book stays true to Sherlock Holmes and his faithful friend, John Watson, whilst featuring a cast of real people and issues pertinent to the times.

Read an Excerpt

Much has been written about the Bethlehem Hospital, and correctly those charged with administering the place turned it into a national disgrace. What had been built with good intentions planted a seed in the imagination of the public that illnesses of the mind rendered humans into spectacles of derision. For the small charge of a shilling, the public could tour Bethlehem Hospital just as they did the London Zoo, and indeed, the comparison is apt because the patients were treated no better than, and often worse than, animals. They were kept in hanging cages furnished solely with straw on the floor. Onlookers would taunt these poor confused creatures, tossing them food and calling out rude names. Sadly there was no way for the sufferers to escape!

Those who had access to funds (or relatives willing to come up with money), paid the orderlies for the barest of necessities. Of course, there was no way to make sure the orderlies compensated the sick fairly. Thus the exchanges were always one-sided and weighted towards the free rather than those who were confined. Added to this egregious situation was the capricious manner that caused many to find themselves residents of Bethlehem. Whilst supplied with a steady stream of patients, deranged medical practitioners enjoyed a free hand at experimentation. With no governance and no hierarchy to watch over their activities, those charlatans with a bent towards nefarious actions contrived tortures disguised as treatments.

About the Author:


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Joanna Campbell Slan has penned more than 40 books. She writes four mystery series and has won the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence for her historical romance.

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  1. I love a good Sherlock and Watson story. Sounds like a great mystery.

  2. The Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-n-Craft Mystery Book Series is a favorite of mine. I named my cat KiKi Petals.

  3. It's been great getting to discover your book and share with the readers in my family. Thank you and thanks for the giveaway. 

  4. Nice cover. It sounds like a good mystery. Thanks for the chance.

  5. I really liked the synopsis of the book. Sounds like a great read, adding to my TBR list.

  6. Sherlock Holmes is one of my favorite detectives! Joanna is a new author for me. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Sounds like a great mystery. Thanks for sharing!

  8. What a combination... Sherlock Holmes & Jack the Ripper! Wow!


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