Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted on Books and a Beat.
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
My Choice: The Cthulu Casebooks: Sherlock Holmes and the Shadwell Shadows by James Lovegrove.
“By Jove!” I exclaimed, as though I had only just entered the pub and noticed him. “It’s Stamford, isn’t it?”
Stamford twitched, then turned round and peered at me. “Do I know you, Sir?”
I heard voices lost in cavernous echoes, and glimpsed scaly skin, slit-like pupils, flickering forked tongues…
Then a hand was pressed to my mouth and I heard the voice of Sherlock Holmes, at a whisper, saying in my ear: “Watson. Not a word. Get up. Quiet as you can. We are not alone.”
It is the autumn of 1880, and Dr John Watson has just returned from Afghanistan. Badly injured and desperate to forget a nightmarish expedition that left him doubting his sanity, Watson is close to destitution when he meets the extraordinary Sherlock Holmes, who is investigating a series of deaths in the Shadwell district of London. Several bodies have been found, the victims appearing to have starved to death over the course of several weeks, and yet they were reported alive and well mere days before. Moreover, there are disturbing reports of creeping shadows that inspire dread in any who stray too close. Holmes deduces a connection between the deaths and a sinister drug lord who is seeking to expand his criminal empire. Yet both he and Watson are soon forced to accept that there are forces at work far more powerful than they could ever have imagined. Forces that can be summoned, if one is brave or mad enough to dare…
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