Today I am excited to be part of the Book Tour for thes Sherlock Holmes mystery Murder in Keswick by William Todd. Published by SpellBound Books this mystery is now available. Below is the book blurb and some information about the author.
While on a well-deserved holiday in the Lake District to get away from the toils and troubles of London, Holmes and Watson find no respite. As soon as they exit the train, they hear news of a grisly murder making its way around the murmuring commuters. A local aristocrat, Mr. Darcy, has been found missing his head!
And that very night, the wealthy widow finds a stranger in her home who, upon seeing her, abandons his plans and quickly leaves. She believes the intruder to be the murderer of her husband who is now after a large sum of cash she keeps in the house safe. Unsure if the would-be thief is the murderer or an opportunistic burglar, Holmes devises a plan to catch the burglar, all the while investigating the murder of Mr. Darcy. Follow Holmes, Watson, and the local constable Mr. Wickham as they untangle the mystery surrounding a Murder in Keswick.
Within a few minutes’ cab ride, we found ourselves at The King’s Arms Hotel. It was a white-washed and black-trimmed coaching inn on Main Street in the middle of the hamlet. It gleamed proudly in the brightness of the day. We asked our ride to wait for us, as we would be returning to leave again shortly. We then retrieved our things and stood looking about, taking in the scenery for the first time since we stepped off the train; quaint shops selling trinkets and clothing, smiling people (who obviously had not yet been apprised of the gruesome discovery) milling about the streets, the beautifully rugged, brown, and grey-tipped Skiddaw and Cat Bells off in the distance for walking and climbing, the high summer sun above.
‘It is hard to believe that such a calamity could happen here,’ I offered as I took it all in. ‘It is quite a lovely little place.’
‘Abel was no doubt thinking a similar thought before he was bludgeoned by Cain,’ Holmes quipped. ‘Come, let us check our things and be off to the police station.’
The hotel’s interior was ample and cosy with high, dark-beamed ceilings and walls that, despite its age, had weathered time well. As we passed it, I pictured myself next to the fireplace in one of the plump, leather chairs reading some new journals I had brought along, which I now knew would never see the outside of my carry-all while in Keswick.
After checking in and having our things taken to our rooms, we were back outside. We asked the driver of the cab to take us to the constabulary and were on our way once again. If the body had been taken elsewhere, we would soon find out. A five-minute jaunt through the streets of Keswick landed us at our destination.
William Todd has been writing for over 20 years, primarily gothic horror stories in the style of Lovecraft, Poe, and Shelley. Loving all things Victorian, he was inspired to read (and later to write) by Arthur Conan Doyle.
The first book he ever read cover to cover was Hound of the Baskervilles, which also fed his appetite for horror. William Todd has written two short story compilations of gothic horror, Dead of Night and Beyond the Gossamer Veil and one sci-fi/horror hybrid genre Something Wicked This Way Comes.
He has also written multiple Sherlock Holmes pastiches, Murder in Keswick, A Reflection of Evil, Mystery of the Broken Window, and Elementary—a short story compilation. Two of his short stories were part of MX Publishing’s New Sherlock Holmes Stories with proceeds going to a charity for special needs children housed in Undershaw, the very home Conan Doyle penned Hound of the Baskervilles.
Writing for the books was a special privilege because his daughter, Alina, has Down Syndrome. In 2022, he just finished his first YA/historical novel The Fall of the Hermit King, which is under review for publication, and in the meantime has started yet another Sherlock Holmes compilation.
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Buy Links Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Murder-Keswick-Sherlock-Holmes-Mystery-ebook/dp/B09YYYG7H8
All the best, Emma