Set in the near future, The Whole Art of Detection is a homage to Arthur Conan Doyle’s later, science-fictional tales of Sherlock Holmes
Adelaide Baynes has a secret.
You may know her for her acclaimed commentaries on Watson’s stories. You may know her for her lectures on Sherlock Holmes. You may know her for being one of the world’s greatest private detectives, co-owner of The Whole Art of Detection.
What you do not know her for, however, is the safe in her office. It’s fireproof, it’s bolted down, and no-one would suspect it’s there. Inside is a book that shouldn’t exist, written in the clear, copperplate hand of a man long dead (if he was ever real)–Sherlock Holmes’ The Whole Art of Detection.
Dr. Baynes’ keynote speech is interrupted. A famous author has been murdered–and the crown demands she look into it. As she investigates, she descends into a world of death threats, bad writing, and obsessed fans. All this to say nothing of a fat white worm, said to be unknown to science…
Does this tie into one of Sherlock Holmes’ great unsolved cases?