An Irregular Detective Mystery

THE ISOLATED SEANCE, An Irregular Detective Mystery

London, 1895
Tim Badger was one of the Baker Street Irregulars, a London street-kid working for that most unusual of men, Sherlock Holmes. But now he’s a grown man and tries to take what he learned from Holmes to open his own consulting detective agency with his partner Benjamin Watson, a black man with a variety of past occupations that make him uniquely qualified to do detective work. But he won’t play second fiddle, and the truth of it is, Badger would be lost without him. Their first fumbling cases arouse the suspicious eye of a female journalist intent on foiling their doings. But Badger and Watson persevere, though working in the shadow of the Great Man only gets them out-flanked and just a step behind. Until they find a case Holmes won’t take.

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“’The Isolated Séance’ has everything a reader could want in a Victorian mystery: dastardly deeds on dark London streets, cockney squalor, upper-crust skullduggery, a hint of the supernatural, even a stalwart sidekick named Watson. That he’s not THE Watson — and the sleuth on the case is named ‘Badger’ rather than Holmes — only adds to the sly Sherlockian fun.”
—Steve Hockensmith, author of the “HOLMES ON THE RANGE” MYSTERY SERIES
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Severn House, my publisher for Crispin and Will Somers will publish. Look for it June 2023.