THE ISOLATED SEANCE, An Irregular Detective Mystery
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 opened his own consulting detective agency. He finds, however, that working in the shadow of the Great Man only gets him out-flanked and just a step behind. Until he finds a case Holmes won’t take. With his partner Benjamin Watson, a black man with past jobs as a chemist’s assistant, a blacksmith, with a world of curiosity and experience who won’t play second fiddle, along with the suspicious attentions of a female journalist interested in foiling their doings, Badger and Watson move through the gritty society of late nineteenth century London solving nefarious crimes with verve and humor.
In their first outing, Badger and Watson are hired by a man wanted by the police for murder, but he claims he didn’t do it. A séance in which he and the other members of Horace Quinn’s household were forced to attend, finds Quinn dead, stabbed through the heart. If the valet Thomas Brent didn’t kill him, then who did? Was it the timid house maid? The stiff housekeeper? Or the missing medium? Or was it…the ghost of Quinn’s business partner?
“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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