“Books filled the icebox” writes Watson, “and most of the cupboards.

… they lined the shelves and the stairway to the sleeping loft and invaded the corner of the ground floor sitting room usually devoted to meal preparation. Books climbed the walls, stacked and somehow tracked in their positions with ribbons that hung from centre pages–red, black, gold, green, purple, blue, white. Holmes claimed his colour-coded system was modern and flawless. I never grasped it.”

“Tucked into an alcove created by cottage and hillside were the skeps that housed the bees, most wooden-slatted and boxy.”

Sherlock Holmes and The remaining improbable, by Susanne Dutton, coming soon from Propertius Press

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As World War I ends, Britain declares cocaine a dangerous, controlled drug. An older, depressed Holmes submits entry papers at a rundown psychiatric clinic on the Normandy coast, hoping to end his habit. He names a treatment goal never before encountered by his physician, churning interlocking mystery and desperate action into the lives of friends and enemies both.