Looking for some good, old-fashioned adventure tale in the manner of Arthur Conan Doyle? Then you can't go wrong with Cooper-Posey's first Holmes narrative, Chronicles of the Last Years, which won the Best Pastiche prize from the Sherlock Holmes Society. This one carries on in the tradition of "secrets within secrets, within more secrets [with] everyone wearing two or three faces." Sorting out who is who doing what to whom turns out to be another variation of cherchez-ing la femme-this time, of a different sort.
Sherlock is the reluctant agent of the title, unwilling to go to Constantinople in November of 1917 despite the fact that his brother, Mycroft, suspects some double-crossing in progress. But when Mycroft is shot and may be dead, Sherlock heads to the exotic locale to find the turncoat. He arrives in one of his customary disguises only to discover a lost love he met at the Reichenbach Falls. She, too, is masquerading as a special agent. But that's not the only secret Sherlock learns about Elizabeth Sigerson. She has a special connection with Mycroft.
It's a year later before everything is sorted out in the novel but in the meantime the reader is in for a rollicking tale of vengeance in a locale suffused with the whiff of anticipatory excitement. Robert Allen Papinchak
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About the Author
Tracy Cooper-Posey has won the Emma Darcy Award and the Sherlock Holmes Society's Best Pastiche Award. Her short stories and articles have appeared in various Canadian and Australian magazines and periodicals. She teaches creative writing when she isn't writing it. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta.