The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols: Adapted from the Journals of John H. Watson, M.D. (Hardcover)

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Staff Reviews

Excellent fun!  A new Sherlock Holmes story!  It is 1905 and the great detective is growing bored, no fascinating new case to test his mental acumen and his side-kick Dr. Watson has withdrawn into wedded bliss.  On his birthday he dines with Watson who has brought a gift, Tolstoy’s War and Peace, recently translated into English by Watson’s sister-in-law Constance Garnet.  As if by chance, Mycroft, Sherlock’s older, smarter brother stops by their table.  But then nothing Mycroft does is by chance.  It seems there is a plot afoot to promote hatred toward the Jews.  The roots of the plot may be in Russia.  Soon the two friends are on the Orient Express, accompanied by a beautiful woman, to find proof. Danger ensues.

— Deon Stonehouse


With the international bestseller The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, Nicholas Meyer brought to light a previously unpublished case of Sherlock Holmes, as recorded by Dr. John H. Watson. Now Meyer returns with a shocking discovery—an unknown case drawn from a recently unearthed Watson journal.

January 1905: Holmes and Watson are summoned by Holmes' brother Mycroft to undertake a clandestine investigation. An agent of the British Secret Service has been found floating in the Thames, carrying a manuscript smuggled into England at the cost of her life. The pages purport to be the minutes of a meeting of a secret group intent on nothing less than taking over the world.

Based on real events, the adventure takes the famed duo—in the company of a bewitching woman—aboard the Orient Express from Paris into the heart of Tsarist Russia, where Holmes and Watson attempt to trace the origins of this explosive document. On their heels are desperate men of unknown allegiance, determined to prevent them from achieving their task. And what they uncover is a conspiracy so vast as to challenge Sherlock Holmes as never before.

About the Author

NICHOLAS MEYER is the author three previous Sherlock Holmes novels, including The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, which was on the New York Times bestseller list for a year. He's a screen-writer and film director, responsible for The Day After, Time After Time, as well as Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country among many others. A native of New York City, he lives in Santa Monica, California.

Praise For…

“Reading Nicholas Meyer’s very first Sherlock Holmes adventure, The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, made me decide to become a writer.
Reading his latest simply made me a delighted and satisfied reader.” —Michael Chabon

Protocols is an effective thriller, rich in atmosphere and period detail, as well as a wise affectionate and sometimes deeply melancholy portrait of Holmes and his world. It’s a masterful concoction that Sherlockian devotees will savor.” Mystery Scene

"Fabulous... Holmes enthusiasts will relish this well-crafted novel." —Library Journal (starred review)

"Packs an abundance of suspense, intrigue and Holme-sian flavor." —Bookpage

"Inventive...the parallels drawn to the rise of fascism today will resonate with absorbing and exciting tale!" —Booklist

"So many historical figures, from translator Constance Garnett to future Israeli president Chaim Weizmann, put in appearances that only the canniest readers will spot the few characters who are actually invented..there's sturdy adventure for Sherlock-ians whose appetites remain unsated." —Kirkus Reviews

"Once again the game is afoot! Brilliantly rendered and ever-faithful to the Sherlockian Canon, Holmes, Watson and the world they inhabit come to vivid life in this story that is as entertaining, informative and enthralling as it is important and unexpectedly relevant to our modern world. This novel is a tour de force that is not to be missed!" —John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author

"The discovery of unpublished work by John H. Watson is always a cause for joy, and this case is essential—not just for its globe-trotting adventure...but also for its timely resonance." —Glen David Gold, bestselling author of Carter Beats the Devil

"Nicholas Meyer's new novel brings some welcome new dimension to the characters of both Holmes and Watson, as well as delivering a suspenseful narrative enhanced by remarkable period detail. More importantly, the book's main themes, painfully relevant to our current age, make it a surprisingly vital and urgent read." —Dennis Palumbo, author of Daniel Rinaldi series and screenwriter of My Favorite Year

"Holmes and Watson reunite to eradicate the greatest lie ever told, in this thrilling and surprising new tale by Nicholas Meyer, the legendary author of The Seven-Per-Cent Solution. Why, oh why, Mr. Meyer, have you 'discovered' only four of these treasures in the past 44 years!" —Leslie S. Klinger, editor, New Annotated Sherlock Holmes

"What a splendid book, what grand fun...A corking good read and a cracking good adventure that performs the delicious miracle of bringing back to life the greatest detective of them all." —Chicago Tribune on The Seven Per-Cent Solution

"A gem...delightful reading for everyone." —Wall Street Journal on The Seven-Per-Cent Solution

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250228956
ISBN-10: 1250228956
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: October 15th, 2019
Pages: 256