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When popular mystery writer Sebastian McCabe agreed to take part in a literary debate in London, he had no clue that he would wind up as both investigator and suspect in the strangest case of his amateur sleuthing career.
Arthur James Phillimore, investment guru to the stars and member of an elite Sherlock Holmes society, steps back into his home to fetch an umbrella one rainy day and is never seen alive again. The mystery is eerily evocative of one of Dr. Watson’s most famous untold tales, the disappearance of Mr. James Phillimore. But this Phillimore soon reappears – dead.
Jeff Cody and Lynda Teal, also in London on the second leg of their honeymoon, get swept up in the bizarre case as well. From the home gym of a gorgeous movie star (the second Mrs. Phillimore) to the flying office an airline entrepreneur, they help McCabe chase down clues all over London. For the journalist Lynda, it’s a big story. For Jeff, it’s a big distraction from the joys of married life.
Dogging them along the way is the shadow of Sherlock Holmes, the one subject that several of the characters have in common. The great detective is also a figure for whom Lynda – to Jeff’s dismay and consternation – evinces a growing fascination. Humor, romance, and mystery once again combine in an engaging McCabe-Cody adventure sure to delight the growing fan base of this series.
- File Size: 1841 KB
- Print Length: 244 pages
- Publisher: MX Publishing; 1 edition (August 6, 2013)
- Publication Date: August 6, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ECZIM36
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- X-Ray: Not Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
The fourth Cody/McCabe mystery
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This is the fourth book in the author's series featuring Jefferson Cody and Sebastian McCabe. It also includes a short story as well as the title novel. In fact, the short story precedes the novel in time of occurrence by a day or two, so they should be read in reverse order of inclusion.
A Story Within A Story, And Another Story As Well!
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Sebastian McCabe is in London for a scholarly debate to decide who in detective literature was more influential, C. Auguste Dupin or Sherlock Holmes. Jeff Cody and his new wife, Lynda, come to London on the second leg of their honeymoon to meet up with McCabe and his wife, Kate. While there they become embroiled in a murder, but it's not at all the random kind of murder that amateur detectives in cozies are always stumbling upon. No, this is a very special murder, planned and set up in such a way just so as to frame Sebastian. It's a race to see if McCabe can solve the crime before he gets thrown in jail (or is it still spelled gaol over there?). McCabe finds that he now has his very own Moriarty!
A Fun Ride
Reviewed by the Baker Street Babes:
A MUST READ SHERLOCKIAN ROMP WITHIN A ROMP
What a wonderful time you’ll have reading Dan Andriacco’s “The Disappearance of Mr. James Phillimore.” From the get-go, Dan grabs our attention and puts us on notice to “watch out for mischief and clues” with a title mentioned by Watson in the Canon as an unpublished story, and with intriguing chapter headings that include references to John Dickson Carr’s Deadly Hall and Agatha Christie’s Carstairs character.
Mr. James Phillmore, investment guru to the stars, went back into his house for his umbrella and disappeared. Sebastian McCabe, in England for a literary debate with his wife and his brother-in-law Jeff Cody and new bride Lynda Teal, finds himself tangled up in the case. He is not only investigating it, using the methods of Sherlock Holmes, but he is also chief suspect. When there is a second murder committed right under the noses of the police it is proven McCabe has no alibi. Things look dark for the Americans unless Cody and McCabe can find the true culprit before disaster strikes their little group.
A Good Sherlockian Read
All Sherlockians are intrigued by the titles of Watson's unrecorded cases. They are also disappointed by Watson's failure to flesh them out. In the "Disappearance of Mr. James Phillimore" author Dan Andriacco gives the reader a modernist version of that story. Mr. Arthur James Phillimore, a multi-millionaire goes missing. The team of McCabe & Cody go searching for him. Along the way to solving this modern mystery, they encounter a Phillimore pastiche, a story-within-the -story, which fills in Watson's lacuna.
Dan Andriacco's best! I thoroughly enjoyed it
One of Dr. Dan Andriacco's best! I thoroughly enjoyed it.