#Blogtour #Review: The Druid of Death by Richard T. Ryan @CarolineBookBit #TheDruidOfDeath #BitsAboutBooksBlogTours
Book length - 187 pages
Publisher - MX Publishing
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ABOUT THIS BOOK
On the morning of the vernal equinox in 1899, Holmes is roused from his bed by Lestrade. The inspector has received a report of a girl brutally murdered at Stonehenge.
Upon arriving at the famed site, Holmes discovers the body of a young woman. On her forehead, painted in blood, is a druidic symbol. On her side, also in blood, is a message written in a strange language that neither Holmes nor Lestrade can decipher. The girl was also eviscerated and her organs placed around her body. As a final touch, branches from yew trees had been artistically arranged around the corpse.
Holmes senses a malevolent force at work, but without data, he is powerless. As the weeks pass, he slowly gathers information about the ancient druids and Celtic mythology and begins to assemble a small army of experts to assist him.
Expecting the killer to strike again on the summer solstice, Holmes and Watson travel to the Nine Ladies in Derbyshire, the site of another stone circle that harkens to druidic times. While they are holding their vigil, Lestrade and his men are off keeping watch over the stone circles at Avebury and several other locations.
The Great Detective's worst fears are realized when on the morning of the summer solstice, he learns that the body of a young man has been discovered in the eye of the White Horse of Uffington. Like the first victim, he too has been marked with a druidic symbol and his body bears a message. Aside from the symbol and the message, the only other difference appears to be that his body and organs have been surrounded by willow branches.
For Sherlock Holmes fans and historical mystery fans alike, THE DRUID OF DEATH by Richard T. Ryan is sure to keep you gripped from beginning to end.
Holmes and Watson come alive on the page again when they are called upon to solve the murder of a girl in this twisted tale of death and magic, and it is not long before the body count begins to rise. But will this killer beat the great detectives and outwit them at every turn? Add in plenty of twists and misadventures, some Celtic mythology, and the expert and finesse of Holmes and Watson themselves and you are in for a fantastic mystery ride.
THE DRUID OF DEATH by Richard T. Ryan is a compelling story that transported me back in time and made the iconic duo of Holmes and Watson jump off the page. The mystery is fresh and dynamic and I thoroughly enjoyed donning my detective hat and trying to piece the puzzle together alongside the characters. This is a great read for mystery fans, especially historical mystery fans, and I really enjoyed it.
A lifelong Sherlockian, Richard Ryan is the author of "The Official Sherlock Holmes Trivia Book" as well as a book on Agatha Christie trivia. His first two novels, the Sherlock Holmes Adventures "The Vatican Cameos," and “The Stone of Destiny” are available from MX Publishing, London.
Richard Ryan obtained his master's degree from the University of Notre Dame, where he majored in medieval literature; he is a die-hard fan of the Fighting Irish -- it doesn't matter what sport. He has been happily married for 40 years and is the proud father of two children.
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