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The Return of the Pharaoh: From the Reminiscences of John H. Watson, M.D. (edition 2021)

by Nicholas Meyer (Author)

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"In Nicholas Meyer's The Return of the Pharaoh, Sherlock Holmes returns in an adventure that takes him to Egypt in search of a missing nobleman, a previously undiscovered pharaoh's tomb, and a conspiracy that threatens his very life. With his international bestseller, The Seven Per Cent Solution, Nicholas Meyer brought to light a previously unpublished case of Sherlock Holmes that reinvigorated the world's interest in the first consulting detective. Now, many years later, Meyer is given exclusive access to Dr. Watson's unpublished journal, wherein he details a previously unknown case. In 1910, Dr. John Watson travels to Egypt with his wife Juliet. Her tuberculosis has returned and her doctor recommends a stay at a sanitarium in a dry climate. But while his wife undergoes treatment, Dr. Watson bumps into an old friend--Sherlock Holmes, in disguise and on a case. An English Duke with a penchant for Egyptology has disappeared, leading to enquiries from his wife and the Home Office. Holmes has discovered that the missing duke has indeed vanished from his lavish rooms in Cairo and that he was on the trail of a previous undiscovered and unopened tomb. And that he's only the latest Egyptologist to die or disappear under odd circumstances. With the help of Howard Carter, Holmes and Watson are on the trail of something much bigger, more important, and more sinister than an errant lord."--… (more)
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Title:The Return of the Pharaoh: From the Reminiscences of John H. Watson, M.D.
Authors:Nicholas Meyer (Author)
Info:Minotaur Books (2021), 272 pages
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Maybe it's my familiarity with Meyer's version of Sherlock now, maybe I've just read too many of them in relatively quick succession, but I'm finding I'm getting less and less enjoyment from them as I go. This is easily my least favourite of the bunch.

Meyer follows his typical pattern of pulling Holmes and Watson away from their usual haunts, inserts some cameos with varying degrees of success, mentions some popular novels/music/plays of the time period, brings in a pretty woman, then wraps up the mystery.

It's feeling a touch formulaic at this point. I'd love to see Meyer just dig in and give us one that's closer to the Doyle playbook. ( )
  TobinElliott | May 13, 2024 |
Another faithful rendition of Holmes/Watson ( )
  Doondeck | Feb 7, 2022 |
Dr. John Watson travels with his wife Juliet to a sanitarium in Egypt to treat her tuberculosis. While there, he bumps into a disguised Sherlock Holmes and thus is set on the path of a new mystery in The Return of the Pharaoh by Nicholas Meyer.

Holmes has been engaged by the wife of the Duke of Uxbridge to find her husband. The Duke is an avid Egyptologist and makes regular trips to Egypt in search of treasure. This trip, however, he’d come with a map that he believed would lead him to an undiscovered tomb and great wealth. Not only has the Duke gone missing, but it appears as if the very hotel room in which he had been staying has also disappeared! It is up to Holmes and Watson to follow the scant breadcrumbs and discover the whereabouts of the missing Duke.

Meyer packs the book with authentic details that make Egypt in 1910 come alive. From the political climate to behaviors, dress, and social mores. Watson is particularly torn between being there for his wife and following his own desire to trail and assist Holmes in a case that becomes more fascinating and perplexing by the day. As they learn of the deaths of other Egyptologists and are themselves attacked, Watson is further conflicted about how much to share with his wife.

The action really takes off in the latter part of the book, which includes a race against a sandstorm and an adventure in an underground tomb. Sherlock Holmes is such a distinctive character in his mannerisms, his habits, and most of all his observations and deductive reasoning. If the characters were not named in this story, I’m not sure it would be obvious that it was Holmes at work. The mystery is a little low-key and there are no great “ah-ha” moments that let you marvel at the intellect of the great detective.

The Return of the Pharoah is a fun adventure with a setting that feels authentic and some rousing action sequences.

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. ( )
  tottman | Nov 9, 2021 |
Another fine entry in the pastiche of Arthur Conan Doyle. Watson is Eygpt bound in 1910 seeking warmer, dryer air in hopes of curing his wife of tuberculosis. While Juliet is undergoing treatment Watson bumps into Holmes undercover on a case seeking a missing Egyptologist. Finding that their clients husband isn’t the first Egyptologist to go missing or be killed Holmes and Watson find themselves drawn into an intriguing case. Given ARC copies of the audio book and ebook from the publisher through Netgalley I found myself returning to the audio book more than the ebook. David Robb with occasional footnotes from author Nicholas Meyer nails Watson’s voice. ( )
  ValeriS29 | Nov 7, 2021 |
Dr. John Watson hasn't seen his friend Sherlock Holmes for a while. He is surprised when he encounters him in Egypt. Watson is there with his wife who has tuberculosis and is staying at a local sanitarium. Holmes has a case involving a missing Duke who might have discovered a buried Egyptian treasure.

Holmes and Watson team up to search out clues and follow leads which take them from Cairo to the Valley of the Kings. Along the way they encounter Howard Carter who hasn't yet gone back to work with Lord Carnarvon or made his most famous discovery.

There is a lot of information about Egyptology and pharaohs which comes as new information to Watson who hadn't been interested in the topic previously. There is also a lot of politics in Egypt which is of interest to Mycroft Holmes who has given Sherlock some contacts. One of the characters might be a Turkish agent, or British, or French, or German, depending on which of her many passports is accurate - if any of them are.

I enjoyed the story which is narrated by Watson by prepared for publication by Nicholas Meyer. I even enjoyed the footnotes!

Fans of Sherlock Holmes will enjoy this new adventure which contains many of the hallmarks of Doyle's earlier Sherlock Holmes tales. ( )
  kmartin802 | Sep 26, 2021 |
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“This latest in the Great Detective’s further adventures is no disappointment. Filled with hair-breadth escapes, historical and archaeological commentary on the era, and quite a few pithy comments from Watson himself, it’s a unique adventure for the reader.”
 
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"In Nicholas Meyer's The Return of the Pharaoh, Sherlock Holmes returns in an adventure that takes him to Egypt in search of a missing nobleman, a previously undiscovered pharaoh's tomb, and a conspiracy that threatens his very life. With his international bestseller, The Seven Per Cent Solution, Nicholas Meyer brought to light a previously unpublished case of Sherlock Holmes that reinvigorated the world's interest in the first consulting detective. Now, many years later, Meyer is given exclusive access to Dr. Watson's unpublished journal, wherein he details a previously unknown case. In 1910, Dr. John Watson travels to Egypt with his wife Juliet. Her tuberculosis has returned and her doctor recommends a stay at a sanitarium in a dry climate. But while his wife undergoes treatment, Dr. Watson bumps into an old friend--Sherlock Holmes, in disguise and on a case. An English Duke with a penchant for Egyptology has disappeared, leading to enquiries from his wife and the Home Office. Holmes has discovered that the missing duke has indeed vanished from his lavish rooms in Cairo and that he was on the trail of a previous undiscovered and unopened tomb. And that he's only the latest Egyptologist to die or disappear under odd circumstances. With the help of Howard Carter, Holmes and Watson are on the trail of something much bigger, more important, and more sinister than an errant lord."--

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