Tim Symonds has published five full-length Sherlock Holmes novels including ‘Sherlock Holmes And The Sword Of Osman’ and most recently ‘Sherlock Holmes And The Nine-Dragon Sigil’. Further information on the novels at Tim's website
‘Sherlock Holmes And The Sword Of Osman’
‘It's 1906. Far from England, the Ottoman Empire ruled by the despotic Sultan Abd-ul-Hamid 11 is on the verge of imploding. Rival Great Powers, especially Kaiser Wilhelm's Germany, sit watching like crows on a fence, ready to rush in to carve up the vast territories, menacing England's vital overland routes to her Indian possessions. At his medical practice in London's Marylebone Watson receives a mystifying telegram. It's from Holmes.
'Dear Watson, if you can throw physic to the dogs for an hour or two I would appreciate meeting at the stone cross at Charing Cross railway station tomorrow noon. I have an assignation with a bird lover at the Stork & Ostrich House in the Regents Park which has excited my curiosity. Yrs. S.H.'
Watson finds the invitation puzzling. Why should such a mundane meeting at a Bird House excite the curiosity of Europe's most famous investigating detective or anyone else?’
The unassuming name ‘John H. Watson’ was not the one Arthur Conan Doyle originally envisaged. Watson had another name entirely. What was Holmes’s biographer first going to be called?
Dr. Watson’s middle initial is ‘H’. What does the H stand for?
In ‘The Sign Of Four’ Watson reveals he spent some of his boyhood in a town in a faraway country before returning to school in England. Where was that?
Salt Lake City, USA
Johannesburg, South Africa
How did Watson and Holmes first meet?
Both played for Blackheath Rugby Club
Both were members of the Junior Naval and Military Club
Both were members of The Savage Club
They were introduced by a surgical dresser by the name of Stamford
Where did this historic encounter between Watson and Holmes take place?
In a Chemical laboratory at St. Bartholomew's Hospital
The Criterion Bar, Piccadilly
Watson is introduced to Sherlock Homes in ‘A Study In Scarlet’. They shake hands. Holmes asks “How are you?” followed to Watson’s great astonishment with “You have been in Afghanistan, I perceive”. Holmes was correct but why did he make this deduction?
Watson wore the tunic badge of the Berkshires who fought in Afghanistan
Watson’s military bearing, skin burnt nut-brown, and damaged arm
Watson spoke some words of Pashto to a passing orderly
Watson had an unusual oriental tattoo on his right wrist
Early on, Watson discovered Holmes’s ignorance ‘was as remarkable as his knowledge’. Watson compiled an assessment of his new friend’s strengths and weaknesses. Of the following, which knowledge of the subject did Watson describe as ‘profound’ (i.e. first-rate)?
Knowledge of Chemistry
Knowledge of Literature
Knowledge of Astronomy
Knowledge of Politics
In 1881 Holmes invited Watson to join him in an investigation for the very first time. What title did Watson give this case?
The Musgrave Ritual
A Study In Scarlet
The Reigate Squires
The Yellow Face
In ‘The Valley of Fear’, Holmes slyly compliments Watson on his sense of humour, as follows: “You are developing a certain unexpected vein of _____ humour, Watson, against which I must learn to guard myself.”
Which adjective did Holmes use to describe Watson’s particular type of humour?
In ‘The Adventure Of The Empty House’ Watson faints away for the first and last time in his life. Was it because...
Holmes reappears from the dead
Watson’s deceased wife Mary Morstan reappears from the dead
‘The Napoleon of Crime’, Professor Moriarty, reappears from the dead
‘The woman’, Irene Adler, reappears from the dead