Richard T. Ryan
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About Richard T. Ryan
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 six novels, "The Vatican Cameos: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure," "The Stone of Destiny: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure," "The Druid of Death," "The Merchant of Menace," "Through a Glass Starkly," and "Three May Keep a Secret" are available from MX Publishing, London. His seventh novel "The Poisoned Pawn: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure" is due out in the fall from MX. He is also the author of "B Is for Baker Street: My First Sherlock Holmes," which is available as both a traditional paperback as well as a coloring book..
He 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 44 years and is the proud father of two children and two grandchildren.
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Determined to make Sherlock Holmes suffer, the ruthless foe launches a campaign of terror against the Great Detective. However, instead of striking at Holmes directly, this nemesis targets those in the Great Detective's limited circle of friends and acquaintances.
Stymied, Holmes must first ascertain why he has been targeted because he cannot retaliate until he discovers who is behind this persecution.
With moves and countermoves, gambits declined and accepted, the struggle soon evolves into a human chess game between Holmes and a grandmaster of evil - where each move might have untold consequences on the lives and reputations of those on both sides.
From some clear pieces of glass and a raven's feather, the Great Detective must divine exactly who the client was and what prompted him to seek assistance at 221B. Fortunately, Holmes has a number of experts upon whom he can rely as well as his own vast store of esoteric knowledge.
Treading a twisted path, Holmes soon finds himself matching wits with an unseen criminal, who appears to be the equal of the late Professor Moriarty. At the same time, he is tasked with sparing the monarchy any possible embarrassment that may stem from the investigation.
It's a deadly game of cat-and-mouse that finds Holmes and Watson attending underground auctions, using rare and priceless artefacts as bait and holding a late night vigil in anticipation of deterring a theft, all the while trying to understand how a priceless antiquity fits into their investigation.
Like his previous books, Richard T. Ryan's Three May Keep a Secret is a deft blend of history and mystery, interweaving real-life personalities and ancient artefacts with the gas-lit streets of Victorian England and the characters of the Canon. The end result is a pastiche that should appeal to anyone who appreciates a tangled skein spiced with a healthy dollop of suspense and intrigue.
However, after pledging to do his utmost for "King and Country," Holmes suddenly finds himself overwhelmed by an onslaught of cases. An old friend requests his assistance in recovering a priceless manuscript which has gone missing from the British Museum.
Accused of accepting bribes from a smuggling ring, Inspector Lestrade, who has been suspended from Scotland Yard, turns to Holmes for help. Add in a beautiful newlywed who claims her husband is trying to murder her, and it is easy to see why Watson compares the tasks confronting his friend to the Labours of Hercules.
From a secret pied-à-terre in the City of Lights, to the Rare Book Room in the British Museum, to the Whispering Gallery in St. Paul's Cathedral, to the waterfront along the Thames, Holmes and Watson find themselves on the trail of an elusive quarry for whom murder is merely another move in an elaborate game of cat-and-mouse.
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.
Realizing full well that a maniac reminiscent of the Ripper is on the loose, Holmes and Watson find themselves in a race against time as they try to locate the cult, identify the killer and prevent another tragedy.
La biblioteca di un lord inglese, un oggetto rubato, un domestico arrestato dalla polizia. Con simili elementi il caso appare quanto di più ordinario si possa immaginare. Perfetto dunque per un'indagine di piccolo cabotaggio alla portata dell'ispettore Lestrade e non certo degno dell'attenzione di Sherlock Holmes. Il giudizio può cambiare tuttavia se il domestico risulta innocente e se l'oggetto rubato è un jambiya, un raro pugnale a doppio taglio tempestato di pietre preziose. Chi ha messo a segno un colpo del genere, pianificando il furto di un manufatto noto soltanto ai più fini intenditori, non può essere un ladro qualsiasi. Anzi, è probabile che questa non sia la prima né l'ultima delle sue imprese. Si tratta di un collezionista votato al crimine? O forse di un professionista che agisce su commissione? Comunque sia, è imperativo porre fine alla nefasta carriera di una primula rossa che per i suoi scopi non esiterà a uccidere. Va in scena così, dal British Museum al Louvre, una partita a scacchi contro un avversario di prima grandezza che sembra giocare sempre tre mosse avanti.
Al 221B di Baker Street non vige l'abitudine di ricevere visite all'alba. Soltanto una ragione di straordinaria gravità può dunque aver indotto l'ispettore Lestrade a svegliare bruscamente Sherlock Holmes, poco dopo il sorgere del sole, per condurlo senza indugi sulla scena di un crimine. E in effetti il macabro spettacolo che li attende a Stonehenge, il celebre sito archeologico, giustifica ampiamente una tale urgenza. Sopra una delle pietre millenarie, simile a un altare, giace il corpo senza vita di una giovane donna, uccisa con una coltellata al cuore e poi eviscerata. Il sangue è stato usato per vergare simboli arcani su parti del cadavere, gli organi interni disposti tutt'intorno. Manifestazioni di una malvagità raramente incontrata da Holmes durante la sua carriera. L'omicidio è stato commesso nell'equinozio di primavera, il che suggerisce l'ipotesi quasi inconcepibile di un sacrificio umano. Indagare sugli aberranti rituali di una setta assassina sembra perciò con ogni evidenza la linea investigativa da privilegiare. Ma per il grande segugio la pista da seguire non è mai la più ovvia.