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The Adventure of the Second Wife

By Andrew Finkel
Published by Even Keel Press
(an imprint of Caique Publishing Ltd)

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Hardback, 288 pages, published February 15, 2024
ISBN: 978-0-9957566-5-6


‘The Adventure of the Second Wife is an assured and highly original debut that will entertain both Sherlockians and lovers of quirky and mysterious tales.’
L.C. Tyler
Book Description


Strange that Abdülhamid II, the last great Ottoman Sultan, would have Sherlock Holmes stories read to him before he went to sleep. Even stranger is that his obsession helped change the course of history.

The explanation lies in the mystery of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s dying words, that the one Sherlock adventure still to intrigue him was that of ‘The Second Wife’. For no such story exists… Or does it?

The Adventure of the Second Wife is the debut novel of renowned journalist Andrew Finkel – a clever, compelling mystery about a Sherlock Holmes enthusiast who with the help of a brilliant Turkish professor, tries to solve the enigma of Arthur Conan Doyle’s dying words only to upend his life in the process.

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Reviews for The Adventure of the Second Wife

‘The search for a missing Sherlock Holmes mystery provides a view of obsession, authorship and authoritarianism that is both revealing and funny… a joy to read.’
Jenny White, author of The Sultan’s Seal

‘…is spiced with dry humour, impressive pastiche, vignettes on topics such as the Raj and the Constantinople exhibition at Olympia in 1893-4, and evocative illustrations. As befits a mystery thriller (has the baffling plot of The Big Sleep ever disturbed us?!), The Adventure of the Second Wife is a challenging read, crammed with erudite and arcane digressions in virtuosic language.’
Steven Jones blog

‘A hugely enjoyable, quite complicated novel in which there is more than just the one Second Wife.’
Catherine Cooke, The Sherlock Holmes Society of London Journal

‘Andrew Finkel’s narrative has a depth that will surely attract the attention of both Sherlock fans and readers who love complex, historical mysteries. Meticulous research, interesting characters and a rich narrative go to making a striking and lasting contribution to the world of Sherlock Holmes.’
Fulya Turhan, K24 (in Turkish)

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