Haverhill author pens a second Sherlock Holmes mystery

Author Chris James with his second novel, Sherlock Holmes and the Jeweller of Florence. Contributed picture. ANL-160913-131540001
Author Chris James with his second novel, Sherlock Holmes and the Jeweller of Florence. Contributed picture. ANL-160913-131540001

Ten months after seeing his first Sherlock Holmes novel published a Haverhill author’s second Holmes adventure is set to go on sale.

The latest in Chris James’ series of novels featuring the famous Victorian sleuth, ‘Sherlock Holmes and the Jeweller of Florence’, is published tomorrow (September 16).

The new adventure tells of Holmes’ and Watson’s search for a lost Shakespeare play, called The Jeweller of Florence, reputed to have been written around the same time as The Merchant of Venice.

The play is stolen while being authenticated by experts and Holmes and Dr Watson are engaged to track it down, a task that takes them from the Epsom Derby to Epping Forest and on to Florence.

Chris (who writes under his full first name, Christopher) said: “It is another rollicking historical adventure, set five years after my first novel Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Ruby Elephants.

“It’s quite timely in that this year is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

“The biggest challenge was writing an except from the play, where I had to produce some authentic sounding Shakespeare from scratch, which wasn’t easy!

“My first novel did really well, reaching number one in the Sherlock Holmes category in Amazon’s crime fiction list and I’m hoping this one will do just as well. It’s available for pre-order now.

“The audiobook of the Jeweller of Florence has also just come out too, which is really exciting.”

Chris, who lives with his wife and three children in Broad Street, is also working on a third Holmes adventure, set in 1899 and called Sherlock Holmes and The Adventure of the Beer Barons.

A prize-winning poet, Chris is also appearing in the King’s Lynn Poetry Festival on October 1.