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Stephanie Osborn is best known for her Displaced Detective series, which used interdimensional travel to bring a variant of Sherlock Holmes from Victorian England to the present. Sherlock Holmes and the Mummy’s Curse is the first book in a new series, Gentleman Aegis, which follows Holmes prior to this insertion into the modern work, exposing him to new adventures with a scientific and mystical light.
The Mummy’s Curse is set early in Holmes’s detective career, and shortly after his meeting and beginning to room with Dr. John Watson. Holmes, not yet established as a consulting detective, is invited to join an archaeological expedition by an old college professor, and to bring Watson as the physician to the investigators.
However, from the beginning, it is evident that “the game is afoot.” The opening chapter features not Holmes, but a mysterious astronomer giving orders that the expedition is to be stopped from finding anything significant, by all means necessary including the death of the researchers. And so Holmes and Watson are plagued with problems and diversions before they even reach the site, and the tempo only increases as the investigators get closer to a secret that could change the entire Victorian world. Add the natural and cultural hazards of archaeological work in Egypt, personal rivalries among the researchers, and the professor’s daughter, who remembers Holmes very differently than he remembers her.
The result is a fast-paced book, written entertainingly in a Victorian style very reminiscent of reading the Canon. I enjoyed it, and I believe you will as well.
Sherlock Holmes: Gentleman Aegis Book One, Sherlock Holmes and the Mummy’s Curse, by Stephanie Osborn. Batesville, Arkansas: Pro Se Press (Holmes Apocrypha inprint), 2015.
(Reviewer’s disclosure: I am a credited beta reader of the novel.)