After time spent in sunny locations such as Venice and the Riviera, Russell and Holmes are off to the cozy destination of...Transylvania? Yes, gentle readers, Mary and Sherlock are headed to Castle Bran, vacation home of Queen Marie of Roumania. The castle and nearby village have been experiencing some troubling incidents that have aroused suspicions that there may be strigoi - vampires - in the area. Disappearances, attacks, injuries...and someone is stirring up rumors against the queen. Is it political unrest? Transylvanian nationalists wanting control of their country back from Roumania? A personal attack on the queen herself? Between appeals from her royal majesty and from Mycroft Holmes, the intrepid pair will have to brave dark woods, gypsy camps, unreliable railway connections, and Mycroft's Roumanian contacts to solve the mystery.
This is a fun read pitting Russell and Holmes against superstition, dark forces, and things that go bump in the night. Release date is set for June 8.
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