this is the 176th in my series of forgotten or seldom read books
In Conan Doyle’s The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire Holmes says to Watson: “Matilda Briggs was not the name of a young woman, it was a ship which is associated with the giant rat of Sumatra, a story for which the world is not yet prepared…”
This 1976 pastiche by Richard Boyer tells the story. It’s a pretty fair Holmes tale, which reintroduces some familiar characters from the canon. It is the tale of Holmes involvement in the recovery of Lord Peter Allistair’s daughter Lady Alice Allistair, who was kidnapped in Bombay in 1893.
As much as I’d like to tell you more about this one, I won’t spoil the story for you. You’ll have to find out how the creature of the title is involved for yourself, and I won’t reveal which previously-encountered villain appears again here.
Suffice to say I enjoyed this and it slaked my appetite for a bit of Holmes quite nicely. Recommended.