In 1918, at the personal request of King George, they risk their lives to save those of the King’s cousins, the deposed Tsar Nicholas II and his family.
New York (PRWEB) May 14, 2012
What if the Romanovs weren’t murdered? What if they were in fact rescued by the world’s one and only consulting detective? ‘The Secret Journal of Dr Watson’ (MX Publishing), the new book from Phil Growick (New York) reveals that Sherlock Holmes was behind one of the greatest rescues in history.
On the most secret and dangerous assignment of their lives, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are sent into the newborn Soviet Union to rescue The Romanovs: Nicholas and Alexandra and their innocent children. Will Holmes and Watson be able to change history? Will they even be able to survive?
The book carries the endorsement and seal of the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate, like The House of Silk from Anthony Horowitz last year, and has been very well received by Holmes fans. The Sherlock Holmes Society of London review comments:
“In 1918, at the personal request of King George, they risk their lives to save those of the King’s cousins, the deposed Tsar Nicholas II and his family. On their journey deep into a Russia torn by violent revolution, they discover that friend and foe alike have their own agendas; even their most trustworthy helper, a Colonel in the secret police, is not what he seems. More dangerous even than the Reds and the Whites are the unknowns who want the Romanovs and their rescuers dead. The drama is exotic, the characters and events exude authenticity and the narrative carries you along like an express train.”
Phil Growick is best known in the advertising world as the Managing Director of the Howard Sloan Koller Group in Manhattan, placing some of the leading advertising creatives in the world. His new book ‘My First Time’ which comes out in September is a fantastic collection of stories from some of the leading advertising creatives in the world.
When asked how he got into Holmes Growick answers with his trademark humour:
“As a very small boy, still having only B&W TV, I couldn’t understand how Sir Guy Gisbourne could duel with Robin Hood but also be Sherlock Holmes. My uncle explained about the actor Basil Rathbone and I was hooked on Holmes and the Bas. As soon as I learned to read, which was when I was 27, I devoured all the Holmes stories. My parents would’ve preferred me to have balanced meals of protein, dairy, fruits and vegetables; but I found the Holmes novels quite tasty. Especially “Hound”. Although the cover did stick between my teeth.”
Growick took part in person in The Great Sherlock Holmes Debate 2 in London in March, meeting many of his MX Holmes author counterparts and leading fan site Sherlockology. He’s a passionate supporter of Save Undershaw (the campaign to save the former home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) and comments:
“I posted on Facebook about this. As an American, I simply cannot understand how Undershaw could have been allowed to fall into such disrepair. In the States, a municipal, or county, or even a branch of the federal government would have long ago declared Undershaw a national treasure. We’ve done this for the homes of our great writers and artists and scientists and more. It is deplorable that one of England’s greatest authors should not be appropriately celebrated in like manner.”
The Secret Journal of Dr Watson is published on 14th May and available from all good bookstores including Barnes and Noble and Amazon, and also in all electronic formats such as Kindle, Nook, Kobo and iBooks (iPad).
Review copies on request. Author interviews recommended.