The good news here is that this is an excellent example of a pastiche. Watson's literary style is closely approximated, and the characters of Holmes and Watson are close to canonical. Thanks to his receipt of on-the-spot information, the author's depiction of Keswick and its surroundings has a satisfying air of authenticity. I was once in a while bothered by a too-modern word creeping into the dialogue of late 19th Century characters, but the botherations were few. In fact, I enjoyed the adventure enough to look up Todd's two earlier pastiches, also available on Amazon.
What we actually have here is not a novel, but a long short story. To fill out the book, a font is used that's huge. The number of text lines per page is shockingly small, and the spacing between lines is disconcertingly large. It gives almost the impression of looking at blank pages. [This problem is, unfortunately, almost standard with self-published Holmes fiction.]
You may well figure out the solution to the mystery that Holmes tackles here, before Holmes reveals it, simply by guessing at the most plausible motive for the crime, and filling in from there. However, that just means that the author is playing fair, giving information as it naturally arises in the investigation.
While on a well-deserved holiday in the Lake District to get away from the toils and troubles of London, Holmes and Watson find no respite. As soon as they exit the train they hear news of a grisly murder making its way around the murmuring commuters. A local aristocrat, Mr. Darcy, has been found missing his head! And that very night, the wealthy widow finds a stranger in her home who, upon seeing her, abandons his plans and quickly leaves. She believes the intruder to be the murderer of her husband who is now after a large sum of cash she keeps in the house safe. Unsure if the would-be thief is the murderer or an opportunistic burglar, Holmes devises a plan to catch the burglar, all the while investigating the murder of Mr. Darcy. Follow Holmes, Watson, and the local constable, Mr. Wickham, as they untangle the mystery surrounding a Murder in Keswick.
About the Author
BIO FOR WILLIAM TODD I have been writing online since the early 2000's, primarily writing horror stories in the style of Poe and Lovecraft. I was the 2nd most popular author on the website storiesbyemail.com for two years before moving on. I had my first book, a Victorian era horror compilation called Bumps in the Night, published by Mystic Moon Press just a week before they closed their website and never saw my hard work pay off. Afterwards I took publishing into my own hands, became an Indie author and haven't looked back. My first self-published book was Dead of Night, another compilation of Victorian horror stories, published September 2016 by Createspace and on Kindle by KDP. After its publication I left my comfort zone for mystery and wrote a short story about Sherlock Holmes in the Conan Doyle style. I loved it so much I then did a longer story A Reflection of Evil, both published in 2017 through Createspace and KDP. I have just release Beyond the Gossamer Veil, another compilation of both Victorian and modern supernatural/horror stories and Murder in Keswick is my third Sherlock Holmes installment.