Sherlock Holmes vs. Dracula (Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Paperback))

By Loren D. Estleman

A mysterious schooner runs aground in an English harbour. Its shipment is fifty bins of earth; its simply dwelling passenger, a black puppy. The captain's physique is lashed to the wheel—drained of blood. quickly, a rash of unusual nocturnal crimes terrifies London. it may possibly merely be the paintings of count number Dracula, and just one guy can shop the town: the world's maximum detective, SHERLOCK HOLMES.

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Firstly i used to be acutely aware in simple terms of a phosphorescence, of hundreds of thousands of tiny crimson lighting which twinkled like gemstones within the darkness. As they got here ahead, I observed them for what they have been, and my hand went instinctively for my very own revolver. They have been the sparkling pink eyes of rats. There appeared to be no finish to them as they spilled throughout the doorway and fanned out to encircle us, their bushy brown our bodies jumping all over the place one another of their haste to realize front to the little room. They got here by way of the loads till the scratching in their claws at the stone ground grew to become a continuing whisper and the sounds that issued from their tiny throats was once just like the chirping of birds in an aviary. Holmes and that i started firing while, advancing as we did so and scattering the loathsome rodents in order that a slim direction used to be spread out within the heaving throng by which we moved quickly, firing as we went. i didn't glance again, for I knew whilst we complicated that the trail used to be remaining in the back of us like water dashing again in to fill the distance left by way of the passage of a rapid cutter. once we reached the head of the steps we broke right into a run, and didn't decelerate till we have been outdoor of the construction. We have been a block clear of the property and on our strategy to trap the educate domestic ahead of both people relied on himself to talk. It was once Holmes who broke the silence. “It would seem that Dracula nonetheless instructions armies,” acknowledged he, excitedly. “I imagine we may well think of our siege completely repulsed. ” I shuddered. “Ghastly beasts! ” “Ghastly certainly, and for a function. That little demonstration was once designed to frighten us off, with nice good fortune. on the other hand we've gained a victory. ” “In what approach? We did not anything. ” “On the opposite, we now have decided that the count number has different hiding areas. in a different way we might have chanced on all fifty packing containers of earth within the chapel. ” “And how does that support us? ” He didn't seem to have heard the query, reason as he was once upon following the growth of a excessive, black brougham damn down the road towards Carfax. because it handed close to a highway lamp I observed that it contained 5 males, between whom used to be a robust, bespectacled profile which I acknowledged instantly. “Van Helsing! ” I exclaimed, in a whisper. The detective nodded. “He has an additional guy with him. Jonathan Harker has obviously entire his enterprise at Whitby. I daresay that the professor and his partners are in for a reception very like the only given to us. ” We ducked into the shadows till they'd handed, then persevered on our method. “You see, Watson,” stated Holmes once we have been again at 221B and sharing a bottle of whisky, “now is while the real detective paintings starts off. we all know that Dracula has different lairs and it really is as much as us to discover them. after we have finished this, it may be an easy topic to do away with his helpful Transylvanian soil, hence narrowing his possibilities of exploiting this teeming isle. ” “And if we should always locate the fiend himself? ” His expression used to be sober. “Then we needs to wreck him ahead of he can unfold his vampire pestilence during the Empire.

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