"A wonderful Victorian historical mystery"
In 1890 Dr. James Mortimer is unable to continue practicing
medicine following the death of his wife due to diphtheria
so he sells his practice. At the urgings of his friend,
Dr. John Watson, James moves to London and joins the
medical practice of Dr. Ferraby as an associate so as not
to dwell on his loss.
James' first patient is Lavinia Nancarrow who seems to be a
virtual prisoner of her guardian, Archibald Boynton-Leigh.
Unable to resist the urge to find out about this unusual
arrangement, James begins to investigate what hold
Archibald has on the charming Lavinia. However, unlike his
good friends Holmes and Watson, sleuthing is a relatively
new game for the doctor, who is not prepared for the
impossible murder that he feels obligated to solve.
DR. MORTIMER AND THE ALDGATE MYSTERY is a wonderful
Victorian mystery that brings to life a more ominous and
creepy side of London. The story line is very entertaining
and the brief appearance of Watson should thrill the Holmes
crowd. The mystery is clever, but Mortimer, whose first
starring role is a smashing success (see HOUND OF THE
BASKERVILLES for a secondary role), will bring accolades to
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 6, 2001