The Death of Mycroft

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Raymond Barnett studied Chinese history and language at Yale University, graduating magna cum laude. After studying theology for a year at New York City's Union Theological Seminary, Barnett served with the U.S. Arm in Vietnam at Long Binh, working in the Surgeon General's office at Headquarters, U.S. Army Vietnam.
Upon earning his Ph.D. in evolutionary ecology from Duke University, Barnett spent the next three decades on the Biological Sciences faculty at California State University, Chico. During this time he worked with community leaders to found Chico's Gateway Science Museum. When he retired, the museum Board proclaimed Barnett "Father of the Museum." Barnett and his wife were among seven founding families of Valley Oaks Village, a cohousing community in Chico.
Barnett's interests include snorkeling and tide pooling in Hawaii and California, kayaking California's coasts and rivers, backpacking in the High Sierra, mystery stories (particularly Sherlock Holmes, Lord Peter Wimsey, and Judge Dee), the culture of traditional China (particularly the tea cult and porcelain), and music of the Baroque in Europe (particularly Antonio Vivaldi and J.S. Bach). Descriptions of his fiction and nonfiction writings can be found at

The Death of Mycroft

Sherlock Holmes and the Secret of D-Day

Authored by Raymond Barnett

Late May, 1944. Churchill and Eisenhower are finishing plans for the upcoming D-Day invasion at Calais, when long-retired Sherlock Holmes is called to London by Mycroft, only to find his brother dead, clutching the shell of a barnacle in his hand. The clue leads him to a queen bee in Charles Darwin's old greenhouse in Kent. Sherlock's brilliant parsing of these clues leads him to occupied France, where a boules game reveals a secret to explosive that the D-Day landing site must be changed to avert disaster and save the last hope of stopping Hitler.
But before the sixth of June, Holmes finds himself playing his most demanding role: divert a Nazi spy in the highest reaches of the Allied command, as he pursues John Watson's grandson to the scenes of his most daunting cases. The chase ends the day before the rescheduled D-Day invasion--at Baskerville Hall, where Holmes receives the shock of his life, and his most famous case is at long last resolved.

Publication Date:
1544299567 / 9781544299563
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.25" x 8"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Historical

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