Mrs. Hudson in the Ring by Barry S. Brown
Sherlock Holmes is goaded into a boxing match in which his opponent loses both the bout and his life. All are convinced the fighter's death was a ring accident. All, that is, except the residents of 221B Baker Street and Inspector Lestrade who defies his Scotland Yard colleagues to aid in a murder investigation.
In this, the third in the Mrs. Hudson of Baker Street series, Mrs. Hudson, the unheralded director of the consulting detective agency, leads her colleagues from London to McLellan Manor in Yorkshire as they sort through the several people who have cause to celebrate the boxer's death. Complicating their investigation, Holmes and Watson must become Lillie Langtry's protectors, and Mrs. Hudson her lady's maid, when the famous beauty is threatened by her latest admirer, the volatile George Baird.
All will become clear, but not before Holmes and Watson call on a ghost to solve a thirty-five-year old murder, and Mrs. Hudson discovers she has more in common with Lillie Langtry than she ever suspected.
Earlier books in the series were praised as "an entertaining romp" (Newsletter of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London); "an exciting mystery of Victorian England" (Midwest Book Review); "a Sherlock Holmes story that any fan would appreciate" (Over My Dead Body! Mystery Magazine) among other reviews. Additional information is available at www.facebook.com/MrsHudsonBakerStreet.
Barry S. Brown is the author of the Mrs. Hudson of Baker Street series as well as half a dozen short stories in as many literary magazines. In association with a research career in the areas of mental health, criminology, and drug abuse, he authored more than a hundred articles and chapters as well as editing two books of nonfiction. He lives with his wife, Ann, in Carolina Beach, North Carolina, where his appearance in cape and deerstalker hat attracts admiring glances and occasional police inquiry.