"It may not seem much to you, Mr.Holmes. In fact, it may better gather the sympathies of Dr. Watson here. But, the truth of the matter is, someone has stolen my life."
In the silence that followed this extraordinary statement, Clemens pulled out his cigar case and quietly asked, "Do y'all mind if I smoke, gentlemen?"
So begins a case where visiting American author, Samuel Clemens (better known as Mark Twain), has come to Sherlock Holmes for assistance. Holmes and Watson set out to track down the thief among a myriad of guests staying at the famous Langham Hotel.
Suspects abound, yet another pressing question arises for Dr. Watson. Will one of them, a woman from his past, steal his heart?
"Roger Riccard is an extremely good pastiche writer. Personally, I think the best since the late Val Andrews passed over Reichenbach." [Joel Senter, publisher of the Sherlockian E-Times]