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I Was Sherlock Holmes´ Secret Mistress

By India Millar

Mystery / Romance

Blurb

They say that behind every great man is a greater woman, and never is this more true than the story of the passionate love affair between lovely young widow Nell Hudson and the world famous detective Sherlock Holmes. Together, they solved some of the greatest mysteries of the Victorian age. The story that goes behind the extraordinary adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and reveals the real man. And his woman. Above all, this is Nell´s story. The extraordinary story of the ex- barmaid and music hall performer who was forced to take in Holmes’ as her lodger at 221B Baker Street, when her con man husband was murdered by Holmes’ greatest enemy, Moriarty. The woman whom Holmes intended to use as bait, and instead fell in love with. This is the reality of Victorian London. The truth behind 19th century society, from the highest to the low. If you thought you knew Sherlock Holmes, if you thought you knew the Victorians, then prepare for some truly amazing revelations. Sit down, make yourself comfortable and prepare to spend a while in the company of toshers and toffs, broadsman and bunters, Lions Comique and ladybirds, Donah’s and dollymops. And of course, Nell Hudson and Sherlock.

Prologue

“Good afternoon, dear. Is your Mother at home? She is expecting me. Could you tell her that Mr. Holmes is here to see her?”

I clenched my teeth together so tightly that they hurt. At scarcely two o´clock, it was as dark as if dusk was already falling. The open door was allowing thick, yellowish fog to billow in to my hall; that nasty, sulphurous mixture of coal smoke and stale breath and gas light fumes that Londoners complacently call a “London Peculiar”. Nothing like it anywhere else, they say; thank God for that, say I! I was half way inclined to give the stranger the benefit of the doubt, until he spoke again. Slowly, as if he thought I was either deaf or daft. Or both.

“Your Mother, child. I wrote to her yesterday to make an appointment for this afternoon.” He slid his fingers into his waistcoat pocket and extracted a gold half-hunter watch. It was so murky he had to hold the watch nearly to his nose to read the time. “And I see I am exactly on time. I take it Mrs. Hudson is at home?”

That did it.

I stepped back smartly and swung the door in his face. Or at least I would have done, if his foot hadn´t already jammed itself against the door frame.

He was in my hall before I could stop him. I took a step back and watched in powerless fury as the tall, top-hatted man reached up casually towards the gas mantle and turned up the flame. It sputtered and flared before settling to cast a warm glow over us both.

“Ah. I see. I appear to have made a mistake. I do apologise. Sherlock Holmes at your service, Mrs. Hudson.”

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