Pharo and the Murder at Smoke Lake

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Pub Date 18 Feb 2024 | Archive Date 12 Mar 2024

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In the midst of the impending European war in July 1914, the renowned author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, embarks on a tour of Canada along with his wife, as guests of the Grand Trunk Railway. Their final weekend takes them to a log camp in Algonquin Park on Smoke Lake, where they are joined by Mason Caulfield, head of the railway, and Rudolph Mulino, a silent film actor.

Pharo Simmons, president of the Sherlock Holmes fan club in Buffalo, sets off for Toronto to interview Sir Arthur upon his return from the picturesque Smoke Lake, where the Doyles indulged in fishing and canoeing. However, the tranquility of the trip is shattered when one of their companions suddenly disappears and is presumed by the police to have drowned. The Doyles hastily plan to return to England, but not before Sir Arthur meets Pharo and enlists her assistance in unraveling the mystery that surrounds Smoke Lake. The author of the Sherlock Holmes books and stories suspects foul play and murder are afoot.

Together, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Pharo Simmons form an unlikely partnership to investigate the mysterious incident. Was it truly an accident, or a deliberate act of murder at Smoke Lake? The duo are determined to uncover the truth, expose the crime and identify the elusive killer.

In the midst of the impending European war in July 1914, the renowned author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, embarks on a tour of Canada along with his wife, as guests of the Grand Trunk Railway. Their...


A Note From the Publisher

Steve Skurka is a highly respected criminal defense lawyer in Toronto. He has defended a number of landmark cases in Canada including the racial profiling case of R. v. Brown involving a former player on the Toronto Raptors basketball team. In other precedent-setting cases, he led evidence of marijuana-induced psychosis to significantly mitigate his client’s sentence and relied on the battered child syndrome in a homicide case. Steve taught criminal procedure at Osgoode Hall Law School, acted as the legal analyst for the CTV television network, and wrote a book about the sensational case of media baron Conrad Black. Pharo and the Clever Assassin, published in 2021, is Steve’s first novel in the Pharo series.

Steve Skurka is a highly respected criminal defense lawyer in Toronto. He has defended a number of landmark cases in Canada including the racial profiling case of R. v. Brown involving a former...


Advance Praise

"Another delightful outing for Pharo, this time investigating--between bouts of suffragette campaigning--a murder at a Canadian resort. Pharo brings all her usual brio to the task, with the hefty back up of Burford Simmons, her devoted attorney husband, and assorted assistants, including the maestro himself, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Pharo's mysteries froth with charm, as she does, yet offer a satisfying depth of research and the immersive backdrop of turn-of-the-century America."

- Marina Endicott, winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and finalist for the Giller Prize

"If you want to read a compelling new mystery, search no further than Steve Skurka's new novel. The indomitable Pharo Simmons has returned with her characteristic resilience, acuity, and relentlessness. As the Great War looms in Europe, Pharo, with the help of Arthur Conan Doyle, no less, is once again a wonder to behold as she solves a crime as hard as the gem at the very heart of it. Pharo and the Murder at Smoke Lake is a terrific second installment in what promises to be a rich and bold series."

- Joe Kertes, winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour and the U.S. National Jewish Book Award for Fiction

"Another delightful outing for Pharo, this time investigating--between bouts of suffragette campaigning--a murder at a Canadian resort. Pharo brings all her usual brio to the task, with the hefty...


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ISBN 9798891321557
PRICE $18.99 (USD)
PAGES 324

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Thank you Netgalley & Atmosphere Press Publishing for an eARC ♥️

Imagine Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the mastermind behind Sherlock Holmes, on a trip in Canada with his wife, enjoying the beautiful scenery... and then, BAM! One of their friends disappears, and the police think it's an accident. But Sir Arthur, being the brilliant writer of detective stories, suspects something more sinister is going on! 🤔

He joins forces with Pharo, a passionate Sherlock Holmes fan (like us, right? 🤓), and together they start sleuthing their way through the mystery. Think about it - the creator of Sherlock Holmes solving a real-life mystery! 🔍 It's like fiction meets reality!

What I loved about this book is how Steve Skurka weaves in historical figures and events, making it feel like you're really there, in the midst of the action. You'll feel like you're part of the investigation, trying to piece together the clues alongside Sir Arthur and Pharo. 🕵️‍♀️

The writing is engaging, the setting is captivating, and the mystery will keep you on the edge of your seat! If you're a fan of historical fiction, mystery, or just a darn good story, trust me, you'll love this book! It's like stepping into a time machine and joining the investigation alongside Sir Arthur and Pharo. 🕰️

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