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Second Fiddle

Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Homicide Detective Ned Zaleski resents the chief’s decision to enlist Sherlock Holmes’ help in Zaleski’s latest murder investigation. Zaleski fails to see how Holmes, newly transported to the 1990s from his own time by the Santa Cruz Time Wizards, can shed any light on a modern-day serial killer. But Zaleski soon learns Holmes’ earned his reputation for insight honestly. And that insight might lead Zaleski down a path he cannot bear to go.

First published in Sherlock Holmes in Orbit, an anthology authorized by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s estate, “Second Fiddle” offers an intricate series of unexpected twists and surprising turns that only Kristine Kathryn Rusch can deliver.

“Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s crime stories are exceptional—both in plot and in style.”

Ed Gorman, <i>Mystery Scene Magazine</i>