There’s a new super-sleuth in town. Author Lauren Wilkinson—the award-winning writer of one of President Obama’s favorite reads in 2019, American Spy—is revealing her thriller-writing prowess in a new Sherlock-Holmes-inspired short that asks readers to wonder: In a case most peculiar, how elementary can it be?
In A Scandal in Brooklyn, Wilkinson takes readers inside a top-secret experiment at a restricted virtual reality compound that pulls fictional attorney Tommy Diaz back into the orbit of the brilliant detective Irene Adler, an old friend with an eidetic memory, a love of true-crime podcasts, and a knack for solving the unsolvable.
But this? At a remote warehouse, a willing test subject for a virtual reality trial, alone in the observation room, drops dead of anaphylaxis—from the sting of a virtual bee. Though the tech titan behind the research believes in the power of the outrageous, Irene relies on clues, hard facts, and a level head to solve the mystery behind the virtual experiment gone awry.
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After reading A Scandal in Brooklyn, see if you can test your deduction skills by catching all the clues hidden in Amazon Original Stories’ other incredible mysteries and thrillers, all available for free with Prime in digital and audio with Audible, or through Kindle Unlimited. Like A Scandal in Brooklyn, each story can be read or listened to in one sitting.
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