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The third title in this ingenious series of Sherlock Holmes Escape Books, The Adventure of the Analytical Engine is an exhilarating combination of escape room, puzzle book and adventure story.
Inspired by the urban craze for escape rooms, where players tackle puzzles while trapped in a locked room, it is an escape room in the form of a locked book, filled with codes, ciphers, riddles and red herrings, and a clever Code Wheel set into the cover. Taking on the role of Sherlock Holmes, in this new adventure readers find themselves trapped with Watson and aspiring engineer Henrietta Prince in the grand home of Bertram Alfreds, the last surviving child of Lord Byron. After being lured to the residence by an intriguing mechanical music box, Holmes and Watson must find their way through the mansion, foil a deceitful plot to destroy Henrietta’s lifelong work – a replica of Babbage’s Analytical Engine – and fathom the involvement of Moriarty, if they are to win their freedom and save the day.
Combines riddles, logic puzzles, timed challenges, mathematical brain-teasers, maps and mazes.
About the Author
Melanie Frances specializes in developing interactive stories featuring games and puzzles. She is co-artistic director of interactive, digital arts organization Produced Moon, with whom she has created a range of immersive and interactive experiences, including escape rooms and app-based audio adventures.
Charles Phillips is the author of more than 40 books, whose How to Think puzzle series sold more than 1 million copies and was translated into 18 languages. He was the editor of Biographic: Sherlock.
“If you feel as if your brain is shrivelling under the restraints of COVID regulations, this could be the solution toward keeping those little grey cells active. . . . There are codes, ciphers, riddles and red herrings, plus a Hieroglyphic Code Wheel set into the cover to assist you in your quest. . . . Many of the objects described can still be seen in the British Museum and the map provided is based on a genuine floor plan of the Museum from this period.” --Sherlock Holmes Journal on The Sherlock Holmes Escape Book: Adventure of the British Museum