Sherlock Holmes: The Voice of Treason launches with associated Alexa Skill

Strange Matter is pleased to say that Sherlock Holmes: The Voice of Treason, the eight-hour original full-cast audio drama written by George Mann and Cavan Scott is now available exclusively from Audible

The official synopsis reads:

There is a plot to kidnap Queen Victoria and only Sherlock Holmes can stop it…or can he?

Investigating a crime seemingly unconnected to the Royal Family, Holmes & Watson uncover a conspiracy to kidnap Queen Victoria and destabilise the British Empire.

With a ticking clock to her next public engagement, Holmes and Watson must discover who is behind the plot and locate her majesty, while Mycroft tries to keep the monarch’s disappearance a secret from the British people.

At first, Holmes believes Moriarty is responsible for the abduction, but when the Napoleon of Crime is proved innocent, Holmes must work with his arch-nemesis to rescue the Queen.

An Audible Original drama starring Nicholas Boulton as Sherlock Holmes and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith as Dr. John Watson alongside a full cast.

Alongside the drama, George and Cavan also developed an interactive choose-your-own-adventure skill for Alexa, which can be enjoyed both as a standalone game as well as a prequel to the main audio drama. To play, all you have to do is fire up your Alexa-enabled device and say: “Alexa, start the Great Game!”

George says: “At Strange Matter, we have a deep love of both Sherlock Holmes and gaming, and experience working in the latter field through previous choose your own adventure or interactive storytelling projects, so this seemed like a great opportunity to write something that really got to the core of Doyle’s characters while deploying the skills we’d developed over recent years.”

Cavan in particular had experience in building interactive experiences for Alexa having previously worked on numerous Star Wars-based skills for Disney and Lucasfilm. 

“It’s an interesting challenge,” he says, “creating an adventure which is both a satisfying game and a full audio play. In this case we wanted to ensure that The Great Game is true to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s world, while also offering the player enough choices to drive the action. In the skill, you control the action, making decisions for the Great Detective and, of course, Dr. Watson.”

“Now it’s the turn of listeners to step in and guide these beloved characters through their adventure,” George adds. “Players just need to watch their step – Victorian London can be a very dangerous place!”