by Leonard Goldberg
Published by: Macmillan
Genres: Historical, Mystery
The thrilling tale of Sherlock Holmes’ daughter and her companion Dr. John Watson Jr. as they investigate a murder at the highest levels of British society from the USA Today bestselling author.
1910. Joanna Blalock’s keen mind and incredible insight lead her to become a highly-skilled nurse, one of the few professions that allow her to use her finely-tuned brain. But when she and her ten-year-old son witness a man fall to his death, apparently by suicide, they are visited by the elderly Dr. John Watson and his charming, handsome son, Dr. John Watson Jr. Impressed by her forensic and deductive skills, they invite her to become the third member of their deductive team.
Caught up in a Holmesian mystery that spans from hidden treasure to the Second Afghan War of 1878-1880, Joanna and her companions must devise an ingenious plan to catch a murderer in the act while dodging familiar culprits, Scotland Yard, and members of the British aristocracy. Unbeknownst to her, Joanna harbors a mystery of her own. The product of a one-time assignation between the now dead Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler, the only woman to ever outwit the famous detective, Joanna has unwittingly inherited her parents’ deductive genius.
Fans of the Rizzoli and Isles series by Tess Gerritsen and the Stapleton and Montgyomery series by Robin Cook will enjoy this suspenseful story, full of excitement and intrigue.
Today Sophia Rose is visiting with a review of THE DAUGHTER OF SHERLOCK HOLMES a light historical mystery. Grab a cup of your favorite caffeinated beverage and check out Sophia’s thoughts.
Sophia Rose’s Review
There are just some tag words that have me reaching for a book without doing much preliminary investigation whether a book is for me. ‘Sherlock Holmes’ in title or blurb would be one of those. Pair that with the idea that he has a daughter and she, a keen observer, setting out on her first mystery and I’m all in.
THE DAUGHTER OF SHERLOCK HOLMES takes place after the death of Holmes with Watson in his old age. Watson’s son, Dr. John Watson, Jr. is the narrator of the story explaining how they got the case and met Joanna Blalock, the daughter of Holmes. There was more than a nod toward Holmes’ original creator, Arthur Conan Doyle’s writing style and the fun inclusion of a whole younger generation representing the familiar cast of supporting characters in the Holmes’ universe.
I got the feeling this was an homage to the great detective and Watson so I allowed the story to wink and grin at me when it came to all the characters being a junior version of the original cast. They aren’t all identical shadows, but a fan will easily recognize this cast of characters and even the storyline with the mystery bearing resemblance to The Sign of the Four.
I did feel poor Lestrade, the Scotland Yard detective, was a tad inept and there were moments when I thought Joanna wasn’t as keen an observer and analytic as her famous father, but I thought both the Watsons were just right. And Toby Two… that was fun to get the hound back on the scent. I would have loved to have seen Joanna’s son, Johnnie get a larger role. The young genius made his appearances and bore a stronger resemblance to Holmes than his mother.
The mystery was not that difficult. They knew who it was quickly enough, but they needed solid proof and they needed to head him off before he did further trouble. There was some plodding along as they tracked down each clue and discussed how it was deduced. It took its time and built to an ending that paid-off the earlier time taken to line up all the ducks and work a trap for a cunning fish.
There is a whiff of romance, but it is not the focus of the story by any stretch. Their chemistry was more as a detecting team first and foremost.
I would equate THE DAUGHTER OF SHERLOCK HOLMES to a historical cozy mystery in style, pace, and format. It was a good one to curl up with, offer some light entertainment, and great fun for the Holmes’ fan.The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes a good tale to curl up with Click To Tweet
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