The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes by Leonard Goldberg

June 21st, 2017 kimbacaffeinate Guest Post, Review 39 Comments

21st Jun
The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes by Leonard Goldberg
The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes
by Leonard Goldberg
Published by: Macmillan
Genres: Historical, Mystery
Source: Publisher
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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.

ARC REVIEW historical mystery ROMANCE

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.

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About Leonard Goldberg

Leonard Goldberg

LEONARD GOLDBERG is the USA Today bestselling author of the Joanna Blalock medical thrillers. His novels have been translated into a dozen languages and were selections of the Book of the Month Club, French and Czech book clubs, and The Mystery Guild. They were featured as People’s “Page-Turner of the Week” and at the International Book Fair. After a long career affiliated with the UCLA Medical Center as a Clinical Professor of Medicine, he now lives on an island off the coast of Charleston, SC.

About Sophia Rose

Sophia Rose

Sophia is a quiet though curious gal who dabbles in cooking, book reviewing, and gardening. Encouraged and supported by an incredible man and loving family. A Northern Californian transplant to the Great Lakes Region of the US. Lover of Jane Austen, Baseball, Cats, Scooby Doo, and Chocolate. Associate Reviewer for Delighted Reader blog.

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39 Responses to “The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes by Leonard Goldberg”

    • Sophia Rose

      Way cool! Its one of my favorite genre mash-ups. Hope you get the chance to try some good historical mysteries soon, Geybie. 🙂

    • Sophia Rose

      Me, too, Verushka! I’m all for romance, but in a book of the historical and/or mystery genre that’s where I want the focus to me.

    • Sophia Rose

      Yeah, it can be a bit disconcerting to be faced with familiar characters written up by someone else even it it was a second gen thing. I’ve adjusted since I started reading more retellings and variations stories.

      Thanks, Wattle!

    • Sophia Rose

      Oh, then you’re in for a treat, Vanessa. This one is a nice intro to the Sherlock Holmes’ world though not to be compared to the original of course. 🙂

  1. Sarah

    While I am not really one for murder mysteries, I’ve always wanted to give the Sherlock Holme’s themed ones a shot. Great review, Sophia! I like the idea of there being a wiff of romance in the story, 🙂

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    • Sophia Rose

      This one might be a good compromise for you, Sarah if you prefer the less gruesome mysteries and yes, the paycheck is getting a lot of Sherlockian lore. 🙂

      Thanks!

    • Sophia Rose

      Oh yes, a daughter, a grandson, a friend’s son, a detective’s son, a hound’s granddaughter, and… a villain. Just delicious, Sherry! 🙂

    • Sophia Rose

      Oh hey, that is great, Dragonfly! Glad to give you a new hammock read option. Jealous of that hammock. LOL

    • Sophia Rose

      Oh yeah. Love those that series, too. I think they did a great job of portraying the characters, too. haha, yeah, it amused me to think of that pair having a child, too..