Delightfully narrated by Thomas Judd, The Case of the Disappearing Beaune by J. Lawrence Matthews is a delightful novella with a mystery you won’t want to miss. Grab your earbuds and curl up by the fire for this holiday mystery.
by J. Lawrence Matthews
Narrator: Thomas Judd
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Beaune [bōn] noun: a red Burgundy wine from the Côte de Beaune region of France.
Christmas morning 1902, London, England. A bottle of fine French wine from the Côte de Beaune region of France, intended as a gift from Mr. Sherlock Holmes to his old friend Dr. Watson, is found to have been drained of its aromatic spirits during the night and filled with sand. But not just any sand….
Thus begins this sweet short holiday mystery from the author of One Must Tell the Bees: Abraham Lincoln and the Final Education of Sherlock Holmes
I am always on the lookout for different holiday reads/listens for the Ho-Ho-Ho readathon and was delighted to be offered a Sherlock Holmes Christmas Mystery.
It’s Christmas morning in 1901 at the residence of Sherlock Holmes on Baker Street. Sherlock presents Dr. Watson with a bottle of French Beaune after declining to attend Christmas dinner. However, the wine has been replaced with sand and Sherlock is convinced something is afoot. In fact, he suspects it means a threat to the newly crowned King of England.
This was clever and entertaining. I don’t want to reveal too much, suffice is to say, I am not wholly convinced Sherlock wouldn’t have solved it quicker, but I throughly enjoyed his theories on a plot against the King and loved watching him and Dr. Watson investigate.
The story was well written, capturing both characters and their friends. I couldn’t have asked for a better mystery for the holidays and will certainly listen to more of Matthews’ stories.
Thomas Judd narrates and truly did a wonderful job of giving voice to both Watson and Sherlock. He enhanced the overall tale and listening was a pleasure.
Perfect for fans of Sherlock Holmes and short mysteries looking for a Christmas story with our detective.
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Oh this sounds fun! I love Sherlock Holmes and a Christmas story sounds so fun.
Yes…it was a good one.
Taking on Holmes is an unenviable task, so I’m so happy to hear they really capture the tone and voices. I’ll admit that my reading hasn’t really veered into the holiday season yet, but something like this one might just do the trick!
This was a fun and a perfect mystery listen during the busy season.
This does sound like a nice change for me as well and the narration sounds good. Nice review, Kimberly.
I hope you get a chance to listen 🙂
Lover of Romance
I am always on the lookout for anything Shelock Holmes related! Sounds like this was well portrayed and nothing better than a mystery with a holiday connection.
It was a treat.
Yes, A Sherlock Holmes Christmas mystery! This sounds wonderful, Kimberly. I’m going to have to check this one out.
It was a treat Wendy!