Honestly, a teensy bit disappointed in this one. It was more fun in bits and pieces than it was as a whole. This is the novel that famously originated at a dinner between an American publisher, Conan Doyle, and Oscar Wilde. Out of that meeting came The Sign of the Four (which is often shortened to just ‘The Sign of Four‘) and The Picture of Dorian Gray, which I think most people would agree is the superior output (ACD thought it might be good fun to resurrect that Holmes fellow he put in that novel that one time). Maybe even […]
This was fun! I think I expected a bit more from it, but overall it was an entertaining, informative look at the phenomenon of Sherlock Holmes. First, what didn’t work for me. Dundas bases this entire book on trying to find out the answers to a central question, why has Sherlock Holmes endured, reviving and reviving over 130 years? Well, the problem here is that there isn’t really an answer to that question! There are 5,000 possible answers. It’s not something anyone will ever *know*. And the more he tried to stick to that premise, the flimsier it felt. This […]
The first novel down in my quest to read The Complete Sherlock Holmes by the end of 2018. Though I have seen numerous adaptations of Sherlock Holmes stories over the years, I only managed to read a handful of the actual source material as a child (and The Hound of the Baskervilles is the only one I remember with any clarity). I never managed to read this one, which gives us the introduction between Mr. Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective, and Dr. John Watson, his friend and biographer. I knew a lot of the beats, though! (Mostly because this novel is […]
It would be heartening to believe that the misalliance between myth and medicine is at an end and that today murders are examined only through the prism of the scientific method, but this is a comfort we may not have. – Kindle Edition location 2253 It took me a while to finish this one, and in the end it wasn’t really the book I wanted, alas.
A Study in Scarlet Women is not a book I expected to like, not really. But yesknopemaybe’s review made me curious enough to download a sample and the writing made me curiouser enough to download and very nearly devour the book. It’s not what I thought.
You know a book is good when you immediately purchase the next one in the series. I had NO chill after reading A Study in Scarlet Women and found myself on Audible clicking the buy button just a few minutes later. Sherry Thomas is a genius y’all. Also, she seems to be pretty prolific which, let’s just say it’s a good thing because if I have to wait more than a year to read the next book, I might actually die of anticipation. A Conspiracy in Belgravia picks up quickly, just after the first book ends. I love backstory, but […]
This was the Sherlock Holmes reimagining I never knew I wanted and never thought I needed. There are so many adaptations in the last decade that it’s hard to keep track, but this one might be my favorite? Sherry Thomas took the originals and put the most marvelous spin on the characters and their situations. Just a little warning, the beginning of the book took some time to build into the meat of the story, but looking back on it, I think it was worth it to really get an idea of Charlotte Holmes’ background. This story still takes place […]
I think I’d seen A Study in Scarlet Women (2016) by Sherry Thomas both in Cannonball reviews and on NPR’s List of Best Books of 2016. This book is something of a retelling of Sherlock Holmes, except that the famous detective is actually Charlotte Holmes. She helps to solve crimes using an old friend, Lord Ashburton, as an intermediary to bring information to and from Inspector Treadles. Full disclosure: I have never read the original Sherlock Holmes. It is on my Kindle because I found it for free one day, but I haven’t gotten around to it. All of my knowledge of Holmes […]