Mycroft and Sherlock

Mycroft and Sherlock

A Novel

Book - 2018
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The new novel by NBA All-Star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, starring brothers Mycroft and Sherlock Holmes.

It is 1872, and a series of gruesome murders is the talk of London. Mycroft Holmes--now twenty-six and a force to be reckoned with at the War Office--has no interest in the killings; however, his brother Sherlock has developed a distasteful fascination for the macabre to the detriment of his studies, much to Mycroft's frustration.
When a ship carrying cargo belonging to Mycroft's best friend Cyrus Douglas runs aground, Mycroft persuades Sherlock to serve as a tutor at the orphanage that Douglas runs as a charity, so that Douglas might travel to see what can be salvaged. Sherlock finds himself at home among the street urchins, and when a boy dies of a suspected drug overdose, he decides to investigate, following a trail of strange subterranean symbols to the squalid opium dens of the London docks.
Meanwhile a meeting with a beautiful Chinese woman leads Mycroft to the very same mystery, one that forces him to examine the underbelly of the opium trade that is enriching his beloved Britain's coffers.
As the stakes rise, the brothers find that they need one another's assistance and counsel. But a lifetime of keeping secrets from each other may have catastrophic consequences...
Publisher: London : Titan Books, ©2018.
ISBN: 9781785659256
Characteristics: 359 pages ;,25 cm
Additional Contributors: Waterhouse, Anna - Author

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sapl3 Apr 09, 2020

JOANNE'S MYSTERY PICKS

This sequel to Mycroft Holmes sees the Holmes’ brothers teaming up, though at times reluctantly. Mycroft’s good friend, Cyrus Douglas, runs an orphanage as a charity. When one of h91wq5evr1ulis cargo ships runs aground, he is forced to attend to the situation, while requiring someone to act as a tutor to the children in the orphanage. This is where Sherlock comes in. Sherlock’s attentions are often focused on the series of grisly murders that have recently been taking place in London and we see the beginnings of the inquisitive nature of the detective.

Nothing goes smoothly with Sherlock in charge and when one of the boys in his charge dies of a suspected drug overdose, Sherlock’s subsequent investigation takes him to the opium dens that litter the docks. It’s here we also see the beginnings of Sherlock’s addictive behavior.

I caught myself often saying “Sherlock wouldn’t say/do that; this is out of character for Mycroft…” Then I’d stop short, remembering that these are fictional characters based on the fictional characters of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and that these authors can take whatever literary license they wish to in their portrayal of the Holmes’ brothers. How easy it is to forget that Sherlock and Mycroft never existed other than on the written page! Of course, I’d much rather read Doyle’s accounts of their adventures.

Joanne gives Mycroft and Sherlock 3 daggers out of 5!

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Galvinator
Dec 16, 2019

Well written "back story/prequel" to the Sherlock Holmes novels (filling in some of the blanks on how he came to be Sherlock). Interesting development of older brother Mycroft (who is a primary character with young Sherlock) and plenty of details about Victorian times, including the opioid crisis of that era which seeded the one of our times.

Though there are seedy events and characters aplenty and lots of "action" and "peril", I appreciate the co-authors' respect for the historical period, their characters and their readers- the book isn't polluted with the unnecessary foul language or "soft-core porn" that too many authors can't resist. The protagonists are someone you can like and respect (despite their human imperfections) and the villains aren't superficial comic book figures.

Kudos to the co-authors for capably expanding the Holmes storyline without damaging it. I'll be reading more of their books in this series.

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candlesticktroughs
Nov 29, 2019

A veritable 'Sky Hook' of a book.

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kiml00
Nov 25, 2019

I haven’t read the original Sherlock Holmes stories and doesn’t really know it’s writing styles. This is my first “Holmes” novel and it was a pleasant surprise. The story is very fast paced and it’s also fun to see the Holmes brothers use their skills when interacting with other people.

This is a really fun series and seems to connect really closely to Holmesian cannon! A great sequel to the original. (Also, can I say that it makes me so happy to think of Kareem Abdul- Jabbar plotting and writing out these stories? Sports hero, civil rights leader, community organizer, Kung-fu master, book lover, award winning writer, and just all around renaissance man!) I have so much admiration for him and his ongoing work!

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sneha
Oct 29, 2019

Great writing, intriguing mystery, lots of historical detail and meticulous observation on race and social status. I loved both this book and the previous book in the series, Mycroft Holmes.

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