The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes by Leonard Goldberg
Genres/Themes: Mystery, Sherlock Holmes, Historical fiction
*I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
I love Sherlock Holmes and detectives who use deductive reasoning and the powers of observation to solve a case, so when I saw this one pop up on Netgalley I immediately requested it. I feel so incredibly lucky to been given the chance to read this book early.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
There are rarely dull or slow moments in this book, with most pages being paramount for the mystery. Now, it is plainly obvious who the villain is, this is not the mystery, but the how and why. Therefore, in a way this almost seemed like a cozy mystery to me.
We all know Sherlock Holmes, Watson, Lestrade, Irene Alder, and the crew so reading about their children is quite a treat. Because of how known these characters are (or at least their parents of who they are supposed to resemble) there is not much character development or description. Which I thought for a book like this, is fine– really the story and the mystery is the important part.
The mystery, some was easy to get, some was a surprise, but all in all it was a fun ride.
The romantic aspect…. it threw me, to be sure. I don’t think it was truly needed and I might have preferred everyone to be friends, but it is also sweet in a way.
This was a super intriguing read and I flew threw it without realizing how much time passed me by.
If you enjoy a good mystery and are a fan of Sherlock Holmes, then I think you may really enjoy this book. For one thing, I know I will be checking out more of this author’s works.