It is 1878, and Dr. Poppy Stamford has reluctantly rekindled her relationship with Sherlock Holmes. Though it has been almost four years since they parted on uneasy terms and while he continues to suppress his feelings for her, they are still intrigued and inspired - and frustrated - by each other. When her beloved uncle is arrested in relation to a series of murders near the British Museum, Poppy and the burgeoning detective set out to find the evidence to set him free.
Can they track down the real killer in time to save Uncle Ormond from the rope?
In the latest adventure of Poppy Stamford and Sherlock Holmes, the two not only uncover secret societies, but find themselves soul-searching to clarify their beliefs about an array of moral issues including euthanasia and the death penalty, as well as their feelings toward one another.
©2016 A S Croyle (P)2016 MX Publishing
"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.".. a enjoyable classic tale of suspense and murder by a female companion of Sherlock Holmes.. narration of their active mystery exploits..
A lover of cozy mysteries, contemporary romance and getting lost in the world of audiobooks
I loved everything about this book! I am someone who enjoys the classic Sherlock Holmes, but even more so I enjoy the "remakes" such as the TV show Sherlock etc. I loved this new take by seeing a young Sherlock (he is in his mid/late 20's it seems). Sherlock as a character seems spot on for how he is known and loved. He's inquisitive and guarded, but also brilliant. Sometimes he shows moments of softness but he never breaks character, and this book truly does him justice.
I also love the strong female lead, especially back in the late 1800's. She is a Doctor who takes the lead and stands strong. It's a refreshing point of view.
Also of note is all the historical context and stories wrapped in were simply incredible. It's very historically accurate & was a winner all the way around. This book far exceeded my expectations & the narration was crisp, proper & well performed.
I was gifted this book in exchange for my honest review.
How Poppy loved and understood Sherlock.
Other Sherlock Holmes mysteries. Excellent writing.
Enjoyed the English accent and civilized English language
Felt empathy for Poppy's desire for love that Sherlock was incapable of returning.
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Denver, Co metro area resident for over fifty-five years. Retired, Mid 60's, Male, own over 9,750 Kindle books, and over 470Audible books.
It ranks in the top twenty five. It stays true to Conan Doyle's classic chracter. I got a bit lost in the Buddhist philosophy. Not lost exactly, but it wasn't of much interest to involve me with that aspect anyway
The sinking of the Princess Alice, an historical event.
I have listened to Cat's performance on "When the Song of the Angel is Stilled". The first book in the "Before Watson" series. The performance is excellent, as it was on that audio book rendition.
As mentioned, these works stay true to the Doyle vision of Sherlock Holmes, Mycroft, Lestrade, and plots etc. So the listener familiar with the original stories is comfortable and involved. That's a very strong positive, in my opinion. This is quality series, and well worth your time and creditts.
This is an audio book that I was caught up in from the start! Thoroughly enjoyed it! Thanks for making it available.
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Love mysteries, historical fiction and well written romance with plot twists and strong characters
I liked the crime/mystery that needed to be solved that also examined some deeper philosophical questions, historical setting felt really well researched
I have a lot of empathy for Poppy, a modern woman in a difficult time
Sherlock reminds me of the modern tv series on BBC which I love
Also some interesting discussion of Buddhist philosophy
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I listened to the first book in this series a while back and my impressions then are about the same as they are now. The story gets bogged down too much in the 'relationship' between Poppy and Sherlock and not enough on the mystery. Moreso in the first book, but it still happened in this one.There was a slight improvement, but in many ways the mystery seems to be treated like a side story or small element in the overall picture. The mental musings and despair that goes on inside Poppy's mind has grown old by now. It's clear that Sherlock will never be what she wants him to be, and to hear her keep hounding him about it is annoying to listen to. I'm also beginning to sense some Mary Sue elements in Poppy, which tends to create a rather unlikable character for me. Perhaps these issues will be straightened out in the third book, but I'm doubtful.
Once again, Cat Gould does an excellent job on narration - she has a way of making almost all the characters seems rather obnoxious (especially Poppy, her uncle, and Sherlock) and does great work on the various accents/dialects.
historical-places-events, murder, london
Told from the perspective of a woman physician with unrequited love for a focused and obsessed young logician, there is a wealth of well researched history and a very meticulously crafted mystery which is interesting far beyond the publisher's blurb.
Cat Gould's performance as narrator is impeccable.
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The Big Kahuna
The Bird and The Buddha is an excellent example of a Sherlock Holmes pastiche. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Poppy Stamford work together to solve numerous mysteries in Victoria's England. Dr. Watson has not become part of Holmes' life yet, and Poppy is the chronicler of tale. Many historical people pop in and out of the story and add to the feel of Victorian London. There is a dark undertone to the story, as there is with most of Holmes' stories. This is the second book in the series, but can stand alone. If you like Holmes, and who doesn't, I recommend the book.
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