A fun frolic that lovingly plays on the Sherlock canon with a light and airy touch. Die-hard Conan Doyle purists may balk at the romantic slant but t..Show More »hat doesn't mean that this isn't a highly enjoyable spin on the character of Holmes.
Sherlock hires Mrs. Hudson's feisty niece as a lab assistant (think of Merida in Brave) and finds her strong-headed independent mind a fascinating foil for his own genius. The banter between the two of them is delightful and Mirabella is a youthful Victorian heroine that fans of MC Beaton's amateur sleuths will find endearing. The narration is full of life and the characters are portrayed with theatrical zest - it has a great old fashioned radio-drama feel. Sherlock takes the back seat here in the sleuthing department - functioning largely as the impetus for Mirabella's adventures, but she's a great character worthy of her own tale.
I am a BIG Laurie King fan, but I have read all of her books. I also Love adding a woman detective to the plot. When I saw these I decided to give it ..Show More »a try. This is the second book in the series. It is a much lighter story then Kings much darker more true to life stories but, It is funny and Sherlock is his own introverted unapologetic self. So Enjoyable reading.