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A seemingly impossible mystery tests the keen mind and forensic skills of Joanna Blalock, the daughter of Sherlock Holmes and the heir to his unique talent for deduction, from USA Today best-selling author Leonard Goldberg. 

The following case has not previously been disclosed to the public due to the sensitive information on foreign affairs. All those involved were previously bound by the Official Secrets Act. With the passage of time and the onset of the Great War, these impediments have been removed and the story can now be safely told. 

When an executed original of a secret treaty between England and France, known as the French Treaty, is stolen from the country estate of Lord Halifax, Scotland Yard asks Joanna, Dr. John Watson, Jr., and Dr. John Watson, Sr., to use their detective skills to participate in the hunt for the missing treaty. As the government becomes more restless to find the missing document and traditional investigative means fail to turn up the culprit, Joanna is forced to devise a clever plan to trap the thief and recover the missing treaty. 

Told from the point of view of Dr. John Watson, Jr., in a style similar to the original Sherlock Holmes stories, A Study in Treason is based partly on facts in our world and partly on the facts left to us by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  

A Study in Treason is the perfect audiobook for fans of Sherlock Holmes.

©2018 Leonard Goldberg (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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A study in Q & A

I was really looking forward to this 2nd book in the series. Unfortunately I ended up disappointed.While the story took many twists and turns, the style in which it was told eventually wore on my nerves. Much of the book was an unending Q and A with Joanna and both of the Watsons. They asked and she answered displaying her amazing deductive powers over and over and over. Hopefully in the next book, there can be more of a natural discovery of her abilities throughout the storyline.

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Great performance- Easy to Solve Case

Steve West is a master storyteller. The multitude of voices he portrayed takes a very high level of talent. There were clues early on that helped me guess the ending, but it was still enjoyable. I found myself becoming anxious for the characters and cheering on Holmes and Watson(s) as they unraveled the mystery. Definitely worth the credit. The only thing keeping me from giving it 5 stars is the hints make it too easy to guess the traitor’s name.

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a story in ignorance

I listened to the whole thing but almost stopped when the supposedly brilliant and well educated Ms. Blaylock proved as ignorant of history as a millennial. She said that the country house where the theft of the Naval Treaty took place was built in 1690 on a grant of land given by Charles II (died 1685, succeeded by James II who was deposed in the Glorious Revollution of 1688. Well the grant may have happened before charles II's death and the house built in 1690, but the owners could hardly have been hidding from ax happy Charles II since he was dead and not known for chopping off heads in the first place. William III was king in 1690. Clearly the author does not know or care about history much. It is not as if he got some medieval Edward mixed up with another in a passing reference. The Glorious Revolution and the kings since Charles I who was aquanted with the wrong side of the ax until the modern history of Britan began with William and the agreement of the ruling classes not to judicially murder their opposition as long as they refrained from actual treason are important.
Shame on you Mr. Author, for not checking wikipedia at least.
Otherwise, the story though derivative in the extreme, was intriguing and free from brutal violence on-stage. Good nonsense to de-stress on.

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This author needs a better editor

The stories of the daughter of Sherlock Holmes are decently written in general. Goldberg tries to script them in a similar fashion to the originals by Arthur Conan Doyle. However, his editor does him no justice by allowing the word “elucidated” to be used so many times (8? 12? We get it. You have a thesaurus.) nor the overuse of the Holmesian tropes like “the game is afoot”, “do you have your service revolver”, etc. Goldberg is a decent writer. He should rely more on his own skill, and less on these tired phrases.

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Love this series

I am always surprised at the solutions to mysteries. Thought I had it figured by chapter 2 but there was a twist. Im a big Sherlock fan so this series is a treat!

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Not good

I read all the Sherlock-inspired literature but this one had a plot derivative of The Second Stain, made the Watsons out to be unbelievably slow for two doctors, and had wooden dialogue that was really hard to listen to. I recommend skipping this one.

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Great Listen & Great Narrative Pace!!!!!

Great Narration, reading was extremely well paced and all characters were distinguishable audibly without effort , never leaving me wondering, "now which character is this"? A Sherlockian mysteru, through and through! Could not have requested a better written mystery in the great Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's multi - layered Style. Had a GREAT TIME listening while driving throughout the city, kept boredom at Bay to say the very least . another great aspect of this particular listen was the fact that the narrative was chock-full of information yet on the other hand could be stopped while I conducted my work and started again when I was through multiple times throughout the day and nothing was ever Ami's or confusing or even needed to be listen to a second time in order for me to catch up!!!! All in all a great book a great narrator and definitely a credit well-used!!!!!

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  • Jean
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  • 09-19-18

Disappointing

Excellent narrator - very skilled. However, most of the story seems to consist of the main character, Joanna, being told how clever she is and everyone fawning over her, and she responding by being smug. It would have been much more engaging just to see her demonstrate her skills instead of endlessly talking about them. It got a bit tiresome. The original Holmes stories did a bit of that, but in a much more light-handed and nuanced way. This can't compare. Also, there is too much Doyle-derivative material. I'll usually read anything in the Holmes-verse but I won't be reading anymore of this series.

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new sherlock

Loved it! I was transported to Victorian England. The descriptions of the characters and the landscape helped you imagine the cold, the damp, the smell of a cigar. The narrator was gifted making smooth transitions from each character.

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Cliches Galore!

An interesting story marred by classic cliches from Sherlock Holmes:
The games afoot...
...see but not observe
and many others which made me grind my teeth.

Also, I dislike mystery stories which do not reveal information as the protagonist gathers it. At the end we FINALLY are privy to vital information held in Joana’s mind.

Argh