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Publisher's Summary

London. A snowy December, 1888. Sherlock Holmes, 34, is languishing and back on cocaine after a disastrous Ripper investigation. Watson can neither comfort nor rouse his friend - until a strangely encoded letter arrives from Paris.

Mlle La Victoire, a beautiful French cabaret star, writes that her illegitimate son by an English lord has disappeared, and she has been attacked in the streets of Montmartre. Racing to Paris with Watson at his side, Holmes discovers the missing child is only the tip of the iceberg of a much larger problem. The most valuable statue since the Winged Victory has been violently stolen in Marseilles, and several children from a silk mill in Lancashire have been found murdered. The clues in all three cases point to a single untouchable man.

Will Holmes recover in time to find the missing boy and stop a rising tide of murders? To do so he must stay one step ahead of a dangerous French rival and the threatening interference of his own brother, Mycroft.

This latest adventure, in the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, sends the iconic duo from London to Paris and the icy wilds of Lancashire in a case which tests Watson's friendship and the fragility and gifts of Sherlock Holmes' own artistic nature to the limits.

©2016 Bonnie MacBird (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"In a world with more than its share of Sherlock Holmes pastiches, it is rare for one to soar above the rest, but Bonnie MacBird's Art in the Blood achieves this singular feat and deserves a tip of the deerstalker." (Otto Penzler, editor, The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories)
"A thoroughly entertaining Sherlock Holmes adventure worthy of Doyle himself...vivid period detail, a superb, labyrinthine plot, snappy pacing and, most importantly, a deep respect for the classic characters." (Bryan Cogman, producer/writer, HBO's Game of Thrones)
"Bonnie MacBird's Art in the Blood has the three key ingredients for a delicious pastiche: Meticulous research, plausibility, and grand fun!" (Leslie S. Klinger, editor, The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes)

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NOT SHERIOCIAN AT ALL

DR. WATSON CONSTANTLY TELLING HOLMES TO BE QUIET AND WHAT TO DO. NARRATOR WAS TERRIBLE, WATSONS VOICE WAS FINE BUT HOLMES SOUNDED LIKE A SQUEAKY MOUSE OR A WOMAN. SAVE YOU $$$$, PASS ON THIS ONE. VERY SLOW AND BORING.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Very clever story with lots of surprises

There are some anachronisms, but overall a very strong Holmes pastiche. Lots of humor and action.

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Fun with Sherlock and others ...

A creative story with a nice blend of historical characters and events wrapping up with 21st century ideas. I thought it was brilliant to include the French criminal Vidocq without mentioning that he went on to be one of the fathers of the French Surete. Just a fun read.

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  • BikeVON
  • Southfield, Mi, United States
  • 11-24-17

Exciting, thrilling and fast paced

Another hit out the ball park! London, a snowy December in 1888. A disastrous Ripper investigation has left 35-year-old Sherlock Holmes in a deep depression and back on cocaine. Watson receives a message of a fire at 221B and races to see about his friend. Nothing that Waston does seem to help. Sherlocks receives a request from Cherie La Victorie, an accomplish singer, to help find her son. Off Sherlock goes. He has a mission, which ignites his synapsis and curiosity.

While helping Cherie La Victorie, Mycroft tags on a job that he needs, which has a tenuous connection to finding Cherie La Victorie’s son. The unscrupulous French detective Jean Vidocq makes another appearance. The competition between the two detectives is heightened because of Vidocq’s intimate relationship with Cherie La Victorie. Through twist and turns we are lead on an exciting Sherlockian adventure. This story has many of the ingredients, child abuse, distressed female, duty to country, saving lives, obsessiveness with solving puzzles and his word, propels Sherlock’s recklessness he exhibits toward his own life.

Sherlock is constrained from obtaining information and must depend on others. Holmes’ ability to see patterns where other people can’t see and make these intuitive leaps of thought clearly is hampered by the physically handicap of being confined to a wheel chair. Lives are needlessly lost because of his immobility, and Sherlocks becomes reckless. This is a fast-paced tale of kidnap, murder and art theft.

Waiting for another Bonnie MacBird story.


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Their Back!

Holmes and Watson together. This is a great read/listen with issues of the time highlighted with 20/20 hindsight; yet masterfully in character. Mr Doyle would be proud perhaps.
And Watson is not treated as a buffoon which also elevates the story.

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  • Justin Webb
  • 05-19-16

The Games Afoot!

Excellent story, was compelled to listen to the whole thing in a few short hours. Holmes and Watson are authentic and familiar and the atmosphere is straight out of The Strand. Any Holmes fan will be hooked. The reader is excellent, versatile and the delivery is sharp. He does sound a little like CP3O at times and should be a shoe in for that role should Anthony Daniels ever vacate it! Thoroughly recommended.

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  • P. G. Foxe
  • 12-10-16

A fair effort but no cigar

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who is not familiar with the originals or who isn't very fussy

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The storyline was ok

Which character – as performed by Thomas Judd – was your favourite?

none

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

boredom

Any additional comments?

this author makes a fair effort but fails to appreciate the wit of the original. the Watson character has far too much whimsy, constantly padding out the story with descriptions of room clothes etc. And Holmes hardly gets a look in. I will be returning this one.

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  • S. Hall
  • 08-28-16

Good adaption of Sherlock stories

Took me a while to get used to the voice of Sherlock but I soon did and the stories and narration was very good.

I enjoyed the stories a lot

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  • Martin
  • 09-19-18

Art in the blood

The style was more Agatha Christie than Conan Doyle. It was saved by being very well read.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-14-18

In dear.

I've used Audible for a few years, bought somewhere in the region of 75-100 titles at a guess. Not all of which have ended up being my cup of tea, but I've always finished them. Not this time though. If you want a Holmes novel and you've exhausted Conan-Doyle's works, then I'd recommend you take a look at Anthony Horowitz. But whatever you do, give this book a very wide berth.

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  • Joe the lion
  • 03-07-18

Good story not written in the way Sir Arthur’s style

The biggest failing for me was the use of modern American English weather than the english English and vocabulary used by Conan Doyle.
I found that a distraction as I kept on think there is no way Dr Watson would have said that.

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  • 3_piets
  • 02-26-18

Thomas Judd is amazing

He narrated the audiobook and I love him. The book was great too, just little things out of the usual ACD style but I really loved it overall as well.