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Mycroft and Sherlock: The Empty Birdcage

Narrated by: Damian Lynch
Series: Mycroft Holmes and Sherlock, Book 3
Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (167 ratings)

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The new novel by NBA All-Star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, starring brothers Mycroft and Sherlock Holmes.

It is 1873, and as the economies of Europe threaten to crumble, Mycroft Holmes finds himself in service to the Crown once again. A distant relative of Queen Victoria has been slain by the Fire Four Eleven killer, a serial murderer who leaves no mark upon his victims, only a mysterious calling card. Meanwhile, Sherlock has already taken it upon himself to solve the case as his interest in the criminal mind grows into an obsession. 

Mycroft begrudgingly allows Sherlock to investigate, as Ai Lin--the woman he is still in love with--needs his aid. Her fiancé has been kidnapped, and the only man who might know his fate is a ruthless arms dealer with a reputation for killing those who cross him. Mycroft persuades his friend Cyrus Douglas to help find the young man, but Douglas himself is put in harm's way. 

As Sherlock travels the country on the hunt for the Fire Four Eleven murderer, both he and Mycroft will discover that the greed of others is at the root of the evil they are trying to unearth....

©2019 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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Awesome!

I loved all 3 of these books. Normally I only listen to audio books at work but I was so engrossed in this most recent story I listened in the car and continued listening at home. Now I’ll have to wait who knows how long for the next one!

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Better than some classic Sherlock stories

I've read/listened to a lot of Sherlock. Dozens of hours worth. I have to say this trilogy is more adventurous than most traditional Sherlock novels. I hope they do a fourth. I can't wait to read more stories about Mycroft, Douglas and Juan!

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Sharp, fast moving, marvelous complexity

This is my favorite Sherlockian series --- or should I say Holmes series. Very good complexity and never tedious. There are interesting characters who accompany Mycroft and Sherlock, adding a further dimension to the story. This series is far and above the others.

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Must read for those who enjoy SH novels

The performance by Damian Lynch is amazing. He really brings alive each character. I simply loved it but maybe I'm biased as I love all things SH. But this take on Mycroft is very different. Can't wait for the next one.

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AWESOME!!

Brilliant prologue to Sherlock stories and gives another dimension to Mycroft.
The stories are entertaining and grasp your attention until the very end.
I hope the authors continue their collaboration and write more books.

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Love this reimagining of Sherlock Holmes!

KAJ is a master storyteller and intellectual. I am chagrined every time I have to stop listening. Sherlock, Mycroft, Cyrus and all the characters are well drawn, engaging, and fun as they pay tribute to Conan Doyle’s creations while expanding the reader’s understanding of the characters. If you love Sherlock Holmes stories, this is a series for you!

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Brilliant set of books

As a big Sherlock fan I was not left disappointed. Brilliant prologue to Sherlock stories and gives another dimension to Mycroft

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familiar setting, new points of view

This story is set up like a traditional Sherlock Holmes novel with many intricate plots and interesting characters. Listening to this audiobook was kind of difficult to follow the transitions between Mycroft and Sherlock, also the narrator makes a Jamaican accent for the Asian characters which makes distinguishing the different characters confusing.
Overall this was a great and classic tale which had many similarities to The Sign of Four. Maybe to many to isolate this novel as truly original.

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