The Disappearance of Alistair Ainsworth

A Daughter of Sherlock Holmes Mystery, Book 3
Narrated by: Steve West
Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (402 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"In a remarkable performance, Steve West becomes Dr. John Watson, Jr...A top-notch mystery filled with clever twists and winning characters." —AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award winner

In the third audiobook of this critically acclaimed series, Sherlock Holmes' daughter faces a new unsolvable mystery with spies and a threat to the crown.  

Joanna and the Watsons receive an unexpected visitor to 221B Baker Street during a nocturnal storm. A rain-drenched Dr. Alexander Verner arrives with a most harrowing tale.  

Verner has just returned from an unsettling trip to see a patient who he believes is being held against his will. Joanna quickly realizes Verner's patient is a high-ranking Englishman who the Germans have taken captive to pry vital information about England’s military strategies for the Great War. The man is revealed to be Alistair Ainsworth, a cryptographer involved in the highest level of national security.  

The police are frantic to find Ainsworth before the Germans can use him to decode all of England’s undeciphered messages. Ainsworth must be found at all costs, and Joanna and the Watsons might be the only ones who can connect the clues to find him.  

USA Today best-selling author Leonard Goldberg returns with another puzzling case for the daughter of Sherlock Holmes to unravel in this exciting mystery sure to be enjoyed by fans of Sherlock Holmes.

©2019 Leonard Goldberg (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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Best "Daughter" of SH tale yet.

This story did not rely quite so heavily on similar Doyle stories as the last two. Though there were still many parallels, there were enough original ideas in this very complex novel to make it interesting and consuming. Though sometimes hard to follow, I was pleased to have identified (for three first tune! ) the villian from the moment of that person's introduction into this new narrative. If you listen with discernment you may, too!

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Entertaining if not surprising

The story line is a fun mixture of different Sherlockian tropes and machinations.
The author wants so much to convince us that Johanna is Holmes's daughter and thus,
inherited his abilities that she can be a bit heavy-handed in the description and the dialogue.
For those reviewers who call out the killer in their review...you really lack courtesy for others. Shame on you!

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A Pleasure to Read

Well written. Good attention to detail. The same can be said for books 1 and 2.

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Sherlock 's name lives on🤓

Characters consistent and enjoyable. Strong sequel in series but could be read on its own. Well developed plot and satisfactory conclusion. Wish there were more.

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cannon compliments

I am awaiting #4 with this narrator. I am wondering if the name choice of Joanna will be explained.

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Like Daughter Like Father

Great character, just like Sherlock Holmes. Another Watson and Holmes team. Really loved it. Very enjoyable.

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Best Sherlock of all time wonderful

This is my favorite book at a reading every Sherlock Holmes ever made you have to get used to the idea that she is an extremely intelligent if you have a problem with women you probably shouldn’t read it but it’s just fabulous my favorite so far out of every Sherlock by every author buy it you won’t regret it

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mediocre

I've seen the last two books and I loved them but this book was a bit disappointing the end result is quite obvious

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Narration Distracts

Okay story, more historical detail would have enhanced the storyline. Narrator gave Lastraud too much pomposity. I spotted Dunn as the spy half way into book. Not sure I'll try the next, if there is a next. Maybe a female narrator or a less sartorial male voice would hold my attention.

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So Annoying I couldn't finish it.

I couldn't decide which was more annoying, the juvenile writing or the performer's horribly over-cooked attempt at sounding British. The Joanna character is so utterly condescending to both Holmes and her supposed love John that I started hoping she would really screw things up, or that John would tell her to stop being so arrogant and snotty.