Art in the Blood: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure (Sherlock Holmes Adventures)
October 5th, 2015 by Aldouspi

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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.

Product Details

  • Series: Sherlock Holmes Adventures
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Collins Crime Club; First Edition edition (October 6, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0008130833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0008130831
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces

Customer Reviews

Sherlock Holmes adventure like Conan Doyle would've written

6 people found this helpful.
 on March 8, 2016
By MW-GH
Art in the Blood is a Sherlock Holmes adventure like Conan Doyle would've written. It has all the characteristics that we know of Holmes and Watson. Of course Mycroft is mixing in. Holmes has some inspired deductions and Watson is there in support. In addition, it has not one, but two beautiful women, a missing statue, missing children, a French private eye, a variegated crew of bad guys and some very unexpected plot twists.

Another great Sherlock Holmes story!!

3 people found this helpful.
 on April 18, 2016
By MrIndiana
If you are a Sherlock Holmes fan, put this book on your summer reading list. In 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 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. Great story, written in true Arthur Conan Doyle style.

A fantastic read!!

3 people found this helpful.
 on February 25, 2016
By Amazon Customer
Up until recently I had only encountered Holmes and Watson on the movie screen. When I picked up ‘Art In The Blood’ I was excited to see how Holmes and Watson became alive on the pages. What a fantastic read!!

A Modern Victorian Story

3 people found this helpful.
 on January 31, 2016
By David A. Smith
Keeping to the original voice and pacing of Conan Doyle, MacBird has created a thoroughly modern story - one that likely could not have been published 100 years ago for its more mature themes, but totally believable as a situation that Holmes and Watson would have encountered in their time. The story immediately transports one back to that original Victorian world that I grew to love when I first encountered our protagonists (over 40 years ago for me) with all of the lovable idiosyncrasy, fallibility and superhuman characteristics of the original. It is literally a book that picks up where Conan Doyle leaves off - if I had read this as just the next in that earlier series I would have been just as transported and satisfied as I was with the very best of the others. Ms MacBird's illustrations added significantly to the verisimilitude of the experience. Unfortunately, these were not in the Kindle edition that I read but are available online and are essential to make the voyage back to Baker Street complete.

MacBird rocks it in this Sherlock Holmes mystery!

2 people found this helpful.
 on June 16, 2016
By JAW
To be transparent: the author is a friend and colleague. But I am not going to let that stop me from praising this Sherlock tome. I am proud and happy to say how much I enjoyed reading this tale. Though my Holmes knowledge comes mostly from movies and television, Bonnie has captured the feel, flavor, and texture of Doyle's creation and universe. With an interesting and intriguing story, rich characterization and dialogue, and a pace that was pitch perfect, this novel is a must read - especially now that Summer is here and many want a nice beach or poolside read that is fun, thrilling, and exciting. She seems to have kept to the 'rules' Doyle set-up and yet expand on them with a passion for the characters and their passions, foibles, idiosyncracies, and wit. Reading this has inspired me to further step into this world that Doyle invented. Brava!

I love a good mystery and this book is definitely a ...

2 people found this helpful.
 on May 14, 2016
By Lena
I love a good mystery and this book is definitely a good one. The dialogue flows easily and it doesn't feel forced. I could almost "hear" Sherlock Homes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman) voices while I was reading this book. TV series aside, I loved how the plot played out and how the clues given along the way fit beautifully together at the end. I'm usually pretty good at figuring out the villain in most stories before s/he is revealed by the author ( even if my theories about how and why are wrong). This book was different; it kept me guessing till the very end and even then I was still only half right. Another plus about this book is that the author, Bonnie MacBird, showed such respect for the reader's intelligence by making sure that all the subtle clues tied together at the end. Great plot(s) with a clever twist!

Ignore the negative reviews. You'll enjoy it if you are a Sherlock fan.

2 people found this helpful.
 on May 2, 2016
By Amazon Customer
Excellent book, I enjoyed it fully. Everything including the characterizations, period dialect, and pacing were true to Doyle. I am quite astounded by the negative reviews here. I read every Doyle novel and short story at least once, I am an avid reader, and I am a fairly harsh critic. The only weakness I would cite is the plot, which pushes credibility somewhat. That however didn't bother me. I have no interest in analyzing the plot of a book read purely for enjoyment. It the story was more pedestrian, we would find it boring - no? I am disappointed she hasn't written another Sherlock tale. Critics can be cruel, they enjoy being so. Sad creatures who find pleasure in putting down the work of creative people.

Nicely done Sherlock Holmes story by a new Doyle emulator

One person found this helpful.
 on October 14, 2016
By Colonel D
Taking on the task of stepping into the shoes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle clearly is a daunting one so the few haters here surprise me. Really, Ms. MacBird does a very credible job with this fast paced Holmes adventure. She admits to being influenced by contemporary Holmes portrayals from Benedict Cumberbatch (overrated) and Robert Downey Jr. (over the top) and this seems reflected a bit in her narrative. That aside she captured the era and atmosphere of the period convincingly and the dialog rang true. I won't go into the plot details and concede it's not "The Hound of the Baskervilles" but overall "Art in the Blood" is an engaging novel in Doyle's style. My biggest gripe is the one plot line about the abused orphans seemed way too similar to the recent "The House of Silk" by Anthony Horowitz which is another excellent Sherlock/Watson tale. Happily she's got another story in the works and I'm looking forward to it.

Sherlock Artfully Revisited

2 people found this helpful.
 on October 9, 2015
By Mgill
Bonnie MacBird captures Doyle's voice and creates a quick moving, intelligent novel, developing well rounded characters and adding touches that make both Holmes and Watson less than perfect. The plot revolves around the retrieval of a kidnapped young boy and the delivery of a coveted sculpture to an obsessive collector. The themes and subplots are appropriate to the end of the nineteenth century, and include issues of class taboos and liberties, with interesting twists that keep the reader's attention keen.

"Art in the Blood" delivers!

2 people found this helpful.
 on October 11, 2015
By happyreader
As Nicholas Meyer said "We can't get enough of the Sherlock and Watson stories". But we want them to be in the voice of Arthur Conan Doyle, and we want them to be fresh adventures, true to the originals, but with new "Sherlockiana" to savor. Bonnie MacBird's "Art in the Blood" is the stuff our desires are made from, and delivers in every dimension. The "voice" is true, the characters are "our characters", the action vivid, the surprises many, and the longer form -- which Conan Doyle never tried to do -- works very well: it has the feel of one of the quick paced short stories but is able to sustain over the full length of a novel. This compares with Nicholas Meyer's "The 7 Percent Solution" as in the very top rank of "additions to the canon".

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