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

The game is afoot, again!

30 people found this helpful.
 on August 31, 2015
By biscuitbear
One of the best Holmesian pastiches around! (and I've read a lot). Holmes and Watson are back in this delightful adventure which takes us from the cabarets and artist studios of Gay Paree to a country estate in Lancashire, mixing real and fictitious places and characters in a thoroughly credible way. The relationship between Holmes and Watson is particularly carefully rendered and feels authentic ; at times, the dialogues and attitudes between the two clearly call to mind some of the pairs of famous actors who best portrayed the duo. Other cast members are equally well portrayed, such as the beautiful and feisty singer Mlle La Victoire, and Holmes's cocky but endearing rival Vidocq. Plenty of twists and turns, plots and sub-plots, and convincing villains make this a fast-paced page-turner, while also efficiently conveying the nostalgic, pleasant feel of the adventures of the well-loved duo, complete with scenes in Baker street and rattling along London streets and the English countryside in cabs and trains. An exceedingly enjoyable read, can't wait for the sequel!

ART IN THE BLOOD captures the reader and holds you hostage all the way until the end

9 people found this helpful.
 on November 1, 2015
By Cyrus Webb
"Art in the blood is liable to take the strangest forms." That quote from none other than Mr. Sherlock Holmes himself reminds us that we all have our gifts, though some might be a little more eccentric than others. What matters is how we choose to use them.

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.

Holmes and Watson return in Art in the Blood

7 people found this helpful.
 on October 19, 2015
By J. Sasse
As Conan Doyle's iconic characters are public domain, many authors have written novels detailing new adventures. Bonnie MacBird's novel Art in the Blood is an excellent tribute to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. She does justice to Holmes and Watson is creating an adventure stylistically similar to Doyle but at the same time entirely unique. Any fan of Sherlock Holmes would be proud to own this volume.

Art in the Blood Delivers!

6 people found this helpful.
 on November 14, 2015
By Pacifica Patron
As someone who was not a previous fan of Sherlock Holmes, I have to say that I loved Art in the Blood. By that I mean, I came to this novel having previously only seen the two Sherlock films featuring Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law, but never having read an Arthur Conan Doyle story. Therefore, I can't offer comparisons to how it stacks up to "the Canon." I read the whole book hearing those actors voices in my head. All together, an added bonus in my estimation!

A truly impressive recreation of Arthur Conan Doyle's writing style---and a brand new adventure!

8 people found this helpful.
 on October 20, 2015
By Derek O.
Wonderfully descriptive writing; exciting, minutely detailed action scenes; great pacing and expertly handled structure. And quite funny in parts, as was the case with the original novels. Here MacBird perfectly captures the subtleties of Watson’s dry sense of humor, as well as Holmes’s irritable, sarcastic edge. While I’m still a relative newbie on the Sherlock front, I feel that MacBird's characterization of these beloved characters was 100% spot on. In anticipation of this novel, I had recently read and loved “A Study in Scarlet” and “The Sign of the Four," (sequentially, the first two Sherlock adventures). This new book takes place almost directly after TSOTF, and reads like the proper follow-up Doyle had never quite gotten around to writing. I had read those works about a month before I picked up my copy of "Art in the Blood," and therefore Arthur Conan Doyle's prose and tone and character-renderings were still fresh in my mind. Beyond those two mentioned Doyle novels (and a few of his early Sherlock stories), my knowledge of Sherlock Holmes was untainted by any non-Doyle television, film, or pastiche version of the character. So I can say with objectivity and great confidence that, based purely on the two Doyle originals I'd read, I think MacBird did an incredible job replicating the original author's style, tone and sense of adventure, all told lovingly from the classic Watson perspective. I thought the novel absolutely lived up to the hype and then some. If you are a fan of Doyle's Sherlock (as I now am), you'll want to give "Art in the Blood" a read! An amazing accomplishment, both in a technical and storytelling sense.

The dialogue sounds authentic and I like the way Watson is portrayed

8 people found this helpful.
 on October 23, 2015
By Bert C. Mccollum
I finished the book last night. My overall impressions- lots of action and colorful characters, more an adventure than an mystery. I thought the style was more cinematic than literary, perhaps looking toward a possible movie deal. Being very much a traditionalist, as the body count kept rising I kept thinking that the "real" Sherlock Holmes would never have let things get so out of control. But the book is quite exciting and well worth reading. The dialogue sounds authentic and I like the way Watson is portrayed. I look forward to reading more of Ms. MacBird's Sherlock Holmes stories in the future.

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