Saturday, April 3, 2021

The Three Locks (Sherlock Holmes Adventures #4)


The Three Locks is the fourth book in Bonnie Macbird's new Sherlock Holmes Adventures. Due out 13th April 2021 from Harper Collins on the Harper360 imprint, it's 432 pages and will be available in hardcover, audio, and ebook formats (ebook available now). It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links and references throughout. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately. 

This is another strong entry it a very well crafted series with meticulous attention to detail and a truly impressive ability to channel the detail and characterizations of the canonical Holmes and Watson. The three locks of the title are a clever play on words and refer to literal lock & key type fastenings and one of the channel locks (for boats) on the River Cam. 

The author has such a wonderful way with descriptive prose and the plot arc is very well controlled and the story itself is engaging and compelling. I stayed up way too late reading this one. The climax, denouement, and resolution are deftly handled. I really couldn't find any problems with any parts of the story or continuity. 

I enjoyed this story and I suspect that most Holmesians will find enough here to keep them entertained. The story is written around a framework of real historical occurrences and the author provides a link in the book to annotations and historical notes which are well worth a read.

Five stars. Delightful to see Holmes and Watson in fighting form.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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