#Staff Pick: Mycroft Holmes: a novel by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse

Mycroft Holmes: a novel by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse.
328 pages. Titan Books. 2015.
Historical Mystery Fiction
Available in Hardcover and Paperback Formats.

Fans of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes mysteries, prepare to be dazzled.  Enter Mycroft Holmes, the elder brother of Sherlock in this fabulous historical mystery.  Mycroft is in the prime of his youth, gaining influence within the British Government and newly engaged to the charming and beautiful Georgiana Sutton.  

Both Georgiana and Mycroft’s best friend Cyrus Douglas were raised in Trinidad and Tobago. When Cyrus receives news from home that children are disappearing, and that the suspects are spirits from Trinidadian folklore he looks to Mycroft for support.   Mycroft finds evidence that the disappearances,if not the suspects, are real.  When he shares his concerns with his fiancee Georgiana, she suddenly decides to return home.

Mycroft is aware that something beyond the spirit world is afoot and convinces Cyrus to accompany him in pursuit of Georgiana.  Strings are pulled with the Secretary of War, and the stage is set for a perilous adventure rife with international intrigue, deceit, powerful adversaries and far reaching consequences.

If you are a reader who enjoys  entertainment blended with historical fact, you will rejoice in the detailed world that Abdul-Jabbar and Waterhouse have recreated.  

The spirit world and logic collide in this intriguing novel.  Set sail for the San Fernando of Trinidad in 1870, and explore a mystery so dark, so convoluted that it is positively labyrinthine . Such a comfortable paradox has not been written since perhaps The Hound of the Baskerville by Sir Arthur himself.Readers who have enjoyed the original canon of Sherlock Holmes,  or Anne Perry’s mysteries will surely love to return to the gaslit streets of London with Mycroft Holmes.


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