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The daughter of Sherlock Holmes
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In 1914, seven years after Sherlock Holmes's death, Dr. John Watson and his son, also a physician named John, are visited by a woman whose brother apparently committed suicide after losing money to a friend, Dr. Christopher Moran. The elder Watson is uninterested until he learns the identity of the witness to the suicide. He confesses to his son that Joanna Blalock, the daughter of Holmes and Irene Adler, was put up for adoption after her mother's death. Once father and son meet Blalock, they find the former nurse has a keen intellect and thirst for knowledge. The Watsons invite her to join their investigation into Moran's possible involvement in his friend's death. As bodies pile up around Moran, the trio put together a history of a secret code and treasure that goes back to the Second Anglo-Afghan War of 1878-80. VERDICT Goldberg's (Plague Ship) Sherlock Holmes pastiche is pitch-perfect as John Watson Jr. becomes the voice of a new generation and Joanna Blalock takes on her role as leader of the investigation. Fans of Laurie R. King's "Mary Russell" books will welcome a fellow female to the ranks of Holmes followers. [Library marketing.]-LH © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly Review
Sherlockians may have a tough time buying into the conceit of Goldberg's whimsical series launch-that Sherlock Holmes had a brilliant secret daughter, Joanna Blalock (perhaps related to Goldberg's L.A. forensic pathologist character of the same name), who was a practicing nurse and solved crimes with Dr. Watson's son, Dr. John Watson Jr. In 1910, seven years after Holmes's death, Charles Harrelston takes a fatal fall from a London rooftop after playing cards with a gambler, Christopher Moran, to whom he was in debt. The dead man's sister, Mary, asks the elder Watson to prove her sibling was not a suicide. The name Moran rings a bell with Watson senior, but the otherwise astute doctor takes a long time to make the link to Sebastian Moran, Moriarty's lieutenant. Charles's widowed sister-in-law, Joanna, and the younger Watson wind up doing most of the sleuthing. Readers who don't mind highly irreverent takes on Conan Doyle's original adventures will be most amused. Agent: Scott Mendel, Mendel Media Group. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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