The House at Baker Street

The House at Baker Street

Book - 2017
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Moriarty meets Longbourn in this enthralling debut novel featuring the adventures of Mrs. Hudson and Mary Watson, perfect for fans of the Laurie R. King's Mary Russell series.

Mrs. Hudson was always more than a landlady, and Sherlock Homes wasn't the only Baker Street resident with detective skill... After years of watching his habits, cleaning up his mess, and eavesdropping on interviews through a grate in the kitchen, Mrs. Hudson has learned a thing or two. So when Sherlock turns away the case of persecuted Mrs. Laura Shirley, she and Mary Watson resolve to help a fellow woman in need and take on the investigation themselves.

Blackmail, libel, extortion, murder--Mary and Mrs. Hudson quickly discover that Mrs. Shirley is not the only woman at risk, and as they put together the pieces of an increasingly complicated and dangerous puzzle, the investigation becomes far bigger than either of them could have ever imagined.

Enlisting the help of the Baker Street Irregulars and the infamous Irene Adler, she and Mary follow a trail of clues leading to the darkest corners of Whitechapel, where the feared Ripper is still rumored to stalk. But can Mrs. Hudson solve the case before it claims another life?

Wildly compelling and told in Mrs. Hudson's intelligent, compassionate voice, The House at Baker Street is an extraordinary debut. Michelle Birkby brings to life a cast of strong, complex female characters every bit as captivating as Conan Doyle's protagonist. If it's true that behind every great man is a great woman, it is time for one of literature's finest to step into the spotlight.

Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : HarperCollins, 2017
ISBN: 9780062680198
Characteristics: 352 pages


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Feb 20, 2018

This is a great new series. Mrs. Hudson (Sherlock Holmes' housekeeper) and Mary Watson (Dr. Watson's wife) take on an investigation of their own. It's great to see women utilize their power and match wits with men in this book. Personally, I've come to a point in my life where as there is so much increased violence in our world, I don't care to read graphic descriptions of violent episodes, so I choose to mainly read cozy mysteries. In many ways, I consider this to be a cozy mystery series, so my only caution with the book is that the few violent scenes in the book, were a bit more graphic than I typically choose to read. All in all, I recommend the book and am looking forward to the next one in the series; however, I will plan on reading that one on an evening when I don't need to be up for anything specific the next morning, so I can read it all in one setting, without having descriptive images disrupting my sleep.

Feb 19, 2018

Interesting new series. Very Sherlockesk. I highly recommend it!


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