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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Review: The Whole Art of Detection: Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes by Lyndsay Faye

The Whole Art of Detection: Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes by Lyndsay Faye
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Grove Atlantic
Publishing 3/7/17    

Here's the thing...  you pick up a book that you normally wouldn't pick up because you've read the author before and you just can't help yourself!  And what happens, YOU MADE A GOOD DECISION!   Never, ever deter yourself from the potential of a good book just because it doesn't fit exactly into your wheelhouse of genres. 

A great start to my March #CJSReads2017 pile! :D

This is a collection of stories that covers Holmes's career. We see Holmes and Watson banter through various entertaining stories and mysteries and each chapter feels like a Cliffs Notes version of a longer novel yet still shows the fantastic ability they have in solving cases and baffling those around them.  What's great about this is that you can stop at each chapter, get your wits about you and then start fresh in the next chapter.  And yet, somehow they also all run together.  I found that Watson really shines throughout the stories as well.  So many AHA moments that makes my detective heart smile. :)

I've never been a fanatical Sherlock Holmes fan, a lover of short stories OR historical fiction. So why would I pick this book up? Because it's Lyndsay freakin' Faye! After reading Jane Steele and being WOWed by it, I just had to get my hands on this. She has a way of really conveying the feel of the original stories and putting you right into that era with ease. Such a rare talent to have and she does this seamlessly. My favorite of this book is "The Adventures of the Honest Wife". For some reason this one just sat with me throughout the entire read. If you are a Sherlock Holmes fan, this is a must read!

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