Jul. 31, 2017

Sherlock Holmes and Joanna Watson—the beginning…

The Twisted Blackmailer: Watson and Holmes: Book One by TL Garrison

My thanks go out to Steve and Timi at MX Publishing for my copy of this book!

I should point out, first of all, that if you are a Holmes purist, this book is not for you. This book has nothing to do with Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street and his faithful Boswell, Doctor John Watson.

If you have read down to this point, I will say that once you have made that determination, the book is rare in that it is enjoyable, and I read it in one setting! There are many pastiches out there. I have seen Holmes re-imagined as anything from a Vampire to a computer program. I have seen Holmes on other planets, chasing ghosts, and in the Lovecraft Mythos. This book is none of the above…

Here, Sherlock Holmes is the new girl at High School. Her locker, 221B is next to Joanna Watson’s locker, 211A. The girls are placed on a lab project together, as Holmes is new and Watson is an honor student.

This Sherlock Holmes is as irascible as the original and loses no time in drawing Watson into her investigations as a “Consultant Examiner of Facts” as it says on her business card. At present, Holmes is working for a woman who is being blackmailed by a man whom the law cannot touch. He has something on everyone, from the upper crust to the street people.

Holmes is a slender girl with a detached, distant personality. She is from the wealthy part of town. Mrs. Hudson is her housekeeper, but all references to her family are veiled for the present. She was recently expelled from another school, where she had revealed that two teachers were having an affair.

Joanna Watson is the daughter of a local policeman. Her mother has left the family, (she is later revealed to be a meth addict), and her older brother vanished after drunkenly wrapping his motorcycle around a tree. Joanna has a reputation for never getting in trouble in school from Kindergarten to present, where she is a senior. That will change…

Lovers of the Holmes Canon will delight at finding many references to people, places, and cases in this story. Sherlock Holmes is like the daughter Holmes never had. This is the first case involving this Holmes and Watson. I would love to see more…

I give the book five stars. While not a traditional Holmes story, I believe the writing is just as enjoyable!

Quoth the Raven…

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