Sep. 18, 2017

Definitely not my cuppa

Mrs. Hudson's Olympic Triumph: Fifth in the Mrs. Hudson of Baker Street Series by Barry S Brown

Mrs. Hudson, detective…

My thanks go out to Steve and Timi at MX Publishing for my copy of this book. Thank you very much, guys!

I probably shouldn’t have ordered this book, but I was intrigued to see if Mr. Brown could actually pull off the difficult job of Mrs. Hudson being the brains behind 221B as a consulting detective agency. In this book, my first (and only in this series,) Mrs. Hudson and her late husband set up in Baker Street as detectives. After Mr. Hudson had passed away, Mrs. Hudson rented the rooms out to Holmes and Watson, who become part of Mrs. Hudson’s dream team.

God knows I have made multiple attempts to finish reading this book, but I am finally giving up. The book is 244 pages, I made it to 167. Sigh…

I don’t think that Mr. Brown’s prose is really at fault. The mystery seems straightforward enough as far as investigation/deduction. Holmes joins the UK fencing team as part of the 1896 Olympics to be held in Athens. He is undercover on a case for Mycroft. The interception and recovery of a letter from Queen Victoria’s daughter, now the Dowager Empress of Germany; is of prime concern because of the international tension between the UK and the German Empire.

Awaiting them in Athens is Inspector Lestrade. The courier that was to deliver the letter is found shot to death. The Ambassador is missing, and his wife has also been shot and killed. The mission remains the same, recover the letter at all cost.

This book has the intrigue of an international conflict, but for me, it has none of the charms. I cannot fight through more pages of a novel about Sherlock Holmes that has him as a sidekick. The story also neglects the proviso that Doctor Watson records Holmes’ cases, and with the importance of what is at stake, Watson would not have missed writing the case up. That’s it in a nutshell. The story is strange, and a bit too strange for my tastes, like an underdone steak.

As I said, I don’t think Mr. Brown’s prose is at fault here. So I will give the book two stars. There will no doubt be those who actually like the story just fine as is, and Mr. Brown shouldn’t be overly punished for my personal taste.

Quoth the Raven…

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