The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes
by Leonard Goldberg
Cover Artist: Liam Peters
Review by Gayle Surrette
Minotaur Books Hardcover / Kindle Editio ISBN/ITEM#: 9781250101044
Date: 06 June 2017 List Price $25.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Sherlock Holmes has died. Dr. John Watson has retired, but continues to live at 221B Baker Street and answers the correspondence that still arrives addressed to Holmes and himself. He even occasionally takes a case when someone applies for help. He also assists the Scotland Yard as a medical consultant. But mostly Watson keeps up on medical advancements, enjoys the visits of his son, and reads through his old journals covering the cases he worked with Holmes.
In The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes, the next generation is stepping in. The housekeeper for Dr. Watson is Miss Hudson, the daughter of Mrs. Hudson. Dr. John Watson, Jr. has taken over for his father and enjoys sharing his memories of his father's old cases with Holmes and discussing his current cases. The Yard's Lestrade is the son of the officer that Holmes and Watson originally worked with.
Mary Harrelston visits Dr. Watson, Sr. to ask for his help. Her brother has died and it's being treated as a suicide and she's convinced he was murdered. Her visit coincided with that of Dr. Watson's son and together they decide to check into her brother's death. They intend to check out the body, talk to the witnesses, and visit the scene of his death.
They two Watsons are entranced with Joanna Blalock, one of the witnesses to Harrelston's death. She so impresses them with her keen observations and insights that they ask her to assist them. Joanna's son Johnnie was also a witness, and he also was a keen observer for a child his age.
The game is definitely afoot. Readers can follow along as they uncover clues, play with theories, and do their best to uncover the truth that will solve the case. There's danger, misdirection, surprises, a bit of romance, and characters that are interesting and believable.