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My Dearest Holmes

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  812 ratings  ·  39 reviews
"... The accounts of these cases are boo bound up with events in my personal life which, although they may provide a plausible commentary to much of my dealings with Mr Sherlock Holmes, can never be made public while he or I remain alive ..."

Although Dr Watson is known for recording some sixty of his adventures with the celebrated Sherlock Holmes, he also wrote other remin
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Kindle Edition, 146 pages
Published (first published January 1st 1988)
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Nikki
My Dearest Holmes contains two stories, with the conceit that they're both stories Watson set aside as being impossible to publish given the social circumstances of his day, and that he left them to be published years after his death, when it couldn't possibly affect him or his associates. The first deals with Watson's apparently unrequited love for Holmes, and provides background to his swift marriage to Mary, an arrangement of mutual benefit that allows both Watson and Mary to disguise their t ...more
Rebecca Tayles
I was a little nervous about finally getting to read this - it had the potential to be really bad fanfic. But Piercy's writing actually fits right in with that of the Sherlock Holmes canon, making this feel very natural.

Set shortly before The Sign of the Four, the first half of My Dearest Holmes deals with a woman worried about her housemate's disappearance. I won't spoil that case, which in itself is rather interesting with plenty of the sorts of twists you expect from a Holmes case, but during
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Portia Costa
Nov 14, 2011 Portia Costa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Sherlock Holmes fans open to something different, fans of gay male romance
I was intrigued by this item, a gay interpretation of the great friendship between Holmes and Watson, and I wasn't quite sure what I was going to make of it when I first started reading. I've always thought there was a deep and powerful bond between the two men, but I wasn't sure I liked the idea of it being more than that.

However, when I got into the story, I was very pleasantly surprised. The writing is excellent, and despite the obvious differences from the canonical, the voice is believable
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Rachel
Well, I'd say its for completists only, given that the premise is that Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are gay, and most of the book is about Watson pining in unrequited love for Holmes. That's going to be a dealbreaker for a lot of readers, which is understandable. The stories of the Sherlockian Canon are about the deep friendship between the two as much as they are about crime-solving, and most fans don't like to see that friendship tampered with. I happen to be a completist, and owner of such ...more
Elisa Rolle
First of all you have to consider that this novel was released in 1988, so well ahead of the movie on Sherlock Holmes and James Watson that so openly suggested that the relationship between the two had a sexual undercurrent. Actually I have two thoughts in mind upon finishing this book: one is that both movie than book have to be very accurate to the original characters since they share so much in common that only having the same origins can explain that, or second hypothesis is that maybe the s ...more
Jen
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Momina Masood
I am not one to write negative reviews because I believe it serves no purpose. But I must say, that even though most of us (I, for one, at least) love the interaction between Holmes and Watson and the sexual tension that most of the derivative works tend to create between them, this utter blatant and bold declaration of both of them as homosexuals has been troubling. It simply ruins the fun. And even Mary? Mary is gay, too? Come on! See, as long as things remain in the realm of possibility, they ...more
notyourmonkey
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Erastes
A nice deceit, that Rohase Piercy found the manuscripts and has published them. Watson’s preface is rather sad as it talks of how he hopes that men of his type have things better than men of his generation.
It’s been a very long time since I read Holmes in canon. I have the complete works and I hoovered them up all at once in my 20′s and haven’t read them since, but from what I remember these two little novellas, each cataloguing a different case of the great detective, are written by a true Holm
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Tanya Herig
One of the best modern Sherlock Holmes interpretations I have ever read! At times I was almost certain the words were Arthur Conan Doyles. Beautiful style of writing. The story draws you in from start to finish. And the end was simply perfect.
Joanna
I said to Paul, "This is the best book written in the history of literature," and I meant every word of it. Every sentence is incredibly satisfying, if you love angst. And my god do I love angst
Ioana
This book will most likely remain unread by people who can't conceive of any other sort of relationship between Watson and Holmes other than platonic friendship - and that's a pity, because they're missing out on a good book. It's certainly better written than most of the pastiches I read, and with more respect for the characters. Indeed, it is very IN character, somehow. Expect nothing terribly shocking (like smut, ha) but expect lots of angst... The first part (story) is a very Conan Doyle-esq ...more
La Stamberga dei Lettori
Adoro i prequel/sequel/spin-off e quant'altro prolunghi il piacere di leggere i miei romanzi preferiti raccontandone retroscena o punti di vista alternativi, a patto che venga rispettato lo spirito del romanzo originale. Per questo mi sono avvicinata con curiosità mista a diffidenza a questa rilettura delle avventure di Sherlock Holmes in chiave romantica. Chiunque abbia una qualche familiarità con il grande detective, infatti, conosce la sua indole distaccata e la quasi totale indifferenza vers ...more
Maria Teresa Zumbo
I loved this book. As simple as that.
I loved it probably more than I should have, this book been written by someone different from Conan-Doyle.
I always thought reading Sherlock Holmes that the relationship between him and the good doctor was deeper than a normal relationship between friends would be. It goes without saying that deeper doesn’t mean necessarily romantic. But it was nonetheless an idea that allowed me to read this book open minded and ready to discover the author point of view on
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Joe
Mar 19, 2012 Joe rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: fiction
This is pretty much Harlequin Romance meets Sherlock Holmes, recorded in Doctor Watson's voice as so many of the original cases were. The book is divided into two halves. The first, a mystery worthy of Conan Doyle himself, in my opinion, but interwoven with an insight into the relationship, or lack thereof, between Holmes and Watson, and set shortly before the events of The Sign of the Four, which, devoted readers will know, is the case in which Watson meets the woman he will marry. The second h ...more
Amy
I absolutely loved this. I might have a hard time going back to the Doyle books or other adaptions after this one, and not just because Watson was pining for Holmes. This is the point of view that I was missing from House of Silk, even though both that and this were told by Watson. I really felt like I was there with him, experiencing things with him, and I really felt my heart breaking for him at times.

This book is split into two parts. The suddenness that the first one ended took me a bit by s
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Jackie
Sweet, understated, and very well-written. My biggest issue was the wholly unsympathetic portrayal of Mycroft, combined with Watson frequently noting how fat and unappealing he is. The other canon characters were great, though, and I loved Q.B. Wish there was more!
Ariel
This was a rather delightful little book. Very much in the tone of Doyle, it touched on the heartbreak of John Watson's being in love with Sherlock Holmes and thinking the other man indifferent.

Since I've been on a huge Sherlock Holmes kick (or mainly Sherlock/John, thanks to the new BBC show) I was thrilled to find this in the library, and devoured it. And it was adorable! Not fanfiction-y (which is a concern), no crazy sex-against-a-wall (which was, perhaps, a bit disappointing, but stuck wit
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Megan
This book is in two parts: part one, a "previously-unpublished" case, and part two, a rewriting of the Final Problem/The Empty House. The twist in the case was unique and fun, and I wish Piercy had given more attention to the mystery (my perennial complaint with Holmes pastiches); likewise, the twist in her rewrite of Holmes's return was clever but underplayed.

I liked her portrayals of Holmes and Watson, and the slash was central but never gratuitous. (Unless you think that sort of thing is grat
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Morgan Dreiss
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Tamela
I've been a Sherlock Holmes/Dr. Watson fan since my mom bought me "The Adventures of sherlock Holmes" when I was in grade school. I've read and re-read them and watched so many of the movie and tv adaptations that I can't even count them. Currently re-watching "Sherlock" the BBC series of a modern Holmes/Watson duo. LOVE IT.

Anyway, I was totally impressed with the writing in My Dearest Holmes. It has a wonderful wealth of feeling but still with clear and concise descriptions. This allows this st
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Lisa
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Kasey Monckton
A 3.5 for the very realistic account of what it would have been if Holmes and Watson were truly feeling more than friendship. Huge sympathy for Watson but also a frustration and empathy for Holmes. If you enjoy Sherlock Holmes of any sort I would give it a read. The mystery is obvious to me but I didn't mind that. It was the story going on inside it that I was interested in and it was a wonderful end.
Dana
Once I picked it up, I did not put this book down until it was finished. This is a beautiful story in Holmesian tradition. It casts a deeper look on the relationship between Holmes and Watson while keeping true to the original feel of Doyle's classics. Piercy's Watson has soul and depth. Her Holmes is right on the mark and shows a glimmer of tragic and poignant emotion. I loved it pure and simple. I wish there was more books out there like this one. Now to (im)patiently await the second Sherlock ...more
Stéphanie
Impressive ! The author is so respectful of the Canon yet she manages to introduce masterfully her own view of the relationship between Holmes and Watson. This is a non graphic and beautifully written romance and we can't be anything but touch by this tale of these famous men is the Victorian era, when it's was so difficult and dangerous for two men to express their feelings for each other. A MUST read to all Holmesian/Sherlockian who are not opposed to male relationships.
Steph
Whilst certainly not the best Holmes pastiche out there, it is certainly the gentlest and best one to deal with a risky subject in the area of Holmesians. This book deals with a gay Watson, does Holmes know and more importantly, how does Holmes feel? Whilst the blackmail plot is a little silly and there are moments of characterisation that feel wrong, it's still a well written book. The second part dealing with Holmes's return and the death of Mary is very moving.
Rebecca Watson
Quite nice, but I fancy I like other SH pastiches better.
A Brownie Point for not being smut, though :)
But very angsty, sometimes.
Monchari S
The author is so clever and could blend this pastiche to the time gap in original canon so well!! (some had been changed to be suited to story, however).

This pastiche has made the lost time of Holmes during and after The Final Problem and all the phenomenon after that seemed more understandable and even more reasonable.

A bit dark and serious, but reasonable. Very impressive work.
Rozonda
Sensitive, elegant and very respectful, this account of Holmes and Watson's friendship as a love story can satisfy both canonical-to-the-letter Sherlockians and no-so-strict ones. In a world where male homosexuality was chastised with very harsh laws and female one was deemed not to exist, Watson is forced to lead a double life and Holmes represses his feelings. Very sweet and realistic.
Philip Jones
I have never bothered to produce a review of this book because of its limited publication and appeal. On the other hand, this book was the first book I read that forced me to concede that homosexually-oriented Sherlockian fiction could have genuine Literary merit.

This is an excellently written book, with style and humor as well as interesting tales.
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“Although we have shared lodgings for seven years, we are not--on intimate terms."

I spoke earnestly, for I certainly could not afford to have her misunderstand the situation. She regarded me seriously.

"You are very fond of him, however, and would wish things otherwise," she said.

I gripped the edge of my seat and did not reply. Turning to look at the street, I observed that we were just passing the door of the Cafe Royal and were approaching Regent Circus. I shifted my gaze abruptly to the swaying interior of the hansom. I felt Miss D'Arcy's eyes upon me.

"Is it so very obvious?" I said at last.”
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