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Jewel of the Thames

(Portia Adams Adventures #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  436 ratings  ·  106 reviews
There’s a new detective at 221 Baker Street

Set against the background of 1930s England, Jewel of the Thames introduces Portia Adams, a budding detective with an interesting — and somewhat mysterious — heritage.

Nineteen-year-old Portia Adams has always been inquisitive. There’s nothing she likes better than working her way through a mystery. When her mother dies, Portia pu
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by Fierce Ink Press Co-op Ltd (first published March 23rd 2014)
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Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-owned-read
I KNEW IT. That is all I will say for now, but I KNEW IT. Ha!

Also, I sincerely hope more adventures will come about soon.


Confession time I'm not a huge Sherlockian. I'm actually rather the opposite--I was always more in the Hercule Poirot camp of quirky male detectives that most people find obnoxious. BBC's show (and Benedict Cumberbatch's cheekbones) however convinced me I was being too hard on the fellow. When I received an email asking if I'd be interested in reviewing Jewel of the Thames
Quick and cute read. I figured out the big secret about Portia (how could it have been any other?). This had been on my TBR list for some time so I finally have read it and I'm glad. Not a bad little mystery but certainly not the brain taxing sort. It really is more a novella length and I finished in less than a day. ...more
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. One day I would like to proclaim one of these Sherlock Holmes-inspired novels a rousing success (because lord knows I’m waiting for one myself), but unfortunately it won’t be today. Jewel of the Thames is an okay read for fans of light detective stories who wouldn’t mind the tone of the book skewing young, but despite the great concept it’s somewhat let down by the execution – it doesn’t deliver the fresh spin on the Holmes universe that would make it a more intriguing read and lacked ...more
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jewel of the Thames is a delightful, surprising, suspenseful and smart adventure with a fierce young woman at its core. As Portia Adams journeys from the cultural backwater of Toronto to bustling 1930s London, the centre of culture and her own family history, Misri introduces her readers to a charming detective for a new generation: a plucky and open-minded observer with a kind heart and a developing analytical mind - though, one who takes tea instead of pipe tobacco as she gets to the bottom of ...more
Nikki Stafford
Mar 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Having recently immersed myself in the world of Sherlock Holmes by reading all 56 short stories and four novels in one summer, I've been reading through other pastiche novels that have been written in tribute to the original series. They range from clumsy to excellent, and I'm happy to say that Misri's book is definitely on that higher end of the spectrum. This is a delightful book that immerses the reader in the world of Sherlock Holmes — not the Victorian world of hansom cabs and gaslights whe ...more
May 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
My name is Martha Pinney, I am 12 years old and I'm sherlocked. when summer came around,we had to write book lists I had no idea whatsoever about this new book. I am very picky about my reading and mainly only chose science fiction. When my mother told me that for our trip to London, I would have to read one British book. I instantly turned to any sort of Sherlock book weather it is original or a parody. when I was told that a book has already been ordered and is now on the way I could not trust ...more
Dec 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sherlock Holmes fan-fic, essentially, only better written than most.
March 23rd, 2017 ~
A full review will have to come later. But, I've added the sequel to my 'to-read' list, I gave it five stars, and I finished at a time later last night than I should have.

I'll leave you to your deductions, as to what I thought of it.


April 12th, 2017 ~
I have been trying to come up with a proper, full review. This hasn't quite happened, and I don't think I'll be able to do one like I wanted.

It doesn't hurt that my original one--seen below--summed up my feeling well. I couldn't
I really enjoyed this book. It is a solid first book of a new series and a great start as a first novel for this author.

Misri finds a good balance between paying homage to Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories and creating a unique voice and unique characters, or at least unique interpretations of characters. I particularly enjoyed the introduction of this new protagonist, Portia Adams, an intelligent young woman with a mind of her own but who is also still willing to listen to the thoughts of
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun homage to the Holmes, with three mysteries and a brilliant young woman detective whose powers of observation would rival Holmes himself.
Nineteen-year-old Portia Adams has always been inquisitive. There's nothing she likes better than working her way through a mystery. When her mother dies, Portia puzzles over why she was left in the care of the extravagant Mrs. Jones but doesn't have long to dwell on it before she is promptly whisked from Toronto to London by her new guardian. Once there Portia discovers that she has inherited 221B Baker Street, the former offices of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. As she settles into her new ho ...more
Michelle (FabBookReviews)

If you, like me, are keen for more Sherlock Holmes-inspired tales and 20th century-era YA mysteries, then Jewel of the Thames may be for you!

Misri has created what I think is an intriguing take on the legend of Sherlock Holmes, bringing promising charm to a beloved (and very copied) oeuvre. As the description notes, our main character Portia Adams comes suddenly into the inheritance of 221 Baker Street- the famous dwelling of Holmes and Watson- forcing her move from Toronto to London in the 1930
Aug 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels, young-adult
Angela Misri's Jewel of the Thames is a fun YA novel that is neither a dystopia nor a romance. Set in the 1930's, it is a sequel to the Sherlock Holmes stories. It is a welcome change.

As a sequel, it follows much of its predecessors' format. While it is a novel, it takes the form of multiple short cases with an overarching story. The main character is Portia Adams, a young woman almost in her twenties. She is keenly observant with a high interest in solving mysteries.

I don't much like mysteries.
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a fantastic read if you are a fan of Sherlock or are just getting into them. I enjoyed every second of this book and loved how the character Portia progressed through out the novel. I can’t wait to read more by of Portia and her story. I also liked how there was different cases of throughout the story. There was three different cases that Portia worked on and each one showed the progression of Portia. I can’t wait to see what more this series has to offer.
Mar 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First off, love the cover. This book was very enjoyable. I loved the character of Portia Adams. She displayed strength and a warmth of heart. The story drew me in immediately and didn’t lose my interest once. The mysteries were satisfying and the character development was excellent. The only negative was that it was over too quickly! I’m really looking forward to reading more Portia Adams adventures. If you’re looking for a cozy mystery, anything Sherlockian, or just a fun read, don’t hesitate!
Danielle Webster
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
"It’s a brave thing to take on a figure as well-known as Sherlock Holmes and create something new and engaging, but Misri pulls it off. There is more to Portia than meets the eye and I’m looking forward to what she’ll get up to next in her continued sleuthing adventures. Clever and well-conceived, Jewel of the Thames is a must for mystery lovers." Full review here. ...more
Natalie Joan
Apr 20, 2014 rated it liked it
As a fan of the original books - and a bit of a stickler for canon - I feel like I shouldn't like Portia Adams. Which is of course, stupid. But while I can't 100% buy into her connection to Watson & Holmes, I loved reading about her and following as she solved the cases.

I definitely want to read more of Portia Constance Adams.
Joyce Grant
Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If Sherlock Holmes had to do everything he did in a long skirt and under the duress of gender-based discrimination... well, let's just say he probably would have turned to drugs rather than put up with all of that. Fortunately, Portia Adams is up to the challenge in this first of a three-book Sherlockian series. A smart, well-rounded protagonist who is as likeable as she is intelligent. ...more
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was beyond fabulous!! I enjoyed reading it so much and never wanted to put it down, nor did I want it to end. It has a good strong female character that I'm looking forward to seeing her develop her skills in coming books. All the characters are engaging and you want to see where they are going. ...more
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I'm really looking forward to book #2! ...more
Cori Macphee
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sweet story with a few suprising twists. i look forward to seeing where this series goes.
This review was originally posted on March 17, 2014 on http://canlitforlittlecanadians.blogs...

Take yourself back to London after the turn of the century (19th to 20th, that is), after the death of Queen Victoria and at the beginnings of the city's transformation into a modern city with an underground, electric trams above ground, and a mixture of Gregorian, Victorian, Edwardian and Art Nouveau stylings. And Scotland Yard working against all nature of crime, sometimes with the help of consultin
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries, historical
This might be strange to say, but I really like Portia and I don't know why. Yes, she is very intelligent, and I love intelligent characters; but right from the very beginning I enjoyed her personality. Something about her just clicked with me I guess. Her difficulties in the third casebook made her feel so real. Hopefully I can get my hands on the next two books quickly! I have to know what happens next. ...more
Sherry Ramsey
Aug 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2017, print
More of a three point five; I enjoyed it, but found the writing a little too slow-moving in places and jumpy in others. The stories were fun, though, and Portia is quite endearing. I'd read another installment for sure. ...more
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
These series are one of the most intriguing Sherlock Holmes parodies I have read so far, I’ve read all three books and I very much hope more will come out!! Can’t wait!
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I haven’t read many books from the mystery genre or at least from Sherlock Holmes, so this book to me seemed so good. I loved the mystery, they each a different twist to them and I loved how it shows a side of her personal life. We are solving mysteries alongside Portia while also trying to solve the mystery that is her life.

Definitely enjoyed it, totally recommend.
Originally published at The Flyleaf Review

Admittedly, I’m not familiar with the original Sherlock Holmes, nor am I well-acquainted with the popular TV adaptations on BBC or CBS. I am, however, familiar with Robert Downey Jr.’s work on the big screen. Downey’s brilliant interpretation of the eccentric and egotistical detective is the reason an interest in Angela Misri’s Jewel of the Thames arose. But more than this, I anticipated a fresh take on the story. As an addition to the extensive Sherlock
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Generations of fan-fiction writers have endeavored to exploit Arthur Conan Doyle’s success by inventing adventures for Sherlock Holmes, but with varying effectiveness. In Jewel of the Thames, novelist Angela Misri sidesteps fan-fiction drawbacks by introducing a brand-new Baker Street detective: nineteen-year-old Portia Adams.

Portia’s North American origins travel both sides of the United States-Canada border, but now that she has been orphaned, she must make an unexpected move to England, in t
Miss Page Turner
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Finally! We have a new detective investigating the YA scene. As soon as you read more about Portia Adams and the cases she's got to solve, you can't resist to get drawn into her story.
Portia Adams makes careful observations and isn't too fast with her verdicts and assumptions. When she presents her view on a case and explains her theory, it's with certainty and not only a vague guess. She's an incorruptible and bright private eye for her very young age. You'll like that about her! Holmes and Wat
Ellen Zacarias
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I don't normally gravitate towards mystery reads, but Jewel of the Thames has made me quite smitten with all things related to the Sherlockverse...and tea. Following the death of her mother, Portia Adams is uprooted from her rundown Toronto apartment to London - into the same exact apartment where Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson used to hang out and solve mysteries. This transition is facilitated by Mrs. Jones, Portia's mysterious and wealthy guardian. As Portia attends college and gets to know t ...more
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Angela Misri is an award-winning journalist, author and educator. Her detective series, called The Portia Adams Adventures, is set in the 1930s, and her first middle-grade series is called Tales from the Apocalypse. Misri has an MA in journalism from the University of Western Ontario and has worked as a digital journalist for almost 20 years, first at the CBC and now at The Walrus. She also teache ...more

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