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3.48  ·  Rating details ·  236 ratings  ·  80 reviews
Aspiring scientist Arabella Holmes doesn't fit the role of a 1900s lady. Her father, Sherlock, landed her a position at the Mütter Museum to pursue her dream of becoming a purveyor of abnormal science, or what her father calls a "Boneseeker."

Henry Watson’s two-fold mission at the Mütter Museum is to join their team of forensic anthropologists in unearthing unusual antiqui
ebook, 286 pages
Published January 10th 2018 by The Wild Rose Press, Inc (first published June 15th 2014)
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Brynn Chapman Hi. Book two of the Boneseeker Chronicles...HERE WALK THE DEAD has showed up on Goodreads and is due out Oct 2016. Happy Reading `~ brynn
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Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
That was awesome!!! I can't wait for everyone to read this! And for more of Arabella and Henry's adventures :D ...more
Jun 20, 2014 rated it really liked it

Growing up my parents and I watched anything that had to do with Sherlock Holmes, so picking this one up was a no brainer. This is a tale that follows Bella, Sherlock Holmes’ daughter, who has landed her dream job at the museum. But when the skeleton remains were found they bring her and Henry a age old mystery to solve, and also bring them both into a dangerous situation too. There are people who don’t want the truth found out. It was all entertaining and kept me turning pages.

Bella was a int
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RATING:  Initially I wanted to give this only 2.5 stars but I liked the last quarter of the book and thus deserves another half star.


If you've read  my Review of Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco,  you'd know why I requested this book from Netgalley. It has the same plot- well, almost.

Whilst  Stalking Jack the Ripper  was set on 1880s, Boneseeker is on 1910s. Arabella Holmes , an aspiring Scientist, isn't like any
Janet Robel
Enjoyable start to this series. Arabella Holmes is not like other females of her time. She has a wonderful analytical mind. It seems her friend, Henry Watson, is the only one who understands her. This is a fresh take on the Holmes and Watson story with a new generation.
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
This book contains elements that I love... suspense, Nephilim, mystery, and a little romance. I also love that the characters are children of two beloved literary characters, Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. Arabella Holmes is a young woman before her time. She is strong, intelligent, and working in an environment dominated by men., She does this in a time when it was not admirable to do so.

Henry Watson is the calming force for Arabella (similar to what his father was to Sherlock). He has been i
Stephanie - Books Less Travelled
I don't read mysteries often, since I tend to guess the ending early on (oops!) but I do enjoy a good mystery, with plenty of twists and secrets. While this one wasn't the most shocking I've read, as I did guess quite a bit of what was going to happen, it did remind my of Stalking Jack the Ripper, which I loved (despite knowing who 'Jack' was almost immediately) and this one has a similar setup. I enjoyed the banter/romance between Bella and Henry, and can see readers really enjoying this! If an ...more
nick (the infinite limits of love)


I know I will sound very shallow when I say this, but Boneseeker's gorgeous cover is what first attracted my attention. I was even more excited once I read that it featured Sherlock Holmes' daughter and John Watson's son as protagonists in a story obviously full of science. I'm not going to lie, I might have squeed out it in enthusiasm!

Arabella Holmes was exactly like her father: impulsive, curious and had a brain whose wheels kept turning 24/7. She had a huge passion for science, especiall
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: digital-book
I received this copy via NetGalley to review.

Admittedly I misjudged this book. I originally thought it was a steampunk book based on the title and cover. I should have read the blurb better.
I do not like mysteries or romances and this book was both. Sorry Sir Doyle but I could really care less about Sherlock Holmes even though I do enjoy the American movies and the BBC series. That being said I really did enjoy this book.
Arabella is so unlike any woman from her time and that thrills me. I ofte
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
This was so poorly edited that I had a hard time finishing this one. There was even an instance of Dr. Watson and Henry being addressed as Dr. and Mr. Holmes. If you have a preposition like between, then you must use me not I. I thought the premise sounded truly interesting, and I broke my rule of buying a book for full price. Granted it was only $3.99 on Amazon, but I still feel that the book should have been edited a little better for that purchase price.
Michelle Hauck
Jul 31, 2014 added it
Shelves: gave-up
This was a DNF for me. I thought it would be like a Sherlock Holmes story, but it was nothing like. Was also so poorly edited that it was a distraction to reading. Made it to Chapter 7 and decided the rest would be way too much romance and wistful teen-like characters sighing after each other.
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
An archaeological adventure with Dr. Watson, his son Henry and Sherlock Holmes’ daughter Arabella? Plus a striking cover? Yes please.

The beloved literary figures & their next generation, as well as the Biblical-oriented archaeology plot, initially drew me to this story. The little verse about the Nephilim tucked into the book of Genesis & the flood account has always intrigued me, and the angle from which Chapman approaches it gives it even more intrigue. (A secret brotherhood of people trying t
Judy Hall
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
It should not be a surprise to anyone that the daughter of Sherlock Holmes would not fit the common role of a lady Victorian lady. With her father’s help Arabella is working at the Mutter Museum exploring the oddities cataloged there. When her best friend from childhood, Henry Watson, joins the Museum staff as an Antiquarian, Arabella is both excited and insulted. She is sure that her father and John have arranged for Henry to keep an eye on her, but the truth is she has always had an eye for He ...more
Katherine Horvath
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Boneseeker: was a very intriguing story. Loved the characters and how the story was told. I loved how Arabella and Henry can read each other's minds. It was an amazing story! It was written very well and it was a very special story. I liked it so much. ...more
“You know my method. It is founded upon the observation of trifles.”
~ Sherlock Holmes, The Boscombe Valley Mystery

And unfortunately, in the case of Boneseeker, the trifles added up to the conclusion that though this book has an intriguing premise, it is in desperate need of a few more rewrites and/or editorial passes. Yes, I do understand that I read an advance copy of this book, but it was in extremely rough shape even for a review copy, and not just in regard to grammar. I’m going to try to ke
May 09, 2014 rated it liked it
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I am a big fan of Sherlock Holmes. So when I saw a book about Sherlock's daughter, who who wants to follow in her fathers deductive reasoning footsteps, I knew I had to read it. Plus throw in the fact that her specialty leads her to a job at a museum as a "purveyor of abnormal science" how could I pass it up?? Sherlock plus mystery plus just a touch of creepy and weird. That just sounds so good! And it was good! It was exactly as I expect
Jun 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Boneseeker was far different than I had anticipated.  I have never been big into Sherlock Holmes, but I love mysteries and this seemed like something new and different, something outside of my usual reads.

The story centers around Arabella Holmes and Henry Watson, the children of the famed Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.  Dr. Watson is a big part of this story, while Sherlock himself stays in the background.  I actually enjoyed that the big man played a lesser role in the story and put the other
Michelle (Bookaholic Banter)
When I first heard of this book I was very excited to read it! Who doesn't love a good mystery story? It had an intriguing premise involving the daughter of Sherlock Holmes and the son of Watson! Even more interesting was that this story takes place at the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia. Nothing like reading a story that takes place near where you are from and with familiar places. I thought this book was going to be very captivating and I was in mood for an interesting mystery story. Unfortunate ...more
Nicky Peacock
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It was such a fab idea to take Holmes and Watson to the next generation and to have them on a kind of steampunk/ science adventure; it kind of reminded me of the Robert Downey Jr movies, and actually would work really well as one at some point as part of that movie franchise….

From a writer’s perspective, the author did a great job of giving us characters that were easy to get behind and root for, an even more amazing job as Sherlock Holmes himself often comes across arrogant,
Nov 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Boneseeker is the beginning of the Boneseeker Chronicles series. It is interesting to read with the children of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. Like their fathers, Arabella Holmes and Henry Watson are quite the team. The two sure do find themselves in quite a suspense filled adventure. There are some action-packed scenes that kept me on the edge of my seat, making me want to continue to turn the pages. But they were other scenes that were a little slow for me, making me want to put it down ...more
Marissa Garner
Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic blend of history, science, and romance. Loved the characters! Great twisty plot. I loved how the science was so skillfully woven into the plot.
Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews
A bit of a slow start, but it definitely picked up!
Naima R.
Aug 29, 2014 marked it as to-read

This sounds like the best historical rmance/fiction/mystery book ever written.

On my way to read this right now!
Gabbi Grey
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Curious and Smart woman ahead of her time

When I read the summary for “Boneseeker”, I put it at the top of my list. I attacked it with enthusiasm and…I struggled.

Now, I have to say, this is a very good book. Creative, unique, smart, and intellectually challenging. I have always been a Sherlock Holmes fan, so the thought of Holmes’ daughter and Watson’s son working together to solve a mystery had me intrigued.

I always struggle with first person present tense point of view. I read in fits and start
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

"Men aren't used to the weaker vessels spouting physics equations and talking about corpses as if it's polite dinner conversation."

Boneseeker is the story of Arabella "Bella" Holmes and Henry Watson, the next generation of the infamous Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. While this book does include elements of mystery and crime solving to it, there's no comparison to a Sherlock Holmes mystery. Wha
Bonseeker was a surprisingly delightful romp through turn-of-the-century Philidelphia. Our guides on this most excellent of sinister adventures was none other than the children of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, Arabella and Henry. Both principle characters lead the narrative with equal energy and tenacity despite their circumstances. While romance was a very alluring element to this story, it doesn't overshadow so much as enhance this proposed sequel to Conan-Doyle's prolific works.
Chapman has
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
1910 and the children of Holmes and Watson - Arabella Holmes and Henry Watson, meet again at the Mutter Museum. They are two members of an expedition up the River Hudson to determine whether bones found are evidence of a Nephilim.
Didnit really find the characters or the subject that interesting. Though I did manage to read to the end.
a NetGalley Book
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
This book was fun to listen to. It took me a bit of time to get used to the wording from that time, but once I did the story took off. I enjoyed learning about Miss Holmes and can’t wait to see what adventures she finds in the future.
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not great.
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Set in Philadelphia in 1910, Boneseeker is the story of Sherlock Holmes daughter, Arabella and John Watson's son, Henry. Henry and Arabella grew up together and were best friends, only to be separated when Henry went off to boarding school. Several years later, Arabella is working as a curator at the Mutter Museum, a museum filled with all things medical and scientific and oddities of both kinds. Henry gets a position at the Mutter after his schooling
Desiree Putaski
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 star review!
I’m going to be honest… I was drawn to this book because of the cover. Not only do I have an unhealthy addiction to YA fiction, but when it’s historical as well… my inner book nerd goes a little crazy. And then when I read the synopsis to find that our heroine is the daughter of one of the greatest detectives ever… Sherlock Holmes… well I didn’t have a choice but to sign up for this one! The icing on the cake…she works at a museum (one of my dream jobs… yea, my inner geek was on
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Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Brynn Chapman is the daughter of two teachers. Her writing reflects her passions: science, history and love—not necessarily in that order. In real life, the geek gene runs strong in her family, as does the Asperger’s syndrome. Her writing reflects her experience as a pediatric therapist and her interactions with society’s downtrodden. In fiction, she’s a st ...more

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