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Vienna is a unique and unforgettable novel. . . . Inspired by a classic Sherlock Holmes story, Vienna reimagines Holmes and Watson for the 21st century

It started as nothing more than a one-night stand . . .

Justine is an A-list fashion model on a photo shoot in Europe. Adored by half the world, she can have whomever she wants, but she’s never met anyone like the strange En
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 1st 2015 by Forge
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Terry Gibson
Sep 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Vienna by William S Kirby

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It was a thriller, but with a heart. I don't know whether my senior students are ready for a story depicting a lesbian relationship, but I thought the love affair between the two girls, Vienna and Justine, tastefully described and relevant to the story. Both girls were interesting personalities, especially Vienna, the autistic girl. I got a bit confused with the plot concerning the manikins, but overall, it was a well written, enjoyable s
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson shared a close, professional kinship in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original works. But we’re all about the reboot/rebrand/reimagining: Guy Ritchie’s 2009 entry (and inevitable sequel) with America’s favorite comeback kid, Robert Downey Jr., and co-star Jude Law was, shall we say, homoerotic (bonus gif set!). And do not wade into the Tumblr waters for posts about BBC’s Sherlock; you will find a lot of Benedict Cumberbatch/Martin Freeman. CBS’s Elementary does us ...more
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you to Macmillian-Tor/Forge for providing me with an egalley copy of this book to review.

“Vienna: A Novel” was a book I was really looking forward to. I didn’t realize initially that it was a female-female romance but it was a good way of getting out of my comfort zone when it comes to reading. Also, the reviews and praise that “Vienna” is very much like a modern Sherlock Holmes story, but with both protagonists being female, were difficult to ignore. And so I dived in, hoping to find anot
Originally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on Oct 11 , 2015:

In a Flutter: Delightful & diverse
Fluttering Thoughts:
Worldbuilding: If you love European settings, Vienna is the novel for you. The adventures of our MCs take us through a few very interesting European countries, and the glamorous world of a very successful model meets the even more exciting world of potentially royal intrigue & conspiracy.
Characters: Vienna and Justine were so very interesting. Vienna is a Sherlock/Watson re
Bob Milne
Aug 27, 2015 added it
Shelves: dnf
Okay, I've given this three tries, thinking maybe I just wasn't in the right mood, but it just didn't work for me. I was intrigued by the premise, but the romance was awkward and uncomfortable, the dialogue fell flat, and it seemed far more about the characters than the mystery. Eventually I just lost patience, unfortunately.
Victoria Fuller
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-it
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Tony Parsons
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Justine Am Stanford (bio-medics, top model, bi-sexual) is doing a fashion model photo shoot in Europe.
In the backdrop are antique wooden mannikins.
While attending David Andries (Justine’s lover, art dealer) is found murdered in the bathroom.


Fast forward Justine meets Vienna (autism, lesbian) & their personal/romantic relationship begins.

What could Vienna be concealing?
Will the killer(s) be found & prosecuted?
How will Justine Am & Vienna lives turn out?

Warning: This book is fo
Diane Hernandez
Oct 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Stephen King wrote in his latest book, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, that he likes short stories because it prevents him from going off on tangents. Vienna is a book full of tangents on European history and art. While some do relate to the main mystery, most do not. However, I actually enjoyed the asides better than the main plot. The main plot is a mystery and a treasure hunt, which is why it is sometimes compared to the DiVinci Code. However, it is not fast moving enough to be labelled a thriller ...more
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Vienna is a thrilling and devious page-burner of a novel with characters you fall for at first sight. The mystery lures us through a sumptuous labyrinth of ancient European capitals and high-fashion photo shoots, made all the more gorgeous as lensed through William S. Kirby’s clear, focused (and often sharply amusing) prose. Yet it’s the two figures in the foreground who constantly arrest our attention: we can’t look away, and crave to be with them when we aren’t. As Justine and Vienna approach ...more
Aug 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Although it was an entertaining read, Vienna did not feel like a Sherlock Holmes story to me.
The relationship between Justine and Vienna is well-developed, and I liked how Kirby gave an insight to the thoughts of the female protagonists, but the mannequins mystery was a part that I could not understand very well. I might need to give it a second read, because the murder mystery became a background sub-plot rather than the focus like I thought it would be. Overall, Vienna is an intriguing read t
Future Cat Lady
Feb 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
I always check out others reviews before I write my own. I want to be able to see if how I am feeling is unique to me or if others felt the same way.

The first thing I learned was that this book is supposed to be like Sherlock Holmes? I couldn't see that in the least.

This book was meh. I breezed through so many of the tangents on history and I have a degree in history, so that is how little sense they made to the story.

The romance part of the story was really poorly written like you couldn't f
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing

As someone who is "slightly autistic," I identified heavily with Vienna, the heroine who is solidly on the spectrum of Autism Spectrum Disorder, and that made the whole experience of the book even more enjoyable for me. Also, more frightening, more frustrating, and more of pretty much everything.

As a mystery, the story was strong, if slow to develop. But the characters captured me so completely that I never minded the slower plot.

Excellent book!
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

I did not 'get into this book'. I didn't really see this book as a modern day Sherlock Holmes. The relationship between the two female main characters was good and well developed. The mystery was there in print but I just didn't really like the book.
Nov 09, 2015 rated it liked it
This was a very difficult read.

It is at its essence a murder mystery.

I did not get that it is a modern day Holmes and Watson, although I can see that in hindsight.

It is so filled with extraneous information, due to Vienna's autism, that it was very slow reading, confusing and unusual.

This is one book that can be reread.

I borrowed this copy from the library
nikkia neil
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks Macmillan-Tor/Forge and netgalley for arc.

I love books that are somewhat in the vain of sherlock holmes. This book will be made in a movie. I told my husband this and we made a bet on it. Exciting, thrilling, and insightful. Loved how it made me think about the puzzle so I tried to prolong the book by making myself read it in a few days instead of one night.
Diane Ferbrache
Jan 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, glbtq
An interesting twist on Sherlock Holmes -- this time reimagined as lesbian lovers. The mystery is well done, and the similarities to Doyle's story are remarkable -- a great couple with a deep symbiotic relationship, but this time with sex.
Sarah Wagner
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
Good enough, but I can't summon up much enthusiasm for this novel. I was initially intrigued by the premise - reimagining Sherlock Holmes and Watson as lesbian lovers in the contemporary world. But the novel didn't feel very "Sherlock"-like to me and so I found this a disappointing read overall.
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Suckered by the promise of being a female Sherlock/Watson duo, I decided to give this one a try. It was ok but definitely no Holmes. They were of the same gender and they were intelligent; that was about where the similarities ended. It was somewhat interesting but not amazing. The editing was decent but would have been better if it was a little more polished and clarified some parts that were hard to follow.
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