Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes (The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes Mysteries #1)” as Want to Read:
The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes (The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes Mysteries #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes

(The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes Mysteries #1)

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  2,450 ratings  ·  434 reviews
1910. Joanna Blalock unknowingly is the product of a sole assignation between the late Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler. After the nurse and her ten-year-old son see a man fall to his death in an apparent suicide, elderly Dr. John Watson and his charming handsome son Dr. John Watson Jr. invite her to join their detective team. From hidden treasure to the Second Afghan War o ...more
Hardcover, 305 pages
Published June 6th 2017 by Minotaur Books (first published 2017)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Gillian Wiseman the Publisher's Weekly reviewer comments that perhaps the two are related... but there's no way the timeline would work for them to be the same…morethe Publisher's Weekly reviewer comments that perhaps the two are related... but there's no way the timeline would work for them to be the same person. Granddaughter, maybe? This book is set in 1910.(less)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.54  · 
Rating details
 ·  2,450 ratings  ·  434 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes (The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes Mysteries #1)
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Mar 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-2018
It was pure willpower (and guilt since I got the library to buy in the book) that got me through this book. I love reading (well-written) Sherlock Holmes pastiches like those by Laurie R. King and Sherry Thomas, but that's not the case with this book. The only thing that was good about this book is that it was so easy to read because you could skim the pages. The book lacks well-developed characters and an interesting story. Most of the characters in this book is a new generation of the classica ...more
Mar 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book is not only awful, it is insulting to human intelligence.

First, though, two things I didn’t mind. As a general lover of Sherlock Holmes and all related pastiches, I like the idea of Holmes having a daughter that follows in his footsteps. Also the central mystery itself would have been perfectly acceptable in another book.

But those two mediocre and misused points do not make up for the plethora of short-comings. Shall I list them? I shall. The dialogue is incredi
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well, even though he's not as good as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, I really love this book.
I thought Irene Adler married that lawyer, Godfrey Norton. And she and Holmes didn't even have time for that, did they? That's a mystery. I even wanna ask Sir Arthur to tell me everything.

Like father, like daughter...... Joanne has become one of my idols.
Paul Secor
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Boring trash. The biggest joke is that the author thanks two "superb editors, who managed to find the best novel in my manuscript." I'm amazed that there was any editing at all involved in this poorly written book. The best editing that could have been done would have been to burn the manuscript.
***The Summer of Sherlock 2019***

I am quite amazed at the sheer number of authors who can’t resist writing about the great detective! In this offering, it is a male author, giving us his version of a daughter of Sherlock Holmes.

I rather like the enhanced role it gives to Dr. Watson, the surviving member of the duo. He and his dashing son, also a doctor, set about solving a mystery which Joanna Blalock has witnessed. She is soon part of the investigative team and very much on Watson Junior’s mind.

There are just some tag words that have me reaching for a book without doing much preliminary investigation whether a book is for me. 'Sherlock Holmes' in title or blurb would we one of those. Pair that with the idea that he has a daughter and she, a keen observer, setting out on her first mystery and I'm all in.

The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes takes place after the death of Holmes with Watson in his old age. Watson's son, Dr. John Watson, Jr. is the narrator of the story explaining h
Kris - My Novelesque Life
Jun 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
DNF @50% - review to come
(Review Not on Blog)

I REALLY wanted to like this. I even crossed my fingers hoping I would be approved for this book on NetGalley and was declined but ended up bein approved for the second book. I love the cover on this book, and it has a female lead as Sherlock's daughter. (Side note: Joanna Blalock, Sherlock and Adler's daughter is also the great grandmother to Joanna Blalock from Goldberg's contemporary series). I didn't have any
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
I really like Holmes pastiches for the most part; it is a really high bar of expectations though. I wanted to like this one, I wanted it very much. But, oh dear gods, this was potential unrealized.

The narrator is Dr. John Watson, Jr who works as a pathologist for a London hospital. His father, the redoubtable Dr. Watson, is still living at 221B Baker Street and Miss Hudson, the daughter of Mrs. Hudson serves as housekeeper. Sherlock Holmes has passed away and in doing so has ascended
Feb 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
Proposed alternate title: Sherlock for Dum-Dums

2nd proposed alternate title: Death by Dialogue Tags
♥ WishfulMiss ♥
Apr 04, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
It was a struggle to get through this one which is such a downer because I wanted to love it so much!

First off, this is about John Watson Sr. being asked to investigate a suspicious death that has been ruled a suicide. John Watson Jr. decides to help his father along and through a few twists and turns they meet Joanna Blalock. Joanna, it turns out is the illegitimate daughter of Sherlock Holmes and and actress. She was adopted and has been married, widowed and is mother to a young so
Anne - Books of My Heart
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart
Read It, Rate It and Record   
A short review to update challenges

When this came to my attention, I knew it was for me.  First of all, the narrator is Steve West!  I really enjoy Sherlock Holmes style mysteries so that was also a plus.

The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes is the start of a new The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes Mysteries series.   I enjoyed the mystery as well as the setup of the world and the characters.  It is set in England, and/>The
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Reading Reality

This book is absolutely charming, and I was utterly charmed.

The title does give just a bit of it away, as well as the reason why I picked it up in the first place. I find Sherlock Holmes pastiches completely irresistible, and with that title, well, it couldn’t be anything but. The protagonists of this lovely little mystery are the esteemed Dr. John H. Watson, friend and chronicler of the original Sherlock Holmes stories, his son, John H. Watso
*Source* Library
*Genre* Mystery, Detective, Historical
*Rating* 3.5


Leonard Goldberg's The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes is the first installment in the series by the same name. The year is 1914, Joanna Blalock’s keen mind and incredible insight lead her to become a highly-skilled nurse, one of the few professions that allow her to use her finely-tuned brain. But, after she and her ten-year-old son witness a man falling to his death, apparently by suicid
Cara Putman
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fun foray that updates the Sherlock Holmes franchise with a fun twist.
Lady Delacour
This story was reminiscent to
the old movies of the 39-40's,
with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce.
Narrator Steve West was ok.
Charlotte Miller
Sherlock Holmes fans will enjoy The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes by Leonard Goldberg as they are introduced to the next generation of characters following those from the Holmes canon.

A young widow and her son witness a man fall to his death. Was it suicide? Murder? The now-elderly Dr. Watson has little interest in the case until he learns the identity of the woman who witnessed the fall. She is Joanna Blalock, the secret daughter of his deceased friend Sherlock Holmes and ‘the woman’ Irene Adler. Joan
Kristen Kurzawski
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
I liked this book at the beginning, then the monotonous writing began to grate on my nerves.
It tells the story of Dr. Watson Sr. and his son Dr. Watson. A young woman comes to Watson Sr. and asks him to look into her brother's death, which has been ruled a suicide. Long story short, he agree only because the witness is, unknown to her, the daughter of Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler. The storyline is interesting at first, but the writer feels the need to mansplain everything to the reader as if
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
The characters were boring and flat. The mystery was not engaging. Will not be continuing the series.
I've given this a B+ for narration and a C- for content at AudioGals. That should technically bring the rating up to 3.5 stars rounded up, but I'm leaving it at 3 stars because the story was so weak.

I’ll confess straight off that I’m not what I’d call a Sherlock Holmes “aficionado”. I’ve read some of the books and stories, and have enjoyed his various celluloid iterations, from Basil Rathbone and Peter Cushing to Jeremy Brett and Benedict Cumberbatch, and Sherry Thomas’ re-imagining of Sherl
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5*s maybe?
It was alright. I found the story surprisingly similar to The Sign of Four, so not the strongest story at all. A few editing misses also made it a bit inconsistent. I'm not sure I believe Joanna knew all those things she could call up in an instant but didn't know what a Star of David was.
At least it was a very fast read.
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meh meh meh. For a mystery, there was no mystery here. Holmes Jr is supposed to be just as smart as her father, but 99% of her observances and deductions were predictable and obvious. Add in the fact that all the characters were as boring as sin, and I'm glad I got this from the library instead!
Jul 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Wavered between a 2and 3. It had promise bit just didn't deliver for me. I found it tried to stick to close to the original characters that I just couldn't suspend by belief to read some parts and not roll my eyes.
Aug 03, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was fun to read because it was so reminiscent of reading Sherlock Holmes stories, but with a tiny bit of romance.
Patricia Gulley
Dec 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Everybody is very clever and they keep telling each other so. Good mystery, better than most spinoffs.
*I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

I love Sherlock Holmes and detectives who use deductive reasoning and the powers of observation to solve a case, so when I saw this one pop up on Netgalley I immediately requested it. I feel so incredibly lucky to been given the chance to read this book early.

There are rarely dull or slow moments in this book, with most pages being paramount for the mystery. Now, it is plainly obvious who the villain is, this i
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent storyline...loved Joanna Blalock's character; smart as a tack (just like Dad)..
Would love this as a generation of problem solvers: Dr. Watson's son and Joanna.
I have been a Holmes fan for as long as I recall. He is my reason for loving mysteries, and murder with lots of red herrings. The name of the book promises a certain level of detection, which was not quite there. She was new at Murder detection, and not raised by her father, so I took that into consideration. The other problem I had was every character, even Toby the famous hound was an offspring. They were all named the same except for one bad character, and the daughter of Sherlock. There was ...more
Mari (Smut Duchess)
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.75 - 4.0 ⭐

This was an OK listen.

Joanna is a widowed nurse living with her FIL. She and her son witness a man falling from a window. Dr John Watson and his son, John Jr. ask for Joanna's help in solving the mystery surrounding the death. Was it suicide or murder? The mystery was presented and solved in the Sherlock Holmes method. Many small seemingly inconsequential clues add up to solve a case. Watson Sr. knows that Joanna is the bio daughter of Sherlock Holmes, no one else does though. A fe
Apr 04, 2019 rated it liked it
3 Stars

Hmmmm, wasn't really my cup of tea. That's not to say it wasn't well written, and I will say the narrator was good.

This whole mystery is being solved by another Sherlock Holmes generation. As in, Joanna is his biological daughter. Watson and his son Watson Jr. help Joanna solve a mystery. Did the man who feel from the building commit suicide or was he murdered?

For me, and maybe it's just me, I was a bit irritated when Watson Sr. didn't pick up on more clues. I kno
Beautiful widow Joanna Blalock and her young son are witnesses when Charles Harrelston falls from a nearby building. Harrelston's family is sure that he did not commit suicide, and Joanna agrees. When an elderly Dr. Watson, and his son John, also a doctor, are asked to investigate, they welcome Joanna, a trained nurse, to their company. Dr. Watson also reveals that Joanna is really the daughter of Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler. It's quite clear to all three, and to the reader, who the culprit ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 3 Apr 25, 2017 01:25PM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • Murder Is for Keeps (Penny Brannigan, #8)
  • Gin and Panic (Discreet Retrieval Agency, #3)
  • Bloodstains with Bronte (Crime with the Classics #2)
  • Murder Between the Lines (Kitty Weeks Mystery, #2)
  • Of Books and Bagpipes (Scottish Bookshop Mystery, #2)
  • Fall of Angels (Inspector Redfyre Mystery #1)
  • Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day: And Other Tales of the Necromancer (Johannes Cabal, #4.6)
  • The Bartered Brides (Elemental Masters, #13)
  • A Proposal to Die For (Lady Alkmene #1)
  • Miss Dimple Picks a Peck of Trouble (Miss Dimple Kilpatrick #4)
  • The Corpse at the Crystal Palace (Daisy Dalrymple, #23)
  • The Hollow of Fear (Lady Sherlock, #3)
  • Chapel Noir (Irene Adler, #5)
  • The Third Nero (Flavia Albia, #5)
  • Murder in the Manuscript Room (42nd Street Library Mystery #2)
  • Homicide for the Holidays (Viv and Charlie Mystery, #2)
  • Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman (Lady Montfort Mystery, #1)
  • Murder in Mayfair (Atlas Catesby #1)
See similar books…
Leonard Goldberg is an American physicist, professor of medicine, and the author of the Joanna Blalock series of medical thrillers.

His novels have been translated into a dozen languages and sold more than a million copies worldwide. Leonard Goldberg is himself a consulting physician affiliated with the UCLA Medical Center, where he holds an appointment as Clinical Professor of Medicine

Other books in the series

The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes Mysteries (4 books)
  • A Study in Treason (The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes Mysteries #2)
  • The Disappearance of Alistair Ainsworth (The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes Mysteries #3)
  • The Art of Deception (The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes Mysteries #4)
“We are all prisoners of our past. It shapes and defines us and can no more be forgotten than changed.” 0 likes
More quotes…