The Wilhelm Conspiracy
A prominent banker is found dead in an unsavory part of London. Hours later, the charred remains of another body lie on a beach in Dover. Both deaths—and their possible link—attract Sherlock Holmes. Then the Secretary of War summons the detective with catastrophic news whose consequences could harm the nation for generations: on the eve of war, a new British superweapon...more
I'm going to say it bluntly. I didn't like this as much as the first book. Maybe it was because I wasn't paying this one as much attention as the first -- I binged season 11 of Supernatural and was studying for a midterm while reading this, not at the same time. But, it didn't have the same spark or intrigue for me. ...more
It’s a busy time at 221B Baker Street. First Lucy James, Holmes daughter from a brief affair, comes to the flat with a newspaper telling of the death of a banker who was involved in a German assassination plot. Holmes foiled the plot, but now the banker has been murdered.
The second visitor is Inspector Lestrade. He stumbles into the flat badly beaten having been grabbed right on Holmes doorstep. He needs Holmes help to find a super weapon that ...more
An enjoyable story and characters. Looking forward to reading the next in the series.
An okay read but there's no mention of Telsa's OCD or the fact that he never felt comfortable in a woman's presence. This sort of made the read slightly unpalatable and although there has been talk of a Death Ray machine designs in the papers confiscated after his death, I just felt that the author took just too many liberties with the actual facts. If it had been a fictional scientist I would have accepted it but not in the case of an actual person.
Holmes and Watson are called on to investigate a charred dead body. Of course Holmes figures out who it is and who done it, based on details that most would overlook. Along the way he solves other questions in the same fashion.
This second book in the Sherlock and Lucy James series continues to delight. The convoluted plot draws in aspects of European history as well as Watson's history of chronicling Sherlock's adventures.
No spoiler alerts here-just read this series if you like Sherlock Holmes and Watson. The addition of a young girl is delightful!
I found this story to be confusing; too many characters, both German and English, plus different health spas. Also Sherlock's daughter seems to be more capable than her dad. The book had a good ending and I think I would like to read the next book in the series.
The story was a 3-4* and I thought the case/story could have been condensed which would have made it more enjoyable. My daughter (17yrs old) really enjoys this series and rates this particular book as a 3-4* too.
Very true in writing and plot development to the original stories. This is another exciting, nonstop adventure that involves electricity as a possible military weapon . Many interesting, suspicious characters with numerous motives and plots and counterparts lead our intrepid trio from one escapade to the next! Another totally unexpected finale!
(Purely by accident, I finished this on Holmes' birthday, which felt appropriate.)
I got this book for free in a giveaway and I'm glad--I'm not sure I would have checked it out otherwise as I'm not usually a fan of books that propose that Holmes had a child. Furthermore, how many times can one woman's eyes flash a dozen different moods per page? Surely women can express emotions through mediums other than their eyes? Sigh.
That said, I enjoyed joining Holmes and Watson on an ...more
This is the second book in a series called "Sherlock Holmes & Lucy James Mysteries". I've read them both. It promises to be an interesting series. I'll certainly buy the next one when it comes out. The series is set toward the end of Queen Victoria's reign, so it's a similar time frame to the original series. I like that.
At the end of each book in this series there is a set of historical notes. I like that, too. The last ...more
Top tip: Always read the whole summary before you dive into a book. I only read the first paragraph, and didn't look closely at the cover, so I was unaware of who Lucy James was. I probably wouldn't have requested it if I had; Holmes having a secret/unknown kid is one of the things that will take me out of a fanfic or pastiche the quickest.
But, honestly, I'm glad I missed that line of the summary. Holmes and Watson were the central ...more
I didn't read the first book in the series but the second book can be read as a standalone as a bit of exposition is provided as to the events of the first book.
I didn't find the political mystery centered around a scientific experiment interesting but that's just me. I also hate politics, could care less about the snotty monarchs named within and all the espionage and subterfuge was just a bit too much.
This book was a Goodreads giveaway that I received and this was a first time read from this author for me. Though it was an interesting read I did find the story and plot a bit confusing at times. Maybe because it was hard for me to try to visualize “The Box.” But I really did enjoy all the characters involved.
A Sherlock Holmes story given a twist with the addition of a hitherto unknown daughter which I can't quite believe.
A good enough story, but I can't help but think that Sherlock Holmes aficionados would frown on it!
I was given a digital copy of this book by the publisher Thomes and Mercer via Netgalley in return for an honest unbiased review.
I received this free from AmazonKINDLE.
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