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4.17  ·  Rating details ·  1,633 ratings  ·  81 reviews
Was this the real Final Problem?
The 'love that dare not speak its name' was a dangerous thing under the oppressions of Victorian society - especially for Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson.
First published in 1988, 'My Dearest Holmes' redefined the bond between the famous consulting detective and his faithful sidekick. Some were outraged; others were overjoyed.
This Thirtieth Ann
Paperback, Thirtieth Anniversary Edition, 230 pages
Published April 14th 2018 by The Raven's Book Bunker (first published April 14th 1988)
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Jan 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer, romance, mystery
My Dearest Holmes contains two stories, with the conceit that they're both stories Watson set aside as being impossible to publish given the social circumstances of his day, and that he left them to be published years after his death, when it couldn't possibly affect him or his associates. The first deals with Watson's apparently unrequited love for Holmes, and provides background to his swift marriage to Mary, an arrangement of mutual benefit that allows both Watson and Mary to disguise their t ...more
Rebecca Tayles
I was a little nervous about finally getting to read this - it had the potential to be really bad fanfic. But Piercy's writing actually fits right in with that of the Sherlock Holmes canon, making this feel very natural.

Set shortly before The Sign of the Four, the first half of My Dearest Holmes deals with a woman worried about her housemate's disappearance. I won't spoil that case, which in itself is rather interesting with plenty of the sorts of twists you expect from a Holmes case, but during
Jan 31, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I'd say its for completists only, given that the premise is that Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are gay, and most of the book is about Watson pining in unrequited love for Holmes. That's going to be a dealbreaker for a lot of readers, which is understandable. The stories of the Sherlockian Canon are about the deep friendship between the two as much as they are about crime-solving, and most fans don't like to see that friendship tampered with. I happen to be a completist, and owner of such ...more
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, queer, detective
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Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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This book is pure garbage. I found the content tedious and needless.
Betty Valentine
Aug 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is a classic story that is strong enough to stand retelling. Rohase Piercy make this a pleasure to read. It is told in the traditional style of Conan Doyle with sensitivity and charm. I enjoyed every page and I didn’t want it to end.
Elisa Rolle
First of all you have to consider that this novel was released in 1988, so well ahead of the movie on Sherlock Holmes and James Watson that so openly suggested that the relationship between the two had a sexual undercurrent. Actually I have two thoughts in mind upon finishing this book: one is that both movie than book have to be very accurate to the original characters since they share so much in common that only having the same origins can explain that, or second hypothesis is that maybe the s ...more
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, lgbt
This is a truly important book: a historical testament to the resistance against late-1980s homophobia which allowed for the hope that, finally, the world was ready for a gay Holmes and Watson. Looking at the Holmesian landscape of the present day, it's disappointing to see that, though reading Holmes and Watson's dynamic as romantic is common in fanfiction, Rohase Piercy's groundbreaking novel has not exactly led to a spate of similar interpretations in mainstream media.

Still, this only makes P
Portia Costa
Nov 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sherlock Holmes fans open to something different, fans of gay male romance
I was intrigued by this item, a gay interpretation of the great friendship between Holmes and Watson, and I wasn't quite sure what I was going to make of it when I first started reading. I've always thought there was a deep and powerful bond between the two men, but I wasn't sure I liked the idea of it being more than that.

However, when I got into the story, I was very pleasantly surprised. The writing is excellent, and despite the obvious differences from the canonical, the voice is believable
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I said to Paul, "This is the best book written in the history of literature," and I meant every word of it. Every sentence is incredibly satisfying, if you love angst. And my god do I love angst ...more
Aug 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Reading this, I felt like I was reading a recently discovered Conan Doyle story that had been hidden for decades. Rohase Piercy perfectly evokes the writing, the atmosphere and the story of a great Sherlock Holmes tale. Just wonderful!
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of all, THANK YOU to Goodreads and Rohase Piercy for sending this to me as a giveaway prize. I have legit wanted to read this for, like, probably 10 years? Ever since I first got super obsessed (as opposed to low-key obsessed) with Sherlock Holmes, and in particular with the Holmes/Watson dynamic.

I distinctly remember reading the Holmes canon back in 6th grade and declaring to my classmates that he and Watson must be in love. This was before I knew I was queer myself, and right before my o
Lisa Cobb Sabatini
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
i won a copy of My Dearest Holmes: Thirtieth Anniversary Edition by Rohase Piercy from Goodreads.

Fans of Arthur Conan Doyle's original series about Sherlock Holmes will appreciate the ways in which Rohase Piercy "fills in the blanks" of several gaps in the original tales in her book My Dearest Holmes. Piercy has wonderfully captured the original language and time as she writes these two novellas as memoirs from the pen of John Watson, yet she gives the reader interesting insigbt, imagining Watso
Jan 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay-historical
A nice deceit, that Rohase Piercy found the manuscripts and has published them. Watson’s preface is rather sad as it talks of how he hopes that men of his type have things better than men of his generation.
It’s been a very long time since I read Holmes in canon. I have the complete works and I hoovered them up all at once in my 20′s and haven’t read them since, but from what I remember these two little novellas, each cataloguing a different case of the great detective, are written by a true Holm
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This book will most likely remain unread by people who can't conceive of any other sort of relationship between Watson and Holmes other than platonic friendship - and that's a pity, because they're missing out on a good book. It's certainly better written than most of the pastiches I read, and with more respect for the characters. Indeed, it is very IN character, somehow. Expect nothing terribly shocking (like smut, ha) but expect lots of angst... The first part (story) is a very Conan Doyle-esq ...more
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been wanting to read this book since I heard about it. It was published in 1988 to a bit of an uproar as the author wrote Watson as being in love with Sherlock. It is two short stories both from Watson's pov. The first one is a missing person's case where Watson's seemingly unrequited love comes into play and can't help but feel so sorry for him. The second one is a retelling or missing scenes from the story "The Final Problem." It is such a well written story, the way the author writes t ...more
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I kind of didn't want to read this, although it's notorious within Sherlockian circles. I thought it sounded like kind of terrible fan fic. I was very pleasantly surprised by the great writing, the historical dive into the Criminal Law Amendment Act of 1885, and the (seemingly, anyway) realistic what-if relationship between our two protagonists. I did like part 2 a little better than part 1, as the initial case mystery is a little clumsy (I guessed it in about 5 seconds, and I never guess anythi ...more
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mlm, reviews
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Tanya Herig
Sep 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best modern Sherlock Holmes interpretations I have ever read! At times I was almost certain the words were Arthur Conan Doyles. Beautiful style of writing. The story draws you in from start to finish. And the end was simply perfect.
I liked the first story better than the second -- it had a mystery -- and I liked the inclusion of gay/lesbian awareness. A short little read, sounded like Conan Doyle, a variation of Holmes. An interesting addition to the repertoire, launching a veritable genre.
Nov 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm pretty sure I've read this book before but I couldn't recall the plot. So I read it again. And thoroughly enjoyed.

4.5 stars
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing; really follow ACD style but with a nice romantic twist of John and Sherlock. Good plot twist!
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, lgbtq
it really be like that
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Watson's character and narration is perfectly replicated and the story is well executed and concluded. Really cleverly addresses the discrepancies of canon and solves the final problem! ...more
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Curious if there are any good gay Holmes stories? Dear god, and I blame that flashy yet ultimately dumb BBC show, there are way too many bad ones. Most of this stuff seems to be written by women, a lot of it looks like legit porn, often involving BDSM, and, judging from reviews on GR, these stories are enthusiastically received primarily by an audience comprised of one demographic: young women—you can imagine a New Yorker article on the subject: it would consult psychologists, cover the suffrage ...more
Jun 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: holmes
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Rohase Piercy was born in London in 1958 and now lives in Brighton (on the South Coast of England) with her husband Leslie, dog Spike and a fluctuating number of racing pigeons. She has two grown-up daughters.
When her debut novel, 'My Dearest Holmes' was published by the Gay Men's Press in 1988 it provoked howls of outrage from the Sherlock Holmes Society of London and from the mainstream media -

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I spoke earnestly, for I certainly could not afford to have her misunderstand the situation. She regarded me seriously.

"You are very fond of him, however, and would wish things otherwise," she said.

I gripped the edge of my seat and did not reply. Turning to look at the street, I observed that we were just passing the door of the Cafe Royal and were approaching Regent Circus. I shifted my gaze abruptly to the swaying interior of the hansom. I felt Miss D'Arcy's eyes upon me.

"Is it so very obvious?" I said at last.”
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