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Mycroft and Sherlock

(Mycroft Holmes and Sherlock #2)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  975 ratings  ·  160 reviews
The new novel by NBA All-Star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, starring brothers Mycroft and Sherlock Holmes.

Now a force to be reckoned with in the War Office, the young Mycroft Holmes is growing his network of contacts and influence, although not always in a manner that pleases his closest friend, Cyrus Douglas. A Trinidadian of African descent, Douglas has opened a home for orphan
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Titan Books
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Anna Waterhouse Hi, Diana. Mycroft and Sherlock is the second book of a series. The third book will come out next year (2019). And though there are little tidbits…moreHi, Diana. Mycroft and Sherlock is the second book of a series. The third book will come out next year (2019). And though there are little tidbits that refer back to the first book, Kareem and I tried hard to make sure that you could pick it up and read it as a standalone. (However, we wouldn't object if you read Mycroft Holmes too!) Thanks for your interest, and happy reading!(less)
Robin No, you do not need to be familiar with the original series to read this series. However, I do think that knowing the original stories adds to the…moreNo, you do not need to be familiar with the original series to read this series. However, I do think that knowing the original stories adds to the enjoyment - there are nods to the original series that are fun to read.(less)

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Cindy Burnett
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

When I first saw this series, I have to say I was a little unsure what a book about Sherlock Holmes written by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar would look like. I have long been a fan of his basketball playing but clearly have not followed him very closely because he has written many books and is well known in the Sherlock world for his love of Sherlock Holmes. With this series, Abdul-Jabbar demonstrates that he is incredibly talented in more than one field because his portrayal of Sherlock, Mycroft
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
I’ve been anticipating the publication of this book for about a year and it did not disappoint! Another rip-roaring, page turning, almost literally heart-stopping adventure of Mycroft Holmes and his friend Douglas. Although I found the story underwhelming, it’s the depth of the writing and the characters that will keep readers coming back to this series. I agree with other reviewers that there was a little too much Sherlock for a Mycroft adventure, but I think Sherlockians will enjoy being there ...more
Deb Jones
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As long as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and co-writer Anne Waterhouse continue to write books in the Holmes' series, I will be ready and waiting to read them. I thoroughly enjoyed "Mycroft Holmes," the pair's first book; their second offering is no less dynamic.

Although the timeline of the second book, "Mycroft and Sherlock" follows that of "Mycroft Holmes," these books could just as easily be read as stand-alones for the adventures in each of them. Reading them in sequence adds to the understanding of
Was not as impressed with this one as the first. If felt like too many characters who were not as fully developed as I would have liked. Definitely dragged for me.

"Now a force to be reckoned with in the War Office, the young Mycroft Holmes is growing his network of contacts and influence, although not always in a manner that pleases his closest friend, Cyrus Douglas. A Trinidadian of African descent, Douglas has opened a home for orphaned children, while still running his successful import busin
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First off, the Goodreads summary is kinda way off. Or not. Well, most of it is true, but no one goes to China, that's for sure.
Anyways. I've outgrown middle grade long ago, finding good YA requires picking through too many cringy fantasies and angsty books, and adult--well, let's just say I too often bump into a pot of stuff I'd rather not read. Which is why a book like this one--a clean, interesting adult fiction-- is GOLD to me.
The plot was fascinating. The writing...well, I can't quite say. I
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Three-and-a-half but closer to four stars. Didn't realize this was the second in a series, but I wasn't confused or anything while reading it. Really, the biggest reason I picked up the book was because I saw Kareem the Dream's name on the cover and remembered that he was recently hired as a staff writer on the new season of my all-time favorite show, Veronica Mars. So glad I picked it up because Kareem and Ms. Waterhouse can write! This book moves at breakneck speed and really does an incredibl ...more
Lisa K
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More page-turning adventures of Mycroft and Cyrus. This time with more Sherlock and Huan! Plus drugs.
Andrea Johnson
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
The 2nd of Jabbar’s books about Mycroft & Sherlock Holmes is well-written and entertaining. He does a good job of bringing the characters to life and letting the readers get to know them better. Thoroughly enjoyable read.
Ryan Mishap
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-crime
A fairly enjoyable mystery is bogged down by trying too hard: too many convoluted sentences attempting to replicate Victorian speech, too many info details trying too hard to replicate the time and place, and so forth.

I do enjoy the characterizations of Mycroft and Sherlock in this series, but Douglas was seriously under-utilized here.
Llyr Heller-Humphreys
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Although it took me a long time to read, it was a very good book and looking at the ending, I certainly hope there's a third book on the way.
Brenda Mengeling
If only all mysteries were this good! Top marks to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse for this exciting and entertaining addition to the Mycroft and Sherlock Holmes universe. Mycroft is back in England after his trip to Trinidad (Mycroft Holmes), and Sherlock, in his late teens, is quite smitten with crime solving, although he is supposed to be learning Latin in preparation for university. But gruesome murders are being committed in London, touching on the lives of friends of Mycroft and Sh ...more
Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Nice to see this becoming a fine series. Like the addition of young Sherlock into the mix.

Will look forward to the next.
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
An unimaginative and ordinary novel
Seregil of Rhiminee
Originally published at Risingshadow.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse's Mycroft and Sherlock is the second novel in the Mycroft Holmes series. The first novel, Mycroft Holmes, began to flesh out the life of Sherlock Holmes' older brother, Mycroft. Now, this second novel continues to reveal more things about Mycroft Holmes in a thrilling way and a spotlight is also given to his younger brother, Sherlock Holmes.

Because I enjoyed reading Mycroft Holmes, I could hardly wait to get my hands on
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Reading Reality

Combine “portrait of the detective as a young truant” with “portrait of the spider at the heart of the British government as a young bureaucrat” and you get a couple of the parts of Mycroft and Sherlock.

This is also a story where we begin to see our heroes becoming the people that we know they will become. Not merely Sherlock the intelligent, intolerant, sociopathic detective, but also Mycroft as the rather bloated and nearly agoraphobic spider at the heart
Meredith Rankin
This book was a huge (and terrific) surprise to me.

I knew that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was both a former NBA player and a writer; I’ve read and enjoyed some of his columns and was familiar with the titles of his non-fiction work. But I had no idea that he wrote fiction, too. Imagine my surprise when I discovered Mycroft and Sherlock in the new mysteries section of the library.

That Kareem Abdul-Jabbar? I thought. The basketball player? The columnist? Writing about Sherlock Holmes and his brother? T
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and his partner in crime novels Anna Waterhouse made it to my 'authors I must read' list when I was less than halfway through their first novel, MYCROFT HOLMES. They have embraced the Holmes saga and made it their own by bringing to light the early years of Mycroft and his younger brother Sherlock. Although these are not the first books Jabbar has written (he has quite a few to his name), they are his first attempts at fiction. In an interview that you can find on You Tube, h ...more
Okay. Let me make this clear.

I’m not a sports fan by any means. The only sport I ever followed was figure skating and my interest in that waned after Torvill and Dean won perfect sixes ice dancing to Maurice Ravel’s “Bolero” and that was in 1984. But I know Mr. Abdul-Jabbar as a basketball player. I had no idea that he was a novelist, much less of detective novels…still less of one of the most famous fictional writers ever penned. When did this happen? Why was I not informed?

I was a fan of myst
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an odd book, as it has to be both a prequel to the Sherlock Holmes stories by Doyle, and a sequel to the Mycroft Holmes story by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and his co-author. As a result, it reads oddly in places. The characters, both from the previous novel and from this one, are excellent, and the developing personality of Sherlock is shown in interesting detail. On the other hand, the actual mystery in this story is weaker, due to the problem that much of what was going on wasn't actually i ...more
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There is a solid mystery here, with ramifications for the highest levels of government, solid, evocative writing & believable characters. it is a good read, but not necessarily an easy one.

Abdul-Jabbar & Waterhouse shine a rather bright light on the casual, taken-for-granted, vicious racism of this series' time and place. This racism runs through day-to-day social interactions and ways of thinking, of course. What the authors also show is how integral the racism is to national and forei
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is the second of the Mycroft Holmes series ( the first being Mycroft Holmes) and is a worthy sequel! Returned from his adventure in the Caribbean, Mycroft is now working his way through the halls of power in government, in the War Office . His friend and co-adventurer from the first book, Cyrus Douglas, has opened a school to help young orphans stay off the street. His current group of rowdies includes chimney sweeps who have outgrown their jobs; the newest, a pair of brothers concerns ...more
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I feel like Abdul-Jabbar and Waterhouse have hit their stride with this second installment. They do a fabulous job of presenting a backstory for Mycroft and Sherlock that could easily lead to the Holmes brothers of Arthur Conan Doyle. And they do it n a style very reminiscent of Doyle's Holmes stories. In this book, I love the interplay between Sherlock and Mycroft. We see how their personalities clash and complement. Perhaps Mycroft is overprotective for the Sherlock we know and love, but in th ...more
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, library-book
Like the first Mycroft Holmes book, this is a bit of a re-imagining. The focus is on Mycroft as much or more than Sherlock. He's around 25, Sherlock not quite 19. So this is very early days compared to Conan Doyle's stories. Here, I felt like we were learning a bit about the beginning of Sherlock's talent for disguise and the beginnings of the Baker Street Irregulars, among otherthings.

One thing that doesn't, for me, fit with the original idea of Mycroft, is that he has a heart issue. For me, th
Richard Schwindt
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I picked up the first book by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse, Mycroft Holmes, out of curiosity, love the all things Sherlock and the exotic setting (Trinidad). What a pleasant surprise awaited me! This was terrific stuff, well written, an excellent story with a warm beating heart. Tales about either of these brothers can be too cold or emotionally distant, and certainly Mycroft is traditionally portrayed as an icy unfeeling calculating machine. So, when Mycroft and Sherlock appeared I p ...more
Patrick SG
Nov 01, 2018 rated it liked it
The best part of this book is seeing the character of Sherlock as a 18-year old who is rather naive and still learning his craft of detection. He's unsure of himself in many ways and still has much to learn about human nature and human anatomy, both of which will serve him well in his future endeavors. It's also fun to learn more about the character of Mycroft, who we first saw in the initial book of this series.

The unfortunate part of the book is the overly complex plot and side avenues through
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed Kareem's first entry into the Holmes genre, so I was happy he wrote a second one. It was slow at first, but once I got the lay of the land and the many characters in the book, I found myself intrigued by the deductions Mycroft and Sherlock made in their differing approaches to solving mysterious happenings involving children, drugs, and goings on at the docks. I also found the differences between the brothers an interesting topic.

Now, it is important to admit that although I have read
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't expecting to love this book but it has proved to be spot on in tone, beautifully written, and an engaging portrait of young Sherlock on the cusp of his detecting days. The relationship between Mycroft and Sherlock is the shining jewel set so fetchingly in the body of this tale. Sherlock, still a student, is hell bent on getting away with his schemes under the protective glare of the elder Holmes brother. Mycroft is desperate to keep his brother out of trouble, and see him set up in life ...more
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the second in the Holmes collection that I hope Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse, his collaborator, keep writing! The duo has a way with words that brings me right to the time and place of the Holmes brothers, carefully evoking sights, sounds and smells, and completely capturing what I imagine a teenaged Sherlock might be like.

While the mystery itself was somewhat transparent, it is the setting of the scenes, the strength of the writing to transport me as if I were present, that I so ap
Have not read the earlier Mycroft Holmes so I felt a little out of the loop re the relationship between Mycroft and Douglas and clueless about the many references to their earlier adventure. Other than that I found this novel fascinating from start to finish. It was well written with loads of historical references and information adding depth. A few chuckles when noticing subtle digs at present day politics and economics woven into this colorfully rendered view of 1870s London at all levels of s ...more
Steve Fox
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a fun adventure for me, taking me back to my high school days when I discovered a love for reading. I found Sherlock Holmes. And I read all I could. I worked the books into high school assignments and I even borrowed copies from the amazing library of Mr. Hemenez. When he opened his library up to me, I felt special and privileged. It was good timing for me. Finding the adventures of Holmes, with the darkness and the intelligence, pulled me.
Now, it couldn't be better that the story is re
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr. on April 16, 1947 in New York City, New York, United States) is an American former professional basketball player and current assistant coach. Typically referred to as Lew Alcindor in his younger days, he changed his name when he converted to Islam.

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