Winner of the Lambda Literary Award in Lesbian Mystery
A selection in Parade’s roundup of “25 Hottest Books of Summer 2018”
A Paste Magazine’s Most Anticipated 25 books of 2018 pick
A Medium’s Books pick for We Can’t Wait to Read in 2018 list
Set in a near future Washington, D.C., a clever, incisive, and fresh feminist twist on a classic literary icon—Sherlock Holmes—in which Dr. Janet Watson and covert agent Sara Holmes will use espionage, advanced technology, and the power of deduction to unmask a murderer targeting Civil War veterans.
Dr. Janet Watson knows firsthand the horrifying cost of a divided nation. While treating broken soldiers on the battlefields of the New Civil War, a sniper’s bullet shattered her arm and ended her career. Honorably discharged and struggling with the semi-functional mechanical arm that replaced the limb she lost, she returns to the nation’s capital, a bleak, edgy city in the throes of a fraught presidential election. Homeless and jobless, Watson is uncertain of the future when she meets another black and queer woman, Sara Holmes, a mysterious yet playfully challenging covert agent who offers the doctor a place to stay.
Watson’s readjustment to civilian life is complicated by the infuriating antics of her strange new roommate. But the tensions between them dissolve when Watson discovers that soldiers from the New Civil War have begun dying one by one—and that the deaths may be the tip of something far more dangerous, involving the pharmaceutical industry and even the looming election. Joining forces, Watson and Holmes embark on a thrilling investigation to solve the mystery—and secure justice for these fallen soldiers.
About the Author
Claire O'Dell grew up in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., in the years of the Vietnam War and the Watergate Scandal. She attended high school just a few miles from the house where Mary Surratt once lived and where John Wilkes Booth planned for Lincoln to die. All this might explain why she spent so much time in the history and political science departments at college. Claire currently lives in Manchester, Connecticut, with her family and two idiosyncratic cats.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Not your expected novel but one that bears a tenuous homage to the Sherlockian mythos. Rather it is a rather intense story of political and sociological theme set in a violent and chaotic near future that in many ways is almost prophetic. A tale of struggling to find meaning and hope in the fractured remains of an America and world torn apart by politics and ideology, a society that has lost its way. This may one day come to be a literary classic
If you think that nothing new can be done with the Watson/Holmes narrative, you're in for a pleasant surprise. I'm only sorry that I have to wait until July 2019 for more.
Although there have been a bunch of bad Sherlock Holmes stories, I still feel I have to know what is being published or shown within that lineage. So I purchased this from my local Barnes and Noble store a few days after it came out and finally I found a great new story that relate to this friendship. It is more science fiction than mystery, I think, and that was fine with me. And it is Janet Watson's story starting similarly to John Watson's story from the original "A Study in Scarlet" where he comes back wounded from a war and is told about a person looking for a roommate. Sara Holmes is not as similar to Sherlock, but I found it fascinating to focus on Watson for a change. This Holmes/Watson is a great addition to the books about these two people and their relationship.