Mycroft and Sherlock A novel

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 1947-

Book - 2018

It is 1872, and a series of gruesome murders is the talk of London. Mycroft Holmes--now twenty-six and a force to be reckoned with at the War Office--has no interest in the killings; however, his brother Sherlock has developed a distasteful fascination for the macabre to the detriment of his studies, much to Mycroft's frustration. When a ship carrying cargo belonging to Mycroft's best friend Cyrus Douglas runs aground, Mycroft persuades Sherlock to serve as a tutor at the orphanage tha...t Douglas runs as a charity, so that Douglas might travel to see what can be salvaged. Sherlock finds himself at home among the street urchins, and when a boy dies of a suspected drug overdose, he decides to investigate, following a trail of strange subterranean symbols to the squalid opium dens of the London docks. Meanwhile a meeting with a beautiful Chinese woman leads Mycroft to the very same mystery, one that forces him to examine the underbelly of the opium trade that is enriching his beloved Britain's coffers. As the stakes rise, the brothers find that they need one another's assistance and counsel. But a lifetime of keeping secrets from each other may have catastrophic consequences...

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Series
Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem, 1947- Mycroft ; 2.
Subjects
Genres
Mystery fiction
Detective and mystery fiction
Published
London : Titan Books [2018]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
359 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN
1785659251
9781785659256
Main Author
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 1947- (author)
Other Authors
Anna Waterhouse (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Mycroft Holmes, a rising star in the British government, sees signs that the British economy of 1872 is on the precipice of a severe recession. The queen listens to his concerns but dismisses them. In the meantime, Mycroft must decide what to do with his precocious, often-irritating, and always-cocksure younger brother, Sherlock. He decides that the nearly 19-year-old would do well as a teacher in a home for disadvantaged boys. Tragedy strikes when one of the boys is spirited away and murdered, motive unknown. Mycroft and Sherlock, along with Cyrus Douglas, Mycroft's best friend and a native of Trinidad, set about finding the killers. They learn that the victim may have been involved in London's burgeoning opium trade, if only as a delivery boy. Also in the mix is a beautiful Asian woman to whom Mycroft is attracted but who may also have a connection to the opium trade. The game, as Sherlock would later say, is afoot! In a sequel that takes place two years following the events detailed in the authors' outstanding Mycroft Holmes? (2015), Abdul-Jabbar and Waterhouse again nail the historical ambience, the dialogue, and the plotting, effectively paying tribute to Arthur Conan Doyle but also adding large dollops of humor and romance. This is a wonderful mystery in what one hopes will be a long-running series. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Booklist Reviews

The Fire 411! is the cryptic note left behind at a series of seemingly unconnected murders across 1873 England. The victims are solitary individuals with no close family. Nineteen-year-old Sherlock Holmes is fascinated by the case and is working up a theory from newspaper accounts. But he wants to get on the trail of the killer in person. He's within a month of finishing his studies at Cambridge, and he'll need to secure the funds for the trip from his older brother, Mycroft, who has his own mystery to solve. The fiancé of the woman for whom he's carried a torch for years has disappeared. Though she's promised to another, he feels obligated to relieve her pain by finding her loved one. The brothers set out on their separate quests, eventually coming to the same sad conclusion: much of the evil in the world is grounded in greed. This third collaboration from NBA Hall-of-Famer Abdul-Jabbar, winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and author of 15 books, and screenwriter Waterhouse is another thoroughly entertaining mystery, with great appeal for Holmesians, in particular, and fans of Victorian mysteries, in general. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

When six Chinese males are found dead—quartered and mutilated—on London streets in 1872, 26-year-old Mycroft Holmes investigates. He is special consul to the secretary of state for war and already a major force behind government officialdom. His best friend, Cyrus Douglas, older and from Trinidad, sponsors a home for orphaned boys, one of whom dies of a drug overdose. Mycroft's younger brother Sherlock, 18 and at Cambridge, delves into the drug connection while Mycroft pursues the Chinese mystery. Each withholds vital information from the other. Sherlock plunges into many physical scrapes, but Mycroft prefers that others follow his intellectual guidance. It takes both to solve this mystery, neither fully willing to credit the other. VERDICT Basketball legend Abdul-Jabbar is also a pro writer, having done memoirs, nonfiction, essays, children's books and, with Waterhouse, Mycroft Holmes, the precursor to this novel. Fans of Conan Doyle will appreciate the period accuracy, but a much wider audience will enjoy the intelligent treatment of race and social standing as part of a well-plotted, intriguing mystery.—Roland Person, formerly with Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Abdul-Jabbar and Waterhouse's intriguing sequel to 2015's bestselling Mycroft Holmes again places Sherlock Holmes's older brother in the lead. In 1872, 26-year-old Mycroft's acumen has landed him a senior position in the War Office in London, and even brought him to the attention of Queen Victoria, who seeks his help in averting tensions with Scotland over a football match. Mycroft also serves in loco parentis for his 18-year-old younger sibling, whose interest in crime has manifested itself by an appetite for newspaper reports on the subject. The brothers join forces with Mycroft's close friend from Trinidad, philanthropist Cyrus Douglas, to investigate a number of mysteries, including a series of bizarre killings dubbed the Savage Gardens murders after the name of the small street where they occurred. The murderer has claimed seven victims, six of them Chinese, who were all sliced into quarters and left to bleed out. Although the authors' active Mycroft is a far cry from the canon's sedentary genius, their depiction of what he was like as a young man works as a plausible backstory. Agent: Deborah Morales, Iconomy. (Oct.) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Rising War Office star Mycroft Holmes persuades his brother, Sherlock, to volunteer at a best friend's orphanage, where the suspicious death of a street urchin and a mysterious Chinese woman lead the brothers into the London opium trade's dark underside.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Rising War Office star Mycroft Holmes persuades his brother, Sherlock, to volunteer at a friend's orphanage, where the suspicious death of a street urchin and a mysterious Chinese woman lead the brothers into the London opium trade's dark underside.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

The new novel by NBA All-Star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, starring brothers Mycroft and Sherlock Holmes.It is 1872, and a series of gruesome murders is the talk of London. Mycroft Holmes--now twenty-six and a force to be reckoned with at the War Office--has no interest in the killings; however, his brother Sherlock has developed a distasteful fascination for the macabre to the detriment of his studies, much to Mycroft's frustration.When a ship carrying cargo belonging to Mycroft's best friend Cyrus Douglas runs aground, Mycroft persuades Sherlock to serve as a tutor at the orphanage that Douglas runs as a charity, so that Douglas might travel to see what can be salvaged. Sherlock finds himself at home among the street urchins, and when a boy dies of a suspected drug overdose, he decides to investigate, following a trail of strange subterranean symbols to the squalid opium dens of the London docks.Meanwhile a meeting with a beautiful Chinese woman leads Mycroft to the very same mystery, one that forces him to examine the underbelly of the opium trade that is enriching his beloved Britain's coffers.As the stakes rise, the brothers find that they need one another's assistance and counsel. But a lifetime of keeping secrets from each other may have catastrophic consequences...