The three locks

Bonnie MacBird

Book - 2021

"A heatwave melts London as Holmes and Watson are called to action in this new Sherlock Holmes adventure by Bonnie MacBird, author of "one of the best Sherlock Holmes novels of recent memory." In the West End, a renowned Italian escape artist dies spectacularly on stage during a performance -- immolated in a gleaming copper cauldron of his wife's design. In Cambridge, the runaway daughter of a famous don is found drowned, her long blonde hair tangled in the Jesus Lock on the ...River Cam. And in Baker Street, a mysterious locksmith exacts an unusual price to open a small silver box sent to Watson. From the glow of London's theatre district to the buzzing Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge where physicists explore the edges of the new science of electricity, Holmes and Watson race between the two cities to solve the murders, encountering prevaricating prestidigitators, philandering physicists and murderous mentalists, all the while unlocking secrets which may be best left undisclosed. And one, in particular, is very close to home."--provided by publisher.

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Series
MacBird, Bonnie. Sherlock Holmes adventure ; 4.
Subjects
Genres
Detective and mystery fiction
Historical fiction
Published
London : Collins Crime Club, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers 2021.
Language
English
Item Description
Sequel to: The Devil's Due.
Physical Description
xii, 412 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN
9780008380830
000838083X
9780008380847
0008380848
Main Author
Bonnie MacBird (author)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

MacBird's intriguing fourth Sherlock Holmes adventure (after 2019's The Devil's Due) centers on three possibly connected mysteries. The first fleshes out the backstory of Dr. Watson, who's unsettled to receive a letter and a locked box from an unknown woman, Elspeth Carnachan, who claims to have been his late father's estranged half-sister. In the letter, Carnachan states the box was given to her by Watson's mother, who died under mysterious circumstances two days afterward. Carnachan was supposed to pass the box to Watson when he turned 21, but forgot. Meanwhile, Watson and Holmes get two more puzzles to handle. One involves a magician whose wife worries that a human finger sent to her husband presages a threat to him. Another prospective client, a deacon, worries about the disappearance of a young woman he's fond of whose family members don't appear concerned. MacBird artfully alternates among the multiple plotlines, maximizing suspense. With its deep probe into the friendship between the detective and the doctor, this is a good choice for fans of Lyndsay Faye's Sherlock Holmes pastiches. Agent: Linda Langton, Langton's International. (Apr.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Holmes must travel between Cambridge and London to unlock the deadly secrets of three cases—the disappearance of a Cambridge don’s daughter, the murder of a famous Italian escape artist, and a mysterious locked box, while Watson’s own guarded history takes center stage in his life. 50,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Holmes must travel between Cambridge and London to unlock the deadly secrets of three cases--the disappearance of a Cambridge don's daughter, the murder of a famous Italian escape artist, and a mysterious locked box, while Watson's own guarded history takes center stage in his life.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

one of the best Sherlock Holmes novels of recent memory