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 ed...ges 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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Detective and mystery fiction
Historical fiction
London : Collins Crime Club, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers 2021.
Main Author
Bonnie MacBird (author)
Item Description
Sequel to: The Devil's Due.
Physical Description
xii, 412 pages ; 25 cm
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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

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.)

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