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December 15, 2015

ART IN THE BLOOD by Bonnie MacBIrd

A Sherlock Holmes Adventure
Bonnie MacBird
Art in the Blood
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  • Number: 9780008130831
  • Release: October 6, 2015
  • Author: Bonnie MacBird
  • Availability: Print-Book
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: HIST: Historical Fiction, * SUSP: Suspenseful / Action
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
London. A snowy December, 1888. Sherlock Holmes, 34, is languishing and back on cocaine after a disastrous Ripper investigation. Watson can neither comfort nor rouse his friend – until a strangely encoded letter arrives from Paris. Mlle La Victoire, a beautiful French cabaret star writes that her illegitimate son by an English lord has disappeared, and she has been attacked in the streets of Montmartre. Racing to Paris with Watson at his side, Holmes discovers the missing child is only the tip of the iceberg of a much larger problem. The most valuable statue since the Winged Victory has been violently stolen in Marseilles, and several children from a silk mill in Lancashire have been found murdered. The clues in all three cases point to a single, untouchable man. Will Holmes recover in time to find the missing boy and stop a rising tide of murders? To do so he must stay one step ahead of a dangerous French rival and the threatening interference of his own brother, Mycroft. This latest adventure, in the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, sends the iconic duo from London to Paris and the icy wilds of Lancashire in a case which tests Watson's friendship and the fragility and gifts of Sherlock Holmes' own artistic nature to the limits. (from Night Owl Reviews)

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 Sherlock Holmes is at a stand still, depressed and on cocaine. I was a little shocked to find out Holmes is using. I just never expected it from him. He is not being challenged by any interesting cases. His friend, Watson doesn't seem to be able to help get Holmes on the right track. Then something unusual happens, a scented letter written in disappearing ink arrives. Sherlock takes on a case which may bring an answer to the four orphans who died. I found the book to be interesting and I couldn't put it down.  You can't help but turn the pages as fast as you can. It is a woven web of twists and turns and just when you get a hold on the story, it changes. Something new happens.  This tale is an adventure you won't forget.   Some of the characters are from previous stories and some are brand new. The author, Ms. MacBird, wrote detailed, very well described  and a fast paced adventure. Watson has a strange sense of humor and Holmes has some sarcasm to him. The book somewhat takes off where THE SIGN OF FOUR left off. If you love Sherlock Holmes or just love suspense or mysteries, then you'll love ART IN THE BLOOD  from Watson's eyes.  This author is quite talented.  Hope there will be more from her.

I received a complimentary copy of ART IN THE BLOOD by Bonnie MacBird and Night Owl Reviews for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 4 TOP HATS.
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Bonnie MacBird Bonnie MacBird was born and raised in foggy San Francisco which may explain her affinity for Victorian London. After earning a BA in music and a Master's in Film at Stanford, she moved to Los Angeles, where her long Hollywood career includes feature film story editor at Universal, original writer of the movie TRON, three Emmys for documentary work, and numerous live theater credits as an actor, playwright, and director.

She has loved Sherlock Holmes since reading the canon at age ten, and runs a Sherlockian Meetup in the Los Angeles area as well as a play reading group.

Passionate about London (a high point was getting her library card at the British Library) Bonnie wrote part of ART IN THE BLOOD in a room there on Baker Street, although admits that the view of Chipotle was not exactly period.

Her hobbies are watercolor painting and playing the violin badly. She teaches at UCLA Extension's Writer's Program and is currently hard at work on a sequel to Art in the Blood.

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