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A New mystery for Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell

Updated: Nov 22, 2023

I just finished. Island of the Mad by Lori R. King


The reason I thought about reviewing this book is that my father enjoys mystery novels, and once, I heard the name Sherlock Holmes mentioned in the summary of the book. I thought my dad would enjoy this book. This book primarily follows Mary Russell as she investigates her friend's disappearance, and Lady Vivian beckons Field, who seemingly vanishes after leaving a mental hospital. It took me a little while to get into this book. But after I did. I enjoyed it. I especially enjoyed the references to the beginnings of World War II. Not only that, but I also like seeing Mary Russell’s investigation skills. For example, she eventually figures out that her friend's ant

I went to Florence without anyone’s help. However, we find out that Sherlock Holmes had tutored her in detective work, so of course. Her deductive skills would be impressive. I enjoyed how critical issues of the period were touched upon, such as the rise of fascism in Italy in the shadow of World War II, but not so much that it distracted from the main story. I did find it interesting that Watson was not helping out in some capacity in this story.

Furthermore, I hope this author does a story bringing Watson and Sherlock Holmes back together. I have only read this book so far. However, this book got me interested in the series. I also enjoyed how this book gave several hints that the aunt might be a lesbian without saying so, which in the 19th century would be considered a form of madness.


Even though the story started slow, I think the story picks up the pace. About halfway through, I highly encourage any Sherlock Holmes fans who have not checked out this book to do so and for anyone who has read the book. What did you think of the book?


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