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Book Review: The Adventure of the Murdered Gypsy



Before Sherlock Holmes became the world's greatest consulting detective, murder followed the arrival of unexpected guests to the Holmes family estate.



The Adventure of the Murdered Gypsy

The Early Case Files of Sherlock Holmes: Case 2

by Liese Sherwood-Fabre

ISBN-13: 9781952408052

Publisher: Little Elm Press LLC

Publication date: 08/31/2020

Pages:348





Acknowledgements


I would like to first thank NetGalley and Little Elm Books LLC for the copy of this book, in exchange for a honest review. I received no compensation for my review, and all thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely my own.




Synopsis


Shortly after one of his Uncle Ernest's old acquaintances joins Sherlock and the extended Holmes family for the holidays, a dead man is found in the barn. This marks the beginning of the disruptions of the family Christmas celebrations. Sherlock's young cousin reports hearing footsteps outside the nursery, the family learns that their guests are not who they appear, and Mycroft suddenly falls head-over-heels in love. Are there more murders to come, or will Sherlock prevent them by determine how a body materialized in the barn?




Review


This is the second installment of the Young Sherlock Holmes series, preceded by 'The Adventure of the Murdered Midwife' which is on my TBR list after reading this fabulously written historical fiction mystery. Talk about escapism!

This story takes place in 1867 at Underbyrne, the Holmes family estate, its wintertime with plenty of family and friends gathered at the estate.

The thirteen year old Sherlock Holmes is outside in the barn, with his younger cousin Trevor that tagged along, in order to practice his violin for the upcoming Christmas concert. When there is a stirring of the horses in the stables nearby, Sherlock and Trevor rush over to find a body lying face down in the hay. Duh-duuuuun!

The story is proficiently written and involves a mixture of interesting characters and as it unfolds people are not who they seem to be. The author takes special care when writing about the significance of social order of the times, and how it relates to the characters. Giving you a real feel of the period.

The story exhibits how the young Sherlock uses his analytical and rational abilities to solve problems, along with other members of the family. It must be in the DNA. This was a fun read and I encourage historical fiction fans to pick this one up. Even if you're not a fan of historical fiction, I believe this story will change your mind.




Rating





Other Books in the Young Sherlock Holmes Series:



Case 1: The Adventure of the Murdered Midwife Scandal rocked the Holmes family.

Only weeks into his first year at Eton, Sherlock ’s father calls him and his brother back to Underbyrne, the ancestral estate. Mrs. Holmes has been accused of murder. Not only had the village midwife been found in the estate’s garden with a pitchfork in her back, Mrs. Holmes had argued with her about some of her practices just days before. The midwife’s husband demands justice and will not be satisfied until Mrs. Holmes is convicted. Can Sherlock and his family collect and unravel the evidence in the short time available to save her from the gallows?



Case 3: The Adventure of the Deceased Scholar

Available for pre-order in early 2021

The discovery of two bodies disrupted the 1868 Oxford-Cambridge boat race.

When Mycroft Holmes identifies the body of a drowning victim, the Holmes family is drawn into a scandal that could destroy not only the deceased’s name, but their reputation as well. Sherlock and his family have only a few days before the coroner’s inquest to explain Lord Phillips' demise. If it is ruled a suicide, the Phillips family assets will be returned to the Crown, leaving them destitute. Should that happen, Miss Phillips, the victim’s sister, has threatened to drag Mycroft’s good name through the mire as well. Will Sherlock be able determine what happened before more than one family is destroyed?


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