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  • Posted December 8, 2014

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    Boneseeker by Brynn Chapman was a mysterious and suspenseful sto

    Boneseeker by Brynn Chapman was a mysterious and suspenseful story starring two main characters who are the children of some pretty famous characters we all know and love. Arabella Holmes is someone everyone can relate to in some way. We may not all be scary intelligent like she is, but we've all felt like we didn't fit in with the human race at least once or twice or a million times. She grew up with Henry Watson. A Holmes and a Watson together again? Can you smell the trouble brewing?

    Boneseeker was a book that will appeal to a variety of audiences. Whether you like historical fiction, mystery, humor, romance, or all of the above.. this book is for you.

    The ARC of Boneseeker by Brynn Chapman was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.

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  • Posted July 17, 2014

    Arabella Holmes, daughter of Sherlock, finds herself at home i

    Arabella Holmes, daughter of Sherlock, finds herself at home in the Mutter Museum. Henry Watson, son of John, finds himself working along side Bella, and together they face a mystery of the bones, is it a giant or proof of fallen angels??

    this was very different to my usual reads, but not in a bad way! it spin on from the books of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, although Watson plays a large part in this book, Holmes does not, except for the very last bit. it takes some of the quirks of Holmes and transplants them into his daughter, and I've not read any Holmes books, I can see the quirks from him in various films, in Bella.

    the tale tells of bones found, that are massive, and Bella, being the scientist, plans a paper that proves they are Neanderthal, not Nephilim. But someone is conspiring against her, and Henry, as they dig for more bones, and deal with the fallout.

    facing several attempts on her life, Bella finds herself inbroiled in an age old mystery, that is neither proven nor disproven in the book, but the way the author goes about it, is really well written! the love affair between Henry and Bella, such as it is, is not steamy or hot off the page, but it IS passionate, in a way only Bella can be, and THIS is what makes the book for me. the little twists and turn keep you page turning, right to the end.

    written from both Henry and Bella's point of view, in the first person, each change is headed. there is some violence, attempted rape and talk of drug abuse, but only heavy petting, its farily clean so i'm rating this a 16+

    I'll certainly look out for more books in this series, as and when they come out.

    4 fangs

    reviewer for Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock

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  • Posted July 16, 2014

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    In the flair of second-generation Sherlock Holmes, there's myste

    In the flair of second-generation Sherlock Holmes, there's mystery, danger, romance, and definitely major snark.

    The story opens in the past with a group of men discussing a matter of importance and their willingness to do whatever is necessary for their cause ... a cause vaguely disclosed to the reader. From here the story moves into the present then to another chapter from the point-of-view of one of the lead characters. The next chapter is then from the other man lead's point-of-view. I wasn't sure I was going to like the story from the way the opening was structured, but the MC's voices along with the snippet of mystery introduced urged me to keep reading. I'm glad I did. 

    I loved the fact that Arabella is introduced as Sherlock Holmes' daughter and her BFF (best friend forever and eventual boyfriend forever) Henry as Watson's son. I'm not giving anything away by describing Henry as I just did. Trust me. It will be obvious to you from the start that these two are destined to be together and have been since childhood. But don't let that fool you. The author does a wonderful job of tossing up roadblocks to get in their way.

    Arabella and Henry have been life-long friends. How could they not with the tempestuous friendship between their fathers? They find themselves employed on a bone recovery mission for a museum after a few years apart. Between the bone recovery dig itself, murder, physical attacks, their childhood memories and snarky fromance (friendship/romance), and Henry's alleged promiscuity, this is no simple tale. 

    Through Bella and Henry's taunting romance, a mystery slowly rears its annoying head. It appears someone is sabotaging the dig. This is where Arabella's traits of details and detection, obviously gained from her Holmes' father, begin to work overtime. It was fun watching her, all while poor Henry did his best to keep her out of trouble--deja vu to their fathers' relationship.

    Arabella is witty, bold nonsense, and at times she felt too old for her age. But she can't really be to blame. Having the amazing Scotland Yard detective as a father was not easy. She's learned that life is all scientific with no room for the unexplained--love being one of those unexplained. But Henry has something to say about that. I found it amazing how Arabella's capacity for love goes from nonexcited (knowing she feels different when Henry's around), to full-fledged passion. All I can say about Henry is that I love him and his internal struggle to resist Arabella. He desperately tries to fend it off, but alas ... 

    The writing is both poetic and dreamy. There are strong, forceful moments, yet extreme tender ones, too. The author has a nice command over the language of the time period. At times, the tale held a CSI feel, crime scenes and all. 

    My only negative is the overall feel of the story is a mixture of young adult and new adult. The lead characters are both in a profession, both hold a demeanor of older characters, and both tend to think with more wisdom than the average YAer.

    I have to tell you. I am head-over-oodles in love with Henry. Wish they'd put a snippet of him on the cover. Even a faded out background. #growls

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  • Posted July 12, 2014

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    Boneseeker was a nice, romantic read. It was a clever retelling

    Boneseeker was a nice, romantic read. It was a clever retelling of sorts, featuring the daughter of Sherlock Holmes and the son of John Watson as the protagonists. The book felt a little unbalanced at times though. The mystery and plot were overshadowed by the romance at many moments.


    Aside from the show Sherlock and one movie, I'm not familiar with the Sherlock Holmes mysteries. From what I could tell, though, it seemed that the author did a good job with adding Sherlock and Watson traits to Arabella and Henry. This made for some pretty interesting characters!

    Arabella was a feisty, clever, and strong heroine, yet she had quite a few insecurities. A lot of the book was focused on her and Henry's relationship and the two (mostly her) struggled with the love they felt for one another. I loved the romance!

    I was a little surprised to see so much of it--lots of kissing--but that was a good thing. I do have one complaint about it, though . . .


    Maybe I was just interested in the romance more, but it seemed that the main characters' relationship was the largest focus of the entire novel. It overshadowed the rest of the story. The mystery didn't seem like such a big deal--I never even came up with theories like I usually do. I was both unsure on what was going on and disinterested in the events pertaining to the expedition/mystery of the novel.


    Romance stole the show for me! Boneseeker was one of the books in which my enjoyment stemmed almost solely from the protagonists' relationship and their scenes together. Anything aside from that didn't interest me as much, which is a shame because I would've loved to see a stronger mystery (seeing as there's a Sherlock and Watson). Nevertheless, I had a great time reading it and think many others would as well.

    *I received a copy of this book for review purposes. This has not affected my opinion of the book in any way.

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  • Posted June 26, 2014

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    I was given this book via Science Fiction and Such in exchange

    I was given this book via Science Fiction and Such in exchange for an honest review...

    I love the novels and stories of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, so when I was asked to read a book whose main characters were their progeny, jumped at the chance. I expected to be reading a mystery novel (it is), set in late Victorian or early 20th century (it was), in London… and here is where Ms. Chapman diverts from the classic ideology of Sherlock Holmes, and creates a new world and the possibility of a new series of adventures.

    Boneseeker is set in the USA! Some scenes are at the Mutter in Philadelphia, PA and also along the Hudson River in New York. If you can imagine what the early 20th century was like in Philadelphia, then you have a great idea of where our characters live.

    Arabella Holmes is very similar to Sherlock. She is quite socially disconnected and is happiest among her bones and lab at the Mutter. She is aware that she does not react like other girls, but just cannot learn the social graces.

    Henry Watson is John’s youngest son. While the rest of the Watsons followed their father’s footsteps in the medicine, Henry is a scientist too, studying forensic anthropology. He is influenced into this study because of growing up with Arabella, and of course, there is a romantic interest there.

    The two of them embark on an adventure to identify the burial remains of a giant, which some believe are the children of humans and angels, or nephilim. The first team to reach this destination vanish, and she and Henry may be in danger themselves.

    Boneseeker is a very well crafted, well thought through novel. Clearly Brynn Chapman understands how to organize her story as there was never a time when I felt that the narrative was slowing down, not detailed enough, or left holes in the mystery itself or ancillary plots. However, she was also great at providing clear places for me to take reading breaks (even if I didn’t) and balanced them will with various cliff hangers, so I could find places to walk away and join the real world without too much disruption. i appreciate that. Even with the resolution of this story, I sincerely hope she is starting a series so I can read more of their adventures.

    If you enjoy mystery shrouded with paranormal suspense, then you will love Boneseeker as much as I did.

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