Art in the Blood: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure

Art in the Blood: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure

by Bonnie MacBird


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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.

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ISBN-13: 9780008129668
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Publication date: 09/15/2015
Pages: 320

About the Author

Bonnie MacBird was born and raised in San Francisco and fell in love with Sherlock Holmes by reading the canon at age ten. She attended Stanford University, earning a BA in Music and an MA in Film. Her long Hollywood career includes feature film development exec at Universal, the original screenplay for the movie TRON, three Emmy Awards for documentary writing and producing, numerous produced plays and musicals, and theatre credits as an actor and director. In addition to her work in entertainment, Bonnie teaches a popular screenwriting class at UCLA Extension, as well as being an accomplished water-colourist. She is a regular speaker on writing, creativity, and Sherlock Holmes. She lives in Los Angeles, with frequent trips to London.

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Art in the Blood: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story is well written, just as if told by Dr Watson. It follows in the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The only thing I found not accurate was some mild profanity. I am a big fan of Sherlock Holmes and find that disturbing. The story is a Sherlockian Mystery that is truly enjoyable. I could picture Nigel Bruce and Basil Rathbone in the mystery and I heard their voices. That is a sign of a true to form novel. It faithfully serves the memory of the great founder of Mr Holmes and Dr Watson. I hope Ms Macbird stays true to Dr Doyle's style of writing and does not degenerate into modern writing with offensive language.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great adventure!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As Conan Doyle's iconic characters are public domain, many authors have written novels detailing new adventures. Bonnie MacBird's novel Art in the Blood is an excellent tribute to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. She does justice to Holmes and Watson is creating an adventure stylistically similar to Doyle but at the same time entirely unique. Any fan of Sherlock Holmes would be proud to own this volume. Boredom is anathema to Sherlock Holmes, and the days after the disastrous Ripper Investigation are empty driving him into a deep depression and a cocaine induced stupor. Only the arrival of an encoded note is of enough interest to bring him out of his shell. Mlle La Victoire, a beautiful French cabaret star, writes of the disappearance of her illegitimate son. The boy resides with his father, a powerful English lord suspected of being involved in numerous art thefts, particularly that of a statue more valuable than the Winged Victory that has recently disappeared from Marseilles. The art theft interests Sherlock far less than the case of the boy, but Mycroft Holmes has his own agenda, his own reasons for Sherlock to pursue the case. A number of other children in Lancashire have been found murdered. The clues point to the same powerful, untouchable man. I greatly enjoyed Art in the Blood. Bonnie MacBird clearly thrives on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's works, and has done a wonderful job characterizing the central figures. I highly recommend Art in the Blood to anyone who enjoys Sherlock Holmes or a solid mystery/adventure. 5/5 I received a copy of Art in the Blood from Collins Crime Club in exchange for an honest review. --Crittermom Holmes and Watson return in Art in the Blood
Bill More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of Arthur Conan Doyle's Holmes stories since I first read them at school. Now, over thirty years later, I still love his work. I've always found his short stories to be superb & his four Sherlock Holmes novellas to be less than gripping. Over the years I've tried, in vain, to find any author who could write a Holmes story as good as Doyle & had almost given up hope of ever finding one. Bonnie MacBird has succeeded where everyone else has failed (including Conan Doyle himself, if I may make so bold!) in writing a thoroughly entertaining Sherlock Holmes full length novel. The story is exciting from beginning to end & moves along at an incredibly fast pace. There's action, humour & great characterisation throughout. Unlike others before her, MacBird avoids filling the book with excessive references to the Holmes Canon & silly in-jokes. This is by far the best & the most fun Sherlock Holmes story since Conan Doyle. An amazing feat.
Anonymous 20 days ago
Sherlock and Watson ride again to the rescue, complicates case and Holmes is not infallible but tenacious as usual. The author does a great job in capturing the true friendship of the pair. The relationship remains complex but it works for them. Not everyone can tell the story but this one was a really good Sherlock mystery.
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rokinrev 5 months ago
“Art,by its nature,is not an exact representation of reality...But, imperfect as it is, it transcends its flaws, and is the greater for them. And *that* is why it is treasured!” Found in the back of an old book, this story, presumed to be by THE Dr. Watson, takes the sleuth unawares as he is hired by a chanteuse to find her son, while he is duped by Mycroft Holmes to find some stolen art and to intercept the most amazing statue fought over by many countries. Greed, lewdness, licentious behavior all play a part in the dual story that comes together in an ending that will leave even the greatest fan of Arthur Conan Doyle shaking their head in disbelief. And that is why this book, which I believe I received as a Goodreads win in 2015 lanquished on my shelf for 4 years. I wasn’t ready to read a “Sherlock Holmes wannabe “. I consider myself a purist as far as Holmes, and the recent propagation of “attempted Holmes remakes” both attracts and repels me. It’s taken Sherry Thomas’”Lady Sherlock” for me to even glance at this book. What I found was not equal to Conan Doyle, but a well written new story, with a focus that might repell the original author, but sits well with Ms.Macbird, a former screenwriter. Recommended 4/5
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, it is very reminiscent of the original canon. Twists and turns abound, and the depth of research makes it easy to accept Holmes as the same genius as he was in Sir Arthur's books. The themes are dark, the villains are not who I expected (except one, and I didn't expect the depths of his depravity), and all is well in the end. Great fun, highly recommended for new or established Sherlockians!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this novel, Bonnie McBride has brought back a Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, so familiar to us, as to think she is a descendant of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself. Mystery, cunning, bravery, and a truly audacious ending add to quite a nice start. I look forward to following her as she opens the old notebooks of Dr. Watson and conjures up more like stories to while away a portion of a fortnight's time in delightful literary perusal.
Bettikins More than 1 year ago
I have never read the original Sherlock Holmes books so I can't compare, but this book was excellent. Other reviewers think this series is the best since Doyle's own and very true to the essence of the original. Gripping from page one, and it never slows down. I discovered it on Barnes and Noble's Serial Reads. They give you a free book in daily doses every month and this was a goody. Highly recommend to lovers of mystery... This won't disappoint.