"Even for teens who haven't yet encountered Doyle's stories, Portia Adams will prove to be a whip-smart, worthy new heroine." - Quill and Quire
"Misri has made a clever contribution to Sherlock Holmes spin-off literature. Jewel of the Thames will introduce younger readers to the Holmes world while also appealing to seasoned Sherlock fans." - CM Magazine
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There's a new detective at 221 Baker Street
Set against the background of 1930s England, Jewel of the Thames introduces Portia Adams, a budding detective with an interesting - and somewhat mysterious - heritage.
Nineteen-year-old Portia Adams has always been inquisitive. There's nothing she likes better than working her way through a mystery. When her mother dies, Portia puzzles over why she was left in the care of the extravagant Mrs. Jones but doesn't have long to dwell on it before she is promptly whisked from Toronto to London by her new guardian. Once there Portia discovers that she has inherited 221 Baker Street - the former offices of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.
Portia settles into her new home and gets to know her downstairs tenants, including the handsome and charming Brian Dawes. She also finds herself entangled in three cases: the first involving stolen jewelry, the second a sick judge and the final case revolving around a kidnapped child. But the greatest mystery of all is her own. How did she come to inherit this townhouse? And why did her mother keep her heritage from her? Portia has a feeling Mrs. Jones knows more than she is letting on. In fact, she thinks her new guardian may be the biggest clue of all.
Featuring casebook illustrations by Sydney Smith.
E - Everyone over ten: Content is suitable for everyone but may contain mild violence and language and minimal suggestive themes.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Finally! We have a new detective investigating the YA scene. As soon as you read more about Portia Adams and the cases she's got to solve, you can't resist to get drawn into her story. Portia Adams makes careful observations and isn't too fast with her verdicts and assumptions. When she presents her view on a case and explains her theory, it's with certainty and not only a vague guess. She's an incorruptible and bright private eye for her very young age. You'll like that about her! Holmes and Watson would be proud of her, too. Knowing that she's living in Baker Street 221 now and working on her cases like a professional. Portia will let you take part in her current investigation and show you new discoveries. While Portia's solving her cases you'll sure learn something useful and curious. Doesn't Portia moving into the quarters of Baker Street 221 give Angela Misri's story an almost mythical touch? I mean, those two, Holmes and Watson, are probably the world's most famous detective duo and have experienced much approval and quite a fandom in popular culture through TV, movie adaptations and merchanise. This story wouldn't feel as strongly linked to the original Sherlock stories and their appeal if it wasn't for the local proximity to the place that once housed Sherlock's original aura of detective grandness. Angela Misri writes Portia's story as one cohesive story with the same setting and characters but opens a new "casebook", when one case is solved and the next begins. In retrospect, all three cases were very intelligent and not always too easy to solve. You can test your intuition and follow Portia on her investigations and see how she prepares for new situations, absorbs new facts and material to broaden her horizons in various fields. Despite its shortness, the story's pace was what dampened my early enthusiam about it to some extent. Meetings with Portia's new mentor and the promising relationship with Brian, the young constable trainee who lives in another Baker Street 221 apartment, weren't as revelatory and progressive as they could've been. Still I accept that a 20th century gentleman needs to take his time before he makes serious advances on a woman he fancies. Let's see how things develop in the next Portia Adams novel. Also of interest is how Angela Misri interprets her London setting of the 1930s and the history of two fictional characters themselves, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, and makes it her own. Sherlock Holmes was originally invented by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the late 19th century. It is fascinating to observe how a character and a story idea that worked so many decades ago, still have the power to draw readers these days in its ban. 3,5/5 ***/* JEWEL OF THE THAMES: A PORTIA ADAMS ADVENTURE - An atmospheric 20th century London setting, clever cases and a young woman with an unerring instinct for truth and justice. It's been a while since I've read a Sherlock Holmes' adventure and so JEWEL OF THE THAMES was a welcome reminder of how fun detective stories can be. Portia Adams is the woman you should consult if you are looking for your next YA book!
Jewel of the Thames is a delightful, surprising, suspenseful and smart adventure with a fierce young woman at its core. As Portia Adams journeys from the cultural backwater of Toronto to bustling 1930s London, the centre of culture and her own family history, Misri introduces her readers to a charming detective for a new generation: a plucky and open-minded observer with a kind heart and a developing analytical mind - though, one who takes tea instead of pipe tobacco as she gets to the bottom of a case. I read Jewel of the Thames as an adult. For me, it was a fun and whimsical story that picked up the legacy of Holmes while adding to it the energy and unique perspective of a young woman detective in the 1930s, in the roundly developed adventurer of Portia: Her adorable awkwardness from being plopped into British culture with a noticeable North American accent and comportment; her devotion to analysis and investigation, even though her costume disguises are a bit ramshackle; the depth of her emotions as she moves on from a family tragedy; all these details and many more caused me to be swept away with Portia's own story as well as the intriguing details of her cases. I also bought a copy of Jewel for the daughter of a friend, and I'm thrilled to have offered her a book that both delights and provides such a smart and cool role model who demonstrates that solving mysteries - and, indeed, crimes - is not just the responsibility or realm of gentleman. I raise a strong cuppa to Portia and the promise of her next adventure in the series and I hope other readers looking for an inventive twist on a classic will do the same!
A fun, entertaining read for any age group, Jewel of the Thames is a thought provoking and quick read that keeps you wanting more. The protagonist, Portia Adams, is easy to relate to and admire at the same time. Her inquisitive mind and social awkwardness makes her more real and allows you to really connect with her through her adventures. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series to see how Misri continues to develop her protagonist, both intellectually and personally. Strongly recommend this book for older kids, teens and adults.