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The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes    by Leonard Goldberg order for
Daughter of Sherlock Holmes
by Leonard Goldberg
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Minotaur, 2018 (2017)
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* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Here's a charming cozy with a new and delightful spin on the Holmes and Watson partnership. An elderly Watson is still in play (along with his son, Dr. John Watson, Jr.) and they manage to team up with the legendary detective's daughter, who is apparently unaware of her heritage, having been raised by foster parents.

The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes opens in 1914. Mary Harrelston arrives at Baker Street (where the elder Watson still resides) to ask for his help in investigating her brother's tragic death at the home of his friend, Christopher Moran. They served together in the Second Afghan War of 1878-1880, along with two other good friends. Though the death was ruled a suicide (due to gambling debts), Mary does not believe it. Scotland Yard will not help, refusing to bother the witnesses again. When he hears the witnesses were Joanna Blalock and her son, Watson agrees to look into the case.

Widowed Joanna Blalock (a skilled nurse and the daughter of Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler) and her brilliant and observant ten-year-old son Johnnie (who looks very like his grandfather) saw the falling body. They insist that the man toppled from the roof and not the window as was claimed. When Joanna mentions that there was little bleeding after the fall, they know it was murder. Joanna teams up with the others and soon is leading the investigation. Dr. John Watson, Jr. falls hard for her looks, her intelligence, and her forensic talents, an attraction that is reciprocated.

After another of the quartet who served in the Afghan War together dies, the investigation focuses on what might have happened during their time there. There's an unusual code to decipher; a remarkable hound (Toby Two) to sniff out clues; a poison to identify; and a trap to be set for an arch villain. The game is afoot once more! I look forward to following this engaging series.

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