What Child Is This? A Sherlock Holmes Christmas Adventure by Bonnie MacBird Blog Tour Book Review

Thank you to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours, Collins Crime Club at Harper Collins, and Bonnie MacBird, featuring illustrations by Frank Cho, for a copy of this cosy crime to read and review!

Blurb:

London, 1890. A snowy December.

It’s Christmas, and games are afoot. Sherlock Holmes is attempting to hide from the relentless cheer, until Watson pulls him outside for a walk. In a packed Oxford Street, a man suddenly plunges through the crowd and knocks a young woman to the ground, wresting her small boy from her arms. Holmes and Watson leap to their rescue and the assailant escapes empty handed. But who would try to kidnap a child in this manner? And more importantly- will he strike again?

Thus begins the first of two unseasonably dangerous cases which take Holmes and Watson from the depths of London’s prisons and workhouses to fashionable Belgravia, and ultimately to the pinnacle of a glittering Christmas Eve party in Mayfair.

Dogged by threats from unexpected quarters, and aided by the colourful Heffie O’Malley, Holmes must bring to the game his celebrated scientific method, and the bravery for which he and Watson are renowned. But the final resolution will demand something more from the Great Detective- something Watson has never before observed in his friend.


My Thoughts:

Watson has the ‘pleasure’ of spending the few days over Christmas with his friend Sherlock Holmes, who is not a fan of the celebrations of the season.
But, before long, this would be a Christmas like no other…

We are taken on an adventure with two cases to solve, and what an adventure it is!

I absolutely loved this wonderful, classic crime thriller, featuring the always methodical Holmes, and his long-time counterpart, Watson. I read this within the space of 3 hours! I just couldn’t put it down!

The writing style is as if it had been written by Arthur Conan Doyle himself. Bonnie has managed to keep their characters and the interactions between the two, the same as the originals. Definitely took me back to when I first read the classics as a young child.

A gripping story, that went between two cases. First, the Marquis Of Blandbury asks for Holmes’ help in locating his missing 21 year-old son Reginald. The second, a case that they are thrown into first hand, when witnessing an attempted kidnap of a small child. From then, we are taken through an adventure, also being introduced to the brilliant character of Heffie, who is employed by the police as an undercover.

The stories all end in a satisfying way, and I have to say it was a pleasure to read!

The illustrations throughout are fabulous, and really add to the imagery set throughout the book.

We are given the pleasure of Holmes’ clue deducing skills, that baffle poor Watson throughout the book. Its just wonderful. It made me want to venture back into the old classics.

All in all, I cannot recommend diving into a Sherlock Holmes novel at the best of times, but this was brilliant! Thank you Bonnie!

Miranda x

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