Mycroft and Sherlock
The new novel by NBA All-Star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, starring brothers Mycroft and Sherlock Holmes.It is 1873, and as the economies of Europe threaten to crumble, Mycroft Holmes finds himself in service to the Crown once again. A distant relative of Queen Victoria has been slain by the Fire Four Eleven killer, a serial murderer who leaves no mark upon his victims, only a mysterious calling card. Meanwhile, Sherlock has already taken it upon himself to solve the case, as his interest in the criminal mind grows into an obsession.Mycroft begrudgingly allows Sherlock to investigate, as Ai Lin—the woman he is still in love with—needs his aid. Her fiancé has been kidnapped, and the only man who might know his fate is a ruthless arms dealer with a reputation for killing those who cross him. Mycroft persuades his friend Cyrus Douglas to help find the young man, but Douglas himself is put in harm’s way.As Sherlock travels the country on the hunt for the Fire Four Eleven murderer, both he and Mycroft will discover that the greed of others is at the root of the evil they are trying to unearth…

Mycroft and Sherlock Details

TitleMycroft and Sherlock
Author
ReleaseSep 24th, 2019
PublisherTitan Books
ISBN-139781785659300
Rating
GenreMystery, Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Mycroft and Sherlock Review

  • Deb Jones
    January 1, 1970
    As a lifelong fan of the original Sherlock Holmes, I am picky about Holmesian tales written by anyone who isn't Conan Doyle. This series of Holmes stories, co-authored by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse fit neatly into the original cast of characters and their personalities. The prose is similar in style to the original stories and maintains the same feeling of time and place.The Empty Birdcage is the third in this ongoing series featuring Mycroft and Sherlock in their early years. I fou As a lifelong fan of the original Sherlock Holmes, I am picky about Holmesian tales written by anyone who isn't Conan Doyle. This series of Holmes stories, co-authored by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse fit neatly into the original cast of characters and their personalities. The prose is similar in style to the original stories and maintains the same feeling of time and place.The Empty Birdcage is the third in this ongoing series featuring Mycroft and Sherlock in their early years. I found the first two amazing and truly enjoyed this one, although by comparison with the first two, it was a bit less in-depth -- not enough to prevent enjoyment of the reading experience -- just a little bit less of a dash of spice found in the first two titles.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    I've enjoyed all of Abdul-Jabbar's "Sherlock Holmes" novels, but this one not quite so much. Mycroft and his friend Cyrus Douglas are trying to find the Chinese fiancé of Ai Lin, a woman Mycroft loves but knows he can never win. The fiancé is mixed up with a sinister arms dealer who is sure he can outwit Mycroft. Meanwhile, the still young Sherlock comes down from his college determined to find the mysterious killer who seems to kill without weapons or motives. Both parties achieve their aims, a I've enjoyed all of Abdul-Jabbar's "Sherlock Holmes" novels, but this one not quite so much. Mycroft and his friend Cyrus Douglas are trying to find the Chinese fiancé of Ai Lin, a woman Mycroft loves but knows he can never win. The fiancé is mixed up with a sinister arms dealer who is sure he can outwit Mycroft. Meanwhile, the still young Sherlock comes down from his college determined to find the mysterious killer who seems to kill without weapons or motives. Both parties achieve their aims, although in Mycroft's case there's an ironic twist. But while we're finally given the killer's motive and weapons, we never even learn his name. That type of ending leaves me ultimately unsatisfied, so the book loses a star.
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  • Sam Prince
    January 1, 1970
    A brilliant plot. Very entertaining. Thank you so very much Kareem Abdul Jabar for bringing The Holmes Brothers back to life.
  • Yaaresse
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 rounding up. I'm enjoying this series so much. This third book is definitely not a stand-alone, not if one wants a full appreciation of the characters and their motivations. Third books seem to be awkward points in a series. If you've made it to the third book, it starts getting more exposure, but not all that exposure makes it clear that someone new to the ride that they are getting on the train mid-journey. There are really two mysteries within this book. Mycroft seeks to solve the disappe 4.5 rounding up. I'm enjoying this series so much. This third book is definitely not a stand-alone, not if one wants a full appreciation of the characters and their motivations. Third books seem to be awkward points in a series. If you've made it to the third book, it starts getting more exposure, but not all that exposure makes it clear that someone new to the ride that they are getting on the train mid-journey. There are really two mysteries within this book. Mycroft seeks to solve the disappearance of his friend's (i.e. secret crush's) fiance, a man who is reportedly sentenced to death in his homeland for treason, and Sherlock has wheedled and connived his way into Mycroft setting him loose on his very first case to solve a string of what appears to be random murders. Well...sort of setting him loose. After all, Mycroft is a secret worrier and, let's face it, a control freak. So we have more Mycroft-Sherlock interaction than in the other two books, but the writers don't sacrifice the Mycroft-Cyrus friendship that made the first two books enjoyable. In truth, neither of the mysterious cases is all that mysterious. I figured out that how and why of the murders fairly early in the book and the who and why of the fiance's disappearance about 2/3 of the way in. It didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book. This series is more about the characters and their relationships than the cases.
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  • H
    January 1, 1970
    I lied. I didn't finish this book. I just wanted it not to be on the Want to Read or Currently Reading shelves. I pretty much figured out the weapon, motive, and almost whodun it by the time I reached page 30 (or so). I have not had so much apathy to finish a book in decades!!! I did not flip to the back to see if my guesses were correct; I couldn't even.I am going to go watch Sherlock now to wash the bleh from my brain.
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  • Readerkuna1
    January 1, 1970
    this was a pretty good Mystery.Mycroft is back working for the goverment and Sherilock left college to investigate mudrers.They come to an agreement.Myscroft and his friend Douglas work on finding someone.While Sherlock and he body guard look to find out why these people were murdered.Things happen and they work hard to find out what is going on.This is a pretty good read from a first time author who took a risk and found a good coauthor.Worth the read
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  • Susan Sarabasha
    January 1, 1970
    So well written. Very interesting take on a very young Sherlock and Mycroft who is responsible for him. Both are extremely detail oriented. Also tells of POC in that time in London which most books ignore. AAMOF one of the lead characters is Black but must act as though he’s a secretary to an often ill guy instead of the boss.Looking forward to the sequel in Sept.
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  • Mary Sue
    January 1, 1970
    The brothers Holmes are so alike and so different. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar writes well giving the reader a strong sense of the era and setting. A series of unusual murders have one common element , a note reading Fire 411.
  • Ernest Spoon
    January 1, 1970
    The Mycroft and Sherlock series just keeps getting better. I deduce, however, that the title birdcage, and the unwinding of the mystery, is one giant McGuffin? Without giving too much away the plot points to a trilogy? I can't wait. But I guess I'll just have to.
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  • Ann
    January 1, 1970
    Another fabulous installment!These are my favorite books since we learn more about Mycroft, and Sherlock is still a young man just starting his sleuthing career. The relationship between the two is marvelous as is their interaction of older brother to younger. Excellent read.
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  • Sherry Powell
    January 1, 1970
    Best one yet.
  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Stars. Overall is was pretty good but for me it had a slow start and dragged a bit.
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