Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Mycroft Holmes

 Mycroft Holmes 

Authors: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse

Narrator: Damian Lynch 

Publisher: Audible Studios

Year: 2015


Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock’s older brother, has his life planned out. He’s rising in the ranks of his civil service job and engaged to the beautiful Georgiana. But his life plan goes awry when his best friend Cyrus Douglas receives troubling news from his family in Trinidad. Mysterious disappearances have been taking place and children have been murdered. Georgiana, also from Trinidad, announces she’s going to back to Trinidad at once. Mycroft and Douglas head off to the island too and become embroiled in a sinister plot. 

Author and NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar gives Mycroft the star treatment here instead of younger brother Sherlock. Mycroft is just as complex a character as Sherlock. But the more interesting character is Cyrus Douglas, a Black man who is ten years older than Mycroft. Douglas has the maturity and life experience that young Mycroft lacks. Their friendship is a wonderful dynamic. 

Narrator Damian Lynch does a superb job bringing Mycroft and Douglas to life. The story itself is good and very well written, but it dragged a little too much for for me. While I loved the characters, the story didn’t always keep my full attention. However, my husband loved it and the loved the sequel. This is a welcome edition to the Sherlock canon. 

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