Mycroft Holmes

Mycroft Holmes

A Novel

Book - 2015
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When his fianće abruptly departs for Trinidad after hearing disturbing news, Mycroft Holmes and his best friend Cyrus Douglas follow and find themselves drawn in to a treacherous investigation.
Publisher: London :, Titan Books,, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781783291533
Branch Call Number: Abdu
Additional Contributors: Waterhouse, Anna.


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pacl_teens Jun 16, 2021

"Mycroft Holmes is engaged to Georgiana, who was raised on an island called Trinidad. Mycroft’s friend Douglas also came from Trinidad, and hears news of children’s bodies being found drained of blood. When Georgiana hears the news, she quickly leaves for Trinidad without a good explanation. Mycroft is worried about her and convinces Douglas that they should follow her. Even though they try their best to find her they can’t, however they do find much worse things than they had ever imagined.

Most of the characters were well developed, and well thought out. I enjoyed reading this book because I thought it was an interesting story as well as being invested in the mystery. I found the book started a bit slow, but got much better as it continued. Some of the plot twists in the book were a bit too predictable, but they did not ruin the overall experience of the book. Overall, I enjoyed the book, and would recommend it for people who like adventure/mystery books." -Jake, Grade 10

bocalibrary_Alex May 14, 2021

We all know the famous Sherlock Holmes, but in the new series by Anna Waterhouse and basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, we learn about his older brother Mycroft Holmes. In this tale of mystery and suspense, we follow Mycroft from the streets of London to the Caribbean, in search of who or what is causing Children to disappear in the night. Anyone who enjoys a Sherlockian mystery will enjoy following the exploits of Mycroft Holmes.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Mar 15, 2021

For fans of Holmes, this is a fun imagining of what Mycroft would have been like as a young man. It's the beginning of a series, and feels like an origin story for both Mycroft and Sherlock.

sapl3 Apr 09, 2020


Mycroft Holmes is making a name for himself as the Secretary to the Secretary of State for War in the British government. When his best friend, Cyrus Douglas, receives disturbing reports of child murders in his birthplace of Trinidad, Holmes shares his friend’s distress. When Holmes’ fiancée, Georgiana, learns of these murders she abruptly departs for the island, where her family still holds property. Of course Holmes must follow and he and Cyrus team up to find her.

The pair is thrust into a web of superstition, violence, and murder from the moment they board the ship that is to take them to the Port of Spain. And as they search for Georgiana, they both come to realize that those whom they thought they knew turn out to be completely different people.

The story has moments of excitement but then gets bogged down with chapters that do nothing to move the main story forward. The disjointed plot lines leave one to shake one’s head as the reader tries to follow the trail that the authors have set down.

One wonders how the authors collaborated on this novel. First you have Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA’s all-time leading scorer. Then there’s Anna Waterhouse, a screenwriter and script consultant. Who wrote what? Would knowing explain its deficiencies or really make any difference? I wonder…

The pair have penned a second novel – Mycroft and Sherlock. It will be interesting to see if this one fares better.

Joanne gives Mycroft Holmes 2 daggers out of 5!

Jul 15, 2019

I love Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. This book was a sad, pale imitation of the master.

Jun 04, 2019

I haven't read much Holmes, but it read like I thought a Holmes book would read. And the story was pretty good. It's an experience of Mycroft's when he was 23, and Sherlock was still in school.

DPLSaraQT Feb 08, 2018

Yes, this is by *that* Kareem, plus co-author Anna Waterhouse. This was an EXCELLENT Holmes story! Even if it is the older Holmes brother. Much more humanity and far more diversity than one ever sees in a typical Holmes-ian spin-off. Highly recommend.

barigsoy Sep 29, 2017

A total page-turner! The subject matter is a little dark, but the book is brilliantly written. I thoroughly enjoyed this story about Sherlock Holmes' older brother Mycroft.

PimaLib_MaryG Oct 30, 2016

This is a great book if you love Sherlock Holmes, historical fiction, books that address social ills, or if you just love great books. This is Holmes before Sherlock. Mycroft has ties to Trinidad through love and friendship that lead him down a path of no return. Not only is his own life in grave danger, but he discovers, and foils, a much bigger conspiracy that has its roots in history. Excellent reading.

Aug 11, 2016

I was expecting one of those novels written in epoch jargon and positively tedious to read but instead got a simple enough (with a word here and there of course) fantastically woven story. Holmes' mind is both incredibly fascinating and entertaining to peak into. I honestly wish I had more... (technically possible with the new comic coming out) This Mycroft is definitely a good interpretation of him as a 23 year old and I often (to my great amusement) pictured Mark Gatiss talking during the various dialog - especially chapter 46, god that definitely sounded like the BBC version though I suppose that version was also an interpretation and since both are pretty compatible, I suppose they have both done something right. Anyways. Great read, highlight of my summer reading so far.

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Jun 04, 2016

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ellensix Oct 21, 2015

Revenge, he thought. Not ethically sound, perhaps. But sweet. (p. 322)

ellensix Oct 21, 2015

Catching a criminal in the act is nowhere near as important as closing the loopholes that allow one to act the criminal in the first instance, he longed to explain. That means affecting laws, it means bargaining in a way that there will always be checks and balances in place. At the moment, will it always seem right or even fair? Of course not-- (p. 309)

ellensix Oct 21, 2015

Redheads! he mused. They have presaged bad luck from start to finish. (p. 309)

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