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Product Details

  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: MX Publishing; 2nd edition edition (August 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780922531
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780922539
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,848,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is unique in that I've never seen a reasonably-good book for the most part totally self destruct in the last 25 pages or so.
Drstatz
Sadly, the author is totally incapable of conveying the why and how of this fascination and nothing in her narrative lets me see what is so special about that guy.
kete
The narrative here is much more realistic than are the Canonical tales and the seamier side of London is brought home to the reader in many ugly details.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Philly Reads on April 14, 2013
Format: Paperback
WOW. Heroine goes from workhouse, where she kills a guy, to gang leader of Baker St Irregulars, to Moriarity's wife, where she kills a guy because he wants to retire,to Sherlock's lover. She kills Moriarity, marries Watson, and spends her spare time working in a bordello which seems to cater to S&M. Mycroft loves her like a daughter, but everybody else have more carnal feelings.
The author is a good story teller,and book moves right along. If you want a fantasy Harlequin romance, maybe try it. If you are a Sherlock Holmes fan, please eliminate this impossible book ASAP.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By kete on August 3, 2012
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Perfectly pointless drivel. There is far better FanFiction out there for free. And this is what we call a Mary-Sue: a completely selfindulgent selfinsertion of the writer. The POV-character "Red" is born and grows up in the worst London workhouse. Everyone else is weak and scrawny and ugly because of malnutrition and continuous hard work. Only she grows up to be a perfect beauty with immaculate skin, fiery red hair and icy blue eyes.... (see, where this is going?) Everyone else's spirit is broken, only she is intelligent, free-spirited and fiery. (yawn...)

She then escapes the workhouse and joins the Bakerstreet Irregulars - which are far from the charming bunch ACD portrayed them as - and gets to know Sherlock Holmes who fascinates her. Sadly, the author is totally incapable of conveying the why and how of this fascination and nothing in her narrative lets me see what is so special about that guy.

The writer does not even master the basest technique of storytelling: right in the middle of a first-person POV account of her heroine "Red" we are suddenly treated to a part of the story she could not have witnessed which is told in third-person omniscient or something (sometimes POVs are so convoluted it's hard to tell who sees/tells what).

She is a member of the BI when these are commissioned to watch out for the barge "Aurora" (The Sign of Four), which they don't do btw, she is the one who originally steals The Blue Carbuncle, but Holmes let's her get away with it, because the plumber guy who's convicted in her stead raped her etc. Oh, yes! Absolutely every man wants to have sex with her and several rape her and, of course, everyone is a terrible pervert (especially the gay Greek interpreter, because of the gay, omg, or his son (lost track)).
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gerald A. Aiello on October 11, 2011
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Don't bother if you're looking for a Holmes novel. This was start to finish a romance novel - a bad romance novel - imho.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Drstatz on November 3, 2011
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This book is unique in that I've never seen a reasonably-good book for the most part totally self destruct in the last 25 pages or so. Although many plot elements were done well it seemed the writer felt obligated to insert items of total stupidity which could have been deleted without affecting the flow of the narrative in the least. The 'True Confessions' aspects could have been left out; they added nothing to the narrative or quality of the plot. I'd recommend buying the book used as it isn't worth the full price and not wasting your time with the last 20 pages or so.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Miss NB on September 28, 2011
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Really enjoyed this - am not a massive Holmes fan but am interested in Victorian England. Now may go and re-read some of Conan Doyle's originals. Fast-paced action. I think she is a character that you can warm to although you have to realise where's she's come from. Once you've started it's very difficult to put down. Would definitely recommend.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By charlie on July 25, 2012
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I found that this was an absolutely brilliant book. I could find no flaw in the style of writing and the plot was full of twists and turns that made it one of the best that I have read. I would recommend this for everyone, even if you are clueless about Sherlock Holmes (although now I love Holmes because of this book, which inspired me to read Conan Doyle's original works).
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By silentminority on August 29, 2011
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And it could have been much better. The parts depicting Moriarty and his circle are original if a little over-the-top. But the "heroine" is a simple brute and the end result is just another trashing of Conan Doyle's work. One star is about all it deserves.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Fred on September 26, 2013
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I bought this book out of curiosity and might not have had I read all the reviews first. The first few chapters turned me off as the main character, "Red" turned me off. I could not feel empathy for the girl describing herself as barefoot on baker Street. I did not like her early impressions of John Watson and certainly felt it had the characterization of the Baker Street irregulars all wrong. Of course the tie in with various early Sherlock Holmes stories was well done. However, linking her with Holmes and releasing passion in him reminded me of the old fanzines where some young Star Trek female would break through Mr. Spock's reserve. The link with Moriarity was mildly interesting. Then half way through the book the author Charlotte Anne Walters hooked me. The relationship between what now becomes a heroine and John Watson drew me in and I found myself anxious to find out how the author was going to conclude the odd mix she created. Not really believable, but enjoyable just the same. I found myself upping the stars I planned to give the more I read. Four stars is perhaps more than this deserves and Red is no Mary Russell or Irene Adler. However, the book ended up as an enjoyable read for me.
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