From Publishers Weekly
Two challenging problems vex Sherlock Holmes, who's been resuscitated after being frozen for decades in a Swiss glacier, in Grant's disappointing second mystery to feature the Victorian detective in the 21st century (after 2010's The Strange Return of Sherlock Holmes): the theft of a newly discovered Shakespeare letter, which could resolve the question of the authorship of his plays, and the identity of the criminal behind a series of attacks in London aimed at musicians, whose instruments have been blowing up. Aided by journalist James Wilson, Holmes plausibly displays his deductive gifts in the Internet age, but too often straight sleuthing gives way to action sequences out of a James Bond film (e.g., bomb-loaded bats fly at a helicopter high above a Scottish castle). Grant's splendid execution of this intriguing concept in the first book offers some hope that he can rebound in the next. (Jan.)
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*Starred Review* At the beginning of this follow-up to the thoroughly entertaining The Strange Return of Sherlock Holmes (2010)—in which Holmes, having been thawed out of a Swiss glacier and restored to life, paired up with a journalist, James Wilson, to solve a modern-day murder—the great detective is feeling a bit underappreciated. No one in this twenty-first-century world seems to need his special deductive powers and keen observational skills (“the same result,” he bemoans, “can now be accomplished through sheer technology,” like finding out where someone has been by using a GPS tracker). But then fortune smiles upon Holmes. The niece of one of Wilson’s friends has a most interesting puzzle: someone has stolen a rare and almost certainly genuine letter written by William Shakespeare, and she desperately needs to find out who and why. So begins an adventure, written in the spirit of Conan Doyle’s original Holmes stories, that will captivate fans of the world’s greatest consulting detective. Grant (a pseudonym) is a skilled storyteller, giving Wilson a narrative voice that reminds us of Dr. Watson, without ever parodying him. A first-class sequel and, readers will hope, merely the second of a long series of novels. --David Pitt