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The Abduction of Pretty Penny: A Daughter of Sherlock Holmes Mystery (The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes Mysteries, 5) Hardcover – June 15, 2021
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Praise for The Abduction of Pretty Penny:
"Leonard Goldberg’s latest installment in The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes series is filled with a classic Sherlockian vibe...What truly stands out in this novel is the writing and dialogue.” ―Reviewing the Evidence
“The story is excellent and engaging…There is certainly enough angst, tension and misdirection to keep the pages turning and the reader involved to the last page.” ―Gumshoe Review
"Leonard Goldberg’s cozy mystery spin on the Holmes/Watson partnership involves the Baker Street Irregulars to track the suspects, aided by 'the keenest nose in all London.' This is an appealing series.” ―Bookloons
“Compelling, with clever revelations and pithy dialogue―a worthy successor to Conan Doyle’s original” ―Charleston Post and Courier on The Abduction of Pretty Penny
“a perfect summer read” ―Red Carpet Crash on The Abduction of Pretty Penny
"The Abduction of Pretty Penny is darker in tone than the other books in the series...But like the others in the series, this one is very well written, with clever dialogue...I highly recommend this latest in an excellent series." ―Historical Novel Society
Praise for the Daughter of Sherlock Holmes Series:
"Goldberg's Sherlock Holmes pastiche is pitch-perfect..." ―Library Journal
“Avid Sherlockians will be delighted with the many echoes of the original Holmes canon.” ―Publishers Weekly
"Fans of the original mysteries will get a chuckle out of the antic language, and there is a mercurial Mary Poppins appeal to this not-to-be-trifled-with heroine that will appeal to fans beyond Baker Street." ―Booklist
"Holmes lovers will enjoy the intricate Sherlockian reasoning Joanna and Johnny bring to the puzzle." ―Publishers Weekly on The Art of Deception
"Fans of all things Sherlock-ian will delight in Joanna, so like her father and already training her schoolboy son, Johnny, in the methods that have solved so many cases like this exceptionally tricky one." ―Kirkus Reviews on The Disappearance of Alistair Ainsworth
"Suspenseful and entertaining, with many twists and turns....This is one of the best Sherlock Holmes series since Laurie R. King’s Mary Russell books." ―Historical Novel Society
About the Author
- Publisher : Minotaur Books (June 15, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250224225
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250224224
- Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.76 x 1.21 x 8.47 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #183,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have read all of the novels in Leonard Goldberg's Daughter of Sherlock Holmes series, and I am a bit disappointed in this installment.
Joanna, her husband John Watson Jr, and her father in law John Watson Sr are requested to look into the kidnapping of Whitechapel actress Pretty Penny. It would appear that many in Whitechapel deeply admired the young woman, and are devastated by her disappearance. Which also brings about it's own list of suspects. Joanna and Watsons follow a trail involving candy and jewelry to the sinister return of Jack the Ripper. As Jack's usual motive involves prostitutes named Unfortunates, our heroes must venture further into darkness than they ever have before. But how far down the rabbit hole must they go before they realize that the danger could be closer at home?
I enjoy the historical context that Leonard Goldberg flows through his chapters. The use of Jack the Ripper in a Sherlock pastiche is not new. However, this is the first time I have read one with a daughter being the main detective and not Sherlock. Since Jack was never caught, I also liked the idea that he had taken a "sabbatical" before continuing the deeds. I have read a few historical papers that say Jack and H.H. Holmes could be one and the same person. It is interesting to see the theories that historians and authors come up with.
I even like the addition of Joanna having a son/family because I believe it makes her more human and relatable. What I do not like is Joanna's warm and cold personality in this installment. In this particular case, Joanna's son is threatened with kidnapping and implied horrors. When such an event occurred, it seemed like Joanna could not decide on an emotion. I also felt that John Watson Sr was decided clumsy or slow at times, which seems contrary to a man who was beside Sherlock for many of his successes and teachings.
Joanna's son Johnny becoming involved felt unnecessary. It seemed like an addition to make the reader see the difference between father and daughter but it just left a bad taste in my mouth. For example, it is implied that Johnny will be kidnapped and harmed. While the family is supposedly on their guard, the kidnapping happens anyway, and I find that realistically impossible. Not just because Joanna is supposed to be specially observant, and Watson Sr has stated many times to remain at Johnny's side, but also because Johnny is aware of the danger and purposefully puts himself in a position to be out of sight. I cannot imagine that the grandson and son of a famous detective would purposefully cause such drama.
Overall I have to rate this 3 out of 5 stars. But I will continue to read Leonard Goldberg's series in the hopes that this was just the exception in his otherwise well admired series.
At His Best With This Series.
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Strong Female Character
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Highly recommend for those loving Detective novels