- Series: Sherlock Holmes Adventures
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Collins Crime Club; First Edition edition (October 6, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0008130833
- ISBN-13: 978-0008130831
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 182 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #862,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Art in the Blood (A Sherlock Holmes Adventure) (Sherlock Holmes Adventures) Hardcover – October 6, 2015
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“A pacy and twisting story – made me forget I wasn’t reading a Sir Arthur original.”―The Sun
"In a world with more than its share of Sherlock Holmes pastiches, it is rare for one to soar above the rest, but Bonnie MacBird's Art in the Blood achieves this singular feat and deserves a tip of the deerstalker." –-Otto Penzler, editor, “The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories"
“Dark, stylish, ingeniously plotted. Gripping, enthralling read. Holmes & Watson live!” –-Hugh Fraser
“A thoroughly entertaining Sherlock Holmes adventure worthy of Doyle himself. … vivid period detail, a superb, labyrinthine plot, snappy pacing and, most importantly, a deep respect for the classic characters.” –-Bryan Cogman, Producer/Writer, HBO's Game of Thrones
"Bonnie MacBird's ART IN THE BLOOD has the three key ingredients for a delicious pastiche: Meticulous research, plausibility, and grand fun!" –-Leslie S. Klinger, editor, “The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes”
About the Author
Bonnie MacBird was born and raised in San Francisco and fell in love with Sherlock Holmes by reading the canon at age ten. She attended Stanford University, earning a BA in Music and an MA in Film. Her long Hollywood career includes feature film development exec at Universal, the original screenplay for the movie TRON, three Emmy Awards for documentary writing and producing, numerous produced plays and musicals, and theatre credits as an actor and director. In addition to her work in entertainment, Bonnie teaches a popular screenwriting class at UCLA Extension, as well as being an accomplished water-colourist. She is a regular speaker on writing, creativity, and Sherlock Holmes. She lives in Los Angeles, with frequent trips to London.
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So when I saw she published her own Sherlock Holmes novel I was very happy for her, and proud to know someone traveling the world on book tours. I'm ashamed to say, it took me an age to finally read it-- until this week when the baby fell asleep on the airplane and I had a minute.
This book is fun! Good job Bonnie! The story moves at an exciting clip (and I often thought it was very cinematic-- tying back to her past experience as a screen writer) and retains the chatty Watsonian tone of the original stories. Her nature as a Sherlockian shines through, with occasional *wink wink* in-jokes and an undercurrent of punnery.
I'll definitely read her next one!
In addition, the thoroughly researched annotations give a lot of very interesting information about the events around this time, the society and, of course, the art.
I found it to be interesting reading all the way through and would recommend it both to people who have read much of Sherlock Holmes and to those for whom it would be a great introduction to the master detective.