Framing the Dialogue

Mycroft Holmes

“Unlike his younger brother Sherlock—tall, dark, impossibly thin, with facial features that reminded one of a bird of prey—Holmes had been told since childhood that he was “a strapping lad.” Tall enough, well muscled, with a pleasing yet noble profile. That last, he supposed, he owed to his mother—if little else. In any case, he and Abie would race the rowers to the finish line, from Putney Bridge to Chiswick Bridge, four miles along a snaking obstacle course. That would make his journey nearly two miles longer than the rowers’. A fair fight, Holmes asserted, is the essence of competition.”

Authors Anna Waterhouse and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar started a series featuring Sherlock’s younger brother.  Maybe a bit less cerebral and more physical than his older brother he still has the ability to solve crimes.  In this novel his fiancé is compelled to travel back to her home country of Trinidad where a series of murders occur.  Deciding to follow her leads to some unhappy discoveries and puts their lives in danger.

As with the other Holmes, Mycroft has a “sidekick” though much older and black and also from Trinidad.  His help on the journey turns out to be critical to solving the crimes.

“Here I am, he thought, in the exact situation I said I would not abide—dragging a white man about… In truth, he enjoyed Holmes’s company. But he had never quite known what to make of this good-looking, brilliant young man, so very British in bearing, pedigree, and character, who somehow found pleasure in the friendship of a forty-year-old native of Trinidad. He supposed there must be a purpose to it, this fate that brought them together.  Certainly, over the course of a year, Holmes had proved a dear if somewhat exasperating companion. And, because he was so inordinately intelligent, it was difficult at times to remember that he had been out of his teens a mere four years, that he had gotten into few scrapes outside the boxing ring, and that he had never before traveled outside of England. I must endeavor to be more patient.”

This would be a good summer read.  While entertaining, it won’t keep you on the edge of your seat.


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