Et Studie i Blod
Title: Art in the Blood
Author: Bonnie MacBird
Published in English: 2015
Dansk titel: Et Studie i Blod
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2018
Forlag: HarperCollins Nordic
Finished Reading: Januar 2019
Genre: Mystery & Historical Fiction
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
London. A snowy December, 1888. Sherlock Holmes, 34, is languishing and back on cocaine after a disastrous Ripper investigation. Watson can neither comfort nor rouse his friend – until a strangely encoded letter arrives from Paris.
Mlle La Victoire, a beautiful French cabaret star writes that her young son has vanished, and she has been attacked in the streets of Montmartre.
Racing to Paris with Watson at his side, Holmes discovers the missing child is only the tip of the iceberg of a much larger problem. The most valuable statue since the Winged Victory has been violently stolen in Marseilles, and several children from a silk mill in Lancashire have been found murdered. The clues in all three cases point to a single, untouchable man, an art collector seemingly beyond reach of the law.
Will Holmes recover in time to find the missing boy and stop a rising tide of murders? To do so he must stay one step ahead of a dangerous French rival and the threatening interference of his own brother, Mycroft.
This latest adventure, in the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, sends the iconic duo from London to Paris and the icy wilds of Lancashire in a case which tests Watson’s friendship and the fragility and gifts of Sherlock Holmes’ own artistic nature to the limits.
I had some issues with this book and I’m sad to say that it ruined the read for me, as it probably has for others as well.
My biggest problem however was the writing! I applaud anyone trying to make a Sherlock Holmes mystery novel but in this case, it didn’t work out.
Staying in the same time as its original writer Arthur Conan Doyle you would expect the same type of Victorian writing, however if Bonnie MacBird tried to do that she failed miserably. If she tried to make it modern, she failed as well. I applaud BBC for making a fantastic television series and she could have easily learned from that. Now I could look past this because I was intrigued with the commitment but as I progressed through the book, I discovered another error that made my head explode; the random French sentences that occur multiple times. I couldn’t be arced to look it up! In addition, I don’t know if it’s in the Danish copies only, but I found there to be many grammatical mistakes.
I had some issues with how the characters were displayed as well but it was minor stuff like how they were talking and acting that didn’t really make sense to their original characters.
Now as for the last part and probably the biggest, the Mystery! Now I didn’t fancy that one bit. It didn’t entertain me one bit. It was random and messy. Even the solvation of the problem was boring and predictable.
If I have learned one thing from this book, it’s that I shouldn’t try to make a spinoff off Sherlock Holmes.
However, I must say Lovely Cover! It’s truly beautiful!