#TheThreeLocks by @macbird

A heatwave melts London as Holmes and Watson are called to action in this new Sherlock Holmes adventure by Bonnie MacBird, author of “one of the best Sherlock Holmes novels of recent memory.”

In the West End, a renowned Italian escape artist dies spectacularly on stage during a performance – immolated in a gleaming copper cauldron of his wife’s design. In Cambridge, the runaway daughter of a famous don is found drowned, her long blonde hair tangled in the Jesus Lock on the River Cam. And in Baker Street, a mysterious locksmith exacts an unusual price to open a small silver box sent to Watson.

From the glow of London’s theatre district to the buzzing Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge where physicists explore the edges of the new science of electricity, Holmes and Watson race between the two cities to solve the murders, encountering prevaricating prestidigitators, philandering physicists and murderous mentalists, all the while unlocking secrets which may be best left undisclosed. And one, in particular, is very close to home.


When a mysterious woman going by the name of ‘Lydia’ offered me a cache of unpublished tales written by Dr John H. Watson some years ago, I was astonished to discover previously unknown adventures he had shared with the master detective – and his most admirable and unusual friend – Mr Sherlock Holmes.



(@HarperCollinsUK, 1 April 2021, 418 pages, ebook, #ARC from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed, #BlogTour 24 March via @RandomTTours)




This is a new author for me. I thought The Three Locks was great and I will definitely read more of the author’s work. I’m a bit of a Sherlock Holmes freak. I’ve read / listened to all of the original stories and have lost count of the versions by different authors I’ve read. I got pulled into the book from the first page and loved the mystery elements that kept pulling me into the story and questioning everything I read. There’s more than one case at the heart of this book and it took a few chapter for me to get it all clear in my head. This is hugely entertaining.  


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