Mycroft Holmes

Mycroft Holmes

A Novel

Book - 2015
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A new novel written by NBA All-Star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar!

Fresh out of Cambridge University, the young Mycroft Holmes is already making a name for himself in government, working for the Secretary of State for War. Yet this most British of civil servants has strong ties to the faraway island of Trinidad, the birthplace of his best friend, Cyrus Douglas, a man of African descent, and where his fiancée Georgiana Sutton was raised.

Mycroft's comfortable existence is overturned when Douglas receives troubling reports from home. There are rumors of mysterious disappearances, strange footprints in the sand, and spirits enticing children to their deaths, their bodies found drained of blood. Upon hearing the news, Georgiana abruptly departs for Trinidad. Near panic, Mycroft convinces Douglas that they should follow her, drawing the two men into a web of dark secrets that grows more treacherous with each step they take...

Written by NBA superstar Kareem Abdul- Jabbar and screenwriter Anna Waterhouse, Mycroft Holmes reveals the untold story of Sherlock's older brother. This harrowing adventure changed his life, and set the stage for the man Mycroft would become: founder of the famous Diogenes Club and the hidden power behind the British government.
Publisher: London : Titan Books, ©2015.
ISBN: 9781783291533
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY ABD
Characteristics: 328 p. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Waterhouse, Anna - Author


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Dieu_D Feb 15, 2019

The NBA All-Star athlete creates an origin story for the young Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock's older brother. The novel is a pleasant surprise, with beautiful writing rich in historical detail. A must-read for fans of mystery and Sherlock Holmes.

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Jun 04, 2019

I haven't read much Holmes, but it read like I thought a Holmes book would read. And the story was pretty good. It's an experience of Mycroft's when he was 23, and Sherlock was still in school.

DPLSaraQT Feb 08, 2018

Yes, this is by *that* Kareem, plus co-author Anna Waterhouse. This was an EXCELLENT Holmes story! Even if it is the older Holmes brother. Much more humanity and far more diversity than one ever sees in a typical Holmes-ian spin-off. Highly recommend.

barigsoy Sep 29, 2017

A total page-turner! The subject matter is a little dark, but the book is brilliantly written. I thoroughly enjoyed this story about Sherlock Holmes' older brother Mycroft.

Dec 08, 2016

A briskly-paced adventure that does a fine job of capturing the essence of a Holmes story, without directly trying to mimic its style. The co-author's pedigree as a screenwriter is evident in the way the tale plays out in a highly cinematic way.

PimaLib_MaryG Oct 30, 2016

This is a great book if you love Sherlock Holmes, historical fiction, books that address social ills, or if you just love great books. This is Holmes before Sherlock. Mycroft has ties to Trinidad through love and friendship that lead him down a path of no return. Not only is his own life in grave danger, but he discovers, and foils, a much bigger conspiracy that has its roots in history. Excellent reading.

Aug 11, 2016

I was expecting one of those novels written in epoch jargon and positively tedious to read but instead got a simple enough (with a word here and there of course) fantastically woven story. Holmes' mind is both incredibly fascinating and entertaining to peak into. I honestly wish I had more... (technically possible with the new comic coming out) This Mycroft is definitely a good interpretation of him as a 23 year old and I often (to my great amusement) pictured Mark Gatiss talking during the various dialog - especially chapter 46, god that definitely sounded like the BBC version though I suppose that version was also an interpretation and since both are pretty compatible, I suppose they have both done something right. Anyways. Great read, highlight of my summer reading so far.

ArapahoeAndrew Aug 01, 2016

It was okay. A little wordy in parts and the settings weren't always the greatest. The mystery itself felt at once ho-hum and then overly layered. I didn't like the overly presentist tone either. I probably wouldn't have attempted it without Kareem's name on the front.

Jul 09, 2016

If you've ever wonder about Sherlock Holmes' older Mycroft this book is your chance to get to know him! A very well written book that will keep your attention from beginning to end. If you like history, mystery,and the world of Sherlock Holmes this book is a must read!

May 27, 2016

I am a long time sherlock Holmes fan and this explains a lot about his older brother Mycroft.

Apr 05, 2016

Kareem abdul Jabbar is a master at Mystery telling

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Jun 04, 2016

"Well, of course it is new! Did you expect that I'd purchase it used?"

ellensix Oct 21, 2015

Revenge, he thought. Not ethically sound, perhaps. But sweet. (p. 322)

ellensix Oct 21, 2015

Catching a criminal in the act is nowhere near as important as closing the loopholes that allow one to act the criminal in the first instance, he longed to explain. That means affecting laws, it means bargaining in a way that there will always be checks and balances in place. At the moment, will it always seem right or even fair? Of course not-- (p. 309)

ellensix Oct 21, 2015

Redheads! he mused. They have presaged bad luck from start to finish. (p. 309)

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