Just finished this series, and it was so incredible that I had to rec it! (Crossposted here
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: The Baker Street SeriesAuthor
: magicbunniAuthor’s Summaries
:Book 1: The Ninth Muse:
Conspiracy and murder find Sherlock Holmes and John Watson surrounded by covert enemies in the heart of Scotland Yard. Together, they unearth clues that illuminate the scope, depth, and distorted psychology behind the crime! And, after a pre-emptive strike ordered by the mastermind they pursue, Holmes elects to continue the investigation under conditions that will force John Watson to fight for his friend's -- colleague's -- life.Book 2: The Photography Club:
An evening out is interrupted by a cryptic call from Lestrade, and the doctor and Consulting Detective are greeted at Scotland Yard by CIA Agents looking to work with Sherlock Holmes. The Agency needs to leverage Sherlock's unorthodox knowledge of London while investigating a missing CIA mole they presume dead... only it's proving tricky to identify the body, and even more of a challenge to unravel the mystery behind the murder.Book 3: The Burning Question:
Hot on the heels of solving a missing person's case, Sherlock finds Lestrade and John at the door. Downtown London is burning and no one knows exactly why. But who better to tease a pattern from utter chaos than Sherlock Holmes?Book 4: The Double Walker:
With John caught in the middle of staffing changes at the clinic, and Sherlock's boredom reaching ever more grandiose heights, it was the right time for a case. A missing corpse and a crime scene so bloody it's impossible the victim could've survived means there's more than enough to keep Sherlock occupied, even before it becomes clear this victim is no stranger. Can Sherlock and John interpret three words, left as clues, in time to catch the culprit?Pairing
: John/Sarah + SherlockWarnings
: Violence, discussion of drug use/addiction, tortureWord Count
: 199,522 wordsMy Thoughts
: A series of four breathlessly exciting, astoundingly well-plotted novels with a very canon take on the relationship between Sherlock and John. It’s a non-slash series, but the author seems to have left those slashy hints intact, which makes this a very interesting read.
In terms of adherence to the show’s canon, I particularly enjoy how the author writes the Sherlock
actors’ mannerisms and body language and physicality into this—Sherlock clicking his “k,” John rubbing his face, Sherlock holding cellphones under his chin—it makes these stories feel just like an extension of the show, and I appreciate the great attention to detail.
I also love the hurt/comfort elements, especially in the first novel, in which Sherlock is shot
but refuses to go to the hospital until he solves the mystery and enlists a grudging John and Sarah to help him stay upright.
The only thing I don’t like so much is the author’s interchangeable use of the surnames “Holmes” and “Watson” along with “Sherlock” and “John” in the narration, but after getting over that, the series was very enjoyable—and delightfully long with gorgeous artwork!
And the characterizations are lovely, of everybody (Sherlock here is to die for), but it’s especially nice to see Sarah and Donovan and other female characters, including some amazing OCs, being taken so seriously and developed so well. In the second novel, there’s a female genius named Reese who is fantastic
. I can’t tell you how hot it was when she and Sherlock had a hostile battle of deductions, trying to get to the root of each other’s insecurities.
I would love for this story to really get the attention it deserves, so please check it out, leave a comment for the author, and let me know what you thought, as well! Plotting and characterization this exquisite deserve it. :)
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And also by this author, please check out:The Witch’s Heart
A Sherlock-in-university backstory that is just as fabulous, if not more, than the Baker Street series. What a case. I’m just…breathless with how good this was, how much loving detail and thought the author has put in. How perfectly this backstory fits everything that we know and love about Sherlock and even fills in blanks I didn’t know needed filling—the details about Sherlock’s family life and burgeoning sexuality, the taunts and bullying and also unexpected but deep friendships he forms at school. But at the same time Sherlock’s inherent mystery and fascination are kept alive, raising more questions even as others are answered. And all the while this author’s pacing and hurt/comfort elements are some of the best I’ve ever read. So, so exciting and moving. The fencing match, my God, was just dazzling! And again there are awesome characterizations of everybody, but particularly the female characters. (Also there is more gorgeous art!)