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There, with a bit of assistance from none other than Holmes and Watson, he untangles a chilling plot that holds the Winter Palace in a lethal grip Don't miss this historical mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of the Dismas Hardy series. From the Trade Paperback edition. Fiction Historical Fiction. Rasputin's Revenge Embed. New here? Learn how to read digital books for free. John Lescroart is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous legal thrillers and mysteries, most of them set in contemporary San Francisco.
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I don't know what it was -- flimsy characters, contrive dialogue, or a plot that seemed to fumble from one scene to the next, nothing really held my attention except the word "beer," which was used more than at a Kavanaugh hearing. May 27, Christopher Taylor rated it it was ok.
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I had high hopes for this book, as it came recommended by one of my favorite authors Loren D. Son of Holmes is the story of the son of Sherlock Holmes who is at work in WW1 to find a spy and assassin. The conceit of the story is that Holmes was a real person who had a different name -- that Doyle wrote stories about a real man but changed details to protect him.
There are several interesting tie-ins with other books in this as well, from Nero Wolf to James Bond. So far so good. Sadly, t I had high hopes for this book, as it came recommended by one of my favorite authors Loren D. Sadly, this novel takes a short story concept and stretches it out into a full novel length, which means it is filled with incredible amounts of padding and extraneous narration and events, which do not serve the story well and make it tedious to read.
This is very disappointing to me, as the story had such promise and such an interesting idea. This book was terrific! I have always been a Sherlock Holmes fan. I have read other books about him by other authors, but this was the best one. And he loved gatherings where he announced the name of the killer.
Not a coincide Wow! This was a great book. Aug 29, M rated it liked it. It was an interesting, little story about espionage in WWI, in the French countryside. He's got Sherlock's attitude and carries a pocket watch with the initials, S. He mentions his "Uncle M. Can he help the locals solve a couple of mysterious murders, while learning the culinary arts? Can he get a decent beer in wine country? Apr 03, Karen Van Gundy rated it liked it Shelves: read-in , mt-tbr , library-loans.
I love a good mystery but this one did not cut it for me. Not my cup of tea. Strange Nothing like the Lescroart books I've ever read. Short enough so as not to be boring but to tell the truth, I thought I was reading an Agatha Christie book! I will read the sequel. Nonetheless, the mystery is quietly engaging and the denouement at least smacks of the Sherlockian. Mar 18, Rob Leininger rated it it was amazing. A very strong period piece or so by John Lescroart.
Very well written. It never got the kind of attention it deserved. Also see, "Rasputin's Revenge" by Lescroart, a second novel featuring the same characters, set around Apr 17, Sami Long rated it liked it. Interesting characters!
May 20, Bill rated it liked it. A bit plodding. It was OK but nothing to rave about. Jul 02, Chick Marks rated it really liked it. Jul 27, DD rated it liked it. Meant to be written in the Holmes style of investigating. Nov 23, Linda rated it liked it Shelves: mystery-crime. Considering that it was penned by John Lescroart, it seems strange that Son of Holmes, published in the 's, has languished under the radar for all these years. It takes one to know one, so it stands to reason that Jules Giraud, a French secret agent, sees through Lupa's ruse, and the two spies resolve to Considering that it was penned by John Lescroart, it seems strange that Son of Holmes, published in the 's, has languished under the radar for all these years.
It takes one to know one, so it stands to reason that Jules Giraud, a French secret agent, sees through Lupa's ruse, and the two spies resolve to work together. Son of Holmes was not intended to be written ala John Watson. Lescroart has said that his character Lupa was based upon Nero Wolfe, and those familiar with Wolfeiana will undoubtedly recognize the many similarities and references, including stylistic ones.
The liesurly plot centers upon a murder that occurs in a room full of friends, with only Giraud and Lupa aware of its connections to German espionage. They band together to identify the killer, but Giraud is baffled, and reluctant to suspect any of his friends. Lupa has no such scruples, and besides, he's brilliant though he demonstrates this quality mainly by closing his eyes and thinking deeply and silently.
He makes his conclusions known in classic detective fashion, summoning all the principals to a gathering and keeping them all in suspense till he makes the final pronouncement. Lupa and Giraud are by far the most clearly drawn characters, the others mostly interchangeable. In better late than never! His ability to develop his characters has vastly improved, and Holmes and Watson do make an appearance there. Jun 22, Ann rated it liked it Shelves: mystery. John T. Lescroart writes New York Times bestsellers nowadays, but in this book from he was still learning his craft.
The story, set in France during WWI, is written from the point of view of Jules Giraud, a middle-aged spy trying to hunt down a dangerous German agent in Valence. He leads a settled life, enjoying his hobby of beer-making, his excellent chef Fritz, his lovely neighbor Tania, and a circle of friends.