is Mycroft and Sherlock
by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse
(Mycroft Holmes and Sherlock #2)
Historical Fiction, Mystery
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Now a force to be reckoned with in the War Office, the young Mycroft Holmes is growing his network of contacts and influence, although not always in a manner that pleases his closest friend, Cyrus Douglas. A Trinidadian of African descent, Douglas has opened a home for orphaned children, while still running his successful import business.
When a ship carrying a cargo in which Douglas was heavily invested runs aground on the Dorset coast, Mycroft convinces his brother Sherlock to offer his services at the orphanage while Douglas travels to see what can be salvaged. Sherlock finds himself surprisingly at home among the street urchins, but is alarmed to discover that two boys show signs of drug addiction. Meanwhile, Douglas also finds evidence of opium use on two dead sailors, and it becomes clear to Mycroft that the vile trade is on the ascent once again.
Traveling to China on the trail of the drug business, Mycroft and Douglas discover that there are many in high places willing to make a profit from the misery of others. Their opponents are powerful, and the cost of stemming the deadly tide of opium is likely to be high…
What I thought
This is the second book in the Mycroft Holmes and Sherlock series and it can be read as a stand-alone. There are some references to what happened in the previous book but nothing to make you think that you missed anything. Anna Waterhouse stated on Goodreads that they wanted these books to be able to read as stand-alone even though they are part of a series.
They do not leave England in this book. I do not know why the synopsis states that they do because they most certainly do not.
This book may not have been as action-packed at the first but you see more depth in the characters. You see the beginning of why Mycroft and Sherlock are the way they are in the Conan Doyle stories. I like how Douglas’s dream in the first book to open a home for boys happens and how he is using his profits from shipping cargo to sustain it.
I foresee bigger things happening in the third book since this book looks like it is setting up for what is to come.
I can not wait to pick up the third one and I am so happy that my library has it as an ebook!
My Rating: /5