Book Review: Mycroft Holmes by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Mycroft Holmes by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Mycroft Holmes by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse

Title: Mycroft Holmes

Author: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Anna Waterhouse

Genre: Mystery, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Adult, Retellings, Thriller, Adventure, Crime

Publisher: Titan Books

Published: October 6, 2015

Page Amount: 336 pages

Blurb From Goodreads: 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.

Why Read: I am a huge Sherlock fan, whether it is the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the massively successful TV Series or the slightly less successful movies. When this book was released, I realized that there really wasn’t a lot of information on Mycroft Holmes. Of course, we know of him in the way that Sherlock thinks of him and how Watson portrays him – but not his “origin story.” So I simply had to get it.

Review: I am a sucker for historical fiction, especially when it deals with characters I’m also inordinately fond of. Mycroft Holmes satisfied both of these urges. I simply adored the crass way he dealt with people he didn’t like. What I also felt the book did very well is the portrayal of the race divide that existed all too prevalently. Too many books choose to ignore it when writing historical fiction.

Mycroft’s obstinacy is probably my favorite trait ever described anywhere because it’s so well described in both his own words and his actions towards others. He fits both the description that Doyle wrote about so many years ago and the newer portrayal on screen. I found myself laughing at things he said and imagining how he and his friend Douglas got into the kinds of situations they ended up in.

Plot-wise: Some governmental intrigue is always well appreciated by me. But that’s not what I like the most about Mycroft Holmes. No. What I liked was how this government intrigue, combined with island folklore, combined with finances and plots upon plots was able to be resolve by the end of the book and that I (as a not too logical person myself on occasion) was able to follow it.

All in all – this is a fantastic book. I’m really fond of it already and it’s only been a week since I finished- which seems a bit soon for the book hangover nostalgia to set in. It is recommended for everyone because everyone should read it (Unless you do not like Sherlock Holmes… in which case you probably should disregard this whole post)

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Heather says:

    I adore Mycroft (specifically Mark Gatiss’ portrayal of him on TV) so I think I’d definitely enjoy this book. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Gabriella says:

      Pairs well with your Mr. Holmes reading 🙂

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