August 10, 2018 by TinyNavajo
A Study in Honor by Claire O’Dell
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*Published July 31, 2018*
Another ARC from ALA New Orleans, I highly enjoyed this book! It’s a futuristic LGBTQA version of Holmes and Watson. I absolutely love it!
Dr. Janet Watson knows what happens during a civil war. She knows the damage that can be wrought when two sides of a nation turn on one another. As a field surgeon, Dr. Watson also knows what this damage has cost her; her arm and her career. She makes her way to Washington D.C. where she seeks to make sense of her life with a semi-functioning mechanical arm that replaced the arm she lost in the field. Unsure of what to do and lost in this world she never thought she would leave, Watson struggles to find her way. When Watson meets another queer black woman by the name of Sara Holmes, she starts to find her way.
When Watson and Holmes start living together, Watson has found a job that puts her back in the medical field, but she is frustrated by her new roommate. But she forgets that frustration as her work is starting to poke a mystery in her face. Soldiers that had fought in the New Civil War are coming back and dying one by one, not on the battlefield, but in their homes. As Watson looks into her patients to figure out what is going on, she triggers something much larger, something that could potentially level the nation as they know it.
I absolutely loved how you still have all the original flavors of the Sherlock Holmes stories, but there is still a new story, a new dynamic, a new set of mysteries to solve for Sara and Janet. The only thing that I would say I wasn’t a complete fan of was how Sara Holmes attained her information, but it makes sense in this new world that takes place not many years from us.
What retellings of Sherlock Holmes are your favorite? Or your least favorite? Comment below and let me know!