Art in the Blood: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure

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Holmes and Watson’s latest investigation takes them to France, where a cabaret dancer has been attacked, and her son kidnapped. As the layers of the onion unfold, and it’s revealed that the boy’s father may also be involved with the theft of a major work of art, Holmes finds himself under the watchful eyes of both his brother, Mycroft, and a French investigator, romantically involved with Holmes’s client. Can Holmes unravel these twisted threads, save the boy, and capture the perpetrators?

Art in the Blood is not your typical Sherlock Holmes story. Not only do we find Holmes despondent after his previous case’s failure, but he has very few moments of impressive Sherlockian deduction. This is not a story where Holmes overwhelms or impresses you. Instead, this is a story about nose-to-the-grindstone evidence gathering, investigation, and police work, which gave it a very real world feel, despite the antics of Holmes’s French rival.

Holmes is less of a mythic figure here, and it’s to MacBird’s credit that he remains a singularly engaging character, without his larger-than-life traits. Holmes the Man proves to be just as compelling as Holmes the Legend, and it makes Art in the Blood an interesting experiment.