While Sherlock Holmes has always turned his prodigious intellect toward thwarting the criminal element, his brother, Mycroft, employs a similar gift for deduction and observation for the protection of England itself as a functionary of the British government. But how did he come to occupy such a crucial position?
In Mycroft Holmes Abdul-Jabbar and Waterhouse give us both a rollicking tale and a glimpse of Mycroft’s earliest days. As he ventures to Trinidad alongside a close friend in order to solve a deadly mystery, we’re granted a rare look at the character before we knew him, while still regaled with several examples of his exemplary skill set. This is a transformative moment put to paper, and the character is better for it.
While the big narrative twist didn’t do much for me as a reader, that proved secondary to the thoroughly engaging storytelling throughout the book, as well as the impressively realized setting. Rich with historical details and multicultural insights, this novel ventures far beyond London’s murky streets.
Mycroft Holmes hits enough of the broad strokes to entertain the average Sherlock Holmes fan, while adding some wonderful elements of its own. I can only hope there’s more where this came from.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Anna Waterhouse