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Summary

After Art in the Blood and Unquiet Spirits, Holmes and Watson are back in the third of Bonnie MacBird’s critically acclaimed Sherlock Holmes Adventures, written in the tradition of Conan Doyle himself. 

It’s 1890, and the newly famous Sherlock Holmes faces his worst adversary to date - a diabolical villain bent on destroying some of London’s most admired public figures in particularly gruesome ways. A further puzzle is that suicide closely attends each of the murders. As he tracks the killer through vast and seething London, Holmes finds himself battling both an envious Scotland Yard and a critical press as he follows a complex trail from performers to princes, anarchists to aesthetes. But when his brother, Mycroft, disappears, apparently the victim of murder, even those loyal to Holmes begin to wonder how close to the flames he has travelled. Has Sherlock Holmes himself made a deal with the devil?

©2019 Bonnie MacBird (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"One of the best Sherlock Holmes novels of recent memory, at least as entertaining as Anthony Horowitz’s The House of Silk.... MacBird’s artistry will keep readers eagerly turning the pages just to see how she orchestrates the big reveal." (Michael Dirda, Washington Post

"Gets a definite recommendation from me. MacBird is sure-footed with atmosphere and voices, there’s lots of action and a solid mystery, but no shortage of real tenderness between Holmes and Watson, and the conclusion is as satisfying as anything Conan Doyle wrote. If you’re looking for a Sherlockian Christmas present for someone, introduce them to Bonnie MacBird’s series." (Sherlock Holmes Journal

"An extraordinary mystery...worthy of Holmes and Watson’s adventures!" (Leslie S. Klinger) 

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This is An excellent none Doyle Holmes. One of the best I’ve read. Will read more books by this author

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Fun mystery!

The Devil’s Due is a thrill of a Sherlock Holmes adventure! Highly recommend to fans of Holmes, crime fiction, and Victorian London!

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  • 06-02-22

Spoiler: a not recognizable Watson and Mycroft

The story is OK entertainment - but the previous are much better. As other reviews have stated, the suspension of Mycroft does not fit with the Homes stories. Also Watson attacking Sherlock with morfin feels outrageous and I almost ended the story right there in misbelief.

Overall OK if you have nothing against mysterious plot cf. above or are addicted to Sherlock Holmes.

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  • J. Lee
  • 09-12-19

Unconvincing plot

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The plot was going well until it tried to insinuate Mycroft as the potential criminal behind the events. That might fool a first time Holmes reader, but I think most readers will already be up on their Sherlock to fall for such a suggestion. Absolutely did not work for me.