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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

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"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

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  • Catherine J. Pondozzi
  • 29-10-19

Sherlock over the hill

Maybe it is just me having lived a long time, but this book for me was painful to read. There has always been boundaries around S.H. books that reached he readers so they had a sense of expectation or perhaps understanding of how he & his side kick Watson would work together. This book begins with desperately injuring S. H. that put everything askew. In comes a little known brother that takes over and distracts to the point of nauseam. There was nothing familiar about the characters by this writer.....nothing. I regret reading it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-05-20

Tried hard to like it but couldn't even finish it

There were good elements to this book and the narrator is fairly good but the good parts were drowned out for me by the cheapness of making Watson an absolute idiot who, in their third book together by this author and after years of sharing adventures together, still doesn't seem to know Holmes at all! This just seemed such a poor way of meshing everything together and bringing about the finale. It angered me and insulted my intelligence after the actually enjoyable parts of the book. Can't recommend it.

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  • Par5
  • 20-01-20

The Devil's Due

Good story but the story seemed very short. I guess I am used to doubt figure hours via Laurie R. King. Good all the way around.

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  • Contessa T
  • 10-04-21

I couldn't wait to hear it...

It's hard to say whether I more enjoyed reading "The Art in the Blood" or listening to "The Devil's Due". The first one hooked me on MacBird's writing. Listening to "The Devil's Due" had me riveted whether I was listening while relaxing, driving, walking or on my stationary bike. It kept me so engrossed, I resented being interrupted even by phone calls from friends and family (embarrassing but true). It was great company.

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  • Nancy & Greg
  • 20-07-20

Interesting story in its own right

In my reviews of the two previous Bonnie MacBird pastiches based on Sherlock Holmes, I stated she captured Doyle's style of writing better than most modern authors have. She continues that tradition with this volume, although I believe this is the slightly weaker piece in the trio.

The narrator, who also read Book Two, does a far better job in this work, which makes all the difference in an audio book. Overall this tome was entertaining and generally a good read. Not my favorite in the series, but close.

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  • kevin connolly
  • 29-01-20

BRILLIANT!

Sir A.C.D. would be proud.
a very entertaining and engaging book.
all 3 book were done great.
and read fantastic!
thank you

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-01-20

as the 3rd book it just keeps improving

please please please let there be more! every book falls more and more into the style and the flair! great read!

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  • Nicole M.
  • 22-10-19

Amazing

I really enjoy Bonnie's Sherlock stories! The Devil's Due was just as great as the last two and I can't wait for the next one!

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