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Summary

A heatwave melts London as Holmes and Watson are called to action in this new Sherlock Holmes adventure by Bonnie MacBird. 

In the West End, a renowned Italian escape artist dies spectacularly on stage during a performance - immolated in a gleaming copper cauldron of his wife’s design. 

In Cambridge, the runaway daughter of a famous don is found drowned, her long blonde hair tangled in the Jesus Lock on the River Cam. And in Baker Street, a mysterious locksmith exacts an unusual price to open a small silver box sent to Watson.   

From the glow of London’s theatre district to the buzzing Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge where physicists explore the edges of the new science of electricity, Holmes and Watson race between the two cities to solve the murders, encountering prevaricating prestidigitators, philandering physicists and murderous mentalists, all the while unlocking secrets which may be best left undisclosed. And one, in particular, is very close to home.  

©2021 Bonnie MacBird (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

“Bonnie MacBird’s The Three Locks satisfies a hunger for more adventures of Holmes and Watson on so many levels. Not only does she perfectly capture their voices, she captures that most critical element - their humanity. Brava!” (Leslie S. Klinger, editor, New Annotated Sherlock Holmes)

"The parade of Sherlockian pastiches testifies to the potent and lasting genius of Conan Doyle’s creation. Yet few such homages offer the twenty-first-century reader Victorian atmosphere and drama like Bonnie MacBird’s. The rivalry and frustrations that color the partnership of Holmes and Watson, their James Bond-style adventures and escapes, the great man’s ego and eccentricities, Watson’s catty wit - all are here, in the vivid atmosphere of an unusually hot London summer. MacBird’s sly plot and admirable sense of pacing keeps the story twisting and turning in a way that would have kept Doyle himself turning the pages." (Michael Sims, author of Edgar finalist Arthur and Sherlock: Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes)

"Though stage magic features in The Three Locks, the real magician is author Bonnie MacBird, who once again brings humour, action, rigorous period detail and the characters we love to her latest Holmes adventure." (Dennis Palumbo, author of the Daniel Rinaldi series, Writing from the Inside Out)

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I liked the story and would have given it five stars but the use of American words supposedly written by Watson annoyed me. Blocks describing distance in a city like London or Cambridge. Sidewalk instead of pavement. Americans are not stupid and they do not need words translated to US English. Watson would not have used “block” or “sidewalk”. Overall it is a good book.

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Great addition to the Holmes culture

Great story, great series (honestly I prefer the others) but on the whole great.

the voice work fine. But Holmes himself could use a little more distinction to make it perfect.