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Mycroft and Sherlock: The Empty Birdcage (MYCROFT HOLMES Book 3) Kindle Edition
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-Publishers Weekly Starred Review
"All the usual pleasures—blood and thunder, sibling rivalry, historical walk-ons…”
"The third Mycroft tale is another winner. The Victorian setting is well drawn, the dialog rings true, the period details, both factual and fictive, support a labyrinthine plot including race and class distinctions...Highly recommended, as are its two predecessors." -Library Journal Starred Review
“The Mycroft books are notable for...creating deep characters who would have been largely ignored or nonexistent in the actual literature of the age: characters of color” - CrimeReads
“The third novel in this cunning series...just might be its best...This fast-paced installment is filled with rich and intriguing character backstories and period details that Sherlocks fans will love.” - Barnes & Noble Best New Mysteries
"Abdul-Jabbar and Waterhouse capture the flavor of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Victorian London and his characters to a tee." - BookPage
"Thoroughly entertaining mystery, with great appeal for Holmesians, in particular, and fans of Victorian mysteries, in general." -Booklist
“With a diverse and colorful cast of characters, and two very challenging crimes to solve, The Empty Birdcage is a delightful telling of the relationship between a pair of siblings destined for greater things, while giving some insight of why they become the way they are later in life.”
-New York Journal of Books
"The third book in this superb series again provides an elegant writing style with a captivating mystery. Don’t you love abstruse clues left by a serial killer that only geniuses like the Holmes brothers could decipher?" -Otto Penzler, editor of The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories
"Could one have ever imagined Sherlock Holmes without Watson? There is a new partnership afoot, of the pre-Watson, young and energetic Holmes brothers. This volume continues the initial pairing of Mycroft and Sherlock to our complete delight." -Michael F. Whelan, president of The Baker Street Irregulars
“Another important chapter in the secret, thrilling lives of the brothers as they become Mycroft and Sherlock Holmes! I hope we see many more from the brilliant team of Abdul-Jabbar and Waterhouse!”—Leslie S. Klinger, editor, New Annotated Sherlock Holmes
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse’s crackling international intrigue Mycroft & Sherlock - The Empty Birdcage re-animates Conan Doyle's world and makes it their own. Their portrait of Mycroft Holmes, his best friend Cyrus Douglas, the Trinidad born tobacco merchant whose race means he is in a kind of perennial disguise, and Mycroft’s younger brother Sherlock broadens the lens through which the world of crime is seen. Through a parallel series of mysteries that stretch from the quiet English countryside to the London docks, the landing stage for a world in violent transition, KAJ and AW bring to the foreground the voices of those whose stories have too long been footnotes and now take their place in the complex, historically vibrant page-turner.
- Walter Mosley, NY Times Best-Selling Author & Edgar Award Grandmaster Recipient
“What began as a remarkable standalone in Mycroft Holmes has become a series eagerly anticipated by not only the Sherlockian community, but lovers of well-executed historical fiction in general” - Criminal Element
“In the third adventure, MYCROFT AND SHERLOCK: The Empty Birdcage, Abdul-Jabbar and Waterhouse are at the top of their game” - Reviewing the Evidence
“Our authors absolutely shine in the way they hint at the canon they’re writing towards with this series” - The Frumious Consortium
"Waterhouse and Abdul-Jabbar deliver a satisfying one-two punch." - San Francisco Book Review
"Nicely done, with style and substance." - Sherlockians and Doyleans
“an impressively researched prequel...tracing Mycroft Holmes’s journey from virile young bachelor to sedentary brain in a jar remains as riveting as ever” - CrimeReads Year in Sherlock
"Brilliantly written and intricately plotted" -Ellery Queen Magazine
About the Author
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr. on April 16, 1947 in New York City, New York, United States) is an American former professional basketball player and current assistant coach. Typically referred to as Lew Alcindor in his younger days, he changed his name when he converted to Islam.
A professional screenwriter and script consultant, Anna Waterhouse has worked alongside film legends to quietly repair structure and dialogue, has consulted for premium cable miniseries and basic cable series, and co-produced a feature-length documentary for Mandalay/ HBO. She was supervising producer and co-writer (with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) of the critically acclaimed feature-length documentary On the Shoulders of Giants (Netflix and Showtime), which won the “Best Documentary” NAACP Image Award and two Telly awards in 2012. She has written several how-to screenwriting seminars for The Writers Store and teaches screenwriting at Chapman University in Southern California. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B07MQQ12JS
- Publisher : Titan Books (September 24, 2019)
- Publication date : September 24, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 1285 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 256 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #85,876 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It's easy to fall into these books and forget the man who Mycroft Holmes becomes. Arthur Conan Doyle's Mycroft Holmes is described as a better deductionist than his brother, a portly bachelor, an antisocial who helped found the Diogenes Club where no one talks, and someone who walks the same route to work every day. Abdul-Jabbar and Waterhouse's Mycroft began as a sociable and fit young man, optimistic to the extent that he was engaged to be married, and one who pursues his work with enthusiasm and positivity. And it is in remembering Doyle's Mycroft and watching the tragedies, disappointments, and challenges that young Mycroft faces, we see, painful by painful step, how he becomes Doyle's Mycroft. We get to see him develop his hard shell and how that affects his loved ones and his behavior towards them, we see him become more disillusioned. If you're paying attention to all that, it's pretty depressing.
I'd love to dive into how Mycroft becomes more Sherlock-ish, on how he manages his relationship with his brother, on how he mismanages his friendship with Cyrus, but I want you to enjoy it for yourself. As with so many writers who have taken Doyle's work and built on it, Abdul-Jabbar and Waterhouse do justice to Doyle's books and characters, especially with regard to Sherlock's case, but take it one step further by including all the emotions that Doyle shied away from, The telling of these tales also reflects Doyle's practice of ending books when the case ends, not lingering on what happens afterwards to the characters we care for, as the case was never about them.
If you're reading this review, you probably read the first two books. If you enjoyed those, you'll enjoy this.
Two final thoughts: (1) Huan was Sherlock's first Watson. And I love that. (2) Cyrus is a black man living in a white man's world, a notable success in his original career, seeking success in a new field where success is not so easily defined, a thoughtful humanitarian, a firm believer in justice, and well-trained in martial arts. That's Kareem!
Two unrelated mysteries confront the Holmes brothers. A serial killer on the loose in England piques the interest of Sherlock, while the disappearance of his friend (and secret unrequited love) Ai Lin, has been abducted and returned to China. The Queen seeks Mycroft’s assistance in stopping the serial killer, but his priority is to assist Ai Lin, even if it means losing her forever., which works exceptionally well with Sherlock’s desire to perfect his sleuthing skills.
Other great characters have string roles in the story as well. I can’t wait to get to know them better as I read the other books in this series.
There were several passages in MYCROFT AND SHERLOCK: THE EMPTY BIRDCASE that were 'aha' moments when relating them to the works of Doyle. Jabbar and Waterhouse make it very clear that their books revolve mainly around Mycroft, the elder brother to Sherlock. It is Mycroft that has status, and Sherlock, although far from bumbling, has a lot to learn.
It is interesting to read the way that Mycroft and his friend Cyrus Douglas deal with the somewhat blatant bigotry of Victorian London. It is comforting to me to read that the Holmes brothers do not base their friendships on the status conferred upon being white and English.
I am definitely looking forward to a next book in this series that I sincerely hope this dynamic writing dup is writing.