Cover Story: Montell Jordan Award
BFF Charm: Yay!
Swoonworthy Scale: 5
Talky Talk: Elementary, My Dear Watson
Bonus Factors: Sherlock Holmes, Kickass Gram
Relationship Status: Partners In (Solving) Crime
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I found that sometimes it was a bit boring and not really exciting. The third case was definitely the most fun to read.
I know that there is two more books in this series but unless my library gets them I do t think I will read them
The writing is unbelievably stilted. The dialogue contains sentences that would never be spoken by any humans in any nation or era. The later "casebooks" refer to characters and situations from earlier chapters as if they were separate books in a series, not chapters I'd just finished reading. The sentences are wordy, repetitive, and so clunky that at some points I wondered if the writer actually spoke English.
As for the mysteries...there are three of them in the book, and they're all fairly fun, with the same sensationalist unrealistic-but-still-fun twists of a typical Holmes story. I figured out aspects of the mysteries long before the end (which NEVER happens...I am stupid at mysteries). But the worst part was that the police were UNBELIEVABLY incompetent. They rely on Portia to give them evidence and theories that any reasonably sapient person would consider. It makes Portia a less impressive detective and the mysteries less satisfying than they could be.
There's a hint of future romance, and the love interest is nice enough. Unfortunately, the romance consists of Portia randomly stopping the story to mention his strong jaw or handsome face. It was super awkward.
And finally, the Holmes element. I think it's kind of silly to write characters who are related to Holmes or Watson--at this point, why not just make your own detective? But the connection between Portia and the Baker Street boys is sort of creative and isn't too bad (despite most of it consisting of clunky references to the original stories and characters). But in the end it turns into wish-fulfillment Mary Sue territory. Also, points to the author for respecting Watson as more than Holmes dumb sidekick, but a note for anyone considering Holmes fanfic: Irene Adler is NOT a criminal mastermind. She blackmailed ONE guy so she could have a chance at a quiet married life in Canada. Just...please remember this.
Overall, the book had a faintly pleasant atmosphere, just enough for me to give that second star. As a fanfic, it would be decent. As a book, it's so low-quality that I'm surprised it got published.