James Mycroft has just left for London to investigate a car accident similar to the one that killed his parents seven years ago…without saying goodbye to Rachel Watts, his ‘partner in crime’.
Rachel is furious and worried about his strange behaviour – not that Mycroft’s ever exactly normal, but London is the scene of so many of his nightmares. So Rachel jumps on a plane to follow him…and lands straight in a whole storm of trouble.
The theft of a copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio, the possible murder of a rare books conservator, and the deaths of Mycroft’s parents…Can Watts help Mycroft make sense of the three events – or will she lose him forever?
Sparks fly when Watts and Mycroft reunite in this second sophisticated thriller about the teen sleuthing duo.
This was a decent read. I enjoyed revisiting the Mycroft and Rachel Watts characters, and the mystery was put together nicely. I liked the nod to Irene Adler with the similarly-sounding character (something Addison? I can’t even remember now) There was a little too much teenage lust for my taste, and the scrape they landed themselves in was a bit unbelievable, but hey — so was landing in a lion cage in the first book, and it’s fiction, so that didn’t bother me. I would read the third one to see how the mystery of Mycroft’s parents’ death unfolds.
Would I recommend this to fellow book lovers? Sure, if they like Sherlock-ian fiction.
Would I recommend this to my teenage daughter? No. Too much focus on sexuality & foul language.
3.5 of 5 stars
Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my unbiased review. All thoughts are my own.