I am probably not the only one who has was watched the recent movie Enola Holmes and not liked the depiction of Mycroft Holmes. I have not read the books that the film is based on, but I strongly recollect the few cases of Mycroft’s arrival in the original series, and this was not how he was pictured at all. It may seem strange to begin a book’s review by talking about some other book, but I will explain in greater detail.
I am not a big fan of retellings and have limited imagination in that capacity, but for some reason, I picked this up. I am glad I did because I could very well accept the people to be part of the original. Mycroft had spurts of hyper-intelligence but spent the rest of the time lounging hoping Sherlock did the running around (exactly how I would have imagined their relationship if I ever had spent any time at all to imagine such a situation!). This tale is about Sherlock and his first-ever ‘case’. He is a child, newly sent to school ad not playing well with others as his family would want him to. There is a sudden summons home, and he has to clear his mother’s name. The plot itself is not overly complicated although there are enough red-herrings thrown around to muddy the waters. I could, and many used to this genre would be able to spot the culprit. Despite that fact, it is a fun book to read. All the characters introduced are unique, of their time- but not exactly.
The Sherlock of this book is an average child in the emotional sense, not as aloof as his elder-self was. Given the infrequent glimpses we are given to his emotional side in the original, this is yet another acceptable fact. He is learning to learn about the world around him, and I look forward to the next in the series.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.