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Synopsis: A young American actress arrives in London hoping to learn her identity, just as Sherlock Holmes is closing in on a master criminal. Their worlds collide, and not even Holmes could have foreseen the impact!
The prequel to The Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery series.

My review: The synopsis is a little misleading as while the two stories overlap the characters don’t interact beyond a phone call. It’s a fast page  turner that can be read in a couple of hours.

Lucy James is at a bank in London trying to establish her identity and the mysterious benefactor that has been paying for her upkeep and education when the bank is attacked by armed robbers. It’s a little bare on the descriptions – no characters really get much detail and the big reveal at the end comes out of nowhere. I’m assuming that as this is a prequel that Lucy & Sherlock have a lot more involvement in later books but this one is not one worth buying just for the Sherlock name as he’s hardly in it. It’s all about Lucy.

It’s a fun little book though and a good introduction to Lucy herself.

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