Review: Sherlock Holmes and the Legend of the Great Auk (The Early Casebook of Sherlock Holmes 5) by Linda Stratmann

Thank you to NetGalley for an advanced copy of this title.

What a joy to return to the world of Sherlock Holmes! This well-written book was so fun to read, and the mystery was very well done and came across as both fun and educational.  I was unable to guess the answer to any of the riddles puzzling Holmes this time – he’s as clever as always.

I enjoyed Holmes’ companion (and the narrator for this series), Mr. Stamford.  Ms. Stratmann cleverly calls back to the writings of Arthur Conan Doyle and his creation of Dr. Watson by allowing Stamford to mention to the reader that these are the early casebooks and, of course, you’ve already heard about Holmes from Dr. Watson’s writings.  A nice easter egg for Holmesian readers!

As this was an advanced copy I received from NetGalley, I am looking forward to going back and reading the first four stories. I’m so glad to have found this series!

Back Cover Copy of Sherlock Holmes and the Legend of the Great Auk –

Are some secrets worth killing for…?

London, 1877

The unveiling of a new specimen of the extinct Great Auk leads to accusations of fraud against the British Museum and a ferocious attack on the exhibit by ornithologist Charles Smith.

Sherlock Holhis title. mes is tasked with saving the reputation of the museum, but before long, Smith is found murdered.

Police think it was a random robbery gone wrong but when Holmes examines the crime scene, he is sure there is more to it.

Aided by his loyal friend Mr. Stamford, Holmes is determined to discover if the museum has something to hide.

Is there more to the legend of the Great Auk? Why has this exhibit attracted so much controversy?

Could more lives be in danger…?

About Linda Stratmann –

Linda was born in Leicester in 1948 and first started scribbling stories and poems at the age of six. She became interested in true crime when watching Edgar Lustgarten on TV in the 1950s. Linda attended Wyggeston Girls Grammar School, trained to be a chemists dispenser, and later studied at Newcastle University where she obtained a first in Psychology. She then spent 27 years in the civil service before leaving to devote her time to writing. Linda loves spending time in libraries and archives and really enjoys giving talks on her subject. Visit Linda at her website

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