A selection inParades roundup of 25 Hottest Books of Summer 2018 A Paste Magazines Most Anticipated 25 books of 2018 pickA Mediums Bookspick for We Cant Wait to Read in 2018 listSet in a near future Washington, D.C., a clever, incisive, and fresh feminist twist on a classic literary iconSherlock Holmesin which Dr Janet Watson and covert agent Sara Holmes will use espionage, advanced technology, and the power of deduction to unmask a murderer targeting Civil War veterans.Dr Janet Watson knows firsthand the horrifying cost of a divided nation While treating broken soldiers on the battlefields of the New Civil War, a snipers bullet shattered her arm and ended her career Honorably discharged and struggling with the semi functional mechanical arm that replaced the limb she lost, she returns to the nations capital, a bleak, edgy city in the throes of a fraught presidential election Homeless and jobless, Watson is uncertain of the future when she meets another blackand queerwoman, Sara Holmes, a mysterious yet playfully challenging covert agent who offers the doctor a place to stay.Watsons readjustment to civilian life is complicated by the infuriating antics of her strange new roommate But the tensions between them dissolve when Watson discovers that soldiers from the New Civil War have begun dying one by oneand that the deaths may be the tip of something far dangerous, involving the pharmaceutical industry and even the looming election Joining forces, Watson and Holmes embark on a thrilling investigation to solve the mysteryand secure justice for these fallen soldiers....
|Title||:||A Study in Honor: A Novel|
|Publisher||:||Harper Voyager 31 Juli 2018|
|Number of Pages||:||304 Seiten|
|File Size||:||795 KB|
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A Study in Honor: A Novel Reviews
I really liked the book: Great style of writing that let me immerse in the strange world Janet Watson has to live and survive in, which often is so close to reality that it almost hurts.My only gripe about this book is that Sara Holmes does not accept Watson's boundaries and often (but not always) gets away with it unchallenged.I can't wait to read the next story in this series: The Hound of Justice (https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B07H52VD6C)
I had forgotten, when I started reading it, that it was a re-imagined Sherlock and Holmes with black women. The characterizations are all delightful and the action builds at a terrific, measured pace.I can’t say I’m unconcerned about a white women writing black lives at a time when black authors are struggling to get published, but the work strikes me as well-done.
This book is set in a near-future (late 2020s, I’d guess) USA torn by a “new Civil War,” an all-too-believable extension of the current political climate. Readers never learn much about the war itself, how it began, or what effects has had on the populace, but that’s all right because the war isn’t really the subject of the story. The true subject is Janet Watson, a black woman who was a battlefield surgeon but lost an arm in an engagement and is now struggling with many aspects of a return to civilian life. Although I’m not remotely qualified to judge its accuracy, I would guess that the portrayal of Watson could apply quite well to soldiers returning from any of the recent actual wars in which the country has been engaged.The story is also both a mystery, related to the disastrous battle in which Watson lost her arm, and a Sherlock Holmes spinoff: Watson ends up rooming with Sara Holmes, also dark-skinned (though not necessarily African American like Watson), who is clearly wealthy, probably engaged in some variety of spy work, and just as intelligent and prickly as one would expect a Sherlock stand-in to be. Sara’s personality and motivations, including the nature of her feelings for Watson herself, are just as much of a puzzle to Watson as the events that begin when Watson becomes a little too curious about the fate of Belinda Diaz, a veteran whom she sees in her new lowly job as a Veterans’ Affairs medical technician.The plot, the characters, and the writing are all excellent. The book might disappoint people who are looking for a detailed alternate history or a strong focus on the Sherlock Holmes angle, but those interested in a thoughtful and moving character study of a returning soldier set within a good suspense/mystery story are bound to be pleased. I hope that Janet Watson and Sara Holmes will have further adventures together.
Looking for the typical Sherlock Holmes book? You'll have to look elsewhere. This is not a Study In Scarlett though this free standing novel sure appears that it might be the first of a series. You are looking at the near future here.The gender of both characters is different, as is the race, and country.Dr. Watson is a wounded war veteran from a war between the New Confederacy and the United States. She like the survivors of any unpopular war gets the short shrift. Holmes sort of comes to the rescue.The story movies quickly and with some interesting twists and turns. The politics, back stabbing and double dealing are unfortunately very familiar to anyone who has ever been in the military or worked for any branch of the government bureaucracy.This should be on every reader who likes mysteries or science fiction must read list.
A STUDY IN HONOR takes the Sherlock Holmes trope and shakes it up a lot! The story follows Janet Watson, a surgeon, a black woman, and a veteran of the Second Civil War on her journey after her release from the Army. A friend introduces her to Sarah Holmes, who needs a roommate, and nothing will ever be the same. When a client at the VA dies mysteriously, Janet wants to know why. The slow reveal of this near-future US is chilling and very well done. I'm eager for the sequel!
I enjoyed this book, but I didn't really buy Sara as Holmes. She doesn't do observation followed by deductive reasoning, she googles. She's glib but not insightful. She's not respectful of Janet or her space. I don't see her as an honor-bound character at all. It's hard to understand why she's in the unique position she is in, because she doesn't seem like that much of a genius. Family connections?I liked Janet very much as a character. She is smart, vulnerable, brave, and interesting. I'd have enjoyed a book about her that didn't include the last name Watson. There are other side characters I've have enjoyed getting to know too.