Sherlock Holmes Society of London
"In the extremely hot September of 1887, Holmes and Watson are drawn into three new and intriguing cases, all of which require them to unlock secrets…
This is a neat and very welcome prequel to MacBird’s three previous Holmes novels. The clever and well-crafted plot makes it a solid and captivating read, and the action is interspersed with customary good humour. For fans of the truly traditional pastiche, this is one you will not wish to miss. Unlike so many of the novels I have read during lockdown, I had no idea where this story was heading, and was intrigued to find out how the various strands would come together. It did not disappoint. Similarly, the meticulously researched and extensive period detail only added to my enjoyment. I like my Holmes tales to be different, but I also like them to be canonical in feel and true to the period in which they are set. The pace of the book is also spot on, with never a dull moment, and the tale is rich in both atmosphere and suspense. MacBird is an extremely talented writer and this is an admirable addition to her long list of credits."
"It is definitely the case that MacBird's series grows stronger with each book and she remains, in my opinion, the best and most faithful pastiche writer out there today - bar none."