Mycroft Holmes by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar | LJ Review

Mycroft Holmes_Kareem Abdul-Jabbarstarred review starAbdul-Jabbar, Kareem & Anna Waterhouse. Mycroft HolmesTitan. Sept. 2015. 336p. ISBN 9781783291533. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781783291564. F
When rumors of missing persons and mysterious footprints in the sand travel from the shores of Trinidad to the heart of London, there’s only one man for the job: Mycroft Holmes. Sherlock’s older brother is cutting his teeth in diplomacy and espionage as assistant to the British secretary of state for war when he and his closest friend, Trinidadian Cyrus Douglas, first hear of the eerie happenings. The men are concerned but skeptical until Holmes’s fiancée, ­Georgiana, a Trinidadian herself, rushes home to investigate. Douglas and Holmes quickly set a course for the island and a harrowing adventure that will forever change and define them. VERDICT Clear space on your new fiction shelf for this slam-dunk of a debut novel. Cowritten by NBA all-star and author Abdul-Jabbar (What Color Is My World?) and screenwriter and producer ­Waterhouse, the team behind the NAACP and Telly Award–winning documentary On the Shoulders of Giants, this latest collaboration brings a fresh voice and broadened scope to the Holmes canon. Historical fiction and mystery fans will be the first to demand this title, but its mass appeal is undeniable. [See Prepub Alert, 5/4/15.]—Liv Hanson, Chicago

This review was published in Library Journal‘s August 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35 percent off the regular subscription rate.