The Three Locks by Bonnie MacBird


The year is 1887 and an Indian Summer broils London and Cambridge. A mysterious impregnable box arrives for Watson, locked and with a secret from his past. Then a famous escape artist/conjurer fails to unlock his “cauldron” and burns to a crisp during a performance at Wilton’s Music Hall.  And in Cambridge, three suitors including a priest, an aristocrat and a young physicist vie for the love of a spiteful beauty, who vanishes after her lookalike doll is found dismembered in the Jesus Lock on the River Cam. The cases convolve as Holmes and Watson tangle with clergy, police, academics and scheming siblings, risking life and limb to solve the murders and to keep the innocent from the gallows.

My thoughts….

As a massive Holmes and Watson fan I couldn’t resist the chance to read this! I’ll admit that I was a wee bit sceptical that this would feel like a true Sherlock story however I am pleased to say that my scepticism was unwarranted! From the first page I was sucked in, by the end of the first chapter I was hooked! The Three Locks has everything – murder, mystery, magic, love and deductions!
Holmes and Watson take on a few cases and as the title suggests all involve locks of sorts, a magician/escapist locked in his own “trick”, a girl found drowned in the Jesus Lock and a box bequeathed to Watson that doesn’t seem to be openable.
Fast paced, full of intrigue and a pleasure to read the adventure with true Sherlock essence – highly recommended and I cannot wait to read the first three in the series.

Thank you to Bonnie MacBride, Anne Cater from Random Things Tours for the free copy in exchange for an honest review. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Bonnie MacBird was born and raised in San Francisco and fell in love with Sherlock Holmes by reading the canon at age ten. She now lives in London and Lost Angeles. Her long Hollywood career includes feature film development at Universal, the original screenplay for the movie TRON, three Emmy Awards for documentary writing and producing, numerous produced plays and musicals, and theatre credits as an actor and director. In addition to her work in entertainment, Bonnie teaches writing at UCLA Extension, as well as being an accomplished watercolourist.

She is active in the Sherlockian community in both the UK and the US, and lectures regularly on Sherlock Holmes, writing, and creativity.

Bonnie’s previous three Sherlock Holmes adventures are: Art in the BloodUnquiet Spirits and The Devil’s Due. Her books are now available in 17 languages worldwide.

For further information about Bonnie MacBird visit:  

Twitter:@macbird / Instagram: bmacbird

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