My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Trigger Warnings: Mass Shooting, Torture
I continue to be impressed with the narration and it remains the best part of this series. Unfortunately missteps in the story itself get in the way here, so I can’t recommend this specific episode unless you are (like me) a completionist. The primary issue for me was the strange moral lapse of the main characters in the middle of the story that was completely out of place to the general wholesome tone of the story. Once that irritation settled, it only increased with each little apparent inconsistency … such as the relatively weak portrayal of Sherlock Holmes himself (yes, I understand the need for others to participate in the plot, but that is not how Sherlock works, so it would have been better for him to remain mostly in the shadows and allow this to be more Lucy’s story).
For somebody who was so famous for his perception, Sherlock was frequently second on the scene so to speak. Unlike the previous stories, there was much less international intrigue here as the plot unfolded with a more domestic feel. The mystery itself was well done if also fairly simple and Lucy’s relationship with her father and Constable Kelly (James) advances satisfactorily.
I was given this free advance review/listener copy (ARC) audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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