My rating: 2 of 5 stars
A Mixed bag and Missed Opportunity
Another solid performance from this narrating duo; and frankly that is was saves this story. By now it is de riguour to present two mysteries that converge toward the end. Lucy investigates a missing person while Holmes tries to unravel a similar case that appears to involve an opium smuggling scheme … which is the first misstep. As noted several times in the story, selling opium was actually legal at the time, so such an operation must therefore take huge risks just to avoid the custom fees (which I am sure would be able to fund such a powerful cartel </sarcasm>). Stir in a bit of moralizing and preaching about the evils of said legal product and it all seems quite out of place for the time period. To make matters so much worse … the story appears to glorify torture and kidnapping (by the good guys) that is very nearly a bridge too far for me; I expected a lot more perception and deduction for a Holmes story (it is after all what lifts such stories above its peers). To be clear … the story is not too bad, I was just expecting better so it was an overall disappointment.
I was given this free advance review/listener copy (ARC) audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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