Review published on July 9, 2017.
This book had so many twists and turns, plots and sub-plots, and historical and scientific facts that I loved every single minute of reading it and I did not want it to end – even though at 492 pages it is already quite a hefty read.
This unusual tale featured many mysteries, murders and ghostly encounters into the bargain. I also learned quite a bit about Scottish Whisky production!
All of the characters emerged from the story, no one was left behind and they were all completely believable and unique. Doctor Watson stays true to his character as the slightly bumbling side-kick who is slow to catch on. However, he totally redeems himself at the eleventh hour, whilst Sherlock who is always ten steps ahead and always in control finds that Watson comes to his physical and emotional rescue.
At the end of the story you question who is the hero of the hour.
Bonnie MacBird has brought Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson to life again – so much so and so much in keeping with his particular style that I think Conan Doyle himself would be pleased.
This book was so thoroughly convincing and absorbing, a true Sherlock mystery. Its no mean feat to write a Sherlock Holmes story and do it well. Bonnie MacBird had done just that, whilst also adding something a little extra to the Arthur Conan Doyle recipe. I can easily recommend this book to avid readers and particularly to avid Sherlock Holmes fans.
Karen Carissimi 5/5
Unquiet Spirits by Bonnie MacBird
Collins Crime Club 9780008129712 hbk Jul 2017