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Publisher's Summary

A young American actress arrives in London hoping to learn her identity, just as Sherlock Holmes is closing in on a master criminal. Their worlds collide, and not even Holmes could have foreseen the impact!

This audiobook is the prequel to The Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery series. It takes place three days before the opening of The Last Moriarty.

©2017 Charles Veley and Anna Elliott (P)2017 Charles Veley and Anna Elliott

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Can't wait for the rest of the Lucy James series!

Wendy Tremont King was wonderful. She has capture the spirit of Lucy James magnificently. Loved her co-narrator Simon Prebble's authentic British voice. They make a great team. More, Please!

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The beginning of the story..How they first met.

It came after I read two books. I had been feeling like I had missed something. If it had been possible, this was to be read first! A good teaser to the first book and clarified a few things!

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Poor female narrator

Not a fan of the female narrator. The previous narrator used on other three books was superb. This lady has all the wrong emphases and is too sweet and slow talking. She has no spunk as Lucy. Yuck! Makes me not want to finish the amazing series. Why the change????

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Pretty Good

Mr. P can get 5 stars from me anytime, for anything. Ms. King is good, doing accents and voices well. I was not enchanted by her intonation and expression but she did all right. The story itself seemed somewhat simplistic. Perhaps the full length novels in the series will appeal to me more.

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Thrilling

I really love Sherlock and Lucy This Prequel is just perfect. and the narrators are just great to listen to.

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The authors have written a brilliant novel!

The authors have written a fantastic novel, full of intrigue and suspense! The narration is superb, bringing the characters to life!

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Entertaining despite King's accent shortcomings

Consistent with all the Lucy James adventures with Sherlock Holmes, the story is quite good, and Simon Prebble does his usual outstanding job, with a superior portrayal of both Holmes and Watson. Talented voice actress Wendy Tremont King, while quite good with most characters, is woefully inadequate with upper and middle class British accents. It's also distracting when she voices a male character done far better ny Prebble. Books like this would be both more entertaining and credible if readers would portray characters consistently. Short of full-cast performances, such an approach would preserve the integrity of the material.

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An entertaining prequel to Lucy James and Sherlock Holmes.

This entry to the series was good fun. It is nicely plotted, though a tad light weight for a Holmesian story- - but then, it is a short story, not a full-length book. I always enjoy Simon Prebble as a narrator and I’m sure you will too. Wendy Tremont King does a nice job too, but is so unrelentingly cheerful that I long for a bit more variety. But, all in all, it’s an entertaining story that sheds light on some of what happens later in the series.

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  • 10-04-22

hmmmm.... keeping an open mind

while i found this to be a good story, I struggled with the believability of the characters. Perhaps if it didn't feature Sherlock Holmes and a young woman who is undoubtedly related...
As I received this book and the first one in the series I will keep an open mind and give the next one a listen.
Especially since on their own both narrators are excellent.

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  • Richard Brooks
  • 08-26-22

Loved this

This book is a prelude (prequel?) to the series and though short, it cracks along at a great pace and is a very enjoyable introduction to the characters. Sherlock comes across as a masterly, albeit not without flaws strategist and Lucy as someone who thinks quickly and creatively on her feet. There are a good amount of twists and turns and a fair amount of jeopardy which gives the story it's drive. Very enjoyable and I'm looking forward to discovering more of the series which until I've dipped into rather haphazardly.