Today I am delighted to be hosting the blog tour for The Three Locks by Bonnie MacBird, her latest Sherlock Holmes adventure.
The Three Locks – a gripping new Sherlock Holmes adventure by Bonnie MacBird – is published by Collins Crime Club, an imprint of HarperCollins, on 1st April 2021. It is the fourth in her acclaimed series.
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.
MacBird’s stylish updates to Conan Doyle’s canon bring all the wit, camaraderie and deductions one expects from Holmes and Watson, but with the extended arc of a novel allowing not only more character development but also action, which carries them far beyond the locked room mystery and into danger. Each of MacBird’s four Holmes books explores a theme.
Just as Art in the Blood revealed the perils and gifts of the artistic temperament, Unquiet Spirits uncovered the danger of letting ghosts of the past lie unresolved, and The Devil’s Due touched upon the cost of corruption, The Three Locks examines the risk of keeping dark secrets locked away.
Meticulous research and attention to period detail enrich the reading experience. The Three Locks is a must-read for fans of the original Sherlock Holmes adventures and for readers new to the genre.
Oh but I adored this novel. It is the first time I have encountered Bonnie’s Sherlock Holmes and I have to say she manages to capture this famed character and Conan Doyle’s Victorian Britain brilliantly. Being a fan of the crime and mystery genre I always look forward to escaping into a thrilling tale and I just love watching and reading any Holmes and Watson adventure that may grace books or film/tv. For me, opening Bonnie’s contribution to this canon of work felt just like returning to an old friend. It was just wonderful.
In The Three Locks we follow long suffering Watson as he deals with, the at times infuriating, Sherlock Holmes. Their relationship is as joyful as ever to watch, the love, irritation and reliance upon each other is all there as they work together to solve the cases and bring justice. As is quite often with a Holmes tale, there more than one mystery under way at the same time – seemingly completely irrelevant to one another. In this story we have the mysterious and un-openable box left to Watson by his mother, a dangerous rivalry between two conjurers, and the mysterious disappearance of a beautiful, yet spiteful young lady in Cambridge.
The Three Locks has all the humour and brilliance that we come to expect from a Sherlock Holmes adventure, he does after all have a mind unlike any other.
I am so thrilled that authors such as Bonnie MacBird are still able to bring new Sherlock Holmes adventures to us, it absolutely NEVER gets old and I thoroughly enjoyed returning to 221b Baker Street. I shall definitely be looking to read the previous Holmes adventures from Bonnie.
Many thanks to the wonderful Anne Cater for inviting me to take part in this blog tour and to the lovely publisher for my review copy. I can’t wait to read the others in the series!
About the author
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
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 Blood; Unquiet
Spirits and The Devil’s Due. Her books are now available in 17 languages worldwide.