Book Review of Mycroft Holmes Short Story
Note. This book is free on Kindle up to Friday 16 September 2015.
The 100 Year Wait is an unusual short story. It’s premise is that Sherlock Holmes and his older, smarter brother Mycroft are alive and well and living in the 21st Century. This isn’t a BBC Moffat modern reimagining, the main characters here are (somehow) still alive more than 100 years after Sherlock’s original, Doyle-penned adventures are set.
That said, it’s difficult not to draw comparisons with the BBC Sherlock series, and actually the story holds up pretty well. If you’re going to write a Holmes story (and it’s important to say here that the protagonist (or one of them) of this series is Mycroft — not Sherlock) then you have to be a smart cookie yourself. When you read a book about a Holmes brother, you have a right to expect clever puzzles, secret codes and ingenious plot twists.
Thankfully, this book delivers. The second main character of the book is actually an author original: Amelia Jones. She’s a writer, a problem solver, and a young widow. When she meets Mycroft (known in the 21st Century as Myron), she is drawn to his imperious nature and the force of his intellect.
What follows is a short, pleasing and clever adventure with terrorists in London, and the stirrings of a possible, if somewhat unlikely, romance. Amelia may have feelings for Mycroft, but the elder Holmes is not the type to be turned by a pretty face (although some compromising photos of her discovered on the net raised — at least — an eyebrow).
Mycroft personifies the old adage of “treat ‘em mean, keep ‘em keen”. He comes across as domineering and arrogant, and the set up for their relationship is that Amelia is his ‘pet’. There’s no 50 Shades of sex in this story, but there is some definite dominant/submissive overtones.
Mycroft is hard to relate to, but Amelia is our real touchstone, and I suspect we’re going to learn a lot more about Amelia herself in the following books (including why she has this penchant for dominant males).
The book ends just a bit suddenly. But then it is a short story and it is the first in a series so I think that’s forgivable. Crucially, it leaves us with the taste of two very interesting characters, an interesting set up and some unanswered questions.