Friday, August 19, 2011

Kissing Sherlock Holmes

Title: Kissing Sherlock Holmes
Authors: T. D. McKinney & Terry Wylis
Publisher: Amber Allure
ISBN: 978-1-61124-013-9
Genre: {M/M} Historical Mystery
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

When Sherlock Holmes asks his friend how to kiss a woman, Watson is shocked. That single kiss opens up a world of feelings Watson never expected and hearing Holmes is engaged to a beautiful, headstrong woman strangely makes him happy.  

But it isn’t all sweetness and light in the beautiful English countryside. Holmes and Watson must use all their combined skills to find a sadistic blackmailer, selling secrets threatening to undermine the government. It’s hard to believe that one of the nobility staying at the estate of the Viscount Toddington could be the dangerous traitor they’re tracking, but there isn’t any doubt.  

It’s up to Holmes to save an innocent man from going to jail while uncovering the identity of a villain and bringing him to justice. It’s a difficult and trying time as he needs to keep Watson safe while doing so, since the man he loves has become the target of the killer. Can Holmes keep the most important person in his life alive and save the government too?  

Kissing Sherlock Holmes is the latest release by writers McKinney & Wylis. I admit it. The quirky title for this book caught my attention first but the idea of turning the classic mystery characters of Holmes and Watson into lovers while they solved a crime is what made me want to read this story. It’s a crazy notion but it’s also what makes this writing duo so successful…they think outside the box. 

The thing that’s immediately obvious about this story is that the writing style matches that of the time period in which the book is set, reminding me of the many classic mystery books I’ve read and B/W movies I’ve seen. I really appreciated that the authors’ writing closely matched that of the originator of the Sherlock Holmes and Watson characters. It shows their attention to detail and their willingness to do the research necessary to get a historical era right. 

Holmes in love initially seemed a little odd but it was nice seeing this normally rigid man open his heart up. But what I really loved was the author’s creative explanation for what made him act so arrogant and cold to people around him…even Watson at times.  Then there’s Watson. This man is much more experienced in the ways of physical relationships than Holmes but one kiss from the man he’s been friends with for years turns his world upside down. McKinney and Wylis handled the change of emotions and relationship between both men well, making their transition from friends to lovers believable.

You don’t really know about the secrets the villain is stealing or how it’s happening until the latter part of the story but it becomes apparent fairly early on who the person might be. But even so, it didn’t stop me from enjoying the story, as snippets of information revolving around the villain is intermittently placed throughout the story, keeping my interest.   

Put all this together in an English country house with some interesting secondary characters, witty dialogue and a few chuckles and you have all the components needed for an enjoyable read. Give this one a try.


Terry Wylis said...

Thank you so much for the great review, DM. I'm so glad you enjoyed the story--we had a blast writing it. We're both huge Holmes fans and the feeling that we've "gotten it right" is fantastic!

Terry Wylis

Adrian Katrina Miller said...

I need to read this book!