A young woman finds herself on the streets of London with no memory of who she is or why she would be covered in mud and laying near the British Museum. Though she might not know who she is this remarkably intelligent mystery woman convinces a policeman, who she notes is rather handsome, that she will be just fine. As she pushes herself to remember anything about herself dangerous situations seem to follow her. The captivating Remember, Remember by the daughter/father writing team, Anna Elliot and Chares Veley, pulls you into London in 1897 and doesn’t let you go until the final page.
I have been a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes and anything Sherlock Holmes related ever since I was a young child. I don’t remember exactly what triggered this love of the Baker Street detective, but I would read, watch, and even listen to anything that could be connected to him. When I learned that Remember, Remember was a story focused on a mysterious daughter of Sherlock Holmes I was desperate to read it. This is actually the third book in the Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James mystery series, but you could still start with this book as a primer to the series. There are some references to early plots, but Elliot and Veley focus more on the specific mystery in Remember, Remember, with only brief mentions of former investigations.
The story is told from the point of view of Lucy James, who is a much more impulsive and slightly more emotional person than her famous father. Her ability to examine her environment and determine just who someone is and what is going on is exceptional, especially with the added issue of memory loss early in this book. Though Lucy might not remember who she is at the start, don’t worry things start to come together and the story gets even more exciting. As the lead writer on this work Elliott provides you with a strong and confident protagonist, who while aware of the inherent sexism in Victorian England, still refuses to back down when things become dangerous. Remember, Remember deftly brings in spies and crimes against the crown, while balancing it with Lucy’s own personal concerns, especially about the newly introduced policeman who has caught her eye. She is a wonderful main character who keeps you on your toes throughout the book.
I absolutely loved Remember, Remember and think it’s the perfect book for Sherlock Holmes fans, as well as mystery lovers. The story will keep you guessing and as you follow Lucy on her investigation you will be surprised by everything she uncovers. I cannot praise this book and its authors enough for this well written and imaginative story. I will definitely be checking out more of the Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James series in the future.
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