The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria is fast approaching and Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson have been tasked with ensuring that no evil deeds will befall the monarch. For those of you who are fans of Sherlock inspired works you may remember that this particular jubilee is also the event at which Sherlock’s mouse counterpart, Basil of Baker Street, finds himself thwarting a villainous rat from overthrowing the crown. Sherlock and Watson in The Jubilee Problem have the benefit of the stunningly smart and courageous Lucy James, the once estranged daughter of the deductive detective. Father/daughter writing duo Charles Veley and Anna Elliot craft a captivating story full of intrigue and suspense that moves between the voices of Dr. Watson and Lucy James.
With Holmes and Watson on high alert concerning matters of the crown they are surprised when a priest visits them with a matter of urgency. I previously reviewed Remember, Remember, the full length novel that precedes this book in the series, and was surprised to learn that the priest in question was the previously introduced brother of Lucy James’ roommate, Mary. Father Keenan Mulloy believes that there are men, who may be Fenians, a radical Irish independence group, who wish to use his church as a base to ruin the Diamond Jubilee. This sort of destruction would lead to a number of deaths and would of course throw the country into a state of panic. Lucy sent the priest to her father and this decision sets in motion a series of events that connects Sherlock and Watson’s work to protect the crown with Lucy’s own concerns.
Sherlock, Watson, and Lucy find themselves attacked by hired thugs, taking on missions within England and even outside of the country, and having to don a number of disguises along the way. While her father and her self-proclaimed uncle are working through their own investigation, Lucy is trying to protect Mary Mulloy from escalating threats while assisting her father by collecting as much information as she can by becoming part of the Jubilee planning. Lucy is also trying to work through her feelings for Sergeant Jack Kelly, who has become very close to her since their meeting in Remember, Remember. With the events in this series Lucy begins to question whether she should even pursue a relationship or if she must take on a life like Sherlock’s away from romantic entanglements. Sherlock also has to deal with some of his own romantic feelings after Lucy invites her mother to visit London. Perhaps the detective and his daughter will both have some choices to make.
I love the Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery series and this novel shows the strong writing work of both Elliot and Veley. While Remember, Remember focused on Lucy James’ point of view, The Jubilee Problem has chapters from both Lucy and Dr. Watson. The authors words work perfectly together to create a story that shows multiple aspects of the case. We are able to see the work that Watson is doing as well as how Lucy’s own investigation is contributing to the work of her father and Watson. It was also very interesting to read different scenes which include both Watson and Lucy being told from these two different characters. Sherlock Holmes fans definitely need to read this series and will be excited to know that for the holidays a gift set will be made available that will include all four Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James mysteries. The series does technically include 6 books, but Charles Veley wrote the first two independently.
You can find The Jubilee Problem for sale now, but make sure to keep an eye out for the box set very soon.
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