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The Adventure of the Murdered Midwife

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This story is a spin from the Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories. The author places Sherlock back in time as a 14 year old traveling with his parents and brother Mycroft to Paris where his mother lived as a young woman. The story was good, as was the pacing but I had trouble with a 14 year old Sherlock being called Sherry by his mother and having a crush on his mothers maid. After you get over that, the links are there for the beginning of the later Sherlock character as Doyle wrote him. Reading Sherlock as a young student and as an older man as other authors have portrayed him was not as had to believe. I am a Holmes fan and I am willing to try more.
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I have been a big Sherlock fan from a young age have grown up watch movies with my dad and listening to old episodes of old time radio shows. I sometimes find it had to embrace adaptations from the original Sir Conan Doyle version of Sherlock. This book was well-written and stayed fairly true to Doyle’s Sherlock. In the adaptation we get to see Sherlock as a you teenager. We learn more about his family and the sibling rivalry with Mycroft. Very entertaining read!

All thoughts and opinions are my own, and in no way have I been influenced by anyone.
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I found it an enjoyable quick read about the early cases of Sherlock Holmes can't wait to read more.
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I received an ARC for an honest review. Thanks #netgalley

To be honest - I picked this one up just by the name. How this sounds like a fun little mystery 'The Adventure of the Murdered Midwife'. I wonder what she got up to?
I had no idea I was about to open a young Sherlock Holmes novel. And I probably wouldn't have if I'd know it was that, so I'm glad I didn't know. 

The book is the first in a series of stories about Sherlock Holmes in his adolescence and here he is 13 years old. It is told from his point of view and we gain insight into his hope and fears and dreams. It was a great read! And a good mystery. 
So what happens? A midwife is murdered and Sherlock is in a unique position to help investigate as he is quite overlooked as a boy of 13. We catch glimpses of his investigative style forming and how he learns the skills we are accustom to him having as an adult. 

It was great fun! I will be seeking out the rest of this series for further enjoyment.
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this was a good Sherlock Holmes story, I enjoyed the characterization of Holmes and thought it worked well with the original.
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I am probably not the only one who has was watched the recent movie Enola Holmes and not liked the depiction of Mycroft Holmes. I have not read the books that the film is based on, but I strongly recollect the few cases of Mycroft's arrival in the original series, and this was not how he was pictured at all. It may seem strange to begin a book's review by talking about some other book, but I will explain in greater detail.
I am not a big fan of retellings and have limited imagination in that capacity, but for some reason, I picked this up. I am glad I did because I could very well accept the people to be part of the original. Mycroft had spurts of hyper-intelligence but spent the rest of the time lounging hoping Sherlock did the running around (exactly how I would have imagined their relationship if I ever had spent any time at all to imagine such a situation!). This tale is about Sherlock and his first-ever 'case'. He is a child, newly sent to school ad not playing well with others as his family would want him to. There is a sudden summons home, and he has to clear his mother's name. The plot itself is not overly complicated although there are enough red-herrings thrown around to muddy the waters.  I could, and many used to this genre would be able to spot the culprit. Despite that fact, it is a fun book to read. All the characters introduced are unique, of their time- but not exactly.
The Sherlock of this book is an average child in the emotional sense, not as aloof as his elder-self was. Given the infrequent glimpses we are given to his emotional side in the original, this is yet another acceptable fact. He is learning to learn about the world around him, and I look forward to the next in the series. 
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely due to my own reading experience.
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I really enjoyed this book and found it to be a great read. It took me some time but I really liked the plot and overall theme of the story. Hope to see more from the author soon.
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I absolutely loved this book. It was a quick read with an engaging well-plotted murder mystery.
I feel like I am well acquainted with Sherlock Holmes as a character in general and so I was impressed with how the family dynamics were represented and the relationships between Sherlock and his family members. It felt like such a loving family. It was also interesting to read about his parents and I loved how they worked as a family unit although they often left the father out of the loop. I enjoyed the fact that Sherlock and Mycroft obviously got their outstanding brains from their mother. She was a great character and I hope to see her involved in Sherlock's adventures going forward.
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I enjoy historical books and also Sherlock Holmes mysteries so when I read the plot of the book i knew I had to get it!
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This wasn't quite what I was expecting, but was an enjoyable read overall. It was interesting to read about the possible premise of Sherlock Holmes's investigative beginnings, the family influences and the complicated relationship he has with his brother Mycroft.

In this, his mother is accused of murdering the local midwife and is taken to gaol. The boys are recalled from their respective schools - Sherlock from Eton College, and Mycroft from Oxford - to their home in support of their father as they try to get to the bottom of the accusation and figure out who actually killed the woman. They are hindered by a blinkered police officer, who doesn't seem to do much investigating but instead takes the word of someone else as to who to arrest. Their Uncle Ernest, a gentle but eccentric inventor, assists them in clearing his sister.

I did guess the murderer, but not the motive, because the character felt a little bit shoe-horned in. I also felt a tinge of disbelief over the Amazing Mrs Holmes, who was by all accounts smarter than really anyone. I appreciated the effort made that Sherlock could have been raised by such a progressive mother, but it was still a little unbelievable by the end. All the familiar parts of Sherlock Holmes were there: the curious mind, the violin, the strength of character, and his deerstalker hat.

Despite my niggles, it was a good, steady read, and I look forward to the next in the series.
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Sherlock, Sherry…. Like mother like son…

‘Mother had always taught me a detachedmind produced better results’.

I love my Sherlock, in almost all of his reincarnations. I love him Dr Watson’s love – from the sidelines, observing, allowing for his peculiarities and loving his brilliance.

But this book – being 1st ever case in Sherlock Holmes’ long career as detective – made me fall in love with Sherlock again. This story shows him as… human.

He is a teenage boy who loves his parents and his brother, his home and his county. Sherlock is the boy who does not like Eaton and its rules and traditions but strives to make his parents proud and to get their approval.

This story while suspensful and intriguing, is warm and tender, cosy and encouraging. It is as much about family relationships and dynamic, human connection and trust as it is about finding out whodunit.

Sherlock’s relationship with his mother is central to this story and to his development as human and as detective. His mother is the one he gets his deductive traits from. She is the one to teach him and lead by example. Sherlock is to learn from her the sharp angles of gender relationships and soft curtains of marrital interactions.

Sherlock makes his parents proud. He even gets his brother reluctant approval. Sherry loves deducting so much he wants to do it again if only for the sake of staying away from Eaton and staying close to his parents.

A very interesting angle to Sherlock Holmes.
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The Adventure of the Murdered Midwife is the first installment of the early case files of Sherlock Holmes. Here we are introduced to a teenage Sherlock (around 13-14 years old) who has just started out at Eton College and is finding it difficult to adjust there. A few weeks haven't gone by when both he and his brother Mycroft (who is a student at Oxford) are called back to Underbyrne, their ancestral home by their father who is a justice of the peace of the village where they reside. Reason: Mrs. Holmes has been accused of murdering one of the village's midwife, Mrs. Brown whose body was found in the garden of the estate and has been arrested and placed in gaol. The Holmes family are certain of her innocence but it is another matter altogether proving it, since the village constable is hell bent on making sure she gets punished for the crime.

These early case files could help us towards understanding Sherlock Holmes and to the person and famous detective he eventually becomes. In this book itself, we are introduced to some elements and traits that make up a big part of the adult Sherlock in the future like his talent for boxing, violin playing and deducing his surroundings for clues that are easily overlooked by others. The entire family is a well educated and intelligent lot but it is interesting to see that Sherlock shares a much closer bond with his mother, in both physical resemblance and intellectual interests while Mycroft somewhat takes after the father. Another character worth mentioning is Constance Straton, a young, poor girl, the same age as Sherlock, who takes to stealing and pickpocketing to help feed her younger siblings. Sherlock is impressed with her skills and even though they belong to the different strata of society, it doesn't stop them from becoming friends and helping each other out. 

My only complaint would be that the chapters were too long. There were only 14 chapters but the length of each chapter made me sometimes feel that I wasn't really moving ahead. I wouldn't mind the chapters being more in number but of shorter length but then that's my preference. 

My thanks to NetGalley, the publishers BooksGoSocial and the author for the e-Arc of the book. 

Rating: 3.5*
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A mildly entertaining story of a young Sherlock Holmes, whom is summoned home from school since his mother has been arrested for the alleged murder of the local midwife.  We are introduced to the early days of a young Sherlock as he sets out to solve the murder and prove his mother's innocence.  A valiant attempt by the author to try and capture the essential elements of Sherlock Holmes.  I encourage readers to follow this author, as I will.

I want to thank Net Galley for this advance copy and this is my honest review.
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Sherlock has only been at Eton one term when he is recalled home to Underbyrne. Mycroft as well returns reluctantly from his third year studies at Oxford. Why? because their mother has been charged with the murder of a Mrs Emma Brown, the village midwife. Although Mrs Homes found the body in their garden it was not until Mr Brown insisted that Sergeant Gibbon arrest her was she taken to jail.
With the help of his Uncle Ernest Parker, and girl, Constance Straton, a poor neighbour, can Sherlock solve the crime, aided by his reliance on scientific proof as instructed by Mrs Holmes.
A well-written historical murder mystery with its very likeable characters. A very good solid start to the series.
An ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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The Adventure of the Murdered Midwife by Leise Sherwood-Fabre is the first in the Early Case Files of Sherlock Holmes. Let it be said that I love Sherlock Holmes' spinoffs. The Murder Midwife is about a much younger Sherlock, 12-14 years of age, without a fully developed personality. His mother, according to this author, was instrumental in developing his skills of observation and deduction. We see the inception of his future avocation very clearly in this book, albeit, in part his aversion to boarding school. His mother has been arrested for murder and both he and Mycroft have been called home for their schools. Of course, Mother was not a killer and he, Sherlock, would prove it. 

The Adventure of the Murdered Midwife was a mystery but more importantly it was a puzzle and was treated as such by the author. Simply using Sherlock's name does not make it a Holmes' story. It was enjoyable to see the familial relationships that caused Holmes to develop into the man he became. His parents were lovers and well as parents and apparently, Sherlock had been too young to notice before, or the circumstances were not right. Mycroft was well on his way to becoming the adult that would influence much of Holmes' adult life. Interestingly, one does not think of Sherlock Holmes as a youth. This was a terrific book. Filled to the brim with murders, cleverly solved by Sherlock and his mother, always using observation and deduction. Kudos to Sherwood-Fabre for a book well written. I recommend it. 

I was invited to preview an ARC of The Adventure of the Murdered Midwife by Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions and interpretations contained herein are solely my own. #netgalley #theadventureofthemurderedmidwife
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Having read most Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories I was interested to see how Liese Sherwood-Fabre was going to deal with Sherlock Holmes.  Having watched on TV some of the more modern version of which I’m not too fond of, I was hoping she would stick to the original time period.  Liese did a great job in bringing to us the feel of the time period for England.  We get to know Sherlock as a young teenager.  He is no longer a child but not yet a man.  Looking for the approval from parents and older brother but you can see the beginnings of Sherlock and the man he will become.  His mother is a delightful person and his father is very much on keeping up appearances that are part of his social standing.  Mycroft the older brother and a university student wants to become more part of the changes that are about to happen.  Through it all you can feel the love between the family members.  And of course in order to keep the mother out of prison there are a couple of murders that need to be solved. I'm looking forward to seeing another book in this series.
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Young Sherlock Holmes had the inquisitiveness, the curiosity and the same hormones coming to life like any boy his age, his brother on the other is the one with the stuffy attitude. Now his mom she had the scientific mind and the sleuthing genes and I love how she went about solving the murder on their property, with the help of her brother and young Sherlock of course. Her husband on the other hand proved to be a big pain in the you know what, hurting her the way he did but good sense prevailed when death came knocking on their doors once again. Sherlock was determined to find the answers to all that was puzzling about the case.  An amusing entertaining and darn right engaging read.
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An interesting story of Sherlock Holmes as a young man sent home from school as his mother has been arrested for killing the local midwife in the Holmes garden. Sherlock is already learning his ability to make deductions from what he finds during his investigation. I enjoyed getting to know the family as well as being able to picture Sherlock with his help in getting his mother released and finding the true murderer. A story I think will be enjoyed by any who like a good Sherlock Holmes mystery.
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Well done! This novel is narrated in the first-person by a 13 year old that we have all come to know and love, Sherlock Holmes. He is home from Eton, because his mother has been found guilty of a crime that she has not committed. I love that it begins with a young teenage Sherlock Holmes and his surly older brother Mycroft, Mycroft is always surly, and it's up to a young Sherlock, whose mother lovingly calls him Sherry, to help provide his mother's innocence.

There are many things that work extremely well in this book. I find that the author did a wonderful job holding true to the complicated essence of the relationship between brothers Mycroft and Sherlock, even rabid fans of Conan Doyle's books will quickly see that Sherlock's sharp logical mind appears even at a very very young age. The mystery wasn't as strong as it could have been, then again the author is not Conan Doyle. It was however very enjoyable. I recommend this book for fans of Sherlock Holmes and of the genre. It looks to be volume one in a series, so I'm sure as the series progresses, the storylines will increase as the author gains confidence and falls into the world of her making.

I would like to thank Liese Sherwood-Fabre, BooksGoSocial & Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for allowing me to review this book.

An excellent story and well told. Not really a Sherlock fan but found this fascinating.
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