REVIEW: The Devil’s Due by Bonnie MacBird

Bonnie MacBird’s third Sherlock Holmes novel is thrilling and filled with immense detail that will impress fans of the legendary detective.

Filled with danger, intrigue and more than one villainous character to look out for, The Devil’s Due is a thrilling new Sherlock Holmes adventure that effectively immerses the reader into his world.

Set in 1890, anarchists are terrorising London but it is a series of horrific murders that the legendary detective and his faithful companion Dr Watson find themselves caught up in. Leading philanthropists are being killed in alphabetical order – and all of whom are part of the same mysterious club the Luminarians.

From the very first page, Bonnie MacBird’s story grips and intrigues as she takes the reader from the glamour of Mayfair to the docklands of East London in an attempt to get to the bottom of these horrendous crimes. Every description is so vivid that you do feel as though you are walking alongside Holmes and Watson, particularly when they uncover some dark secrets from the pasts of those who have been murdered.

Throughout it all, there is a dark tone and atmosphere that keeps anticipation levels high, as when the killer becomes increasingly brazen and comes ever closer to the letter ‘h’. The build up to the unveiling of the murderer is brilliantly done – with plenty of last minute surprises.

MacBird is really able to showcase the depth of knowledge and understanding she has for the two central characters – capturing the strength and bond between Holmes and Watson with great warmth, humour and respect. The way in which they both look out for each other, really reinforces just why people continue to be fascinated with their adventures.

Outside the central pair, there are a pleasing number of strong and charismatic women whose personalities really shine off the page – including Heffie, who Holmes sets out to work on potentially dangerous jobs. Despite being rough around the edges, there is a lovely warmth, humour and bravery to her that makes her really enjoyable to get to know.

As the story begins to unfold, MacBird shows great skill in the way in which she adds intricate details to the plot and manages to use them to great effect in the final showdown. It really does feel faithful to Arthur Conan Doyle’s original stories.

Overall, The Devil’s Due is a thrilling and engaging ride that is difficult to put down once you start reading. Well worth more than one read.

By Emma Clarendon

The Devil’s Due is available to buy now.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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