A Study in Honor

A Study in Honor

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Homeless and jobless after being dishonorably discharged during the New Civil War, Dr. Janet Watson returns to Washington, D.C., where she is offered a place to stay by mysterious covert agent Sara Holmes. Original. 20,000 first printing.


Winner of the Lambda Literary Award in Lesbian Mystery

A selection in Parade’s roundup of “25 Hottest Books of Summer 2018”

A Paste Magazine’s Most Anticipated 25 books of 2018 pick

A Medium’s Books pick for We Can’t Wait to Read in 2018 list

Set in a near future Washington, D.C., a clever, incisive, and fresh feminist twist on a classic literary icon—Sherlock Holmes—in which Dr. Janet Watson and covert agent Sara Holmes will use espionage, advanced technology, and the power of deduction to unmask a murderer targeting Civil War veterans.

Dr. Janet Watson knows firsthand the horrifying cost of a divided nation. While treating broken soldiers on the battlefields of the New Civil War, a sniper’s bullet shattered her arm and ended her career. Honorably discharged and struggling with the semi-functional mechanical arm that replaced the limb she lost, she returns to the nation’s capital, a bleak, edgy city in the throes of a fraught presidential election. Homeless and jobless, Watson is uncertain of the future when she meets another black and queer woman, Sara Holmes, a mysterious yet playfully challenging covert agent who offers the doctor a place to stay.

Watson’s readjustment to civilian life is complicated by the infuriating antics of her strange new roommate. But the tensions between them dissolve when Watson discovers that soldiers from the New Civil War have begun dying one by one—and that the deaths may be the tip of something far more dangerous, involving the pharmaceutical industry and even the looming election. Joining forces, Watson and Holmes embark on a thrilling investigation to solve the mystery—and secure justice for these fallen soldiers.

Publisher: New York :, Harper Voyager,, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062699305
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY ODE
Characteristics: 293 pages ;,21 cm


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May 29, 2019

Had this been a book simply about a set of post-war POC investigative lesbians, without the promise of a Holmes & Watson adaptation, I would've enjoyed the read a great deal more. The commentary of a dystopian future that isn't a great deal off from what we know now is incredibly intriguing and entertaining. I adore the characters of Janet & Sara as themselves, without expecting them to be someone else. They're full, rich characters that are so much fun to read. Though, in all honesty there can't be much said about the mystery element; it felt lacking throughout the entire book.

Aug 23, 2018

On one hand this is not a great read. It probably looked good as an outline - in the beginning. But it leaves a yucky kind of taste. It had potential.

On the other hand - take the outline of the characters - especially Sara Holmes - could make for an interesting tv series. A Black female spy who knows all with serious financial resources. The Sara Holmes back story could make for a series we have not seen.

There are some mysteries/crime novels that you want to see the next one. This is not one of those books.

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