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Publisher's Summary

Victorian romantic Mystery in the humorous vein of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer.
The Great Detective has more in store for his landlady's niece than washing jars and labeling specimens: pistol shooting, fencing, boxing, and Jiu-Jitsu. This she can master, but Mirabella Hudson must face the greatest horror of all: Miss de Beauvais' Finishing School for Distinguished Young Ladies.
Sherlock Holmes gets more than he bargained for when he hires his landlady's young ward to keep his laboratory in order. Mrs. Hudson's niece might be clever, but Mirabella Hudson is insubordinate, talks too much, is an accident waiting to happen--and, worst of all, is distractingly pretty.
Unfortunately, 'pretty' is just what Sherlock Holmes needs.
Sherlock might be a master of disguise, but pretty he is not. The Great Detective requires a female operative to go under cover at London's premier finishing school where Princess Elena Petrovic-Njegos of Montenegro is a client--and the target of an assassination plot. If the inexperienced Miss Hudson and her employer do not succeed in saving the princess, there is trouble brewing across the globe that could potentially lead to war on a massive scale. Montenegro is a small Serbian country, but she has among her allies the Mother Russia.
One unsuccessful case could ruin this young detective's career before it starts. Above all, Sherlock must have occupation. Work is the blood in his veins. Work is life.
The game is afoot! And there can be no greater puzzle than what he receives in the form of one Mirabella Hudson--who might stump even Sherlock Holmes.
©2015 Suzette Hollingsworth (P)2015 Suzette Hollingsworth
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4 out of 5 stars
By PandaRS on 07-24-15

Sherlock in Mr. Darcy mode meets his match.

A fun frolic that lovingly plays on the Sherlock canon with a light and airy touch. Die-hard Conan Doyle purists may balk at the romantic slant but that doesn't mean that this isn't a highly enjoyable spin on the character of Holmes.

Sherlock hires Mrs. Hudson's feisty niece as a lab assistant (think of Merida in Brave) and finds her strong-headed independent mind a fascinating foil for his own genius. The banter between the two of them is delightful and Mirabella is a youthful Victorian heroine that fans of MC Beaton's amateur sleuths will find endearing. The narration is full of life and the characters are portrayed with theatrical zest - it has a great old fashioned radio-drama feel. Sherlock takes the back seat here in the sleuthing department - functioning largely as the impetus for Mirabella's adventures, but she's a great character worthy of her own tale.

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5 out of 5 stars
By RaynaRed on 07-17-15

A Sherlock tale with Hepburn and Tracy flair.

Where does Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Sword Princess rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It was very engaging. I think the narrator did a grand job bringing the characters to life - especially considering the primary character is not really Sherlock, but a feisty female protagonist. It had wit and humor to it and the sparring between the lead characters was enjoyable. The tone of the narration was well matched to the comedic energy of the book - this is a frothy, lighter spin on the Holmes character. The narration has real wit and gives Sherlock a dry, Noel Coward-esque bite that was great fun. It had the feel of a classic old Hollywood mismatched romantic comedy to me.... Hepburn and Tracy. It was charming and would really appeal to people who love the idea of a kind of Jane Austen meets Conan Doyle mash-up.

What did you like best about this story?

I think the lead character was very engaging. She was fiesty and not your typical Victorian delicate flower. It had a kind of Disney heroine whimsy that I thought was an original way to approach the classic characters.

Which character – as performed by Joel Froomkin – was your favorite?

Probably Mirabelle - he did a great job bringing her to life.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I think the final scene - during a ball - was really charming.

Any additional comments?

I think there are elements that will certainly displease die-hard Conan Doyle purists... but if you are a fan of various incarnations of the character - from Cumberbatch to Downey Jr., this novel uses the Holmes character as a springboard for an engaging heroine who has real pluck. If you're intrigued with the idea of a kind of Sherlock meets Anne of Green Gables pairing... then you'll find it a delightful diversion.

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