It is Spring, 1874, and 20-year-old Sherlock Holmes is a lonely, mopey, friendless Oxford student. He attends classes and spends countless solitary hours conducting chemical experiments, reading, and playing his violin. Suddenly, his life changes because of a serendipitous moment on campus. While walking on the grounds of the university and practicing fencing moves with his foil, he encounters Victor Trevor and his sweetheart, Poppy Stamford, younger sister of the man who will one day introduce Sherlock to Dr. John Watson.
Having just attended the final rowing contest of Eights Week, Victor and Poppy are also walking with her bull terrier. When the dog decides he doesn't like the looks of Sherlock, he sinks his teeth into Sherlock's ankle. This dog bite incident becomes a life-changing event for all of them. Through his new friendship with Victor Trevor, and encouraged by Victor's father to use his genius for detective work, Sherlock discovers his uncanny abilities and a constellation of unfamiliar emotions as he and Poppy are thrust not only into a dangerous investigation into England's notorious baby-farming industry, but into the perilous realm of young romance. Be an eyewitness to the emergence of how Sherlock became the man and the legend we know today.
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I would recommend this to anyone - for those who know and love Sherlock that we have read through the years and for those who like a great audiobook.
I like the way Poppy held her own with, and at times surpassed, Sherlock with her knowledge.
Poppy - both "then and now"
The logic of passion
This is another audiobook that I will listen to repeatedly. I enjoyed the weaving of other works that I have read in the past and is a great companion with Laurie R. King's stories with Sherlock post-London. The human side of Sherlock.
- Bethany "I love the multiple dimensions that books offer as a place to dwell for moments or the end of time."
Sherlock Mystery with a bit of romance!
Great mix of character, mystery and real historical events woven together with a romantic tension that really held the story together
Poppy as a young woman and as an old lady was well done, all of the characters were unique and identifiable
- Simone "Love mysteries, historical fiction and well written romance with plot twists and strong characters"