2020 · Audio Blog Tour · Book review

Audiobook Review: Clockwork Sherlock by Ian W. Sainsbury @midaspr @audibleuk #ClockworkSherlock

About the book

A thrilling new adventure featuring literature’s favourite detective like you’ve never seen him before. The first in a series, Clockwork Sherlock follows ex-soldier Captain Jo Barnes. The mysterious VR detective singles her out as his own Dr Watson, but he’s about to find out she’s no fawning sidekick.
When tech giant Robert Fairfield is found dead of a suspected drug overdose, fingers are pointed at the two women who stood most to gain from his death: his fiancée and leader of the New Ludds, Greta Blackstone, and Beth Fairchild, Robert’s ambitious daughter. But when Beth is found dead and the evidence shows she was killed before her father, the suspect is obvious. To everyone, that is, except Sherlock Holmes.
Using futuristic tech and good, old-fashioned sleuthing, Captain Barnes and the famed detective set out to find the killer. With rooftop pursuits, gangland bosses and plenty of action – this listen is sure to appeal to fans of Ben Aaronovitch, Paul Cornell and Jim Butcher.

Clockwork Sherlock is available to purchase now on Audible

My thoughts

I’m going to be quite honest here and tell you that when I read the synopsis for Clockwork Sherlock I was excited, it sounded so different. Then just before I started listening I found I was a bit apprehensive, was it maybe too different to the Sherlock Holmes I’d grown to love? The answer was, it’s different but it’s good, in fact I can safely say I thoroughly enjoyed Clockwork Sherlock.

Jo Barnes is an ex-soldier, she’s in debt and when she wakes up to find herself in a room she doesn’t know she’s in for a shock when Sherlock Holmes appears calling her Watson. Pairing up to find out who killed tech giant Robert Fairfield, it was interesting to listen to the duo building their relationship and trying to work together to solve the mystery.

I really needn’t have worried about the futuristic aspect of this book because it really brings a whole new dimension to Sherlock Holmes. It was quite refreshing actually but there’s still the good old mystery to solve and one that I really enjoyed trying to piece together with Jo and Sherlock.

Ian Sainsbury really knows how to draw the reader in and I found myself finding more jobs to do so I could listen longer. It’s such a well written, well plotted story that I couldn’t help myself listening to one more chapter, then another and you get the drift.

With plenty of action and tension, Clockwork Sherlock is original, it holds your attention from the first word to the last and as it’s the first in a series so I’m super excited to see where we’ll be taken next.

I must also add the superb narration by Shvorne Marks, she does a wonderful job of really bringing the characters to life.

  • By: Ian W. Sainsbury
  • Narrated by: Shvorne Marks
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 25-07-20
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Originals

Many thanks to Ben at Midas PR for the opportunity to listen and review this book for the blog tour.

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