The Affair of the Mysterious Letter

The Affair of the Mysterious Letter

In this charming, witty, and weird fantasy novel, Alexis Hall pays homage to Sherlock Holmes with a new twist on those renowned characters. Upon returning to the city of Khelathra-Ven after five years fighting a war in another universe, Captain John Wyndham finds himself looking for somewhere to live, and expediency forces him to take lodgings at 221b Martyrs Walk. His new In this charming, witty, and weird fantasy novel, Alexis Hall pays homage to Sherlock Holmes with a new twist on thos...

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Title:The Affair of the Mysterious Letter
Author:Alexis Hall
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:B07HLQMC9Z
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

The Affair of the Mysterious Letter Reviews

  • Lauren loves llamas
    Jun 14, 2019
    Content warnings: (view spoiler)[transphobia (off-page, from hero?s family), drug use (hide spoiler)] While I can?t say I?m terribly familiar with the original source material, I?m a pretty big fan of Sherlock Holmes adaptations. While my favorite so far has been the excell...
  • C. A.
    Feb 14, 2019
    I think I've found my favorite book of 2019 and it's not even halfway through February yet. I love Sherlock Holmes pastiches and this is certainly that in that it involves a maddeningly intelligent and occasionally infuriating protagonist and a faithful ex-military doctor who serves...
  • Cathy (cathepsut)
    Jul 13, 2019
    A book trying very hard to present a magical Holmes & Watson and using all the right cues. An overly amusing and mocking first person narration by Dr. Watson Captain John Wyndham. A Scandal in Bohemia lurks somewhere in the background. The amusing tone got old pretty fast. Abou...
  • Karyn Silverman
    Jan 24, 2019
    What a strange, delightful remix of the Holmes cannon with a little of everything (I definitely spotted a bit of Cthulhu in the various deities (sometimes in form, sometimes in spirit), some Treasure Island, and many other references). The prose is prissy and touchy and slyly funny ?...
  • Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
    Jul 23, 2019
    The Affair of the Mysterious Letter is a unique and clever retelling of the Sherlock Holmes tales, set in an adventure-filled, wild fantasy world. The story is shared from the first person memoirs of Captain John Wyndham (John Watson), who is newly returned from war and comes to live w...
  • Emma Newman
    Jan 11, 2019
    I was lucky enough to get a galley from my editor and OMG I loved this book so much. It was a sheer delight to read and has dragged me out of a massive reading slump that lasted for months. Honestly, do yourself a favour and get it as soon as it comes out. It's like the joy of reading ...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    Jul 13, 2019
    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/07/29/... I?m a big fan of Sherlock Holmes retellings, and to my joy, I found The Affair of the Mysterious Letter to be very similar to the Warlock Holmes series that I love in terms of its quirky light tone and ch...
  • Andrea
    Jul 30, 2019
    4 stars for the story, 5 for the narration! "That doesn't sound like a plan so much as a sequence of conversations with tremendous scope to go wrong." "I am the sorceress Shaharazad Haas. I never go wrong. I merely achieve things in a manner I had not intended." This was an excel...
  • Em
    Jan 10, 2019
    Listening to this one. Excellent so far. Clever, funny, and odd too. ...
  • ☕️Kimberly
    May 10, 2019
    What a fun tale. This is a Sherlockian based tale set off planet and filled with magic, vampires, gods and limitless worlds. Come travel with John and Shaharzad Haas as they try to uncover a blackmailer. Witches, underwater cities, shape-shifting, flying and more await you in this c...
  • Pam Faste aka Peejakers
    Jun 24, 2019
    6/24/19 OmG, that was good! Whew! What an utter tour-de-force! This book is full of squee! ? But, okay, now let me try to compose myself and I'll (hopefully) be back with a full review in a day or so! ????? *************************************************** ...
  • Alison
    Aug 03, 2019
    Delightfully bonkers. I absolutely loved it. It's very funny, very strange, very queer, and very Sherlock Homes-ey. Here's something quite different from one of my top favourite authors. It's a Sherlock Holmes retelling that's also a really imaginative, out-there fantasy, plus it's sup...
  • Grace
    May 18, 2019
    I won this book in a giveaway from the publisher, and was SO excited to have the opportunity to get my hands on this one early! I really have enjoyed the romance novels I've read from this author, and was very much looking forward to see what they did with a slightly different genre...
  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    Jun 04, 2019
    3.5 stars? This was a really hard book to rate. On the one hand?a gender-swapped (well, for the sorceress) and queer as hell retelling of Sherlock Holmes, set in a complex fantasy world? On the other hand?a Sherlock Holmes retelling written in the style of the original books....
  • Ellie
    May 31, 2019
    30 June 2019 What a glorious, utterly mesmerizing story! 18 June 2019 This book is out today and I am slowing going through my ARC and savouring every word. It's fabulous and fun and I highly recommend it!!! My most awaited release of the year! Here we go :) I have read al...
  • Lindsay
    Jul 07, 2019
    Captain John Wyndham has arrived in Khelathra-Ven after suffering an injury in an eternal war on a different plane of existence. His meager funds leave him lodging with the peculiar sorceress Shaharazad Haas, and just like the Holmes stories this is based on, soon finds himself involve...
  • Susy
    Jul 05, 2019
    3.5 stars I enjoyed the Holmes - Watson comparison, the POV, the humour, the magic/fantasy elements, the references to other works like Stoker?s Dracula, Snow White, Cinderella and yet I often had a hard time keeping focused. This was so especially during the first half of the book...
  • Lata
    Jul 21, 2019
    I dearly wanted to love this, considering its glowing blurbs and the combination of Sherlockian and Lovecraftian elements and humour. But: -The first half of this story really dragged. And I found it hard to keep track of characters and the places. The story felt super long to me, eve...
  • Gillian
    Jul 12, 2019
    4.5/5 stars Ah-mazing. More adjectives to come when I have the wherewithal to write a coherent review. ...
  • Kat
    Jun 18, 2019
    Absurdly fun and completely wonderful. My favourite book of the year (so far). ...
  • Amy
    Apr 24, 2019
    pansexual and trans rep! Mystery! Fantasy! Sherlock Holmes retelling! I need this now. ...
  • K.J. Charles
    Jun 19, 2019
    Absolutely gleeful. A wildly enjoyable Holmes/Watson riff in a mad Lovecraftian fantasy world where reality is optional at best. Holmes is a drug-addled sorceress, while Watson is a buttoned up refugee from a terrifyingly puritanical country, and a large part of the fun is how he attem...
  • Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
    May 28, 2019
    This is without a doubt my favorite book of the year so far and my favorite fantasy pastiche of all time! It would take one hell of a book to usurp The Affair of the Mysterious Letter's first place position. Even though this is a fantasy pastiche of Sherlock Holmes and Watson, the like...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Jun 13, 2019
    Hands-down, I?m not sure if I?ve ever read a more quirky and original retelling, and I absolutely loved this! ? ? ? ? The Affair of the Mysterious Letter is a fantasy retelling involving Sherlock Holmes characters. Captain John Wyndham is returning to Khelathra-Ven...
  • FTLOReading
    Apr 11, 2019
    ? Title: The Affair Of The Mysterious Letter ? Author: Alexis Hall ? Series: Stand-alone ? Pages: 352 ? Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Retelling, LGBTQ ? Rating Out of 5 Stars: 4 My Thoughts: Picture this...Sherlock Holmes is a Sorceress. Still witty, intelligen...
  • Jess
    Jul 27, 2019
    This is one of the MOST DELIGHTFUL BOOKS I?VE EVER READ! I had to put great effort into NOT smiling like a giant goofball in the library on several occasions! Not to mention Alexis Hall sat down to write this book like, ?you know cisheteronormativity? I?m going to do the OPPOSITE...
  • Hart_D
    Jul 02, 2019
    My favorites list here is very long and also pretty idiosyncratic. But this book is something else. I really enjoyed it, but beyond that, it gave me the rare feeling of encountering something that felt like a piece of myself. It's very hard to put this feeling into words. I don't mean ...
  • Chaima ✨ شيماء
    Jun 19, 2019
    A retelling of Sherlock Holmes featuring a pansexual lady Holmes and a trans Watson? *delighted pterodactyl noises* ...
  • Sam (AMNReader)
    Jul 12, 2019
    So, I have mentioned how well Hall's romances work for me. How brilliant I think he is. Creative.... And now that's painfully obvious with the release of this full-fledged fantasy retelling. Most astounding though, is I've read three thoroughly different styles from Hall-and with th...
  • Moony Eliver
    May 16, 2019
    I won a GR giveaway for this one, but it pains me to say it was not for me. I DNFed it really early because it was just not holding my interest. There was a lot of exposition that was pretty dry, and I wasn't hooked enough to plow through it. :( ...