Review: The Stone of Destiny


Title: The Stone of Destiny: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure
Author: Richard T. Ryan
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: MX Publishing
Source: Author
Release Date: June 5, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

During the elaborate funeral for Queen Victoria, a group of Irish separatists breaks into Westminster Abbey and steals the Coronation Stone, on which every monarch of England has been crowned since the 14th century. After learning of the theft from Mycroft, Sherlock Holmes is tasked with recovering the stone and returning it to England. In pursuit of the many-named stone, which has a rich and colorful history, Holmes and Watson travel to Ireland in disguise as they try to infiltrate the Irish Republican Brotherhood, the group they believe responsible for the theft. The story features a number of historical characters, including a very young Michael Collins, who would go on to play a prominent role in Irish history; John Theodore Tussaud, the grandson of Madame Tussaud; and George Bradley, the dean of Westminster at the time of the theft. There are also references to a number of other Victorian luminaries, including Joseph Lister and Frederick Treves. For fans of Conan Doyle’s immortal detective, the game is always afoot. However, for the great detective the stakes have never been higher as he must mollify a king who refuses to ascend the throne until “order has been restored.”

Review:

I have never read a Sherlock Holmes mystery that wasn’t written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I was always worried the author wouldn’t capture the true essence of Sherlock. Luckily, Richard Ryan did a great job at creating a new mystery for the iconic detective. 

Watson’s narration read just like the original stories. He went along with whatever Sherlock suggested. Also, like many Sherlock mysteries, I learned something new along the way. I didn’t realize that contact lenses were invented so long ago (and now you’ll have to read the story to find out how/why Sherlock encountered contact lenses!). 

I also liked the way that the narration alternated between Watson’s account and a narration of the theives. I could see the whole story unfolding, but it still wasn’t clear how Sherlock would find the missing stone (and I knew he would because Sherlock always figures out the mystery). When John and Sherlock were separated, Sherlock explained to him later what he was doing in his absence. This was a great way of explaining what was happening without a narrator present for it. 

One thing that I would have liked to see more of was Sherlock’s deducing. That was always one of my favourite parts of his mysteries. There was some seducing but I would have liked to see more of it, because that skill is what makes Sherlock unique. 

I loved this story! I highly recommend it for any fans of Sherlock Holmes. 

Emma Watson as Belle

For my first blog post I am writing about one of my idols, Emma Watson. She’s such a role model with her He for She campaign and her Our Shared Shelf book club. She has also portrayed two of my favourite characters on the big screen: Hermione Granger and Belle. Both characters are avid readers, and were a huge inspiration to me when I was a kid. I wouldn’t be writing this today if it weren’t for those two characters, so it means so much that this amazing actress is the face of both of them.

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Photo from Elle.com

This dress from the London premiere of Beauty and the Beast says it all! She is a real princess in this gown. Just look at that train! Her co-star, Dan Stevens even carried the train for her, proving her princess status.

I think she’s an amazing person and I admire her so much!

Here’s the link to the article at Elle.com about her dress: http://www.elle.com/fashion/celebrity-style/news/a43291/emma-watson-cinderella-dress-london-beauty-and-the-beast-premiere/