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Embassy Row (A Mycroft Holmes novel) [Hardcover]

Quinn Fawcett
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24 Mar 1999 A Mycroft Holmes novel
Against the Brotherhood (Forge, 1997) launched this series -- authorized by Dame Jean Conan Doyle and staring Sherlock Holmes's older brother, Mycroft. Quinn Fawcett has revealed Mycroft as a major player in all things political, though he apparently never leaves his home in Pall Mall. Now, with Embassy Row, Fawcett brings us more skulduggery and sabotage -- written in true Conan Doyle style, sure to entertain both newcomers and devotees to the Holmes canon.

Guthrie, Mycroft's secretary and his Watson, is accompanying Mycroft to a series of discrete negotiations with Japanese, intended to secure England's positions in Japanese-controlled waters.

But there are those on both sides who would like to see the talks come to naught, for reasons both political and radical. However, despite many setbacks, misunderstandings, and suspicious accidents, the agreement is near completion.

The night the papers are to be signed and sealed, a British diplomat whose opposition to the negotiations is no secret is found dead with a Japanese dagger in his back. Mycroft and Guthrie must solve his murder, expose the agitators behind it, and see to the finalization of the agreement -- without finding themselves on the wrong end of the knife.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press; Ex-library edition (24 Mar 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312863632
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312863630
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.6 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,930,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly Doyle-esque treatment... 26 Jan 2001
By A Customer
This book is written so closely to the style of Sir ArthurConan-Doyle that I hope the author will mull over the idea of writinga Sherlock Holmes book.
The "voice" of the novel is dead on. It reads very much like Doyle's writing, which helps keep the reader immersed in the time period of the story.
Finally we get to learn more of Sherlock's brother, lesser known but more important to England, Her Majesty, and the Admiralty.
The intrigue surrounding the treaty with Japan could have actually taken place, if in fact it did not. Quinn Fawcett certainly did his homework concerning the political events and who would gain or lose depending on the fate of the secret treaty.
Compare this excellent book with the writing of some of the modern Sherlock Holmes stories, like "The Ice Palace Murders" or "The Haunting of Torre Abbey". After seeing Holmes and Watson grafted and mis-cast into standard or sub-par mystery stories at the hands of modern writers, "Embassy Row" was a rare treat.
While Mycroft's game is more of espionage and intrigue than the "trifles" of Sherlock and his deductive detecting, Mycroft's brilliance is clearly shown, as are the reasons for his importance to the government of England.
Guthrie is an interesting character, somewhat Watson-like. He takes on the role of narrator as well as confidential secretary. The author has chosen well to keep the Mycroft series somewhat like the Sherlock Holmes canon in style and tone, but this has not stifled his ability to create something very new and entertaining.
This is a wonderful series, and I hope the author will one day favor us with some stories of the better-known brother who resides at 221b Baker Street. He certainly has the "voice" to make a Sherlock Holmes story quite memorable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A rare treat for Sherlock fans 28 Oct 1998
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Patterson Guthrie immensely enjoys his job as secretary to the incredibly intelligent and influential Mycroft Holmes. Currently, his employ is negotiating with the Japanese on behalf of England, who want to secure access to the oriental ports in spite of the fact that many of his countrymen oppose any pact with Japan. As the meetings wind down towards an agreement, an opponent, Lord Brackenheath is murdered.

Mycroft quickly realizes that the killing of Brackenheath could also lead to the death of the treaty that he so diligently worked at completing. Mycroft begins to investigate the murder in order to save the agreement that abruptly appears to be unraveling. As he searches for clues, Patterson takes down notes.

The second Mycroft Holmes novel continues in the great tradition of his younger sibling Sherlock and his own previous adventure (narrated by Patterson in AGAINST THE BROTHERHOOD). EMBASSY ROW contains a crisp story line that follows in the Master's tradition. The characters are wonderful and Mycroft fits the brief insights provided readers by Doyle. Any Sherlock Holmes fan will want to read Quinn Fawcett's homage to the great detective.

Harriet Klausner
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mycroft Holmes as he should be. 18 Mar 2001
By J. Carroll - Published on Amazon.com
The first book in this series (Against The Brotherhood)introduced the reader to a Mycroft Holmes who was a bit too much of an action hero to fit my personal take on the character. Although I enjoyed the 1st book , the plot of Embassy Row better fits the character of Sherlock's brother. Filled with intrigue over a treaty with Japan, The Emperor's son and a mystery woman, and a murder that may cause the events to explode; Embassy Row does an excellent job of showing the behind the scenes role of Mycroft Holmes, hinted at in the few Sherlock Holmes tales he made an appearence in. I did have some problems with Holmes' late identification of the mystery woman, which will be patently obvious to the reader, and the constant appearence of The Golden Lodge's Miss Gatspy, whose role works as "deus ex machina." I hope Mr. Fawcett can avoid falling into this trap too often. I think Mycroft should remain the puppetmaster in these tales, it lends credence to Sherlock's assertions that Mycroft was the more intelligent of the two.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 24 July 2000
By Nicholas Fry - Published on Amazon.com
Excellent sequel to Against the Brotherhood. Fawcett takes us deep into the world of international intrigue, the habitat of Mycroft Holmes. Deeply involving story and an exciting plot. Keep them coming Mr. Fawcett.
4.0 out of 5 stars Mycroft and Guthrie take on the love interest, murder, as well international treaties surrounding a son of Japan's Emperor. 3 April 2013
By KAM - Published on Amazon.com
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Rather slow and not much sitting on the edge of my seat wondering what will happen next. I believe this is the second Mycroft Holmes novel and I was more interested in a caper briefly mentioned in the story than the story itself. Unfortunately, this was the last book I read out of the four, and the overall plot development and action between the characters did not measure up to the other three. Also, I felt there was an unnecessary reference to Sherlock Holmes as a drug addicted despot that could never measure up to Mycroft. This series of books is to be in keeping with the tradition of Conan Doyle and approved by a member of the Doyle family, so I'm not sure why the slam on Sherlock. But this is a Mycroft Holmes story and it is still a good read, although not an exceptional one like the others.
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