One of the most famous partnerships in literature yields, over time, to a peculiar romantic triangle. Sherlock Holmes. Dr. John Watson. And the good doctor's second wife, whom Doyle never named. In L.A. Fields's novel, Mrs. Watson is a clever woman who realizes, through examining all the prior cases her husband shared with the world's greatest consulting detective, that the two men shared more than adventures: they were lovers, as well.
In 1919, after the pair has retired, Mrs. Watson invites Holmes to her home to meet him face to face. Thus begins a recounting of a peculiar affair between extraordinary men. "You are such a unique person," Holmes says poisonously. "What a shame that history will most likely never remember your name." The question Mrs. Watson faces: did Holmes simply take advantage of her husband's loyalty and love, or did the detective return those feelings? And what to do now that the pair are no longer living together at Baker Street and Watson has other claims on his affections?
My Dear Watson offers readers a romance that requires as much reasoning to puzzle out as it does passion. Mrs. Watson proves a worthy opponent - in intellect, in guile, in conviction - for the great detective.
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An interesting perspective well observed
A well thought out and compelling analysis of a potential interpretation of the Holmes/Watson relationship. This looks carefully for subtext in the Conan Doyle stories but it never pretends to be anything more than the authors interpretation. Nevertheless, Fields does build up an convincing character study which plays with the Holmesian canon while staying faithful to it and is at times very moving while at others a little infuriating. It is a clever observation, exploring the relationship of the two men with considerable sensitivity and avoiding, for the most part, voyeuristic sensationalism. The format does get a little bogged down in places but generally works well, making you look at the well loved stories with new eyes. Only main drawback is the awful narration. The reader's accent does not suit the piece at all and she gallops through without pause, throwing away dramatic tension and exhibiting some rather infuriating intonation and lamentable attempts at character voices
- Penny M.