"A Study in Honor" just claimed the top spot as my favorite modern Sherlock Holmes adaptation. Dr. Janet Watson arrives in a near-future Washington, DC as a veteran fresh off a devastating New Civil War battle in Alton, IL, with no money, no job, and in dire need of an upgrade to her robotic prosthetic arm if she wants to continue practicing as a surgeon. Sara Holmes, a mysterious government agent with an almost too-good-to-be true housing offer, might be Janet's ticket to all that and more, much more than she bargained for. Those looking for a fresh take on Holmes and Watson--both are LGBTQ women of color--will love this. Science fiction readers will love this. Mystery readers will love this. Those looking for a good story with great, well-rounded and well-written characters will love this. Those looking for a timely read that tackles some of the most pressing political issues of today will love this. This book truly has something for everyone to love.— From Lauren
Winner of the Lambda Literary Award in Lesbian Mystery
A selection in Parade’s roundup of “25 Hottest Books of Summer 2018”
A Paste Magazine’s Most Anticipated 25 books of 2018 pick
A Medium’s Books pick for We Can’t Wait to Read in 2018 list
Set in a near future Washington, D.C., a clever, incisive, and fresh feminist twist on a classic literary icon—Sherlock Holmes—in which Dr. Janet Watson and covert agent Sara Holmes will use espionage, advanced technology, and the power of deduction to unmask a murderer targeting Civil War veterans.
Dr. Janet Watson knows firsthand the horrifying cost of a divided nation. While treating broken soldiers on the battlefields of the New Civil War, a sniper’s bullet shattered her arm and ended her career. Honorably discharged and struggling with the semi-functional mechanical arm that replaced the limb she lost, she returns to the nation’s capital, a bleak, edgy city in the throes of a fraught presidential election. Homeless and jobless, Watson is uncertain of the future when she meets another black and queer woman, Sara Holmes, a mysterious yet playfully challenging covert agent who offers the doctor a place to stay.
Watson’s readjustment to civilian life is complicated by the infuriating antics of her strange new roommate. But the tensions between them dissolve when Watson discovers that soldiers from the New Civil War have begun dying one by one—and that the deaths may be the tip of something far more dangerous, involving the pharmaceutical industry and even the looming election. Joining forces, Watson and Holmes embark on a thrilling investigation to solve the mystery—and secure justice for these fallen soldiers.
Claire O'Dell grew up in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., in the years of the Vietnam War and the Watergate Scandal. She attended high school just a few miles from the house where Mary Surratt once lived and where John Wilkes Booth planned for Lincoln to die. All this might explain why she spent so much time in the history and political science departments at college. Claire currently lives in Manchester, Connecticut, with her family and two idiosyncratic cats.