I love the premise of this novel - a woman forced to impersonate a man in order to practice medicine.Having a husband who is a keen Sherlock fan, and therefore having watched and read most of the Holmes stuff around, i was delighted to discover this novel, where the great man himself is a foil to a woman, one equally as discerning and intelligent as he is. It takes some skill to incorporate such a well-known figure as Sherlock Holmes into a story, and he loses none of his mystery, and I feel the author ensure he stays true to his original character, whilst at the same time not being the focus of the novel.
The author's writing style is a glorious mix of sparsity and detail, allowing the reader to insert themselves into Anna's head. The writing is fluid and easy on the eye and mind, but at the same time adult and complex. Anna is almost a female Dr Watson, with all the emotional intrigue that this entails, and I thoroughly enjoyed the sexual frisson between her and Sherlock.
This is a richly dark and Victorian piece of fiction, and I can't wait to read the next one.
(review of free book)