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Kissing Sherlock Holmes

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Dragon Minx, Reviewer
August, 2011

4.5 Nymphs

Kissing Sherlock Holmes is the latest release by writers McKinney & Wylis. I admit it. The quirky title for this book caught my attention first but the idea of turning the classic mystery characters of Holmes and Watson into lovers while they solved a crime is what made me want to read this story. It’s a crazy notion but it’s also what makes this writing duo so successful…they think outside the box. 

The thing that’s immediately obvious about this story is that the writing style matches that of the time period in which the book is set, reminding me of the many classic mystery books I’ve read and B/W movies I’ve seen. I really appreciated that the authors’ writing closely matched that of the originator of the Sherlock Holmes and Watson characters. It shows their attention to detail and their willingness to do the research necessary to get a historical era right. 

Holmes in love initially seemed a little odd but it was nice seeing this normally rigid man open his heart up. But what I really loved was the author’s creative explanation for what made him act so arrogant and cold to people around him…even Watson at times.  Then there’s Watson. This man is much more experienced in the ways of physical relationships than Holmes but one kiss from the man he’s been friends with for years turns his world upside down. McKinney and Wylis handled the change of emotions and relationship between both men well, making their transition from friends to lovers believable.

You don’t really know about the secrets the villain is stealing or how it’s happening until the latter part of the story but it becomes apparent fairly early on who the person might be. But even so, it didn’t stop me from enjoying the story, as snippets of information revolving around the villain is intermittently placed throughout the story, keeping my interest.   

Put all this together in an English country house with some interesting secondary characters, witty dialogue and a few chuckles and you have all the components needed for an enjoyable read. Give this one a try.


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Bobby D Whitney, Reviewer
August, 2011

Rating - 5

When I came across Kissing Sherlock Holmes by T.D. McKinney and Terry Wylis, I could not pounce on this book quickly enough. Truly, how can one resist Sherlock Holmes, the ultra-famous brooding, manic-depressive detective and cokehead? There is something completely romantic (regardless of his infamous misogyny) and mysterious about him and his uncanny deductive abilities. While I’m not generally that into fan fiction, this book is a definite exception, because the authors have done an excellent job remaining faithful to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s characters even as they give them a new and definitely non-traditional spin.

Given his contempt of the female gender, it seems appropriate that a romance featuring Sherlock Holmes would pair him with his dedicated sidekick and biographer, Dr. John Watson. In this story “my dear Watson” takes on new nuances of caring. It rings of love and close friendship instead of the slightly pompous and superior air we might otherwise expect on the part of Holmes.

While Kissing Sherlock Holmes is a romance at heart, the plot revolves around a mystery almost as much as it does the relationship between our two heroes, who are much too involved solving their case to spend a lot of time on the more physical aspects of their love. The central mystery is well-conceived and involving, and as I read, I found myself changing my mind several times regarding the identity of the culprit. And although the final revelation came as no particular surprise to me, the journey to discovery is a very enjoyable one indeed.

Although the narrative has a slightly warmer tinge than Conan Doyle’s original text, the authors capture the essence of Holmes and Watson very precisely in this book, and I never doubted for a moment that they were “authentic” characters. Holmes is rude, unsympathetic, and prone to black moods, drug use, and depression. Watson is his complete opposite. They are three-dimensional, thinking and breathing characters who really do complement each other perfectly.

Having only read a few of the original Holmes and Watson stories, I now wish were more intimately familiar with them, because I think I’d have had a ball noticing even more similarities and differences between those stories and this one. As it is, I enjoyed becoming immersed in this story and witnessing Holmes and Watson find a happy ending together. If you are at all a fan of Sherlock Holmes and 221B Baker Street, then I highly recommend Kissing Sherlock Holmes. It is very well-written, highly absorbing and undeniably romantic.


~Three Crows Press
Cecelia Ryan, Reviewer
August 29, 2011

4 3/4 Stars

Before I begin a review of this particular title, I must first confess that I am a Holmes fan from way back. The first book I ever owned that I bought with money of my own was the complete Sherlock Holmes. To say he is important to me would be a great understatement.

And this novel does him justice in a way many, many takes simply do not. So, as a canon purist and book fan, I’m happy enough to say that the characters between these pages are actually Holmes and Watson, not two people borrowing their names, as I find is so often the case in novels like this. This makes me unspeakably happy.

But this is not only a book for canon purists convinced that Holmes and Watson were at it. Even a passing knowledge of who Sherlock Holmes was would be more than enough to enjoy it as a nice little mystery/romance. The details like Holmes’ lime cream and heavy shag tobacco, references to incidents past and repetitions of familiar phrases certainly make for a delightful Easter egg hunt among those who have read the stories religiously, but the uninitiated, I think, would still enjoy a good story.

There is also the added advantage here of a pleasantly Doyle-like mystery going on as Holmes and Watson’s romance blossoms as well. I will be the first to admit that I spent the first ten pages or so with a look of complete horror on my face, honestly believing that everything was going to go completely the wrong way, despite knowing I was reading a book guaranteed to have a happy ending for our heroes. That kind of writing takes skill, and whilst the voice isn’t quite the same as Doyle’s, I’m not sure I’d want it to be. The combined voices of T. D McKinney and Terry Wylis are very pleasant, and the language and structure was suitably Victorian not to be off-putting.

Even the characters not originally belonging to Doyle were believable, likeable where they were supposed to be and otherwise. All in all, a very enjoyable read, and one completed for me in a single day with only the most necessary of breaks.

My complaints (as there must be some) are few and probably only relevant to me and others as prone to being sticklers for the rules. There were one or two historical blips, which I will allow you to spot for yourself; since they were very minor and not truly important in the grand scheme of things, and the whole thing could have done with one last proof-read – I was particularly thrown at one point by the mention of two adjourning properties, among a few other instances of what would appear to be a spellcheck gone wrong. However, this is hardly a fatal flaw.

Others may complain, I suppose, that the sex scenes lacked description. Given, though, that this was told in the first person and that this is Watson, I would say that they were perfectly appropriate for the characters. In other words, I say bah unto you.

As such, I am happy to give this novel 4 3/4 out of 5 stars and would heartily encourage anyone who likes the idea of Sherlock Holmes having it off with his Boswell to read it without hesitation. And I may stop writing in decidedly Victorian tones at some future point.



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