The Hudson Diaries: The Life and Times of a Baker Street Resident by Kara Barney
Publisher: Untreed Reads
Genre: mystery/suspense, historical
Length: Short Story (47 pgs)
Rating 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Stephanotis
Victorian England, 1880—Sherlock Holmes is at it again! But this time, instead of his faithful chronicler Watson at the helm, his tales come from another source…Mrs. Hudson, the housekeeper. A new set of tales for a new generation, Sherlock Holmes is given to us in a whole new light: “The Great Detective” before he became great. From their first meeting to her place as a permanent resident of Baker Street, Mrs. Hudson helps us rediscover the ever-logical detective who has become a literary icon.
As a fan of Sherlock Holmes mysteries, I was eager to read this short novel. What I liked most about it, besides it containing the usual suspense surrounding Holmes and Watson, was it focused more heavily on another character, that of Holmes’ housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson…well, actually before she was Mrs. Hudson.
The story allows us to get to know her well, and I enjoyed the way Ms. Barney expanded this sometimes lesser known character in the original books. The novel contains a series of short stories, all of which are intriguing and clever whodunnits which got me thinking about the clues. The dialogue, like any Holmes’ story, is witty, and the pacing fast.
The author also did a wonderful job of recreating the London in which Sherlock Holmes existed. The scenes are all very descriptive which I think added to my enjoyment.
It’s the ideal read for any mystery reader, but a must read for die-hard Sherlock fans.