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"Suspenseful and entertaining, with many twists and turns....This is one of the best Sherlock Holmes series since Laurie R. King’s Mary Russell books."—Historical Novel Society USA Today bestselling author Leonard Goldberg returns with another puzzling case for the daughter of Sherlock Holmes to unravel in this exciting mystery, The Art of Deception, sure to be enjoyed "Suspenseful and entertaining, with many twists and turns....This is one of the best Sherlock Holmes series since Laurie R. King’s Mary Russell books."—Historical Novel Society USA Today bestselling author Leonard Goldberg returns with another puzzling case for the daughter of Sherlock Holmes to unravel in this exciting mystery, The Art of Deception, sure to be enjoyed by fans of Sherlock Holmes as well Laurie R. King and Charles Finch.In the west end of London, an apparently crazed individual is on the loose, breaking into art galleries and private homes to slash valuable paintings of women. Despite Scotland Yard’s best efforts, the criminal remains at large and continues on his destructive path. When Joanna and the Watsons are called in to solve the mystery, they soon discover that although the canvases have been slashed, their backings remain pristine, with no cuts or scratches. The criminal, it seems, is no mere vandal—he's searching for something hidden behind the portraits.Suspicion soon falls on two skilled art restorers who previously worked at the gallery where all the vandalized art was purchased. When Joanna finds the body of one in a bricked off fireplace at the gallery, the other is left as the prime suspect. But then he's discovered dead as well. Luckily, Joanna has a plan for ensnaring the criminal once and for all. But it must not fail, or more paintings—and lives—will be lost.


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"Suspenseful and entertaining, with many twists and turns....This is one of the best Sherlock Holmes series since Laurie R. King’s Mary Russell books."—Historical Novel Society USA Today bestselling author Leonard Goldberg returns with another puzzling case for the daughter of Sherlock Holmes to unravel in this exciting mystery, The Art of Deception, sure to be enjoyed "Suspenseful and entertaining, with many twists and turns....This is one of the best Sherlock Holmes series since Laurie R. King’s Mary Russell books."—Historical Novel Society USA Today bestselling author Leonard Goldberg returns with another puzzling case for the daughter of Sherlock Holmes to unravel in this exciting mystery, The Art of Deception, sure to be enjoyed by fans of Sherlock Holmes as well Laurie R. King and Charles Finch.In the west end of London, an apparently crazed individual is on the loose, breaking into art galleries and private homes to slash valuable paintings of women. Despite Scotland Yard’s best efforts, the criminal remains at large and continues on his destructive path. When Joanna and the Watsons are called in to solve the mystery, they soon discover that although the canvases have been slashed, their backings remain pristine, with no cuts or scratches. The criminal, it seems, is no mere vandal—he's searching for something hidden behind the portraits.Suspicion soon falls on two skilled art restorers who previously worked at the gallery where all the vandalized art was purchased. When Joanna finds the body of one in a bricked off fireplace at the gallery, the other is left as the prime suspect. But then he's discovered dead as well. Luckily, Joanna has a plan for ensnaring the criminal once and for all. But it must not fail, or more paintings—and lives—will be lost.

30 review for The Art of Deception

  1. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Ten days before Christmas in West End London and the bad elves have been set upon the city. It's 1916 and Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard is ringing the doorbell of Joanna Watson, daughter of the famous Sherlock Holmes and wife of John Watson, Jr.. son of the famous Dr. Watson. Lestrade informs Joanna that someone is on a trail of destruction in art galleries and private homes. Portraits of women, in particular, have been slashed as if the crazed madman is in search of something. The portrai Ten days before Christmas in West End London and the bad elves have been set upon the city. It's 1916 and Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard is ringing the doorbell of Joanna Watson, daughter of the famous Sherlock Holmes and wife of John Watson, Jr.. son of the famous Dr. Watson. Lestrade informs Joanna that someone is on a trail of destruction in art galleries and private homes. Portraits of women, in particular, have been slashed as if the crazed madman is in search of something. The portraits from the Italian Renaissance Period have all been left behind. Lestrade hands Joanna a scarf that had fallen and was left carelessly on the floor of Hawk and Evans Art Gallery as the destroyer made his escape. Now here's where we have the genius of daughter like father. We'll see this happening throughout the story. If you're a fan of Sherlock Holmes and seek the power of deduction with deep intelligence, then you'll sincerely enjoy this one. The Art of Deception is certainly not a "thriller". It is a crafty piece of work showcasing a true detective gathering and eliminating clues. Joanna's take-away from that scarf alone is brilliant. We'll be introduced to Joanna's son, John, who had been away at school. Leonard Goldberg throws in a cholera epidemic at John's Eton school and the havoc that sets in at the Watson house. There are parallels to the pandemic that we are presently experiencing now. Dr. Watson is in charge of his grandson's case and it's highly interesting what was known medically at the time. It will give you pause as to what limited preventions were in place and the number of deaths caused by simple lack of hygiene. We should all give thanks for our present times. The Art of Deception is #4 in this series and my first read by this author. I've already ordered the previous books. I'm invested. I am always drawn in by the intelligent reads that make you think and even question the outcomes. We'll also get a nice panorama of famous artists of the time and the work done by restorers and forgery thieves. The Art of Deception showcases a highly intelligent woman who can give Scotland Yard a run for their money. Can't wait for the next one. I received a copy of this novel through NetGalley for an honest review. My thanks to St. Martin's Press (Minotaur Books) and to Leonard Goldberg for the opportunity.

  2. 4 out of 5

    eyes.2c

    The puzzle of Joanna Holmes! Valuable art works being slashed and damaged has Joanna and husband John along with Watson (and young son Johnny) searching for the culprit. The plot becomes complicated, involving art dealers, restorers and art collections reaching into rarified circles. As fitting, the mystery is multi-layered. Joanna Blalock-Watson is the picture of aloof intellect, removed from others, as her brain makes connections. That is softened a couple of times when Joanna's concern for her The puzzle of Joanna Holmes! Valuable art works being slashed and damaged has Joanna and husband John along with Watson (and young son Johnny) searching for the culprit. The plot becomes complicated, involving art dealers, restorers and art collections reaching into rarified circles. As fitting, the mystery is multi-layered. Joanna Blalock-Watson is the picture of aloof intellect, removed from others, as her brain makes connections. That is softened a couple of times when Joanna's concern for her family group is evident. Son Johnny and the mention of cholera has her taking charge immediately. Loved the health regimes instituted and the social distancing. It means more at this current time. Still I find Joanna a mostly distant figure. The actual mystery the Holmes/Watsons are involved in didn't lose my interest, but for some reason I found myself dropping in and out of reading this novel. This wasn't a page turner for me. Does Joanna's aloofness play so much into the story that I felt separated and to some extent uninvolved? Perhaps this is it. Joanna's husband John (Watson's son) recounts the story. This means the writing appears once removed from the main character. Maybe that's why I have trouble identifying with Joanna. Her actions are reported through John's eyes. I am more engaged with him as he expresses or reports on Joanne's detection path and her emotional reactions. An interesting mystery, but for me Joanna is the biggest mystery. A St. Martin's Press ARC via NetGalley

  3. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    London, 1912. Sherlock Holmes’ daughter Joanna and Dr. Watson and his son are investigating a new case of a man breaking into art galleries and private homes to slash paintings. In a hasty escape, the suspect loses his scarf at a gallery and this gives a lead for investigators. From the worn scarf, Joanna can tell a lot. She determines the vandal’s frame and height, characteristics, financial status and more. She gives an explanation for her analogy, but this still feels like a stretch, not soun London, 1912. Sherlock Holmes’ daughter Joanna and Dr. Watson and his son are investigating a new case of a man breaking into art galleries and private homes to slash paintings. In a hasty escape, the suspect loses his scarf at a gallery and this gives a lead for investigators. From the worn scarf, Joanna can tell a lot. She determines the vandal’s frame and height, characteristics, financial status and more. She gives an explanation for her analogy, but this still feels like a stretch, not sounding very believable. I don’t read detective stories, except that from time to time I reach for something out of my range. So maybe what seems not believable to me would be quite believable to those who read such stories. I’m not familiar with the series, but what strikes me right away is the lack of character development. It’s all about detective work, analytical-detective descriptions and questions. And I have a hard time attaching myself to a story, where the character development continues to be delayed or is lacking. Another thing that is striking in the story are the tiny bits of facts, which feel like they’re being thrown at a reader without a second thought. For example, mentions of lots of artists, including Degas known and celebrated for his lovely ballerinas or dry air of Egypt preserving its art very-well. I do appreciate such facts, especially the ones I didn’t know before. So I can learn something new. Even though the story is about art being destroyed, so in logic it does have the connection, but in the whole context it just stands out. It doesn’t have a good flow. Source: ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    My Mystery Scene review of the book is now online. You can check it out here: https://www.mysteryscenemag.com/compo... My Mystery Scene review of the book is now online. You can check it out here: https://www.mysteryscenemag.com/compo...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Anne - Books of My Heart

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart   Review copy was received from Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I was thrilled to continue with  The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes Mysteries series.  I love Sherlock Holmes style mysteries, and the setting in England. Even if I didn't, this is narrated by STEVE WEST. There have been a number of art vandalisms and break-ins.  The Watson family is on the case.  There were plenty of interesting This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart   Review copy was received from Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I was thrilled to continue with  The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes Mysteries series.  I love Sherlock Holmes style mysteries, and the setting in England. Even if I didn't, this is narrated by STEVE WEST. There have been a number of art vandalisms and break-ins.  The Watson family is on the case.  There were plenty of interesting details about paintings and art masters.  It's always fascinating to learn how the observations and logic turn into evidence. Johnny comes home from school ill and that is tense for a bit. He wants to follow the case information and ask his questions.  Toby 2, of course, plays a part in tracking down the culprit.  Several times it looks as though the thief might get away as it's a race to find the valuable art.  But our sleuths are smarter than most everyone. I'm really enjoying this series on audio.  It's fun with a historical setting.  In this case, I thankfully didn't remember the blurb as I think it tells too much, so I left out a bit. Narration: I love everything STEVE WEST!!!!!!  He's just my favorite.   I enjoyed listening to this story at my usual 1.5x speed.  I appreciate his work with both male and female voices and he handles the English characters so well.  Definitely, his narration enhanced my enjoyment. Listen to a clip:   HERE

  6. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    THE ART DECEPTION is a very clever novel in which Sherlock Holmes' daughter solves a very tricky crime by an art thief! I loved the way the story was presented and how it unfolded. I almost guarantee there will be many fans for this new series.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mairy

    I was very disappointed by The Art of Deception. Nothing modern about it, a very old-fashioned plot and writing style. It felt like a book I selected at the library, written last century. Joanna is à know-it-all, just like her father. The plot is boring, even though I am an amateur of Art. Nothing exciting about this book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    The Art of Deception by Leonard Goldberg is a mystery being solved by Joanna, the daughter of Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler; her husband, John Hudson, Jr; and her father-in-law, John Hudson. It is very Sherlockian with Joanna, especially being every bit as observant and intuitive as her father, with the Hudsons lending their won expertise when necessary. It is about a person who is breaking in and vandalizing great works of at. At first it appears to be simple vandalism, but soon it becomes ap The Art of Deception by Leonard Goldberg is a mystery being solved by Joanna, the daughter of Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler; her husband, John Hudson, Jr; and her father-in-law, John Hudson. It is very Sherlockian with Joanna, especially being every bit as observant and intuitive as her father, with the Hudsons lending their won expertise when necessary. It is about a person who is breaking in and vandalizing great works of at. At first it appears to be simple vandalism, but soon it becomes apparent that the vandal has a purpose beyond destruction. It is up to the trio to determine that purpose and thereby catch the criminal. Of course, they do, with absolutely amazing results. I am a huge Sherlock fan and have read many series that purport to be continuations of the original, though a wife, or a child. This is one of the better. It is too easy for an author to simply use the name Sherlock Holmes to solve a typical mystery, without those special touches. Goldberg adheres to the things, which made Holmes special, especially his powers of observation and his ability to compile disparate, and seemingly unrelated, clues to solve the mystery. Joanna is not nearly as odd as her father. She has a son, whom she loves, and she has a life, with Hudson, Jr. She lives beyond her ability to solve crimes. She is also an astute reader of personalities beyond the physical things she can observe. The Art of Deception is a wonderful book. Very satisfying. I recommend it. I received a free ARC of The Art of Deception from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions and interpretations contained herein are solely my own. #netgalley #theartofdeception

  9. 4 out of 5

    Linda Munro

    I haven’t read a Sherlock Holmes book in ages; but thanks to goodreads, the author and published I did get the opportunity to read this ARC; a daughter of Sherlock Holmes Mystery. We have all of the basic characters, although Sherlock has passed away, Dr. Watson is still alive and very active in criminal apprehension. Sherlock’s daughter, Joanne her son from her first marriage (she was widowed) Dr. Watson and his son, Joanne’s new husband live and work together. Scotland yard has approached the W I haven’t read a Sherlock Holmes book in ages; but thanks to goodreads, the author and published I did get the opportunity to read this ARC; a daughter of Sherlock Holmes Mystery. We have all of the basic characters, although Sherlock has passed away, Dr. Watson is still alive and very active in criminal apprehension. Sherlock’s daughter, Joanne her son from her first marriage (she was widowed) Dr. Watson and his son, Joanne’s new husband live and work together. Scotland yard has approached the Watson family to assist in a London crime spree; someone is breaking into private homes and art galleries and slashing valuable Renaissance paintings of women. Joanne immediately realizes something that Scotland Yard has missed; the canvas is slashed, and pulled, but the backing has not a mark. Whoever the culprit is, they are searching for something. Joanne believes that the culprits are a couple of restorers that worked at a London gallery, and the more she learns, the more she knows she is on the correct path. One of the art restorers was killed in a fire in prison, or was he? The other seems to have vanished to Australia, or could this be a misdirection? She must search through bodies and paintings to learn the truth. Joanne keeps a few clues to herself as she develops a plan to capture the culprit; will her plan work? Will more paintings be destroyed? Will someone else be hurt or murdered? While Joanne is certain she is on the right track, her plan can still go astray…. 5 Star Book!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bookoholiccafe

    The Art of Deception is book 4 of “The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes Mysteries”. Since this book was my first read by this author, I had to read the previous books summary. Its 1912, the story is taking place in London, where Dr. Watson, his son and Joanna (Sherlock Holmes daughter) are investigating their recent case. Someone is breaking into private homes and different art galleries and rips paintings. As if he is looking for something hidden behind these canvases. In one of the swift escapes of t The Art of Deception is book 4 of “The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes Mysteries”. Since this book was my first read by this author, I had to read the previous books summary. Its 1912, the story is taking place in London, where Dr. Watson, his son and Joanna (Sherlock Holmes daughter) are investigating their recent case. Someone is breaking into private homes and different art galleries and rips paintings. As if he is looking for something hidden behind these canvases. In one of the swift escapes of the Hawk and Evans Art Gallery the suspect loses his scarf and leaves it on the floor. this scarf becomes a lead their investigation. Joanna finds the answer to so many questions by examining this shabby scarf. Facts like financial status, characteristic and size of the suspect. We also get to know Joanna’s son, John, he is away at school. There is Cholera Epidemic going on at Johns school that gave me a lot of anxiety since we are dealing with a similar situation right now during Covid Pandemic. I enjoyed reading this detective story. I liked how close he Watson family members were. The affluent explanation of the art works and mentioning different well-known artists in the story. What I hope to see in the next book is more developed characters. I do recommend this book to the reader of detective and mystery stories. Many Thanks to Minotaur books for this gifted copy. Blog Instagram Amazon

  11. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Kenneth - PerfectionistWannabe.com

    [I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a review.] I enjoyed this daughter of Sherlock Holmes mystery. I learned a few things about art that made me want to go out and learn more. Even though we know who is vandalizing the artwork, we don't know what exactly he is looking for until close to the end of the book or how he will be caught. The author even threw in a few accomplices that I suspected, but then didn't suspect how much involvement they had. Actually, I was wron [I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a review.] I enjoyed this daughter of Sherlock Holmes mystery. I learned a few things about art that made me want to go out and learn more. Even though we know who is vandalizing the artwork, we don't know what exactly he is looking for until close to the end of the book or how he will be caught. The author even threw in a few accomplices that I suspected, but then didn't suspect how much involvement they had. Actually, I was wrong about one of the accomplice's involvement and to what extent they were involved in this. This book reminded me a bit of Karen Odden's "A Trace of Deceit," which is really good, minus the Sherlock Holmes references. Even though this is #4 in the series, you can read it as a standalone. The author does clarify that Joanna is a widow, but remarried Dr. Watson's son (who is also a doctor). She has a son from her first marriage, who is just as inquisitive and smart as herself and Sherlock. I do not recommend eating while reading this book. Cholera is mentioned and in detail. Don't say I didn't warn you. Overall, I highly recommend for those who like Sherlock Holmes type mysteries. I plan on ordering the author's backlist, because I love these kind of mysteries.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Hock

    I am somewhat torn about what I think of this book. The actual mystery and how it was solved was pretty interesting. The main character, the daughter of Sherlock Holmes, was just plain annoying. She came across as a complete know it all. I won a copy of this book from GoodReads so wanted to finish the book so I could write my review. If someone I knew had given me this book I do not think I would have finished reading it. The main character came across as such a know it all and thinking herself I am somewhat torn about what I think of this book. The actual mystery and how it was solved was pretty interesting. The main character, the daughter of Sherlock Holmes, was just plain annoying. She came across as a complete know it all. I won a copy of this book from GoodReads so wanted to finish the book so I could write my review. If someone I knew had given me this book I do not think I would have finished reading it. The main character came across as such a know it all and thinking herself so much better than others that I found it somewhat difficult a couple of times just not to give up on this one. The actual mystery and the information about artists and their painting was really pretty interesting. I actually spent a bit of time researching some of the paintings and artists mentioned in the story. So I am torn as the book on the whole was pretty good but the main character was so annoying, at least to me, that she really took away from my enjoyment of the book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Bridgewater

    I adore Sherlock Holmes. I heard about the Daughter of Sherlock Holmes series by Leonard Goldberg as a suggestion when I clicked on the cover. Goldberg does a fabulous job with a nod to the famous detective and including Watson as an elder consultant on the case. The mystery flows well and reminds me a lot of Holmes' style of solving a case. I love watching Joanna solve the mystery and her train of thoughts as she works through and explains the cases to those around her. The mystery was differen I adore Sherlock Holmes. I heard about the Daughter of Sherlock Holmes series by Leonard Goldberg as a suggestion when I clicked on the cover. Goldberg does a fabulous job with a nod to the famous detective and including Watson as an elder consultant on the case. The mystery flows well and reminds me a lot of Holmes' style of solving a case. I love watching Joanna solve the mystery and her train of thoughts as she works through and explains the cases to those around her. The mystery was different and held enough why and who done it to capture my mystery loving mind. I really enjoy the clean mystery aspect, so I can recommend the story to even little fans who love a good mystery. I really hope there are going to be more novels in this series. I received a complimentary copy of The Art of Deception by Leonard Goldberg from the publishing company, but the opinions stated are all my own.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Debra Oehlberg

    The Art of Deception was well-played and aptly named. I had decided that this was the year to venture out to read other genres that I don't usually read, such as mystery. I am glad that I did. As a result of how interesting this book was, I hope to go back and read the other books in this series. I will also pass this on to my dad as a good read for him! The Holmes clan has a mystery to solve. Who is the art gallery thief? How doe he or they keep getting away with repeated vandalism? This book wi The Art of Deception was well-played and aptly named. I had decided that this was the year to venture out to read other genres that I don't usually read, such as mystery. I am glad that I did. As a result of how interesting this book was, I hope to go back and read the other books in this series. I will also pass this on to my dad as a good read for him! The Holmes clan has a mystery to solve. Who is the art gallery thief? How doe he or they keep getting away with repeated vandalism? This book will teach you a lot about paintings and art if you don't already have a background. It will also show you how intelligent criminals can be when trying to rip off highly valued and expensive items. I liked the background provided, as well. The time period was when many people died of cholera. Now, I highly recommend that if you are reading this book during Covid, which I did, that you might want to take it slowly, only read a few chapters at a time, and not too close to bedtime. I was already anxious when I started this book, and a lot of the similarities between two major worldwide diseases almost became too much for me to handle. But, this is only a small part of the book, and just keep going, as it will be all right. The character I enjoyed most in the book was Joanna. Very intelligent, detailed, ready for action, and I laughed at how she got the best of one of the characters toward the end of the story. Also, she is a durable character, had suffered a lot of hardships, but was moving forward. I so very much identified with her. However, she was not the narrator. Read to find out who was!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Enjoyed this book, interesting story and characters.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    I just discovered Leonard Goldberg's, The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes mysteries. In the fourth book of this series, The Art of Deception, Joanna Blalock and Dr. John Watson Sr. and Dr. John Watson Jr. are once again asked to solve a mystery. The three person investigative team and their deductive skills are needed to find the person responsible for slashing valuable paintings of women in December 1916. The story is told by Dr. John Watson Jr. Joanna shows time and time again that she has the abi I just discovered Leonard Goldberg's, The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes mysteries. In the fourth book of this series, The Art of Deception, Joanna Blalock and Dr. John Watson Sr. and Dr. John Watson Jr. are once again asked to solve a mystery. The three person investigative team and their deductive skills are needed to find the person responsible for slashing valuable paintings of women in December 1916. The story is told by Dr. John Watson Jr. Joanna shows time and time again that she has the ability to make remarkable deductions from even the smallest clues. This book is full of surprises, twists and turns, and amazing sleuthing skills. I enjoy reading mysteries and this book is a good one. Now I want to read the other books in the series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Maranda

    Being a fan of anything Sherlock Holmes; I have enjoyed Goldberg's world where Joanna, Sherlock's daughter, takes the lead in solving crimes in his same skilled manner. This is the fourth in this series and prompts Scotland Yard to again seek out Joanna to help nab a criminal who is slashing Italian Renaissance Paintings. Very interesting notations about art and the reason behind the destruction of these precious canvases. Joanna has married John Watson Jr. who is the son of Dr. Watson who was a Being a fan of anything Sherlock Holmes; I have enjoyed Goldberg's world where Joanna, Sherlock's daughter, takes the lead in solving crimes in his same skilled manner. This is the fourth in this series and prompts Scotland Yard to again seek out Joanna to help nab a criminal who is slashing Italian Renaissance Paintings. Very interesting notations about art and the reason behind the destruction of these precious canvases. Joanna has married John Watson Jr. who is the son of Dr. Watson who was always at Sherlock's side. This group Trudges through the streets of London to solve this mystery with the help of Goldberg's writing talent. Just hope that future installments give Sherlock's grandson John more print time. "A copy of this book was provided by St. Martin's Press Via NetGalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

    I really enjoyed this book.it was written like the Sherlock Holmes books. It kept me guessing as to who could be the culprit. I learn some things about paintings and artist.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Suzi

    A delightful book. Fun to read about the way the daughter of Sherlock Holmes uses her powers of reasoning to solve the crime.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Maryann Izzarelli Turner

    I received an ARC of this title and I'll be honest, it's not my usual genre. That said, I very much enjoyed this book and found it to be a quick, fun read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Vickie

    Once again, the game is afoot! The Art of Deception is Leonard Goldberg’s fourth installment in the Daughter of Sherlock Holmes series, and in some ways it is the strongest offering yet. In this story, a culprit is destroying valuable paintings, and Joanna and the Drs. Watson are asked by Scotland Yard inspector Lestrade to assist in the investigation. What they discover is a plot that has someone not only slashing paintings, but also killing people. If you’ve read the earlier books in this series, Once again, the game is afoot! The Art of Deception is Leonard Goldberg’s fourth installment in the Daughter of Sherlock Holmes series, and in some ways it is the strongest offering yet. In this story, a culprit is destroying valuable paintings, and Joanna and the Drs. Watson are asked by Scotland Yard inspector Lestrade to assist in the investigation. What they discover is a plot that has someone not only slashing paintings, but also killing people. If you’ve read the earlier books in this series, you know that Joanna is the daughter of Sherlock Holmes, and she is now married to Dr. John Watson, Jr. These two, along with Dr. John Watson, Sr., work together to unravel the toughest of cases. In this story, Joanna’s son Johnny is also helpful in putting together the clues. I especially enjoyed this story because it is a return to the “plain old-fashioned” intrigue of a Sherlock Holmes story. (Books 2 and 3 in the series have Joanna involved with government investigations into WWI treason.) There are enough clues and twists to keep the reader involved, yet there are also those moments when you almost believe you can solve the mystery before Joanna! And, because of the focus on art, a reader is going to learn about Italian Renaissance painters. The author seems more comfortable with his characters in this story. As we do with the original Sherlock Holmes stories, we accept that the detective is unusually clever. (In the earlier stories, it almost felt like the author was trying to justify how smart Joanna is.) At the same time, Goldberg takes some interesting risks with his characters. Joanna’s son Johnny has appropriate contributions to make in solving the crime, but one of the more interesting portions of the story is when Johnny comes home from school with a case of cholera. As readers, we know that Johnny will recover, but it is a brave move to have the WWI-era pandemic strike so close to the detective family. The author also seems more comfortable with the voice of his narrator. The tone is less pretentious and more one of fondness. Conversations flow more naturally. While this book can be read as a standalone, I think it is appreciated more in the context of having read the series in its entirety. I won an ARC of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Thank you to the publisher, Minotaur Books, for the opportunity to immerse myself in this wonderful mystery!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Here we are with the fourth book in this wonderful historical series. It's just days before Christmas 1916 and there is a crime to be solved by the investigating trio of Joanna - daughter of the great man, Sherlock Holmes, a widow now married to John Watson, Jr.with Watson Senior as the third member of the group. They make a formidable team with Joanna taking the lead. Lestrade pays them a visit with a puzzle in need of a solution - uncover the identity of a man who is breaking into upper crust Here we are with the fourth book in this wonderful historical series. It's just days before Christmas 1916 and there is a crime to be solved by the investigating trio of Joanna - daughter of the great man, Sherlock Holmes, a widow now married to John Watson, Jr.with Watson Senior as the third member of the group. They make a formidable team with Joanna taking the lead. Lestrade pays them a visit with a puzzle in need of a solution - uncover the identity of a man who is breaking into upper crust homes and posh art galleries to slash paintings of women. The vandalism is very precise and all of the attacks turn out to have a connection to the gallery of Hawke and Evans. If the villain isn't caught soon the damage to the gallery's bottom line could put them out of business. All Lestrade has is an old worn and smelly scarf as a clue, having been left at the crime scene. Not to worry, Joanna is her father's daughter and the scarf holds more than enough information for the investigating to begin. From the high end art galleries and talk of Old Masters to the world of Wormwood Scrubs prison and lockpicks, the days before Christmas are busy, indeed for Joanna and the Watsons. Add to the mix, Joanna's son is brought home to London when his school suffers an outbreak of cholera, the disease that killed Joanna's first husband and now threatens her beloved son. I enjoy historical mysteries and am a fan of Sherlock Holmes so this series was quick to earn its place on my must be read list. The clues to the puzzle are doled out bit by bit, the setting is perfect and the pace fits the period. Joanna is the female version of Sherlock and I love watching the way her mind works. Some might say she's a know it all and arrogant, etc. but then, so was her father. Spending time in 1916 with Joanna and the Watsons is always reading time well spent for this reader. I'm looking forward to reading about their next investigation. My thanks to the publisher, Minotaur and to NetGalley for giving me an advance copy inn exchange for my honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    I have enjoyed Sherlock Holmes stories in print, on the "big screen" and on television, so it was a treat to learn that Leonard Goldberg has kept Sherlock Holmes alive through the adventures of Holmes' mythical daughter, Doctor Watson and his son. I love the concept and Goldberg has created a character who inherited Holmes' intellect, adopted his deductive methodology, and is single-minded in her pursuit of evil-doers. Novels that center on art theft or forgery are also of interest to me, so THE I have enjoyed Sherlock Holmes stories in print, on the "big screen" and on television, so it was a treat to learn that Leonard Goldberg has kept Sherlock Holmes alive through the adventures of Holmes' mythical daughter, Doctor Watson and his son. I love the concept and Goldberg has created a character who inherited Holmes' intellect, adopted his deductive methodology, and is single-minded in her pursuit of evil-doers. Novels that center on art theft or forgery are also of interest to me, so THE ART OF DECEPTION had significant appeal to me as a reader. And, Mr. Goldberg delivered a mystery worthy of the Holmes name. What was missing for me was character development and detailed description of the book's environment. The story was "chronicled" through Dr. Watson's son who is married to Holmes daughter. Every step of her investigation was recounted in great detail, but what was novel in a 19th Century story by Conan Doyle felt tedious in the 21st Century. Although this book was set in the early 20th Century, the tone or pace didn't seem to keep pace with the evolution of society or culture. I enjoyed the concept of the book much more than the execution. The mystery was intriguing, the resolution satisfactory, but I concluded the novel without any idea what the characters looked like, how their world differed from Sherlocks---in short, I wanted a bit more than Mr. Goldberg delivered. NetGalley provided me a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a candid review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Georgia

    This is the first time I've read Leonard Goldberg. I'm trying to read authors unknown to me. When I started to read this, I was "put off" by it as I'm a fan of Authur Cocan Doyle and Laurie R. King. I thought why do we need the daughter of Sherlock? And, who was she married to before as she has a son, Johnny, who goes to Eaton and has come down with cholera . Then the nebulous narrator shows himself to be John Watson, son of our Dr. Watson whom we all know and guess what, he's a doctor also!! I This is the first time I've read Leonard Goldberg. I'm trying to read authors unknown to me. When I started to read this, I was "put off" by it as I'm a fan of Authur Cocan Doyle and Laurie R. King. I thought why do we need the daughter of Sherlock? And, who was she married to before as she has a son, Johnny, who goes to Eaton and has come down with cholera . Then the nebulous narrator shows himself to be John Watson, son of our Dr. Watson whom we all know and guess what, he's a doctor also!! I went back to the front page of the book and noticed that the author has written 16 other books and by looking at this page, the last three start with . Now I do not know where Joanna Blalock(Sherlock's) daughter begins, and consequently I have missed out on a lot of background info. Now let me say the book cover is good,, The plot interesting enough especially if you like art and how people may be duped. The medical facts are also interesting. So maybe I'll have to read another in order to get to know Joanna better. I wonder if his first books are about medicine. I think I'll start there!📚

  25. 5 out of 5

    Gretta Kontas

    I hadn't read the previous books, so I was on about page 100 before I figured out that Joanna is Sherlock's daughter and the story is being told by her second husband Dr. Watson (the son of Sherlock's partner). She is brought into the case of mysterious slashing of paintings by Inspector Lestrade who arrives at 221B Baker Street where she resides. She is cooly portrayed (perceptive and logical) while she also has some quirky habits(such as smoking Turkish cigarettes). Original Holmes cases are m I hadn't read the previous books, so I was on about page 100 before I figured out that Joanna is Sherlock's daughter and the story is being told by her second husband Dr. Watson (the son of Sherlock's partner). She is brought into the case of mysterious slashing of paintings by Inspector Lestrade who arrives at 221B Baker Street where she resides. She is cooly portrayed (perceptive and logical) while she also has some quirky habits(such as smoking Turkish cigarettes). Original Holmes cases are mentioned by title, so we won't miss the parallels. We meet her son who is home from school. His wit and insight lead us to believe that he will play a part in future mysteries. This case is interesting enough to keep the reader guessing. Famous works of art which feature a female are being slashed. Joanna's keen powers of observation lead us from one possible suspect to another until she solves the case. I will have to go back and read the earlier books to find out more about her background. The writing style is indicative of this time period so it isn't a read-in-one-sitting thriller, but I am a fan of Arthur Conan Doyle and a fan of portraying intelligent problem-solving women, so I thoroughly enjoyed the book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary Reeve

    Fourth in the series of Joanna Blalock -Watkins books. The author imagines Joanna to be the daughter of Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler. Joanna is married to Dr. Watson’s son, who is also a doctor. Young Dr. Watson narrates the book. The story stands alone, although it may be helpful to have read the prior books in order to understand the relationships among the characters. In this installment, Joanna and her son, Johnny, unravel a complex and violent scheme in search of a long-lost masterpiece. Fourth in the series of Joanna Blalock -Watkins books. The author imagines Joanna to be the daughter of Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler. Joanna is married to Dr. Watson’s son, who is also a doctor. Young Dr. Watson narrates the book. The story stands alone, although it may be helpful to have read the prior books in order to understand the relationships among the characters. In this installment, Joanna and her son, Johnny, unravel a complex and violent scheme in search of a long-lost masterpiece. I enjoyed the evocative settings, the obvious warmth among the Watson family members, the rich descriptions of the artworks, and the exciting conclusion. A scene of an exhumation is particularly effective, a grisly and detailed demonstration of the author’s medical expertise that also helps to advance the plot. The book does take some time to ramp up, diverted with a subplot about Johnny’s cholera and a tendency to repeat information for the benefit of characters who were not in the previous scene. I am looking forward to the next book. Many thanks to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Merle

    "Art in the blood is liable to take the strangest forms", said Sherlock Holmes. There exists here not only the spirits of great artists but the spirit of Sherlock Holmes. His daughter Joanna has her father's capacity for deduction and observation and uses it to become her generation's version of a "consulting detective", as her father termed himself. In this story, Joanna and John have been retained to find out why great works of art are being vandalized. There are many clues strewn about and th "Art in the blood is liable to take the strangest forms", said Sherlock Holmes. There exists here not only the spirits of great artists but the spirit of Sherlock Holmes. His daughter Joanna has her father's capacity for deduction and observation and uses it to become her generation's version of a "consulting detective", as her father termed himself. In this story, Joanna and John have been retained to find out why great works of art are being vandalized. There are many clues strewn about and the contributions of Watsons senior and junior are needed to work through the mountain of evidence. Additionally, Johnny, Joanna's son, also plays a role, since he has become a gifted and curious adolescent. When we first see him here, he is also very ill, which lends more humanity to his fretful mother. The story is built on a fascinating premise which is revealed near the end of the book and will interest those who love Renaissance art. The writing is easy to read, except for a slight tendency to have the main characters speak as though they are Oxford professors giving a senior lecture. I am eager to continue the series, though.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dervela

    Minotaur Books sent me an advanced copy of The Art of Deception prior to its June release. This one was a bit outside of my go-to reading material, but I was excited to dive into a historical mystery. This book reminded me somewhat of both The Davinci Code and The Goldfinch, as it’s based on a mystery of the dark underworld of art theft and forgeries. I also hadn’t read a Sherlock Holme mystery since I was a young reader, so this felt a bit nostalgic. I flew through this one and couldn’t put it Minotaur Books sent me an advanced copy of The Art of Deception prior to its June release. This one was a bit outside of my go-to reading material, but I was excited to dive into a historical mystery. This book reminded me somewhat of both The Davinci Code and The Goldfinch, as it’s based on a mystery of the dark underworld of art theft and forgeries. I also hadn’t read a Sherlock Holme mystery since I was a young reader, so this felt a bit nostalgic. I flew through this one and couldn’t put it down! It starts out fast-paced and cuts right into the mystery which I appreciated. I also enjoyed how the subplots, because it didn’t feel Iike I was reading the 4th book of a series without any previous context. It definitely is a stand-alone read, and I quite enjoyed the unraveling of the mystery. I also felt like I learned some interesting facts about the Renaissance artists and paintings. Despite my initial apprehensions, I was pleasantly surprised. I’d definitely give this author another shot, and read another mystery by in this series.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    Another devilishly good mystery featuring Joanna, the daughter of Sherlock Holmes, wife of Dr Watson, and daughter in law of well, that Watson! If you haven't read this series-don't worry- you will sort them all out and this will be a wonderful standalone. It's actually told by Dr. Watson and involves the mystery of who is vandalizing valuable portraits of women but not stealing them. A lost scarf proves to be the tool Joanna needs to deduce a lot (perhaps too much but, hey, it works) about the Another devilishly good mystery featuring Joanna, the daughter of Sherlock Holmes, wife of Dr Watson, and daughter in law of well, that Watson! If you haven't read this series-don't worry- you will sort them all out and this will be a wonderful standalone. It's actually told by Dr. Watson and involves the mystery of who is vandalizing valuable portraits of women but not stealing them. A lost scarf proves to be the tool Joanna needs to deduce a lot (perhaps too much but, hey, it works) about the culprit. Even as this hunt is going on, their son John has come home from Eton with a case of cholera. We tend to forget how devastating this was in the UK in 1916 and Goldberg (a physician himself) has carefully woven in details and information which adds to the story. The characters are great, the mystery just twisty enough and the atmospherics are awesome. I know some Holmes fans will quibble but it's such a good read that they should give It a chance. Thanks to the publisher for the ARC. Engaging and satisfying.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Myarn

    The Art of Deception by Leonard Goldberg. 4 stars This the fourth book in the Daughter of Sherlock Holmes mystery series and a follow up to last years “The Disappearance of Alistair Ainsworth”, which featured an espionage theme. This mystery focuses on the horrible vandalism of masterpieces. The book starts with Lestrade asking Joanna for help in catching a vandal that has been slashing into the canvases of valuable paintings. What follows is an intriguing mystery that features multiple homicides The Art of Deception by Leonard Goldberg. 4 stars This the fourth book in the Daughter of Sherlock Holmes mystery series and a follow up to last years “The Disappearance of Alistair Ainsworth”, which featured an espionage theme. This mystery focuses on the horrible vandalism of masterpieces. The book starts with Lestrade asking Joanna for help in catching a vandal that has been slashing into the canvases of valuable paintings. What follows is an intriguing mystery that features multiple homicides and assaults. which illustrates the age old question - How far will a person go to obtain something priceless? - Through brilliant deductive reasoning she homes in on the guilty party and devises a plan to apprehend the masterminds. There is an interlude in the book that depicts Joanna as a mother that elevates the character from the normal “cool detective”. I really liked this book and eagerly await the next book in the series. Thank you Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press / Minotaur Books for this ARC.

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