Continuing with the Elemental Masters series, we’re now back in England (after having been in Germany for the last couple volumes), and are looping Sherlock Holmes into this magical version of our world. Or really, the Watsons, who are Elemental Mages, and take the cases that Holmes won’t take, since he’s skeptical that magic actually exists.
In the mix are series regulars Nan and Sarah, and their birds, Grey and Neville. Lord Ashcroft has asked them to help the Watsons, and they’re finding they make a good team. Until Sarah is contracted by a famous German opera diva, who’s having a haunting problem. Magdalena is starting to draw Sarah away from her friends, and Nan, the Watsons, and even Sherlock Holmes will have a difficult time winning her free.
The cover is a bit misleading – the story really isn’t that Holmes heavy, but it’s still satisfying. Some of the side jobs that happen before the big showdown at the end are particularly interesting- nice local color for this version of England.