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Embassy Row: A Mycroft Holmes Novel Hardcover – Oct 30 1998


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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Forge books (Oct. 30 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312863632
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312863630
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 3.1 x 21.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 558 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,206,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Mycroft Holmes returns for a flat and disappointing second adventure following Against the Brotherhood (1997). Sherlock's older and reputedly wiser brother is in the midst of secret and delicate naval negotiations with the Japanese at the Swiss Embassy in late-19th-century London. Many forces oppose the agreement: reactionary British elements and reactionary Japanese factions are against it; Chinese, Russian, Austro-Hungarian and German interests all have reason to sabotage the treaty; in addition, two sinister international organizations, The Brotherhood and The Golden Lodge, might also wish to thwart it. A Japanese prince's clandestine affair with a British woman, should it become known, would scuttle the treaty. Holmes is at the heart of the effort to steer the treaty through these obstacles. He is aided by his secretary, Paterson Erskine Guthrie; the actor Edmund Sutton, who plays his double; and by Philip Tyers, who is housekeeper, cook and nursemaid to them all. Amid the muddled intrigue, attacks are made on Holmes and his allies, and a British diplomat is assassinated with a Japanese dagger. Many readers will undoubtedly prove more astute than Holmes, who seems unable to get ahead of the game and provides little evidence of his reputedly great intellect.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Mycroft Holmes, on a secret mission for the British Government, is negotiating a treaty with the Japanese government. In meetings held in the Swiss Embassy, Holmes and Tochigi, the Japanese ambassador, have just about reached agreement on a treaty that would be advantageous to both countries. But, as always, there are enemies afoot. As the treaty nears completion, Holmes and his secretary, Patterson Guthrie, become the target of enemy assassins. But who is the enemy? When a British diplomat known to oppose any negotiations with the Japanese is found murdered and the weapon used was a Japanese seppuku, treaty negotiations take second stage to solving the crime. An intriguing story with plot twists as intricate as any international treaty, Embassy Row is sure to be popular with mystery lovers. Simon Prebble does an admirable job in narrating this second book in the Holmes series. Highly recommended for all public libraries. Theresa Connors, Arkansas Tech Univ., Russellville
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Hardcover
The first book in this series (Against The Brotherhood)introduced the reader to a Mycroft Holmes who was a bit too much of an action hero to fit my personal take on the character. Although I enjoyed the 1st book , the plot of Embassy Row better fits the character of Sherlock's brother. Filled with intrigue over a treaty with Japan, The Emperor's son and a mystery woman, and a murder that may cause the events to explode; Embassy Row does an excellent job of showing the behind the scenes role of Mycroft Holmes, hinted at in the few Sherlock Holmes tales he made an appearence in. I did have some problems with Holmes' late identification of the mystery woman, which will be patently obvious to the reader, and the constant appearence of The Golden Lodge's Miss Gatspy, whose role works as "deus ex machina." I hope Mr. Fawcett can avoid falling into this trap too often. I think Mycroft should remain the puppetmaster in these tales, it lends credence to Sherlock's assertions that Mycroft was the more intelligent of the two.
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By A Customer on Oct. 27 1998
Format: Hardcover
Patterson Guthrie immensely enjoys his job as secretary to the incredibly intelligent and influential Mycroft Holmes. Currently, his employ is negotiating with the Japanese on behalf of England, who want to secure access to the oriental ports in spite of the fact that many of his countrymen oppose any pact with Japan. As the meetings wind down towards an agreement, an opponent, Lord Brackenheath is murdered.

Mycroft quickly realizes that the killing of Brackenheath could also lead to the death of the treaty that he so diligently worked at completing. Mycroft begins to investigate the murder in order to save the agreement that abruptly appears to be unraveling. As he searches for clues, Patterson takes down notes.

The second Mycroft Holmes novel continues in the great tradition of his younger sibling Sherlock and his own previous adventure (narrated by Patterson in AGAINST THE BROTHERHOOD). EMBASSY ROW contains a crisp story line that follows in the Master's tradition. The characters are wonderful and Mycroft fits the brief insights provided readers by Doyle. Any Sherlock Holmes fan will want to read Quinn Fawcett's homage to the great detective.

Harriet Klausner
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By Nicholas Fry on July 24 2000
Format: Hardcover
Excellent sequel to Against the Brotherhood. Fawcett takes us deep into the world of international intrigue, the habitat of Mycroft Holmes. Deeply involving story and an exciting plot. Keep them coming Mr. Fawcett.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A rare treat for Sherlock fans Oct. 27 1998
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Format: Hardcover
Patterson Guthrie immensely enjoys his job as secretary to the incredibly intelligent and influential Mycroft Holmes. Currently, his employ is negotiating with the Japanese on behalf of England, who want to secure access to the oriental ports in spite of the fact that many of his countrymen oppose any pact with Japan. As the meetings wind down towards an agreement, an opponent, Lord Brackenheath is murdered.

Mycroft quickly realizes that the killing of Brackenheath could also lead to the death of the treaty that he so diligently worked at completing. Mycroft begins to investigate the murder in order to save the agreement that abruptly appears to be unraveling. As he searches for clues, Patterson takes down notes.

The second Mycroft Holmes novel continues in the great tradition of his younger sibling Sherlock and his own previous adventure (narrated by Patterson in AGAINST THE BROTHERHOOD). EMBASSY ROW contains a crisp story line that follows in the Master's tradition. The characters are wonderful and Mycroft fits the brief insights provided readers by Doyle. Any Sherlock Holmes fan will want to read Quinn Fawcett's homage to the great detective.

Harriet Klausner
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Mycroft Holmes as he should be. March 18 2001
By J. Carroll - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The first book in this series (Against The Brotherhood)introduced the reader to a Mycroft Holmes who was a bit too much of an action hero to fit my personal take on the character. Although I enjoyed the 1st book , the plot of Embassy Row better fits the character of Sherlock's brother. Filled with intrigue over a treaty with Japan, The Emperor's son and a mystery woman, and a murder that may cause the events to explode; Embassy Row does an excellent job of showing the behind the scenes role of Mycroft Holmes, hinted at in the few Sherlock Holmes tales he made an appearence in. I did have some problems with Holmes' late identification of the mystery woman, which will be patently obvious to the reader, and the constant appearence of The Golden Lodge's Miss Gatspy, whose role works as "deus ex machina." I hope Mr. Fawcett can avoid falling into this trap too often. I think Mycroft should remain the puppetmaster in these tales, it lends credence to Sherlock's assertions that Mycroft was the more intelligent of the two.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Wow! July 24 2000
By Nicholas Fry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Excellent sequel to Against the Brotherhood. Fawcett takes us deep into the world of international intrigue, the habitat of Mycroft Holmes. Deeply involving story and an exciting plot. Keep them coming Mr. Fawcett.
Mycroft and Guthrie take on the love interest, murder, as well international treaties surrounding a son of Japan's Emperor. April 3 2013
By KAM - Published on Amazon.com
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Rather slow and not much sitting on the edge of my seat wondering what will happen next. I believe this is the second Mycroft Holmes novel and I was more interested in a caper briefly mentioned in the story than the story itself. Unfortunately, this was the last book I read out of the four, and the overall plot development and action between the characters did not measure up to the other three. Also, I felt there was an unnecessary reference to Sherlock Holmes as a drug addicted despot that could never measure up to Mycroft. This series of books is to be in keeping with the tradition of Conan Doyle and approved by a member of the Doyle family, so I'm not sure why the slam on Sherlock. But this is a Mycroft Holmes story and it is still a good read, although not an exceptional one like the others.


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