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Holmes, Marple & Poe: The Greatest Crime-Solving Team of the Twenty-First Century | James Patterson, Brian Sitts
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Crime! Murder! Who are you going to call? In New York City, three intriguing, smart, and stylish private investigators open Holmes, Marple & Poe Investigations. Who are these detectives with famous names and mysterious, untraceable pasts? Brendan HolmesThe Brain: Identifies suspects via deduction and logic. Margaret MarpleThe Eyes: Possesses powers of observation too often underestimated. Auguste PoeThe Muscle: Chases down every lead no matter how dangerous or dark. The agencys daring methodology and headline-making solves attract the attention of NYPD Detective Helene Grey. Her solo investigation into her three unknowable competitors will delight mystery fans.
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I enjoyed listening to this book. I enjoyed the element of the book. The characters were great. I rated this book a 4 out of 5 stars.

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#bakerstreetirregulars this is the mural mentioned when they ended up in Asbury Park chasing that motorcycle. The murals at the boardwalk in Asbury Park are stunning, a way to cover up the fact that they are still trying to bring back the beauty of the buildings, it‘s taking a little longer than they hoped, I think. They made huge improvements, but they had a huge project ahead of them!

Ladygodiva7 That is beautiful!!! 3w
Velvetfur That's such lovely artwork! Where in the world is this? ☺️ 3w
BarkingMadRead @Velvetfur it‘s at the boardwalk in Asbury Park, NJ 3w
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emz711 One of my favorite places to go 1w
emz711 Tell me about #bakersstreetirregulars ! 1w
BarkingMadRead @emz711 me too! It‘s a buddy read group that @StayCurious and @CatLass007 started. This was our first read, and now we are reading 1w
CatLass007 @emz711 Would you like to be added to the tag list for #BakerStreetIrregulars? Every other month we read a book that is an homage to Sherlock Holmes in some way. On the other months, we read historical mysteries. 1w
CatLass007 I lived in Manhattan for several years but only visited New Jersey a couple of times. I never made it to Asbury Park and when I see this mural I‘m sorry not to have done so. 1w
emz711 @CatLass007 love it! Yesss! 1w
emz711 @CatLass007 definitely come visit Asbury Park! 1w
CatLass007 @emz711 Thanks for the invitation. I don‘t know if I‘ll ever get back up there again but if I do, I‘ll let Litsy know. @StayCurious Please add @emz711 to the tag list. 1w
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#BakerStreetIrregulars Our March read was the new book by James Patterson and Brian Sitts, a fast paced detective story that paid tribute to three famous literary characters, Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple, and Poe‘s early detective Auguste Dupin. While the short chapters and quick dialogue made for an entertaining read, we felt that these authors may have tried to fit more into this book than they should have. There was…a lot going on. ⬇️

StayCurious Do you feel they would have been better served focusing more on one main case or did you appreciate each character having their own focus? Did you appreciate the homage paid to these literary juggernauts or do you think the book relied too heavily on their familiarity to pull in readers? 3w
StayCurious Which detective was your favourite?

Did you like the fast pace of the book and the quick, short chapters? Or did it give you whiplash?
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BarkingMadRead I enjoyed this book! I liked the homage for sure, Marple was my fave. The short chapters could downtimes be too short, but I didn‘t mind too much! They maybe could have had less cases, but I‘m guessing that‘s what life as a PI is like. I‘m posting a pic of the mural they saw in Asbury Park, it‘s one of my fave places to visit. I miss it, we‘ve been in SC for 8 years, and I miss the smell of the ocean! 3w
dabbe Overall, I enjoyed the fast pace of this mystery read. I found I wanted to learn more about the 3 PIs and their supposedly lurid past. This definitely has SERIES written all over it. A more engrossing read on perhaps one intense case that could have offshoots or red herrings would have appealed to me more. The character of Poe is least like his true namesake IMHO. 3w
DGRachel As a general rule, I‘m a fan of short chapters, they make it easier for me to convince myself to read one more chapter at bedtime and end up reading a lot more. 😂 That said, the 1/3 of the book I read felt all over the place, like the authors just tried to do too much and ended up doing none of it well. 3w
LiseWorks This is James Patterson's style with the short chapters so I'm used to it. There was a lot going on. I loved Holmes the best. 3w
Read4life I enjoyed this one. I liked the short chapters and felt like the offshoots were to establish the strengths and demons of the three main characters. Holmes was my favorite but I liked the dynamic these three have. 3w
TheAromaofBooks I overall did like this one. Like @DGRachel I usually like short chapters, but here we were bouncing around so much that it sometimes felt chaotic and whiplash-y. If this ends up being the first book in a series, I think I'll like it more, if that makes sense haha A lot of this felt kind of like “we're introducing a bunch of characters who will be more developed later on“. Still, it was a fun read and the first time I've read James Patterson!! 3w
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#unpopularopinion I do not care for the writing at all. It‘s tedious and I am not connecting with any of the characters. I should want their backstories, I should care about the solutions to the various cases, but I don‘t. The prose is just not engaging. It could be my current headspace or the fact that I‘m not a big Patterson fan 🤷🏻‍♀️. #bakerstreetirregulars

rubyslippersreads I‘m not a Patterson fan either. The title is great, though. 3w
dabbe #hailthebail! 🤩🤩🤩 3w
RamsFan1963 I like the premise, but I've always thought Patterson was a total hack so I know I wouldn't like it. 3w
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DGRachel @RamsFan1963 🤣🤣 I‘ve only read the first of his women‘s murder club books and one or two of the Alex Cross series more than 20 years ago. He‘s clearly not an author for me. 3w
StayCurious I didn‘t really like it either lol - I felt it was uninspiring 3w
Graciouswarriorprincess Glad to know and since it‘s due tomorrow, I will probably just return it. 3w
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#BakerStreetIrregulars #ReadAway2024 And I‘m going to add #SeriesLove2024 because I suspect it‘s the beginning of a new series. I enjoyed this very much. There‘s so much of the background of the three title characters and Helene left to learn. And of course, mysteries to solve.

TheSpineView 😎 Glad to have you! 4w
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#BakerStreetIrregulars #ReadAway2024 And I‘m going to add #SeriesLove2024 because I suspect it‘s the beginning of a new series. I enjoyed this very much. There‘s so much of the background of the three title characters and Helene left to learn. And of course, mysteries to solve.

DieAReader 🥳Awesome!📚🤓 4w
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I haven't read Patterson in a while, and this was rollicking fun. The fast-paced and clipped chapters kept me turning the page just as I kept reaching for one more potato chip from my bowl. Even though the three PIs exhibit similar traits to the classic originals (Poe actually being real), I was most drawn to the fourth character, NYPD detective Helene Grey, who is a force in her own right. I see a sequel in the future.

CatLass007 I‘m so glad you enjoyed it. 4w
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My goals for #MarvellousMarch are pretty general. I've got a couple going right now that I want to finish (Apples Never Fall on audio by Moriarty and Early Riser on kindle by Fforde). I want to start and finish the tagged book. Other than that, anything I get to will just be a bonus.


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I've been listening to the Alan Parson's Project's “Tales of Mystery and Imagination“ while reading the tagged book. What a tribute to Mr. Poe! For my fave, click below:

To see my junior students rocking out when I would play this after reading “The Raven“ is a priceless teacher memory. 🖤🐦‍⬛🖤

majkia I love the Alan person's project 😍 1mo
AmyG My youth! 1mo
dabbe @majkia 🤩😍😃 1mo
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dabbe @AmyG Mine, too! 🤩😍😃 1mo
TieDyeDude That's so cool. I don't think I've heard this track before. 1mo
Bookwomble I love this album, too 🖤 1mo
dabbe @TieDyeDude It's sheer awesomeness. 🤩😃🤩 1mo
dabbe @Bookwomble 🤩😍😃 1mo
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Eggs Looks good 👍🏼 👌🏼 1mo
dabbe @Eggs 💚💙💚 1mo
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A soft pick for the first #BakerStreetIrregulars buddy read. I liked the concept and the characters, but the pacing was all over the place. This definitely had “first book in a series“ vibes (hopefully it is!!), with a lot of character introductions. So many different mysteries meant that some things felt glossed over in the end. However, all in all a fun read, and I would definitely pick up a sequel.

dabbe I'm halfway through and agree with you 💯! 1mo
BookishMadHatter This is the first Patterson book that's interested me in forever. The concept is making me curious 1mo
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This month the #BakerStreetIrregulars read is a fast paced modern mystery story with characters that pay homage to some of the greats. As we reach the month‘s halfway point I thought we could share a bit about who these three namesake detectives are. Most of us are familiar with Sherlock Holmes. Created by Arthur Conan Doyle and first appearing in A Study in Scarlet in 1887,he is arguably one of the most famous literary detectives and characters⬇️

StayCurious Sherlock is brilliant and unlikeable but the public loved him so much that they threw a fit when Conan Doyle wanted to kill him off! Share fun tidbits about Sherlock if you have them. 1mo
StayCurious Miss Marple is a character created by Agatha Christie and first appearing in 1927. She has been portrayed by several great ladies on screen and is an amateur detective. (edited) 1mo
StayCurious Poe wrote what is widely considered to be the first fictional detective story in 1841 with The Murders in the Rue Morgue, introducing his character Auguste. 1mo
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StayCurious For those of you familiar with these characters, have our authors paid proper tribute to them in this new book? From what you‘ve read so far? (edited) 1mo
LiseWorks I personally am not too familiar with Miss Marple as I never read any Agatha Christie novels. But I loved Holmes, and Poe depicted in the novel. 1mo
DGRachel My library hold is definitely not going to come in on time. Thanks for the reminder of the discussion date. 1mo
BarkingMadRead I‘m loving the characters and their different strength and weaknesses, it was definitely a fun and fast paced read 1mo
julieclair Hoping my library hold comes in… but it‘s not looking good. 😕 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Marple is the weakest of the connections, I feel like. Here, she doesn't really make the random connections that the original does (“oh you know there was a time that the grocer's daughter was walking out with the butcher's boy but we all knew what was really happening“ and then it somehow connects to a diamond necklace being stolen haha). She's a lovely character, but she didn't seem Marple-like to me at all. 1mo
CatLass007 The Edgars (SM), officially known as the Edgar Allan Poe Awards (SM), are presented annually by the Mystery Writers of America. The Edgars are considered the most prestigious awards specifically for mystery fiction, non-fiction, and film. 1mo
CatLass007 @TheAromaofBooks I thought Marple was the most intriguing of the three. How did this sweet, Agatha Christie loving woman become the woman she is in this book. How did she have the skill and ability to find the judge‘s daughter and why does she have such unusual connections to others? 1mo
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This was really good! I have a pic to share when we do the discussion, but I won‘t post it now because it could technically be considered a spoiler 🤣
Ohhhhh and this was my #bookspin so I‘m all caught up 🎉🎉 @TheAromaofBooks and I got my first #bookspinbingo in months 🤣🤣

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! I enjoyed this one for the most part, but it also felt a little frenetic at times! 1mo
BarkingMadRead @TheAromaofBooks it definitely got tied up in a neat little interconnected bow at the end 🤣 1mo
CatLass007 I‘m glad you enjoyed it. 1mo
Graciouswarriorprincess I have this as a library book and hope to start it soon. 1mo
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I have nothing but good reviews for this book. I really enjoyed it and can't wait for the discussion of it at the end of the month. It was fast-paced, intriguing, and mysterious. #BuddyRead #BakerStreetIrregulars @StayCurious @CatLass007 It's a good thing it was read at your own pace cause I couldn't put it down. Plus two bingo spots #ISpyBingoMarch @Clwojick @TheAromaofBooks and #ReadAway24 @Andrew65 @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES

DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 1mo
CatLass007 Awesome! I finished it pretty quickly also. I‘m definitely looking forward to our discussion! 1mo
Andrew65 Excellent 👏👏👏 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
BarkingMadRead I was going along at about 4-5 chapters a day and then 💥 I had to finish it! 1mo
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Hi #BakerStreetIrregulars - for our inaugural read we‘re starting with the new James Patterson partnership. We‘ll be reading at our own pace throughout the month of March and holding a small discussion at the end of the month. We might have a few fun tidbits along the way to help keep us motivated.We are taking suggestions for our April historical mystery read. I‘ve tagged those who‘ve expressed interest but let me know if you want to be removed.

CatLass007 Should we tag the people who expressed an interest in our readalong? 2mo
StayCurious @CatLass007 yup! I just did 2mo
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LiseWorks Ready to go on this one 2mo
CatLass007 Sorry I didn‘t mean to be impatient. 😁 I‘m really looking forward to this!! I‘ll be careful not to jump the gun next month. (edited) 2mo
StayCurious @CatLass007 haha I was in the middle of posting and my son came home so he needed attention lol 2mo
dabbe Just got my book yesterday! 🤩 2mo
DGRachel I don‘t think my library hold is going to be available in time. Oh, darn. I guess I‘ll have to buy a new book. 🤣🤣 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! My hold came in this week so I'm ready to go!!! 2mo
julieclair Fingers crossed my hold comes in! 2mo
Read4life I have my copy. Looking forward to this. 🤓 2mo
Traci1 Would it be too late to possibly join in for this? 1mo
StayCurious @Traci1 not at all! We‘ll have discussion on last day of the month for our current read. 1mo
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Themes: Murder Mysteries, New York City, Fresh take on favorite characters

This was my first ever James Patterson book and I‘ve got to say I was not disappointed. I enjoyed Holmes, Marple and Poe and their interesting cases, and seeing how everything came together. They make a great team and I would enjoy a Book 2 from them 👍

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I mean, if you can show me a better Saturday night, I‘d like to see it 😎 #BooksAndSnackies #WTTWNature

brittanyreads Perfection 👌 2mo
Tamra Nope, can‘t beat it. 😌 2mo
Bookwomble Only thing I can think is if the penguins went to visit their puffin relatives! 😄 2mo
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This was a hot mess y'all. It was entertaining but it veered too far into the ridiculous for me. There were several mysteries, which we saw varying degrees of them working and clues which occasionally turned up like magic. I wanted more on their backgrounds, which we deliberately didn't get. I assume this is to draw readers to another book but I don't wanna. It's such a good premise that I'm extra disappointed it didn't turn out better.

elkeOriginal Love a review that says it‘s a hot mess😆 2mo
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I really hope this is as good as im expecting it to be!

Graciouswarriorprincess I‘m on the hold list for this book. 2mo
BookishMadHatter I'm not really a Patterson fan but this book's blurb is tempting me 2mo
bookish_wookish I actually really like the books that he writes with other people @Bookish_mad_hatter 2mo
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Calling all sleuthing enthusiasts! @CatLass007 and are starting a new reading group for fans of Sherlock Holmes retellings and historical mysteries called: #BakerStreetIrregulars - Each month we will read a different Holmes retelling or a historical mystery.. There will be a discussion at the end of each month so read at your own pace. @staycurious post has more details.

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Calling all sleuthing enthusiasts! @CatLass007 and I are starting a new reading group for fans of Sherlock Holmes retellings and historical mysteries called: #BakerStreetIrregulars - Each month we will read a different Holmes retelling or a historical mystery, because there are some fantastic ones out there! There will be a discussion at the end of each month so read at your own pace. ⬇️

StayCurious We start with the tagged book in March and are accepting nominations for our April historical mystery - which we will then vote on. All are welcome to join us as we go on some fantastic mysterious adventures. For those of you reading all the Holmes stories with @Cuilin and @dabbe with #NoPlaceLikeHolmes this might be a fun tie in. 2mo
dabbe Count me in! 🤩 2mo
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Read4life I‘m in! Love this! 💙 2mo
DGRachel This sounds fantastic! 2mo
LiseWorks I want in, I love James Patterson 2mo
MrsV I‘m in! 2mo
julieclair This sounds like fun! I may not be able to join in every month, but please put me on the tag list and I‘ll join when I can. 😀 2mo
CrystalE02 I'm in!!! 2mo
BarkingMadRead Ohhhhhhh this sounds like fun! 2mo
PageShifter I want to be on the list 👾 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Oh I hadn't heard about this one but it sounds like great fun. Count me in!! 2mo
quietjenn Fun! 2mo
mcctrish I‘m going to try for this 2mo
CatLass007 @dabbe Welcome! 2mo
CatLass007 @Read4life Terrific! 2mo
CatLass007 @DGRachel I hope so! 2mo
CatLass007 @LiseWorks You‘re in! 2mo
CatLass007 @MrsV Excellent! 2mo
CatLass007 @julieclair Join in when you‘re able. Welcome! 2mo
CatLass007 @CrystalE02 Welcome! 2mo
CatLass007 @BarkingMadRead It‘s going to be great fun! 2mo
CatLass007 @PageShifter Great! (Is that something from Space Invaders?) 2mo
CatLass007 @TheAromaofBooks The book was just released in January. We thought we‘d start off with something fun. Glad to have you! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @CatLass007 - Yes, I'm hoping my library hold comes in time!! 2mo
CatLass007 @TheAromaofBooks I hope so too. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Just curious - are we reading this on a schedule, or just having a discussion at the end of the month? @CatLass007 2mo
CatLass007 @TheAromaofBooks We are not holding anyone to a schedule. We may pop in from time to time to comment or just touch base with everyone. We will have a discussion near the end of the month but haven‘t decided when exactly. We will let you know as soon as we know. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @CatLass007 - Sounds good, thank you!! 2mo
CatLass007 @TheAromaofBooks You‘re welcome. 2mo
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Very fun!

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YESSS! I love Holme!! Baskerville 😉

This was fun … I hope this is a series!! All three have a distinctive personality! And murder mystery is their game!


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Expected pub Jan 8, 2024 • 4 Stars

Another mystery thriller by James Patterson but this one has a literary theme. The future offspring of Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple, and Edgar Allen Poe form the most sought-after private investigation agency in New York City. Together they tackle a high-stakes art heist, a kidnapping case, a decade old unsolved murder, an underground prison, along with corruption and bribery at the highest levels of power. ⬇️

suvata I enjoy Patterson‘s novels, but, face it, he is very prolific, and thus far I have only faithfully followed the Alex Cross series. If Holmes, Marple, and Poe becomes a series, I would be thrilled. I loved all the literary references in this book. And, who would you call if you had an unsolved case? I cannot think of none better than this trio.

#bookstagram #jamespatterson #BrianSitts #HolmesMarplePoe
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