The Affair of the Mysterious Letter by Alexis Hall

The Affair of the Mysterious Letter

In this charming, witty, and weird fantasy novel, Alexis Hall pays homage to Sherlock Holmes with a new twist on those renowned characters. Upon returning to the city of Khelathra-Ven after five years fighting a war in another universe, Captain John Wyndham finds himself looking for somewhere to live, and expediency forces him to take lodgings at 221b Martyrs Walk. His new housemate is Ms. Shaharazad Haas, a consulting sorceress of mercurial temp...

Details The Affair of the Mysterious Letter

TitleThe Affair of the Mysterious Letter
Release DateJun 18th, 2019
GenreFantasy, Mystery, LGBT, Retellings, Fiction, GLBT, Queer

Reviews The Affair of the Mysterious Letter

  • Chaima ✨ شيماء
    A retelling of Sherlock Holmes featuring a pansexual lady Holmes and a trans Watson? *delighted pterodactyl noises*
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Hands-down, I’m not sure if I’ve ever read a more quirky and original retelling, and I absolutely loved this! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ The Affair of the Mysterious Letter is a fantasy retelling involving Sherlock Holmes characters. Captain John Wyndham is returning to Khelathra-Ven after fighting a war elsewhere for five years. He is desperate for someone where to live and winds up with Ms. Shaharazad Haas as a housemate. She’s a moody one, Ms. Haa...
  • Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
    This is without a doubt my favorite book of the year so far and my favorite fantasy pastiche of all time! It would take one hell of a book to usurp The Affair of the Mysterious Letter's first place position. Even though this is a fantasy pastiche of Sherlock Holmes and Watson, the likeness to the characters and their peculiarities is absolutely remarkable. The writing is also phenomenal. I really, really, hope further adventures of Shaharazad Has...
  • Sam (AMNReader)
    So, I have mentioned how well Hall's romances work for me. How brilliant I think he is. Creative....And now that's painfully obvious with the release of this full-fledged fantasy retelling. Most astounding though, is I've read three thoroughly different styles from Hall-and with the exception of pieces of this feeling slightly repetitive, probably with good reason and not that I minded. Because...I've mentioned how well Boulton works for me as a ...
  • Emma Newman
    I was lucky enough to get a galley from my editor and OMG I loved this book so much. It was a sheer delight to read and has dragged me out of a massive reading slump that lasted for months. Honestly, do yourself a favour and get it as soon as it comes out. It's like the joy of reading Gail Carriger's Soulless all over again, but wrapped in a gleeful love affair with Sherlock Holmes. Read it. READ. IT.
  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    3.5 stars?This was a really hard book to rate.On the one hand—a gender-swapped (well, for the sorceress) and queer as hell retelling of Sherlock Holmes, set in a complex fantasy world? On the other hand—a Sherlock Holmes retelling written in the style of the original books.After an unfortunate injury that prevented him from serving in the military, Captain John Wyndham, feeling adrift from his religiously conservative home (and not welcome in...
  • ☕️Kimberly
    What a fun tale. This is a Sherlockian based tale set off planet and filled with magic, vampires, gods and limitless worlds. Come travel with John and Shaharzad Haas as they try to uncover a blackmailer.Witches, underwater cities, shape-shifting, flying and more await you in this clever tale. I loved this female version of Sherlock. John Wyndham comes from a deeply religious planet and found after college he couldn’t quite move home. When he lo...
  • Lindsay
    Captain John Wyndham has arrived in Khelathra-Ven after suffering an injury in an eternal war on a different plane of existence. His meager funds leave him lodging with the peculiar sorceress Shaharazad Haas, and just like the Holmes stories this is based on, soon finds himself involved in her investigations.The setting is cleverly Lovecraftian, and very queer (Wyndham is trans and likely gay or bi and the case that is the focus of the book is ab...
  • Susy
    3.5 stars I enjoyed the Holmes - Watson comparison, the POV, the humour, the magic/fantasy elements, the references to other works like Stoker’s Dracula, Snow White, Cinderella and yet I often had a hard time keeping focused. This was so especially during the first half of the book where the little action that took place was often interrupted by world-building and descriptions, apparently in a manner that could not hold my attention. Fortunatel...
  • Ellie
    30 June 2019What a glorious, utterly mesmerizing story!18 June 2019This book is out today and I am slowing going through my ARC and savouring every word. It's fabulous and fun and I highly recommend it!!!My most awaited release of the year! Here we go :)I have read almost everything Alexis Hall has published/shared in his newsletter. I was really excited for his latest release even though it's not romance. I rarely step out of my comfort genre bu...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum’m a big fan of Sherlock Holmes retellings, and to my joy, I found The Affair of the Mysterious Letter to be very similar to the Warlock Holmes series that I love in terms of its quirky light tone and cheeky style of humor, though it also possesses a lot of its own unique charms. For example, this retelling takes a queer friendly approach to our characters, where Sherl...
  • Cathy (cathepsut)
    A book trying very hard to present a magical Holmes & Watson and using all the right cues. An overly amusing and mocking first person narration by Dr. Watson Captain John Wyndham. A Scandal in Bohemia lurks somewhere in the background. The amusing tone got old pretty fast. About two hours into the audio narration I started to seriously loose interest. The microscopically small plot barely managed to hold the story together. It was a slog. I only ...
  • Pam Faste aka Peejakers
    6/24/19OmG, that was good! Whew! What an utter tour-de-force!This book is full of squee! 😊But, okay, now let me try to compose myself and I'll (hopefully) be back with a full review in a day or so! ❤❤❤❤❤***************************************************6/29/19Okay, well, not sure how composed I am, but I'm finally back with my review! So, as you will have gathered, and to my complete lack of surprise, The Affair of The Mysterious Le...
  • FTLOReading
    • Title: The Affair Of The Mysterious Letter • Author: Alexis Hall • Series: Stand-alone • Pages: 352 • Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Retelling, LGBTQ • Rating Out of 5 Stars: 4My Thoughts: Picture this...Sherlock Holmes is a Sorceress. Still witty, intelligent, but with a penchant for taken complicated lovers and still has all those messy and addictive habits. Now sit that character down at a Dungeons and Dragon’s table with character...
  • Andrea
    4 stars for the story, 5 for the narration!"That doesn't sound like a plan so much as a sequence of conversations with tremendous scope to go wrong." "I am the sorceress Shaharazad Haas. I never go wrong. I merely achieve things in a manner I had not intended."This was an excellent story made even better by the superb narration. I enjoyed the way Nicholas Boulton made the characters come to live, and since this IS Alexis Hall, the writing is simp...
  • Lata
    I dearly wanted to love this, considering its glowing blurbs and the combination of Sherlockian and Lovecraftian elements and humour. But:-The first half of this story really dragged. And I found it hard to keep track of characters and the places. The story felt super long to me, even after I felt its pace had picked up.-I found myself observing the humour more than being moved by it. I liked the sheer weirdness of everything in the story, such a...
  • Alison
    Delightfully bonkers. I absolutely loved it. It's very funny, very strange, very queer, and very Sherlock Homes-ey. Here's something quite different from one of my top favourite authors. It's a Sherlock Holmes retelling that's also a really imaginative, out-there fantasy, plus it's super super queer. This book keeps the source material in range of its heart, and John Wyndham and the sorceress Shaharazad Haas are wonderful queer reimaginings of Wa...
  • Gillian
    4.5/5 starsAh-mazing.More adjectives to come when I have the wherewithal to write a coherent review.
  • C. A.
    I think I've found my favorite book of 2019 and it's not even halfway through February yet.I love Sherlock Holmes pastiches and this is certainly that in that it involves a maddeningly intelligent and occasionally infuriating protagonist and a faithful ex-military doctor who serves as assistant, sounding board, admirer and biographer who live together at 221B with their landlady and solve crimes.Except that this is the sorceress Shaharazad Haas w...
  • Jess
    This is one of the MOST DELIGHTFUL BOOKS I’VE EVER READ! I had to put great effort into NOT smiling like a giant goofball in the library on several occasions! Not to mention Alexis Hall sat down to write this book like, “you know cisheteronormativity? I’m going to do the OPPOSITE of that with utmost enthusiasm.” It was so great it was so great I love these characters
  • Karyn Silverman
    What a strange, delightful remix of the Holmes cannon with a little of everything (I definitely spotted a bit of Cthulhu in the various deities (sometimes in form, sometimes in spirit), some Treasure Island, and many other references). The prose is prissy and touchy and slyly funny — if you like Brennan’s Lady Isabella books, this will be a nice fit tonally — and the world is an insane mishmash that makes perfect internal sense. I still hav...
  • Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
    The Affair of the Mysterious Letter is a unique and clever retelling of the Sherlock Holmes tales, set in an adventure-filled, wild fantasy world. The story is shared from the first person memoirs of Captain John Wyndham (John Watson), who is newly returned from war and comes to live with the sorcerous Miss Shaharazad Haas (Sherlock Holmes) at 221b Martyrs Walk. When an acquaintance comes to Shaharazad for help, Wyndham and Haas embark on a quest...
  • Hart_D
    My favorites list here is very long and also pretty idiosyncratic. But this book is something else. I really enjoyed it, but beyond that, it gave me the rare feeling of encountering something that felt like a piece of myself. It's very hard to put this feeling into words. I don't mean it as an endorsement of the book's quality or even as a comment on my own enjoyment of it. But over the years, as I've watched TV shows, played games, read books, e...
  • Lauren loves llamas
    Content warnings: (view spoiler)[transphobia (off-page, from hero’s family), drug use (hide spoiler)]While I can’t say I’m terribly familiar with the original source material, I’m a pretty big fan of Sherlock Holmes adaptations. While my favorite so far has been the excellent The Tea Master and the Detective, this Lovecraftian take might just knock it out of that spot. It’s utterly weird and completely queer and I really can’t recomme...
  • Grace
    I won this book in a giveaway from the publisher, and was SO excited to have the opportunity to get my hands on this one early!I really have enjoyed the romance novels I've read from this author, and was very much looking forward to see what they did with a slightly different genre. I love Sherlock Holmes, and thought this queer fantasy remake sounded very interesting, and I was not disappointed! Bisexual lady sorceress Sherlock Holmes with trans...