DNF: Mrs. Sherlock Holmes

29939393Mrs. Sherlock Holmes is the second DNF for me in 2019. I don’t know if I’m just picking not the greatest books to start this year off, or if I’m becoming pickier about what I like. Maybe a little bit of both? Who knows.

I am a huge fan of true crime and I so wanted to love this book because the synopsis sounded SO cool. I almost bought this book with some of my birthday money, but am glad I decided not to. Instead I checked out the audiobook from my library, and maybe that played a factor into DNF-ing this book. 

The book is set in 1917 New York and follows two women, Grace Humiston, New York lawyer, detective, and later the first woman U.S. District Attorney, and Ruth Cruger an 18-year-old who disappears without a trace. Grace ultimately becomes Ruth’s family’s attorney and helps search for her when the NYPD have all but given up. 

Sounds great right? Well, it definitely had potential. However, the layout of the story is very messy and not well put together. Each chapter jumps back and forth between Ruth’s case to a story about Grace and how she started her career. Maybe if I had read the book the layout would have made more sense to me. Since I was listening to the book, I would get confused really easily and have to stop and go back a lot. I believe I listened to Chapter 5 twice. There were too many people and stories being introduced in each chapter that it quickly became very confusing. 

Since I listened to the audiobook I’m not sure what page number I stopped at, but I stopped at chapter 8 out of 23 chapters…..so I didn’t get toooooo far in. I’m not sure what I would have rated the book because it was just too messy. (which seems to be a consensus on Goodreads)

Maybe I will try to read the physical book later down the road because I really loved Grace Humiston and her story. Her first case as a lawyer was so moving and showed her determination early on. 


Have you read this book? What did you think of it? 

Until next time!

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7 thoughts on “DNF: Mrs. Sherlock Holmes

  1. That’s so disappointing! I’ve had this one on my reading list and really want to get to it, although I’ve also seen mixed reviews of it. I really just want to know the story so I’ll try it, but good to know that it’s kind of messy. My 2019 reading isn’t off to the greatest start either, hope yours gets better!

    1. It could have been because I decided to listen to the audiobook version that made me not finish. But I have seen people read a physical copy and have mixed feelings about it. It bums me out too because the book sounded amazing and right up my alley! I just think it needed a bit more fine tuning.

  2. Sorry you didn’t enjoy it! I bought it a year or so ago but haven’t picked it up yet. Sounds like I should have looked into it!

  3. Too bad it was not what you expected. I just started listening to a book I really wanted to read and after a few chapters gave up. I am still going to try to read it though. I think the audio was just not right for me.

  4. I’ve been super picky about what books I pick up because I’m incapable of DNFing a book! I’m at a point where I won’t read anything unless I’ve seen a ton of hype about it. I still don’t end up loving everything I read (I did not like the Night Circus), but it’s helped! I appreciate those of you out there willing to test the “iffy” books so I know to avoid them haha

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