A Study in Honor by Claire O'Dell

A Study in Honor

Dr. Janet Watson knows firsthand the horrifying cost of a divided nation. While treating broken soldiers on the battlefields of the New Civil War, a sniper’s bullet shattered her arm and ended her career. Honorably discharged and struggling with the semi-functional mechanical arm that replaced the limb she lost, she returns to the nation’s capital, a bleak, edgy city in the throes of a fraught presidential election. Homeless and jobless, Wats...

Details A Study in Honor

TitleA Study in Honor
Release DateJul 31st, 2018
PublisherHarper Voyager
GenreScience Fiction, Mystery, Lgbt, Fiction

Reviews A Study in Honor

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    “It’s not as expensive as you think.”Sara Holmes leaned against the entry to the parlor, arms folded and mouth quirked into a smile. The lace gloves on her hands were just visible, though their color had faded to a pale gray.“How did you-”“Deduction. And a certain empathy born of like experience.” god, this was so good. it's a really fucking awesome reimagining of Sherlock Holmes but they're both black sapphic ladies and also, it...
  • Joe Crowe
    So cool. That's what this book is.It combines sci-fi and Sherlock Holmes in a feminist telling of the Holmes mythos with Janet Watson and an LGTBQA Sara Holmes in a future after a second Civil War. The author has created spins on the characters that are true to their origins. Clearly, author O'Dell is having a blast with the characters. This is Holmes at the Holmesiest. Beyond the Holmes stuff, the story is a frenetic, intelligent mystery. O'Dell...
  • KP
    (Review originally posted on the John H Watson Society website.)General ReviewI think most people could guess by now that I love twists on the classic Holmes story. While I do enjoy the more traditional pastiche—give me a Lyndsay Faye story any day!—there is something that continues to intrigue me about pastiches that do something different to our characters. Holmes and Watson were, after all, men of their time, even if they were eccentric. P...
  • Starr
    I was given a copy of this book, free, in exchange for my honest opinion. This is a gender and race flipped Sherlock Holmes retelling. Though I was interested in it, I have to admit that I ended up enjoying it a lot more than expected. Dr. Janet Watson was a surgeon in the army, on the front lines during the new civil war. She was discharged when she was shot and lost her arm during one of the battles against the New Confederacy. Now that she is...
  • Lexie
    I went into this book intrigued for three reasons:- Claire O'Dell is the (open) pseudonym for fantasy author Beth Bernobich, who's works I adore- Female Sherlock Holmes and Watson!- Near Future/quasi-scifi leanings!The fact both of them were black and queer didn't even register with me - I saw the cover (which of course features two Black women - also I love this cover), but I hadn't read the backcover before I was requesting the book.This is a c...
  • Alice, as in Wonderland
    Oh yeah, so I'm biased. Holmes and Watson have been reincarnated a thousand times over, and I lap it up every single time, but so rarely have they been women of color, let alone woc AND queer. If there was a button that decided if this book could enter the world, I might have broken it through sheer force of want. This is a Watson book. You know, it's a little weird to say that, because many adaptations of Holmes do a great disservice to Watson. ...
  • Eric
    TL;DR A Study in Honor by Claire O'Dell is the gender-flipped twist on the Holmes icon that I didn’t know I needed. Highly recommended! Review To paraphrase Heraclitus, you can never step into the same stream twice. This simple saying occupies a Schrodinger’s version of truth because you both can and can’t. The stream itself is the collection of water, land, stone, and geographic marker while at the same time each of those are undergoing mi...
  • Megan
    Sherlock Holmes has never really been my thing. My sister stole the big collected Arthur Conan Doyle stories from our dad's shelves and then she read all of them, and Holmes became her territory. I could have encroached, but she and I--every once in a while--decide to differentiate ourselves, so that maybe, just maybe, people will stop thinking we're twins. So Sherlock was my sister's thing, and I enjoyed the idea of it but generally stayed away....
  • Jessica
    Fast, interesting read. Lots of fun twisty layers. Good set-up to what looks like the beginning of a series.Own voices for PTSD and bisexuality. Not own voices for amputation or race. Set in a near-future, post-Trump dystopia. The heroine is a queer, Black, disabled woman, so... read between those lines. The politics in this will not be comfortable for everyone. If you don't like overt feminism or books that call out antiblack racism, you won't e...
  • Joan
    I love Sherlock Holmes and mysteries, so I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. I loved the twists on the original story. Watson and Holmes are both black females and their characters are fleshed out and believable. The story takes place in a dystopian future where the USA is in the midst of another civil war and reflects some of the current political turmoil. The writing was superb as well, so why isn't this a new favorite book? In spite ...
  • Beej
    *spoilers*The characters in this book were for the most part phenomenal, I loved Janet Watson. I wasn't quite as sold on Sara Holmes but she was written rather well as well. The world building was done fantastic but there were times where I wish it'd be scaled back to focus on the mystery because that's really what I pick up reimagined Sherlock Holmes books for. The mystery in this was also a little disappointing and took half the book to get to ...
  • Ashley P
    This is a futuristic sci-fi/dystopia genderbent and relatively awesome book. Watson is more cynical than ever within this book, and if possible even tougher than in the originals. She is a woman who is near broken but still refuses to give up. She's got gumption, shall we say. Holmes is a little more...blase in this novel than in other Holmes novels or reiterations. I did wish that more of her was seen in this book as I did not really get attac...
  • Martin
    A very solid entry in the Holmes pastiche canon. In fact, it would be an excellent novel without the Holmes connection, that is to say it does not depend on the history of the names of the characters to have kept me turning page after page until the early morning. I'll definitely be facing it out in the mystery section, and I'm also very much looking forward to the next novel by Claire O'Dell
  • Katelyn
    An incredible portrait of PTSD, framed as a Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson story. Told in the not too distant future during a Civil War. Both Holmes and Watson are black women, and Watson's point of view as a black woman who often feels eyes on her is powerful.Ultimately, the storyline didn't keep me interested, but I loved the set up.
  • Nightwing
    Is this an alternate world Holmes/Watson story? A semi-typical mystery with a lesbian protagonist? A nre future look at a world we might want to visit? Yes and yes and yes, but also no and no and no. Say what? You will have to read it and find out! But, that's OK, you will love it! Be forewarned though, you *will* want more!
  • Ashley Smith
    ARC Review: this sparked my interest quite a bit once I read the back blurb. A futuristic LGBTQA black female Watson and her Sherlock Holmes; or, in this case, Sara Holmes. I liked the changes made to the story of Sherlock and Watson to fit this future but you could still have the elements of the original stories. Will be writing a full review to come.
  • Liz
    4.25 stars
  • Alyson
    I really enjoyed the Janet Watson character but didn't like the Sara Holmes character as much. Loved the premise but terrified the near future might be accurate!
  • Glennis
    This is set in a future America that is in the middle of a second civil war and uses some of the framework of Sherlock Holmes to talk about it. Watson is a disabled army doctor missing one arm and her prosthetic arm doesn’t work well enough to allow her to work as a surgeon. Sherlock and Watson are introduced to each other by a mutual friend that does show up again and again in the story. Sherlock is moodier in this one and Watson is dealing wi...