Jewel of the Thames: A Portia Adams Adventure (Book 1) by Angela MisriJewel of the Thames: A Portia Adams Adventure (Book 1) by Angela Misri

Jewel of the Thames: A Portia Adams Adventure (Book 1)

byAngela MisriIllustratorSydney Smith

Paperback | March 25, 2014

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Nineteen-year-old Portia Adams has always been inquisitive. When her mother dies, she puzzles over why she was left in the care of the extravagant Mrs. Jones but doesn’t have long to dwell on it before she is promptly whisked from Toronto to London by her new guardian. Once there Portia discovers that she has inherited 221 Baker Street — the former offices of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.

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Title:Jewel of the Thames: A Portia Adams Adventure (Book 1)Format:PaperbackDimensions:258 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:March 25, 2014Publisher:Fierce Ink PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1927746507

ISBN - 13:9781927746509

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fun Sherlockian tale! If you regularly visit my blog, read my reviews, or follow me on social media, you’ll know I love all things Sherlock. I’ll read any book with a Sherlockian premise, and luckily I’ve enjoyed all the ones I’ve read, including Angela Misri's debut, Jewel of the Thames. What makes Jewel of the Thames so wonderfully different is that it’s not a retelling of the original Holmes stories. 19-year-old Portia discovers she’s inherited the famed 221 Baker Street, so she moves from Toronto to London to live there. Her mother’s death has left her on her own except for a mysterious new guardian who seems intent on keeping Portia’s heritage a secret. Portia is an interesting combination of Watson and Holmes - clever, intuitive, and observant - so she fits in well in their former home and office. I enjoyed the unique premise in a familiar setting, and thought the period - 1930s London - was a nice touch. Portia has to fight to be taken seriously a lot of the time, between her age and her gender, and I liked that she stood her ground and used her intelligence to overcome problems. The mysteries she helped solve were all interesting, as was the on-going mystery of Portia’s extended family and why she had inherited 221 Baker Street. I could easily see Jewel of the Thames as a period drama on the BBC. The mysteries are well thought out, the plot and characters were interesting, and there's a lot of potential for further stories and character growth. Between that and the fantastic twist at the end, I'm eager to read the next book, Thrice Burned.
Date published: 2016-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Story of Mystery and Intrigue Jewel of the Thames is a story filled with mystery and intrigue. For our intrepid heroine, the unfortunate loss of her mother means sadness, but it also means a new life, a new city to call her own, a new adventure. But does she really want to take up the reins left by the former residents of her new home? Portia is very introspective and extremely observant. She's isolated, little to no friends. She's very mature for her age, after caring for her mother during her illness. While she understands that the world is not always kind, she's still naive about some things. It's that battle between common sense and emotion, doing what our brain says to do over what our heart and our gut instincts say. What stands out is that she acknowledges her flaws. She knows that she can be impatient, that she has no time for time-wasters. But who would voice their flaws so matter-of-factly? She's a clever and independent young woman with a clear voice and clear opinions. Perhaps there are times when she's too analytical, but perhaps it's more that she needs to know the truth. It's her strong sense of right and wrong that pushes her deeper into the mysteries. She's a rather complex character. The setting comes across as accurate, as does the tone and the atmosphere. This is a London that's left the Victorian and Edwardian eras behind, World War I is a decade in the past. The economy isn't doing so well. The creation and use of machines is still going strong. Everything feels rather accurate to the time period: the characters and their positions, the city and its people, and the level of technology and transportation,. I must admit that I was wary of the addition of Holmes and Watson to Portia's story, as I was with the slightly similar Stoker & Holmes series by Colleen Gleason. But Portia has a way of standing out, setting herself apart from the two rather famous men whose casebooks she studies. There are similarities made between her intelligence and observational skills to those of Holmes and Watson, of course. How could there not be? But something still sets her apart. Is it her gender? Her self-awareness of her flaws? Her honest curiosity? Her upbringing? Her strong desire to help people? It took a little time to get into the story. There's more narration at the beginning than I was expecting as Portia recounts the tale of her life following her mother's death. I feel that stems from having no one close to her, apart from her mother, no real friends or family still living. When she arrived in London, when the mysteries started, it took nothing to fall right into them with Portia, trying to piece them together before she could. Mystery fans should definitely give this book a try.
Date published: 2015-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read I just finished this and loved it! Jewel of The Thames reads like a great Sherlock Holmes story, but carried on in the spirit of a brilliant and awkward teenager who has her own secrets to unlock. Who doesn't like a great detective story or three? I honestly can't wait for the next one.
Date published: 2014-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A charming detective for a new generation Jewel of the Thames is a delightful, surprising, suspenseful and smart adventure with a fierce young woman at its core. As Portia Adams journeys from the cultural backwater of Toronto to bustling 1930s London, the centre of culture and her own family history, Misri introduces her readers to a charming detective for a new generation: a plucky and open-minded observer with a kind heart and a developing analytical mind - though, one who takes tea instead of pipe tobacco as she gets to the bottom of a case. I read Jewel of the Thames as an adult. For me, it was a fun and whimsical story that picked up the legacy of Holmes while adding to it the energy and unique perspective of a young woman detective in the 1930s, in the roundly developed adventurer of Portia: Her adorable awkwardness from being plopped into British culture with a noticeable North American accent and comportment; her devotion to analysis and investigation, even though her costume disguises are a bit ramshackle; the depth of her emotions as she moves on from a family tragedy; all these details and many more caused me to be swept away with Portia's own story as well as the intriguing details of her cases. I also bought a copy of Jewel for the daughter of a friend, and I'm thrilled to have offered her a book that both delights and provides such a smart and cool role model who demonstrates that solving mysteries - and, indeed, crimes - is not just the responsibility or realm of gentleman. I raise a strong cuppa to Portia and the promise of her next adventure in the series and I hope other readers looking for an inventive twist on a classic will do the same!
Date published: 2014-09-03