Holmes, Margaret and Poe

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Pub Date 4 Jan 2024 | Archive Date 15 May 2024

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'A classic, witty and wonderful mystery from the king of crime. Fast-paced and fun, clever and exciting. I loved it.' CHRIS WHITAKER

'I loved every criminally delicious moment of Holmes, Margaret and Poe. What a wild ride! Hooked from the first page - and not just by the crime story but also the depth and complexity of the characters. Rock on Book 2!' DREDA SAY MITCHELL


Brendan Holmes, Margaret Marple and Auguste Poe run the most in-demand private investigation agency in New York City.

The three detectives make a formidable team, solving a series of seemingly impossible crimes which expose the dark underbelly of the city - from a priceless art theft, high-stakes kidnapping and a decades-old unsolved murder, to a gruesome subterranean prison and corruption and bribery at the highest levels of power.

But it's not long before their headline-grabbing breakthroughs, unconventional methods - and untraceable pasts - attract the attention of the NYPD and the FBI.

After all, it's no surprise that there's a mystery or two to unravel in the city that never sleeps . . . not least, who really are Holmes, Margaret and Poe?


Readers are loving Holmes, Margaret and Poe . . .

***** 'I devoured this in less than 24 hours and I did not want it to end'
***** 'I loved this book!'
***** 'This has quickly become my favourite James Patterson novel to date'
***** 'A great start to what I'm hoping will turn into a fantastic new series'
***** 'Read in a day'


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'A writer with an unusual skill at thriller plotting.' Mark Lawson, Guardian
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'It's no mystery why James Patterson is the world's most popular thriller writer . . . Simply put: nobody does it better.' Jeffrey Deaver
'Patterson boils a scene down to the single, telling detail, the element that defines a character or moves a plot along. It's what fires off the movie projector in the reader's mind.' Michael Connelly

Holmes, Margaret and Poe was a No.10 Sunday Times bestseller 14/01/2024

'A classic, witty and wonderful mystery from the king of crime. Fast-paced and fun, clever and exciting. I loved it.' CHRIS WHITAKER

'I loved every criminally delicious moment of Holmes, Margaret and...

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Absolutely fantastic book introducing hopefully a potential new series from the fabulous James Patterson. (Hint hint Mr Patterson 😁)
Holme, Marple and Poe, 3 P.I’s explode from nowhere in this page turner of a book where we get to follow them taking on a number of cases whilst forging relationships within the Police.. LOVE LOVE LOVE them so please hurry up and release the next instalment 😀

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There is a reason why James Patterson is regarded so highly and in my opinion he is the best in this genre. This novel is a page turner from the beginning and I couldn't put it down until I had finished it. Highly recommended.

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You can’t go wrong with a James Patterson book! This book is a total page-turner and will keep you guessing with every page. I love this incredible thriller. The plot was ingenious and I really like the characters as well. If you’re looking for a fast pace story that you can get swept into fairly quickly this is the book for you.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I had so much fun with this book! A private investigation team in New York with names like Poe, Marple and Holmes, how could you go wrong.

I loved that the 3 investigators had similar personalities and traits as their namesakes. The reactions for people on the outside hearing their names were hilarious. I really do hope this is the start of a new series from James Patterson. We now have a good insight to these characters and they have formed a relationship with the police, it would be shame to not see them again.

As always with this author, we have short and punchy chapters that makes you want to keep reading. I devoured this book in less than 24 hours and I did not want it to end. Another triumph from one of my favourite authors.

Thanks so much again to the team at Random House UK, Cornerstone, Century for allowing me early access to this book. Always an honour to read.

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I read this book on holiday and found it a perfect holiday read. I loved the premise of three new private investigators with names that link them to famous historical figures. I liked the links to these figures throughout - the literary references and the re-use of phrases from Sherlock Holmes, all very cleverly built in to the narrative.

I sincerely hope that this is the start of a new series. I feel this first book has laid the groundwork for this. The PIs have a base and a business that is really taking off. They have a staff member and a relationship with the police. They need a second outing and a third and so on......

I loved this book. It is written in James Patterson's usual style - short chapters, fast paced narrative, lots going on and really great story telling to keep the reader interested.

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher Random House UK, Cornerstone for an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Holmes, Marple and Poe by James Patterson

This has quickly become my favourite James Patterson novel to date. I have been a fan of his work for many years, but this book really reminded me why I love this author! His writing style remains one of the best around and his books never fail to bring me enjoyment, mixed with all the nail-biting suspense you expect from a mystery thriller novel.

James Patterson novels usually follow one crime or one criminal, but this one was packed full of different storylines which meant that this book was fast paced and gripping right from the outset. There were certain underlying plots, such as that of model Lucy, that make little sense when we first read of them, but the author very cleverly then interwines all of these storylines into one, all revolving around our trio of Investigators. I found myself totally enthralled by the world of Holmes, Marple and Poe Investigations and got sucked into the drama right alongside our main characters.

The characters are interesting, hilarious and unique. The trio of private investigators really made this book stand apart from the authors previous works. They are normal people, albeit highly intelligent and resourceful, so we feel they are relatable and root for them at every turn. The fact that each character had their own underlying plot line was also cleverly put together and kept the mystery/suspense alive throughout. Holmes' and Poe's addictions were an interesting addition and highlighted that everyone has problems they may be hiding beneath the surface, even those who may appear respectable and well put together on the outside. Marple was my absolute favourite character in this, and I loved the sense of humour between the three main characters. The humour added a nice break from all the heavy content and made me giggle out loud at multiple points.

I would love a sequel to this book, as I would love to hear more about these three private investigators. Believe me, if James Patterson writes it, I will definitely be reading it! I cannot recommend this book more. Its reminiscent of The Thursday Murder Club, so fans of that series should definitely give this a go!

Overall I rated this book 5 out of 5 stars. Thank you to Netgalley and James Patterson for this ARC.

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I wanted to read this book just because of the word play on the names, but once I started reading it I was soon deeply involved in following the multiple strands of the plot. There are several overlapping threads that come to a head at different points in the book, but I have to say I say that I saw through the kidnapping plot very early on.
I hope that this book is the first installment in a series, because there are a lot of unanswered questions about the main characters and I would like to learn more about them.

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In "Holmes, Margaret and Poe," James Patterson crafts a pulse-pounding mystery thriller that takes readers on a roller-coaster ride through the dark and enigmatic corners of New York City. The titular trio, Brendan Holmes, Margaret Marple, and Auguste Poe, form an unbeatable team at the helm of the city's most sought-after private investigation agency.

Patterson's storytelling prowess shines as he weaves a web of seemingly unsolvable crimes, each unveiling a layer of the city's underbelly. From a daring art theft to a high-stakes kidnapping, a decades-old unsolved murder, a chilling subterranean prison, and corruption at the highest echelons of power, the detectives face challenges that keep the reader on the edge of their seat.

The chemistry between Holmes, Margaret, and Poe is palpable, and their individual quirks and strengths complement each other perfectly. Patterson succeeds in creating characters with depth, mysterious pasts, and unconventional methods that add intrigue to the narrative. The dynamic between the detectives is as engaging as the cases they tackle, making the reader invested in both the plot and the protagonists.

The pacing is relentless, with twists and turns that keep the suspense alive. Patterson skilfully escalates the stakes, ensuring that the reader remains hooked from the first page to the last. The blend of action, suspense, and clever investigative work is well-balanced, creating a narrative that is both thrilling and thought-provoking.

As the detectives make headlines with their breakthroughs, the story takes an intriguing turn with the attention of the NYPD and the FBI. The question of the detectives' true identities adds an extra layer of mystery, inviting readers to speculate on the enigmatic pasts of Holmes, Margaret, and Poe. The novel cleverly navigates the line between revealing enough to satisfy curiosity and withholding information to maintain suspense.

While the story is a gripping page-turner, some elements may feel familiar to fans of the mystery thriller genre. However, Patterson injects enough originality and twists to keep the narrative fresh and engaging.

In "Holmes, Margaret and Poe," James Patterson delivers a riveting mystery filled with suspense, action, and a trio of compelling protagonists. If you're a fan of fast-paced thrillers with charismatic detectives and a plot that keeps you guessing until the end, this book is a must-read. Patterson's storytelling mastery ensures that "Holmes, Margaret and Poe" stands out as an enthralling addition to the genre.

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