Fingers Molloy has beaten Sherlock Holmes once. Can he do it again?
Jack Hargreaves’ latest job is not quite as expected. Jack's new boss is Fingers Molloy, a time-travelling burglar with a host of ingenious devices supplied by the mysterious Mr Smith. And the things they're stealing are, frankly, odd.
Sherlock Holmes is convinced that Fingers works for his nemesis, Professor Moriarty. Yet Inspector Lestrade won’t take him seriously. How can the great detective prove he is right?
Meanwhile, Jack’s conscience is working overtime. But coming clean could reveal Jack’s own secret...
This fast-moving novella, narrated by Jack and Dr Watson, features thrills, spills, showdowns, skulduggery, and a laboratory that thinks it’s a kitchen. Open A Jar Of Thursday to find out more!
The cover to Jar of Thursday made me want to discover its contents. It would stand on a modern fantasy bookshelf but it was reminiscent of days gone by and evoked memories of sitting in my great-aunt Emily’s attic reading penny dreadfuls that had belonged to a great-great-grandmother. The contents of Jar of Thursday were more than worthy of the fabulous cover.
Although Jar of Thursday is classified as Crime and Thriller on Amazon because of a time machine it has science fantasy elements. This novella is the perfect length for the story as the pacing was wonderful. It was slow enough to feel historical but was never so slow that it felt dry or dull.
Jar of Thursday is written in multiple first which I’m delighted to see. Liz Hedgecock is a competent author and builder of character, as a result her characters can indeed carry multiple first. The point of view characters are Dr Watson and Jack.
Dr Watson’s voice captured the feel of Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock was definitely Sherlock Holmes. Lestrade was Lestrade and Mrs Hudson was Mrs Hudson. In Dr Watson’s point of view the story intrigued and pulled me along.
However, it was the original characters like Jack, Constable Huggins and Mr Smith that made this Liz Hedgecock’s story and not Arthur Conan Doyle’s. I found myself looking forward to being back in Jack’s point of view. Jack is a strong female character. Whilst she had been down and out in her life I would find it difficult to believe she’d ever been a waif or a stray. She is a woman who knows how to get what she wants and needs out of life.
Liz has a wonderful balance between setting the Victorian world whilst not overdoing it. This is a story that could have been set in almost any era but Liz Hedgecock made it belong to the time she’d set in. At one point there is a sumptuous description of a beautiful dress but it’s tempered by an even better description of the realities of being dressed as a woman in Victorian England.
Another character in the story that stood out for me is the bookish but handy with a weapon, Constable Tom Huggins. If he’d been a modern character he’d have been worthy of a part in NCIS. I’d love to see more stories with the developing relationship between Jack and Tom.
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