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Title: Operant Conditioning
Author: [personal profile] gardnerhill
Pairing: None
Length: 637 words
Rating: Gen
Warnings: None apply
Verse: Elementary
Author's summary: Joan Watson teaches some people the concept of cause and effect.

Reccer's comments: Joan comes up with a plan so cunning to curb her neighbourhood of misogynist (including fat shaming and transmisogyny) behaviour, not even Blackadder would have thought of it. But then he isn't a woman who is subject to this stuff. ;) Anyway! Joan doing creative problem solving with a little help from her friends is a WIN!
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Title: Green Grow the Rushes, O!
Author: AJHall
Length: 11,901 words
Rating: T and up
Relationship(s): John Watson/Sarah Sawyer
CharactersAuthor's summary: "The people asserting loudest that a marriage must be about to happen are the ones who’d be personally devastated if it did."

John and Sarah travel to North Yorkshire to attend Sarah’s nephew’s christening, and discover Sarah’s family seem to think this family celebration is only the precursor to another one. It’s not only Sarah’s family who may be harbouring strange ideas; Sherlock has gone incommunicado in Oxford, a city with which he has had a love/hate relationship since he was sent down from the University in his second year.

Universe: BBC Sherlock

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Title: Nostoi
Author: sanguinity
Length: 20,973 words
Rating: T and up
Author's summary: Holmes wants to see the last European pterodactyl safely home. Watson wants to see Holmes happy again.
Universe: New Russian Holmes (2013) / The Lost World (Doyle)

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Title: Smitty [series]
Author: NairobiWonders
Pairing: Joan Watson/Sherlock Holmes
Length: 9440
Rating: T
Warnings: N/A
Verse: Elementary
Author's summary: "What Smitty Saw" - A just for fun fic, humor (hopefully), joanlock. "A Small Plus" - a sort of continuation...I swore I would never do a pregnancy story with these characters. It always seemed so OOC to imagine them as parents but cadencelili asked about it and started me thinking that perhaps with this lighter version of Sherlock and Joan it might work. It's just for fun so uhm ... Here goes.

Reccer's comments: The trials and entirely amusing tribulations of poor Officer Smitty, who has the consistent bad luck to inadvertently interrupt Sherlock and Watson - here in a previously-established, if secret, sexual relationship — in various compromising positions. That said, the author's teen rating is appropriate; sexual content is implied, not explicit. The second story is a pregnancy AU with both comic and serious elements (one of which neatly explains why Sherlock and Mycroft look nothing alike). It ends with the baby's birth; this is not kid!fic. There's a little bit of everything else though: some fluff, some case work, some curtain fic, some bickering, some hurt/comfort, some romance. The series is listed as incomplete, but both stories are finished, and nothing's been added in almost 2 years.

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Title: Albion and the Woodsman
Author: Glenmore
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length: 54,437 words
Rating: Not Rated (I would rate it Mature)
Warnings: None
Verse: Sherlock BBC

Author's summary: Post Series 3. Sherlock and John are devastated after Mary Morstan makes her final moves. Sherlock relapses at the crack house, John walks around the world ...and a lot happens in between. Parentlock, in the good way.

Reccer's comments: If you are the type of reader who, like me, generally avoids first-person storytelling, then do yourself a favor and make an exception for this one. It's one of those rare fics that successfully paints Sherlock Holmes as a devoted single parent. The story is in turns funny, heartbreaking, and heartwarming.

It is told from Sherlock's POV, and begins post-series 3. It starts out after Sherlock has been shot for a second time by Mary Watson, an event that leads to her arrest and to John needing to disappear for awhile in order to get his head together. He leaves for a year-long walkabout around the world, leaving Sherlock devastated and returning to drugs. Of course he cleans himself up, only to be confronted several months later by a pregnant stranger claiming that Sherlock is the father.

We get to watch Sherlock fall immediately in love with his son Albion, and then take to single fatherhood like a duck takes to water. As Sherlock grows into his new role, he continues to pine for John and wait for his eventual return. The way Sherlock refers to John in his absence by different epithets such as 'eleven jumpers Watson' and 'Three pairs of brogues Watson' kept me delighted and laughing throughout.

We are introduced to several OC’s, not the least of which is Albion himself. His nanny gives soldier!John a run for his money (once he returns), and even the mother who abandoned him manages to turn her life around and gain at least a smidgen of our respect.

There are struggles and lessons to be learned, not the least of which that 'happily ever after' does not mean what all the fairy-tales claim. Reality is much more complicated, but all the more rewarding because of it.

sneak preview )
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Title: All the Best and Brightest Creatures
Author: wordstrings
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length: 188426 words
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Graphic Depictions of Violence
Verse: BBC
Author's summary: Sherlock sent Jim Moriarty to prison for killing Carl Powers at age ten. This is the story of the consequences.

Reccer's comments: Quite simply, one of the most beautiful stories I've ever had the privilege of reading, in any medium. The prose is gorgeous, the emotions are heart-stopping, and the love is transcendent. Sherlock's character arc is stupendously well-written, as are his alternate history with a terrifying Moriarty and his growing relationship with John, and the OCs and secondary characters are vibrant and fully fleshed-out. It's a living, breathing world of its own, and a pretty astonishing feat of storytelling. It's hard to properly praise this story without sounding hyperbolic, but if you've never read it, or have been waiting for it to be completed, now's your chance. It deserves every bit of its fandom fame.
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Hello everyone I am one of the reccers for November with my first must read story.

Title:Till death Do Us Part
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Warnings: None
Verse: [e.g. Sherlock BBC
Author's summary:When Sherlock links a recent spree of murder-suicides to a psychologist who specializes in marriage counseling, there's really only one thing to do: Go undercover as a couple in hopes of drawing the killer out. Faking a relationship seems easy enough, but things take a turn when their real issues start to creep into the sessions, and, all the while, a killer is watching, waiting in the shadows for their chance to strike.
Reccer's comments:Ohhhhhhh I do adore fake relationship troupes sooooooo much and this is wonderful. Boy do these two need counseling and in this story it works for the best. Make those two idiots talk to each other with nice results. :)))))))

This author was brilliant with how well she wrote their longing with a build up of emotions that you know will have to blow up sometime. Then add in all the tension and action *swoons*

This line here was one of many I adored...."Only once he was kissing Sherlock Holmes did he realize how many times he’d imagined it, and, though it was unlike every hypothetical scenario he’d concocted, it was also exactly what it should have been." We are alike John, I always looooove to imagine you two kissing and it is always as it should be ;))))))))

You should check out this gem of a story, you won't be sorry. :)
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Title: The Other Tenant
Author: tweedisgood
Pairing: Holmes/Watson
Length: 6,134
Rating: G
Warnings: none
Verse: ACD
Author's summary: “The Doctor made no mention of the other tenants of Baker Street when he began to write about Mr Holmes and his cases.” The Landlady, however, has quite a few things to say about one of them.
Reccer's comments: Are you as slackjawed with amazement as I am, to discover that there's a fic by tweedisgood that hasn't been recced here already? So. Tweed is one of the preeminent writers in ACD 'verse, with superb command of the idiom, of the characters' voices, and of the scientific, sociological, and ethical preoccupations of the era. This fic, a 2012 Holmestice gift for the lucky [ profile] coloredink, takes up some events at 221b as seen by Mrs. Hudson.

If you give Mrs. H's position and role some thought, it becomes apparent that she must be more than a maundering ninny; after all, she's the sole owner of a respectable property in the heart of London, and there's no Mr. Hudson in view. In "The Other Tenant," Mrs. H turns her eye on the relationship between Holmes and Watson, on Holmes's loneliness, on the Victorian interest in eugenics, and ultimately on the meaning of marriage and love. The moment in which Holmes takes her into his confidence -- the risk and the trust that moment represents -- just breaks me every time.


When the Doctor and Mr Holmes took residence in the Spring of 1881, I had already let the ground floor to an oculist (who never seemed to have any patients) and the single set of rooms across the landing on the second floor. He had seemed respectable, reliable and sober, quite the ideal tenant, Mr Barnaby Forbes. So, in many respects, he proved to be; but as there is more to life than bread, so there is more to a harmonious house than neatly stacked crockery and a man who cleans his own boots. I came slowly to discover that I had unwittingly let a snake into the nest.

Read on the AO3.
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Title: This is how the fall begins
Author: dogandmonkeyshow
Pairing: gen
Length: 14,268
Rating: teen
Warnings: no warnings
Verse: Sherlock BBC

Author's summary: What happened between the gunshot and the good-byes?

Mycroft gets busy, John gets angry and Mary's cunning comes to the fore. Featuring political manoeuvring, unstable alliances, and Sherlock on the psychiatrist's couch.

Reccer's comments: This is the prologue to dogandmonkeyshow's fantastically plotty Unforgiveable Things series, which I highly recommend. In itself it's also an interesting and plotty take on what might have happened behind the scenes in His Last Vow after Sherlock shot Magnussen, full of complex strategizing, verbal duels, and political maneuvering - all sparsely and subtly written such that part of the pleasure of reading the fic is figuring out for yourself what's going on under the surface. I particularly like dogandmonkeyshow's take on Mycroft (never too much His Last Vow Mycroft) and his (mostly) iron control of itself, but it also features excellent versions of Mary and Lady Elizabeth Smallwood. Finally, if you want to whip yourself up into a lather of curiosity about the Moriarty video, in both this universe and in the show, this is definitely the fic to do it.
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Title: Some things we do are unforgivable (but must be done all the same)
Author: [ profile] dognmonkeyshow
Pairing: none
Length: about 105,000 words
Rating: T
Warnings: none
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: It is not sufficient to have power; one must be seen by the pack to have it. For power to be real, sufficient numbers must believe in it, just as they believe in the security of the pound and that London property prices only move in one direction.
For Mycroft, these facts were bred in the bone. And the moment the bullet from John Watson's pistol entered Magnussen's brain, Mycroft's power began to slip away, because others stopped believing in it. With Sherlock under threat, and his own position undermined, Mycroft schemes to protect them all against political rivals, unseen adversaries, and ghosts from his past.

Reccer's comments: The author’s summary pretty well sums up the contents of this fic. Perhaps England would fall if Mrs Hudson left Baker Street but only try to imagine what would happen if the British Government himself would topple and… Christ no, that would be unthinkable.

And yet, in this fic we can’t but watch breathlessly as Mycroft has to deal with the aftermath of Sherlock’s shenanigans, while fighting for his professional life at the same time.

Only imagine a fic where Mycroft actually has to engage in some legwork himself and resort to dirty backroom double-dealing, even to the point where he has to pretend an interest again in an old fling. *shudders*

And all the while Sherlock is doing his damnedest to get himself condemned to yet another deadly mission, thereby actively undermining Mycroft’s efforts to save him from himself.

A must read for all Mycroft-lovers for the wonderful portrayal of the man himself and the inside of the machinery he normally operates so smoothly.
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Title: How We Rescued My Daddy From His Bad Friends
Author: [ profile] caffienekitty
Pairing: none
Length: uhm, I haven’t counted, but it’s very short
Rating: gen
Warnings: none
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: This is Mr Sherlock. He's not a nice man but he's a good man because he found my daddy. He wasn't wearing his hat but I drawd it in anyway.

Reccer's comments: This story has made it straight to Number One on my personal chart of cutest Sherlock stories ever.

Basically, it’s a school essay, complete with drawings and teacher corrections and encouragements, in which Penelope writes how her Daddy was taken hostage one day by his bad friends. Luckily Penelope was hiding in the cupboard and when the friends and Daddy were gone she got out and called 999 and that’s how she got to meet Mr Sherlock and Mr John and the nice Nspector Lestrade, as well as her Avocado.

Still, Penelope is a girl after Sherlock’s heart, ridiculously observant, and thus he hares off halfway through her story to find and save Penelope’s Daddy from his bad friends.

For all its shortness and the fact it’s so clearly told from a child’s POV, the fic contains all the elements of a friendshippy Sherlock fic, rude Sherlock, exasperated yet gentle John, a fatherly Lestrade. What more could one possibly want from such a story? I, for one, couldn’t stop smiling while reading this and hope Penelope and her Daddy will live long and happily ever after.
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Title: The Case of the Green Gown
Author: [ profile] splix
Pairing: Sherlock/John, John/Mary
Length: about 209,000 words
Rating: explicit
Warnings: graphic depictions of violence, torture
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: ...Watson had at that time deserted me for a wife, the only selfish action which I can recall in our association. I was alone.
---Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier

Reccer's comments: Wow, [ profile] splix has done it again! Enriched the Sherlock fandom with a marvellously clever story, literally hefty in almost every sense of the word.

Make sure you’ll have nothing important on for the next few days when you start reading this for you’ll be hooked and oblivious to the demands of reality. You’ll find yourself laughing and cheering, and grappling with the most horrendous angst, swearing and recovering from punches that go straight for the solar plexus and sobbing. Oh, there’s so much delicious bittersweet sobbing in this fic.

Then there’s the great characterisation throughout. All the well-known players completely IC there’s a whole array of fascinating OC’s. As usual everything is written in that exquisite language that’s this author’s special trademark.

Apart from an incredibly tightly plotted casefic that contains more than enough intrigue to fill at least two seasons of Sherlock this is a wonderfully crafted psychological study of the human condition and all those feelings that shape us into what we are: love, friendship, grief, greed, jealousy. Greatness and despicable flaws, both are shown in every character. And throughout it all both Holmes brothers suffer so nobly. After all, no one is better aware than they are that caring isn’t an advantage.

After the havoc Moftiss wreaked with S3 this fic helped me to recover my love for Sherlock the series, even long before Moftiss made it all better again with TAB. Everyone who has got huge problems with Mary should read this fic just to admire the nuanced approach to her personage. In this fic I often loathed her, despised her and really, really didn’t like her but throughout [ profile] splix managed to make me sympathise with her plight. After all, Sherlock returning from the dead wasn’t exactly what she had bargained for.

But what’s the fic about? That I’m not going to tell for I don’t want to spoil your fun. Just start reading like I did and be mesmerised and enchanted like I was. You won’t be disappointed.

Highly, highly recommended!
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Title: Public, Private, Secret
Author: 221b_careful_what_you_wish_for
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length: 14,000 words
Rating: Mature
Warnings: None
Verse: Sherlock BBC

Author's summary: To the outside world, Sherlock and John are just friends. In private, they're much, much more. They've agreed to keep their relationship a secret to protect John's daughter, but it's not going to be as simple as they hoped.

(Or, bittersweet, hot, angsty, secret-relationship-while-coming-to-terms-with-emotional-baggage johnlock with parentlock as a background.)

Reccer's comments: This is a companion piece to the story Coming of Age, which is told from John's daughter's POV. In my opinion this story stands just fine on its own, although "Coming of Age" will provide additional context. In fact, if you're someone who generally doesn't care for parentlock it may be just your cup of tea, because Olivia doesn't have much of a physical presence in this one. The story's focus is on Sherlock and John, and how they navigate the minefield of a secret relationship that spans several years, and told from their points of view.

I like the sense of inevitability that we feel throughout this story. It's series 3 compliant, and at the start we find John as a single parent to six-year old Olivia. There's a lot of pining and yearning going on, and it doesn't help that John is initially firmly resistant to entering into a romantic relationship with Sherlock. But of course it happens that the two of them just can't stay away from each other for long. The angst is bumped up a notch just from the very fact they decide to keep their relationship 'private and secret'- from everybody, not just Olivia, and for a variety of reasons. Several years pass - over a decade - before a conversation happens that teaches them they had nothing to fear after all.

A lovely story that ends with Retirementlock, I hope you enjoy!
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Author: theshopislocal
Pairing: Sherlock/John, John/OMC, John/Mary
Length: 31,750 words
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Canon-typical violence
Verse: Sherlock BBC

Author's summary: He turns back round then and looks down at me, eyes curious. “Your name, W.S.S. Holmes.” That’s not my name. “Is it Walter? Or Wilbur? Maybe something really awful like, er,” he smiles wryly, “Willoughby? Winchester?”

I feel my face go blank as my body numbs over. “Scott,” I say, voice devoid of emotion. “My name is Scott.”

Reccer's comments: Wow does this story pack a punch. It has a unique writing style that I haven't run across before that is very effective and emotionally harrowing. Filled with clever twists, it'll keep you guessing as to what is what (and who is who) until the very last chapter. Out of all of the outstanding fics to come out of the most recent round of Holmestice, this is one of the most memorable for me.

It's a bit difficult giving a rec for this without giving too much away, but I will do my best. The story takes place post-Reichenbach, and is not series 3 compliant. It has all of the angst one comes to expect from such a fic, along with offering its own unique twist to it. Someone is kidnapped off the streets of London - someone who the kidnapper thinks is the 'deceased' Sherlock Holmes. The story is told in first person, mostly from the kidnapped person's perspective. The narrative is non-linear, so we also see scenes from Mycroft's POV as he and Sherlock plot to bring down Sebastian Moran. Mary also has a role here, albeit offscreen.

The scenes between the kidnapped person and the kidnapper are at the crux of the story, emotionally intense and done in such a clever way that I was not completely convinced of the identify of either one of them until the grand reveal. The emotion coupled with heartstopping action left me on the edge of my seat the entire time. This is the type of story that I live for, and that will remain with me for a long time.

A possible trigger warning: there is a death of an unborn child, although it does take place offscreen.

Here is an excerpt from the very beginning of the story to give you a taste of the experience you are in for:

Sneak Peek )
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Title: Dust and Ashes
Author: Atiki
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length: 10,000 words
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Suicidal ideation, minor character deaths, pet death
Verse: Sherlock BBC

Author's summary: John becomes used to it. If he’s perfectly honest with himself, he’s become used to it a long time ago. At night, things are different. The darkness tickles his skin and the cemetery is the loudest place in the world and he tastes dust and iron on his tongue when he hears them talk. In the dark, the bones whisper.

And sometimes John whispers back.

Reccer's comments: This is something a little different. In this AU (not series 3 compliant), John can hear the bones of dead people, and he can talk back to them as well. It makes for an intriguing, if a bit macabre, premise. What makes it truly unique, is that the most interesting character in the story is Sherlock's skull. Per the author's tag, the skull is a bit of an asshole, and yet ends up being the impetus John needs to face his fears and acknowledge his feelings.

The story follows John from childhood all the way through Sherlock's Fall and eventual Return. The language evokes within the reader all of the emotions that John is feeling as he deals with his mixed blessing/curse. A highlight for me is a scene during which John puts his unique skill to use in solving a crime before Sherlock does.

A warning: there is some suicidal ideation here, and at the very start of the story there is a pet death that may be upsetting.

A lovely story. Here is a sneak peek:

Sneak Peek )
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Title: Your Want is Bigger Than You
Author: PhoenixFalls
Pairing: Ms. Hudson/Joan Watson, Ms. Hudson/OC
Length: 6000
Rating: Gen
Warnings: N/A
Verse: Elementary
Author's summary: Marthe has been keeping secrets from Joan. Joan never would have guessed this.

Reccer's comments: A thoughtful exploration of Joan's friendship with Ms Hudson (Marthe), set soon after the end of season 2. Here, Joan isn't alone to process the aftermath of her kidnapping and Sherlock's absence, and while she suspects Sherlock asked Marthe to spy on her while he was away, their friendship quickly becomes their own. Joan confronts some of her own misguided thinking about Marthe and her work as a muse. She eventually meets Marthe's new partner, Manami, who has a beautifully insightful perspective on the nature of relationships, possessiveness, and sharing (in addition to an utterly unexpected personal history that I won't spoil but is so perfectly delightful it's the reason to read this fic).
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Title: Game Theory
Author: 7PercentSolution
Pairing: none
Length: approx. 246,800 words
Rating: Teenage
Warnings: attempted rape/non-con
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: Set between The Great Game and The Scandal in Belgravia, both Sherlock and John have to deal with the collateral emotional damage that comes after Moriarty's pool-side revelation that their relationship was a weakness that could, and would, be exploited. Mycroft Holmes meddles, as usual, and it all goes to hell rather quickly.

Reccer's comments: You’ll need to accept the author’s clever arguments for her explanation for Sherlock’s often appalling behaviour but if you’re willing to accept that this series will have you in for hours of glorious reading.

The author’s take on the characters is flawless, her exploit of and explanations for the constant sibling warfare very convincing and the often gripping angst is relieved by bouts of welcome humour and wonderfully warm friendshippy feels. The dialogue is spot on.

Told from John’s POV the author manages to convey that constant sense of wonder and admiration that pervaded ASiP, TBB and TGG so gloriously. Meet Sherlock Holmes, marvel extraordinaire and weep for him. Even though he’ll scorn you for it.

Revealing anything of the plot would be a huge spoiler that would take away all your fun. You’ll just have to read this wonderful fic yourself to find out how clever it is. Really, the author could give Moftiss a run for their money.
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Title: Tall, Dark and Belstaff
Author: [ profile] dimity_blue
Pairing: Mrs Turner’s married ones
Length: 3,400 words
Rating: gen
Warnings: none
Verse: BBC Sherlock
Author's summary: What do the married ones next door think of Sherlock and John?

Reccer's comments: I know of few fics with a more adequate summary than this one. What we get in this fic is a rendition of that fateful evening Sherlock and John moved into Baker Street, told from the POV of Mrs Turner’s married ones.
Nothing ever happens in Baker Street so Matt and Ryan are almost constantly glued to the windows to goggle and speculate at the perpetual comings and goings, apart from the time they spend eavesdropping with the aid of a glass to the wall.

The author has a wonderful sense of truly dry British humour. The second sentence produced a smile on my face. Halfway through I was swiping my eyes and my sides were splitting from laughter. And yet, ridiculous as Matt and Ryan seem the reader does sympathise with them. Only imagine ending up with a pair of neighbours like Sherlock Holmes and John Watson.
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Title: Dream #11
Artist: MarionPoinsot34
Pairing: Gen (mostly)
Length: 1 page
Rating: PG
Warnings: None
Verse: Sherlock BBC / Star Wars / Harry Potter crossover
Author's summary:
French video version :
With : Sherlock, Watson, Darth Vader, Admiral Thrawn, Dumbledore, Voldemort, Gellert Grindelwald
Location : London

Reccer's comments:
Here is a wonderfully cracky crossover comic-fic, to lighten things up after my last rec. This little tale is based on a dream the artist had, and is accordingly fairly bizarre (in a good way). If you ever wondered what might happen in a universe where Sherlock, Dumbledore, and Darth Vader are all real people, you can find out here!

Make sure to click the 'download' button on the right side of the page to be able to read the text.

Dream #11
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Title: The Silent Girl
Artist/Author: Devilry
Pairing: Watson/Lestrade
Length: 60 pages
Rating: R (mature subject matter, sex)
Warnings: Contains spoilers, highlight to view Implied non-con/incest/underage
Verse: Canon
Author's summary:
During Holmes' absence Watson and Lestrade travel to a village on a case.

Reccer's comments:
This is one of my favourite fanworks in Sherlock Holmes fandom, and it is a standout piece among all the fandoms I've participated in, as well as being one of the most sophisticated and successful graphic novels I've had the pleasure to get my hands on. This is a complete graphic novel pastiche that pairs Watson and Lestrade during the Great Hiatus to investigate the disappearance of a young girl from a prominent family. As well as providing us with an intriguing (and tragic) case to follow, the author also weaves in several other story elements, including Mycroft's correspondence with Sherlock, a plotline featuring Sebastian Moran, Watson's continuing grief over the loss of Holmes, and some very satisfying character and relationship development involving Lestrade.

The supporting characters are lively and believable as individuals, each with their own inner lives and motivations. While there aren't many significant female characters in canon to work with, the artist does an admirable job adding in the women in this story, and even creates an original character who I would love to know more about. Exterior and interior shots are meticulously detailed and create a living, atmospheric world for the characters to inhabit, with weather, architecture, period clothing, animal and plant life all given the time and attention needed to paint a portrait of the era and location in the reader's mind. Gentle touches of humour are incorporated into the artwork, and I particularly enjoyed a certain canine character who appears briefly.

I find myself thinking back over this story often, particularly when I'm considering how to improve my own writing skills, and the book stands up very well to re-readings. The artist has generously shared the whole tale online, and it can be enjoyed here: The Silent Girl


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