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Science Fiction, Fantasy & Dystopia

The Casebook of Elisha Grey – Isabeau Vollhardt

Kiara with her medical abilities has come to the magical city of Atlantis. With investigative consultant Elisha Grey the are Atlantis’ Holmes and Watson. 


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The daughter of the Atlantean Ambassador to Chungko, Kiara Ptolmai, has come to Atlantis to complete her law studies in Atlantis’ renowned Temple of Learning. Kiara has medical knowledge and heals people with her hands. Her skills come from generations of women in her family before her, like her mother. But foremost here in Atlanta she’s obviously an outsider, a stranger, “completely alone in a country where I knew no one.” Kiara has barely money left to find herself suitable quarters and that is why she decides to share with Elisha Grey, who is following various scientific studies. Little does Kiara know that this brings her into situations she never dreamed of, working alongside Elisha, who is an investigative consultant. Does this remind you of the master detective Sherlock Holmes and his companion Dr Watson? It does – Kiara has medical abilities, Elisha deductive skills – the stories are set in the magical city of Atlantis.


Case 1: The Winged Dancer

If you have never been to Atlantis I have to describe the city to you, the “shady streets of granite” and glass buildings. Hovercrafts take you anywhere and those that can afford it have “the human and mechanical means” to lead their lives unhindered by any physical disability. It is magical and charming for humans. For other creatures, life is not as grand: the multimorphs, part human, part animal, are regarded as an underclass, slaves not to be seen or mingle with humans. When a well-known Atlantean politician asks Elisha to investigate the disappearance of a “demiavan woman” half human, half winged, Elisha knows he has to tread carefully. It could harm the politician’s reputation if it were to be known he associated with multimorphs. Elisha asks Kiara to tag along on his enquiry and she is drawn in. Elisha is amazed by her capabilities and values her input – little does Kiara know that her contribution is vital to solving the case.

Case 2: The Chemist’s Elixer

When Kiara has finished her first year of jurisprudence studies a year later, she is regularly assisting Elisha Grey with his cases. When Letakota relates his dreams that make him feel as if someone else enters his brains, sucking away his knowledge, Elisha and Kiara doubt whether there is a case to investigate. They are wrong but before they make that discovery storms are approaching Atlantis, a hurricane powerful enough to destroy anything unprotected. After the storm, a special elixir,  used for pain relief, is stolen. The problem is, that the drug is not yet approved for use – and taken in higher amounts, it is an euphoric drug. It is essential to retrieve the elixir as any misuse will permanently damage hope of its legitimate medical development. Again Kiara finds herself in unknown territory during these investigations. Are they able to find the elixir and provide a satisfactory explanation for Letakota’s loss of memory?

Case 3: The Odalisques

As the third case starts the reader learns more about both Elisha’s and Kiara’s upbringing. Elisha, in accordance with Atlantean traditions, was raised in a collective together with other children, away from their natural parents. Kiara’s parents however rebelled and brought up their own daughter, although they had to leave Atlantis. Emotions run high when Kiara realizes that her mother, who originates from the Caucasus, unlike Kiara and her father, is dying. The most complicated of the three cases in this book starts with a funeral and 13 missing young girls. It seems they were kidnapped as they should have been singing at the funeral, a great honour indeed. When Elisha is asked to investigate, it will challenge Kiara’s beliefs profoundly. Who could predict that Kiara will discover yet another magical world unparalleled to that of Atlantis? And that in the end both Kiara and Elisha will have an enemy for life?

My Thoughts

The first in the series of ‘The Casebook of Elisha Grey’ is an entertaining detective. The reference to Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson is unmistakable. Elisha is as talented and focused on details as is Sherlock Holmes, be it that Elisha appreciates Kiara as his equal partner. Above all, he respects Kiara’s legal knowledge and her gift of healing. The story is set in the magical city of Atlantis, with its cult, its appearance, the transport and creatures, all of which are fascinating. Although the description of the creatures, the hovercrafts, Atlantean law and behaviour were interesting, I found it distracting and, personally, would have preferred to read more about methods of deduction in each case. However, the author expertly paints her picture of the Atlantean society, with its social standards and the multimorphs – part human part animal. That is quite an accomplishment.

About the Author

Isabeau Vollhardt Author Image

Isabeau Vollhardt has studied Philosophy and English Composition as well as Novel Writing and the Philosophy of Science Fiction. Her ‘The Casebook of Elisha Grey’ Series is a combination of a homage to Arthur Conan Doyle, the spiritual father of Sherlock Holmes, as well as her interest in the esoteric works on Atlantis. The following books in the series ‘The Casebook of Elisha Grey’ II, III, IV and V have also been published; the next three books VI, VII and VII are scheduled to appear in the coming years.

Book Info

 Ebook  Smashwords Edition
 Word Count   43,510 words
 Publisher (July. 2016)
 Language  English
 ISBN-13  978-1301058358

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