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Greg Lestrade

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Double cross purposes by Mary Sutherland

'Unfortunately, the Minister was neither an adulterer, nor corrupt, which eliminated some possible moves. Since he was simply a sanctimonious prick, it was time to fall back to plan B.' Mycroft's point of view is hard to pull off but this complex portrait of him in action during 'A Study in Pink' balances Machiavellian machine & human softie. The novelette is fleshed out with a diverse cast of overlooked canon characters & OCs

[Added 04/03/2014; Drama; 6000-20,000; Sherlock; Characters: Mycroft Holmes, Greg Lestrade, Sally Donovan, Anthea, Sherlock Holmes, OCs]

The Green Blade by Verity Burns

'"One more body should do it," he announced, fingers now drumming against the armrests. "The media are already in a frenzy after three and the police are fobbing them off. One more should tip the scales." He leaned forward again, resting his elbows on his knees. "Is that too much to ask?"' Casefiles are surprisingly scarce in this fandom. This solid novel-length example has the feel of an unaired episode, with strong roles for underutilised characters, believable OCs & enough twists to hold the interest. The 'bromance' is a little unsubtle for my taste but don't let that put you off

[Added 06/03/2014; Drama; >50,000; Sherlock; Characters: Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, Sally Donovan, Greg Lestrade, Philip Anderson, Martha Hudson, Mycroft Holmes, OCs]

Whispers in Corners by Esama

'"Relax, Mr. Potter," the man says, amused and, yes indeed, smarmy in the way he pronounces the words, the way he smiles. "You are not the first person with… supernatural abilities I have encountered. Granted, your ability is something new, genuine and powerful as far as my research can tell, but not exactly unheard of."' This meandering crossover novel, in which Harry Potter works as a consulting medium for both Mycroft & Lestrade while Sherlock is 'dead', is at its best in the series of cases & the gradual reveal of how Harry ended up in the Sherlockverse. There's a bonus cameo from ACD Holmes. It's a bit shippier than my usual recs, but it's one I return to again & again

[Added 26/10/2017; Drama; >50,000; Sherlock; Characters: Harry Potter (HP), Mycroft Holmes, John Watson, Greg Lestrade, Molly Hooper, Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes (ACD), 'Anthea', Ronald Adair, Sally Donovan, OCs; Crossover]