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A Conspiracy in Belgravia Clever, devious and highly engaging sequel to A Study in Scarlet Women and picking the story up right after that one ended.It would be impossible to discuss the plot without giving away too much of both book 1 and book 2, so I will only say that things get evertangled, layered and interesting and the unique female Sherlock spin Ms Thomas offers on the original version staples is everconvincing And it is technically possible to read A Conspiracy in Belgravia without having read th Clever, devious and highly engaging sequel to A Study in Scarlet Women and picking the story up right after that one ended.It would be impossible to discuss the plot without giving away too much of both book 1 and book 2, so I will only say that things get evertangled, layered and interesting and the unique female Sherlock spin Ms Thomas offers on the original version staples is everconvincing And it is technically possible to read A Conspiracy in Belgravia without having read the first book, but that would mean losing a substantial part of the main characters arcs Intelligent, deep and nuanced main characters.The romance is relegated to the background here as well, but it crackles off the page whenever present, while the mystery aspect gains ingenuity and guile The writing is brilliant and polished, as always with this author, with a quicker pace but at the same time evocative of the classic Victorian suspense novel.An amazing series, can t wait for the next one The game is afoot as Charlotte Holmes returns in the atmospheric second novel in New York Times bestseller Sherry Thomas s Victorian set Lady Sherlock seriesBeing shunned by Society gives Charlotte Holmes the time and freedom to put her extraordinary powers of deduction to good use As Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective, aided by the capable Mrs Watson, she s had great success helping with all manner of inquiries, but she s not prepared for the new client who arrives at her Upper Baker Street office Lady Ingram, wife of Charlotte s dear friend and benefactor, wants Sherlock Holmes to find her first love, who failed to show up at their annual rendezvous Matters of loyalty and discretion aside, the case becomes even personal for Charlotte as the missing man is none other than Myron Finch, her illegitimate half brother In the meanwhile, Charlotte wrestles with a surprising proposal of marriage, a mysterious stranger woos her sister Livia, and an unidentified body that surfaces where least expected Charlotte s investigative prowess is challenged as never before Can she find her brother in time or will he, too, end up as a nameless corpse somewhere in the belly of London I ve given this an A at AARReviewing mysteries is always a challenge as anyone who s tried it will know And with one of this calibre, it s evendifficult, because I want to tell you just how GOOD this book is, but I can t tell you too much for fear of giving too much away and spoiling your enjoyment I could just say a Sherry Thomas is a genius go buy this book , or b Don t waste time here go buy this book , but that isn t much of a review, so I will attempt somehow to do I ve given this an A at AARReviewing mysteries is always a challenge as anyone who s tried it will know And with one of this calibre, it s evendifficult, because I want to tell you just how GOOD this book is, but I can t tell you too much for fear of giving too much away and spoiling your enjoyment I could just say a Sherry Thomas is a genius go buy this book , or b Don t waste time here go buy this book , but that isn t much of a review, so I will attempt somehow to do justice to this terrific story and author and will no doubt fail miserably, at which juncture you should simply heed the advice given in points a and b.Note I think it would be possible to enjoy this as a standalone, but I really would recommend reading A Study in Scarlet Women first There are spoilers for that book in this review.A Conspiracy in Belgravia picks up on the day after the events that concluded the previous book Charlotte Holmes, ably assisted by her closest friend, Lord Ingram Ashburton, and Inspector Treadles of Scotland Yard, has solved the Sackville murder case and learned of the existence of an infamous criminal mastermind by the name of Moriarty In addition, Charlotte worked out that that Lord Ingram Ash to his friends had pulled strings behind the scenes in order to make sure she wasn t left alone on the streets after she ran from her father s house, and orchestrated her meeting with the army widow and former actress with whom Charlotte now resides, Mrs John Watson Charlotte doesn t like being beholden to Ash, especially not as their friendship, while generally strong, has been sometimes strained since his ill advised marriage six years earlier.Charlotte and Mrs Watson have formed a working partnership as investigators, using the identity of Sherlock Holmes as a front for their operation Holmes suffers from a debilitating illness, so clients meet with his sister Charlotte while the detective listens to the conversation from the next room It s with some surprise that Charlotte identifies their latest prospective client, Mrs Finch, as Lady Ingram, Ash s wife Mrs Watson is concerned about accepting the lady as a client given their friendship with her husband, but Charlotte believes her need must be very pressing if it has driven her to seek Holmes help, and agrees to the meeting although as Charlotte cannot afford to be recognised, the part of Sherlock s sister will be taken by Mrs Watson s niece, Penelope Redmayne Mrs Finch explains that she is seeking information regarding the man she fell in love with before she married Lord Ingram, a young man deemed unsuitable by her parents, whose financial situation demanded she marry someone wealthy.While she and her erstwhile love agreed not to meet or write to each other once she was married, they planned a yearly assignation on the Sunday before his birthday, they would both take a walk past the Albert Memorial at 3 pm, so they could each see that the other was alive and well This year, however, her sweetheart did not keep the appointment, and she wants Sherlock Holmes to find out why Penelope asks Lady Ingram for as many details as she can provide, but when she identifies the man in question as Myron Finch, Charlotte is stunned Myron Finch is her illegitimate half brother.While Charlotte and Mrs Watson set about looking into the disappearance of Mr Finch, Charlotte is also mulling over the proposal of marriage she has received the second one, in fact from Lord Bancroft Ashburton, Lord Ingram s older brother Charlotte is fully cognizant of the benefits marriage to him would bring It would rehabilitate her to an extent in the eyes of society and would soften her father s stance towards her she could care for her sister, Bernadette who has some sort of mental disability and could openly spend time with her other sister, Livia and generally return to the life to which she had been born But even though Bancroft recognises and respects Charlotte s keen intellect, he clearly expects her to discontinue her investigations as Sherlock Holmes, and she s not sure that s something she s willing to give up.As an inducement, Bancroft gifts Charlotte with a set of puzzles, which includes a message encoded using a Vign re cipher, a fiendishly difficult code that takes Charlotte some days to decipher Once decoded, the message leads her to an address in Hounslow, North West of London, where she and Lord Ingram unexpectedly encounter Inspector Treadles A man has been murdered and appears to have named his killer before he died Could he perhaps be the missing Mr Finch Or could he somehow be tied to Finch s disappearance Or, worse still, are Finch and the murder victim somehow tied to the mysterious Moriarty, a name which seems to inspire fear in those who know it, and someone of whom even the unflappable Bancroft seems to be wary Well I m not saying As is clear, though, there s a lot going on in this book, and I admit that I sometimes had to refer to the numerous highlights I d made on my Kindle to refresh my memory about something, but for the most part, the story rattles along famously as Sherry Thomas skillfully pulls the disparate mystery threads together and then unravels them, bringing events to a climax I most certainly didn t see coming Just as impressive as her plotting is the way in which she continues to explore and develop her characters and the relationships between them, building on what we know of them from the previous book and rounding them out evenWe don t see as much of Treadles in this story, but it s clear that he s been upset by the discovery of the deceit practiced by his good friend Lord Ingram over Holmes true identity and isn t sure what to make of Charlotte any longer There s a romance in the offing for Livia, who is charmed by a mysterious young man who seems to see and appreciate her for who she is and doesn t talk down to her or dismiss her interests and we get to know a littleof the circumstances which led to Ash s marriage to a society beauty he later learned had married him only for his money.Anyone with any knowledge of this author s work will already know that her work is highly creative and imaginative she fashions strong, well developed and engaging characters, crafts complex interweaving plots, and her historical romances are among the best in the genre I should, however, warn anyone hoping for romantic developments between Charlotte and Ash that things between them don t progress a great deal if at all The author shedslight on Ash s feelings towards Charlotte, showing he knows her better than anyone and there s a nice touch at the end where Charlotte both acknowledges this and admits she s glad it s Ash who knows her so well and Charlotte well, she doesn t necessarily wish Ash had married her, she would just prefer he hadn t married at all She s someone who relies on observation and logic and doesn t have room for sentiment yet in the face of all the logical reasons she should marry Bancroft, a small part of her can t ignore the fact that she doesn t find him attractive while his brother is a different matter entirely.There s so muchto A Conspiracy in Belgravia than I can possibly say here The characters, the relationships, the mystery all are richly detailed and superbly constructed, making this a truly compelling, un put downable read I stand by my original points a and b Just go and buy it Review posted on The Eater of Books blog A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry ThomasBook Two of the Lady Sherlock seriesPublisher Berkley BooksPublication Date September 5, 2017Rating 4 starsSource eARC from NetGalleySummary from Goodreads The game is afoot as Charlotte Holmes returns in the atmospheric second novel in New York Times bestseller Sherry Thomas s Victorian set Lady Sherlock series.Being shunned by Society gives Charlotte Holmes the time and freedom to put her extraordina Review posted on The Eater of Books blog A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry ThomasBook Two of the Lady Sherlock seriesPublisher Berkley BooksPublication Date September 5, 2017Rating 4 starsSource eARC from NetGalleySummary from Goodreads The game is afoot as Charlotte Holmes returns in the atmospheric second novel in New York Times bestseller Sherry Thomas s Victorian set Lady Sherlock series.Being shunned by Society gives Charlotte Holmes the time and freedom to put her extraordinary powers of deduction to good use As Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective, aided by the capable Mrs Watson, she s had great success helping with all manner of inquiries, but she s not prepared for the new client who arrives at her Upper Baker Street office.Lady Ingram, wife of Charlotte s dear friend and benefactor, wants Sherlock Holmes to find her first love, who failed to show up at their annual rendezvous Matters of loyalty and discretion aside, the case becomes evenpersonal for Charlotte as the missing man is none other than Myron Finch, her illegitimate half brother.In the meanwhile, Charlotte wrestles with a surprising proposal of marriage, a mysterious stranger woos her sister Livia, and an unidentified body that surfaces where least expected Charlotte s investigative prowess is challenged as never before Can she find her brother in time or will he, too, end up as a nameless corpse somewhere in the belly of London What I Liked This sequel novel was incredible, quite possibly even better than A Study in Scarlet Women I don t read nearly enough mystery fiction novels, but I m glad I started reading this one Clearly Sherry Thomas can write anything, and I d enjoy it In this second book, Charlotte Holmes has a new set of cases that are puzzling and strange Lady Ingram has sent a request for Sherlock Holmes, to find her childhood love, who did not meet her at their annual rendezvous There is something peculiar about this request, and Charlotte knows it s not just the case of a missing man especially when Lady Ingram cites that the man is Myron Finch, Charlotte s half brother Throw in a dead man and some business from the previous novel, and it is clear that this is no ordinary situation Charlotte and Mrs Watson must find Myron Finch before any unpleasant business catches up to him or them.There are so many moving parts to this story, which was fantastic Charlotte takes on several cases, and some of them intersect The primary one is that of Lady Ingram, but there is also a woman who believes her housekeeper is trying to poison her There is the matter of the dead man, whom Charlotte happens upon by chance, in some ways In the end, all of these plots come together, except one I thought it was so neat, how everything connected As you re reading the story, you wonder about each individual case But then as the climax draws near, it becomes obvious that many things are connected.Thomas had me guessing about everything, right up until 98% of the book, when all is revealed Don t get me wrong, the author drops information here and there, enough to make you think you understand what the mystery is But the big reveal is nothing like I would have expected I must applaud Thomas for how she set up the crime and the mystery Charlotte is so, so clever I can t imagine writing such a clever character being easy She is so perceptive and intelligent nothing gets past her She is so formidable when using her brain Thomas did an amazing job of writing Charlotte.The other characters were equally as well developed and likable I enjoyed reading scenes from Mrs Watson s POV she is a very kind and intelligent woman Most of the book is written from Charlotte s POV, but all is from third person, so the author had the freedom to have scenes from different characters POVs It was mostly Charlotte and Mrs Watson Mrs Watson is a fantastic sidekick, and I liked seeing her friendship with Charlotte grow and solidify.Lord Ingram is a big part of this story, though he plays less of a big role as he did in the first book His presence is always noticed, even though he is barely in the book in terms of being in the same space as Charlotte He is as honorable and clever as always, though of course not nearly as clever as Charlotte He is a good man.We also got to read from Livia s POV, and I liked that Livia is a sweet girl, and her part of the story was fun to read Fun, and sometimes a little wistful, but also hopeful She has begun writing the tales of Sherlock Holmes and I think it s obvious that she loves it In terms of romance, there is even less of it than there was in book one, at least for Charlotte She does get a proposal but not from who we as readers would want that couldn t happen anyway However, this proposal thing is dealt with by the end of the book Fret not I won t say too much , especially in terms of the mystery Suffice it to say, Thomas has written a really good mystery that will be difficult for most readers to crack, until the end What I Did Not Like I would say the only thing I would complain about is the lack of romance I understand why, but I want romance between Charlotte and her man I think it ll bepossible in the next book, but still The setup of the possible romance is so strange But I guess it might move in a good direction in book three Maybe I don t know Would I Recommend It I highly recommend these books to fans of mystery novels This is a historical fiction novel that is purely mystery based And if you hadn t noticed yet, it s a gender swapped Sherlock Holmes story It s great for adults or young adults, even though it is published under an adult imprint I kept guessing at the mystery until the very end, which is the mark of a great mystery novel, to me Rating 4 stars I can t wait to see what is in store for Charlotte next I do hope certain things proceed you know what I m talking about , but I also hope certain things are addressed and brought to light, in book three Basically, I have a lot of expectations for book three I just added the cover to Goodreads Isn t it lovely Expanded cover below Preorder now Penguin Random HouseBN Books A Million The Book Depository I totally love this book Charlotte Holmes is such a fabulous character and I enjoyed the book so much that not even half way through did I order the first book in the series I had no problem whatsoever getting into this book However, I m deeply curious to learnabout Charlotte s past transgressions that made her being shunned by her family and society And, most of all I want to knowabout her creating Sherlock Holmes And, the case she was involved in the first book.The story sta I totally love this book Charlotte Holmes is such a fabulous character and I enjoyed the book so much that not even half way through did I order the first book in the series I had no problem whatsoever getting into this book However, I m deeply curious to learnabout Charlotte s past transgressions that made her being shunned by her family and society And, most of all I want to knowabout her creating Sherlock Holmes And, the case she was involved in the first book.The story starts off interesting with Charlotte being contacted by Lady Ingram to find her first love This case becomes very personal since Lady Ingram, of course, is the wife of Charlotte s dear friend Lord Ingram A man that she, well, Charlotte may be very analytic, but if there is one man for her, would that be Ash Ingram So, yes, very personal case Still, Charlotte being Charlotte doesn t mean that she will let her emotion s rule the case Not even when it s revealed that it s her own half brother the Lady is looking for Then, we have the proposal from Lord Ingram s brother Bancroft Made me think of Mycroft, of course, lol that Charlotte ponders over during the book I found the case interesting, and yes I was surprised by the ending.Now Charlotte, of course, like Sherlock Holmes has a weakness and if he needed the seven per cent solution is Charlotte sthe seven cookie solution Yes, she needs cookies, not cocaine Love that.This is a book that surprised me I did not expect to love it as much as I did I love reading Sherlock Holmes pastiches and this is beside the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series by Laurie R King my favorite so far And, I have only read one book I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through Edelweiss for an honest review Another brilliant installment in this intensely enjoyable series This is extremely character led murder mystery, where a huge part of the pleasure and indeed plot hangs on the interactions of Charlotte Holmes and her close family and companions in detection.It starts the day after book 1 ends and I m glad I read them back to back as I suspect it might have been a tad hard to follow otherwise These definitely need to be read in order to grasp the interwoven threads, which are done magnificently Another brilliant installment in this intensely enjoyable series This is extremely character led murder mystery, where a huge part of the pleasure and indeed plot hangs on the interactions of Charlotte Holmes and her close family and companions in detection.It starts the day after book 1 ends and I m glad I read them back to back as I suspect it might have been a tad hard to follow otherwise These definitely need to be read in order to grasp the interwoven threads, which are done magnificently It s also much better edited than the first, am glad the publisher raised their game Terrific Cannot wait to find out what happens in the ongoing story I m off to get 3 I am breathless Not to mention sleepless, as I had to stay up late to finish this amazing book Sherry Thomas is simply a genius twisting classic Sherlockian memes into complicated knots and then gradually untying them so that we re left with a beautiful seamless ribbon of an adventure tinged with romance A Conspiracy in Belgravia is most definitely going on my playing chess not checkers shelf.This is the second Lady Sherlock book, and as we learned in the first, Miss Charlotte Holmes has I am breathless Not to mention sleepless, as I had to stay up late to finish this amazing book Sherry Thomas is simply a genius twisting classic Sherlockian memes into complicated knots and then gradually untying them so that we re left with a beautiful seamless ribbon of an adventure tinged with romance A Conspiracy in Belgravia is most definitely going on my playing chess not checkers shelf.This is the second Lady Sherlock book, and as we learned in the first, Miss Charlotte Holmes has set herself up as the supposed sister of an invalid brother, Sherlock, who is brilliant at solving baffling mysteries and who occasionally assists Inspector Treadles of Scotland Yard Charlotte is estranged from her aristocratic parents and lives with Mrs John Watson, the colorful widow of an Army officer Together, they maintain the facade of an ailing Sherlock living at 221B Baker Street Charlotte interviews the clients while Sherlock listens from his bedchamber Only a few people know that Sherlock does not exist, including Charlotte s sister Livia, Inspector Treadles, and Lord Ingram Ashburton Ash Charlotte s closest friend since childhood.Shortly before our story begins, Charlotte had helped expose a triple murderer, and here I must offer a suggestion read A Study In Scarlet Women first While this book could be read as a standalone, I think that a reader s understanding and enjoyment would be enhanced by reading them in order.Charlotte receives a note requesting an appointment from a Mrs Finch, but Charlotte immediately recognizes the notepaper and realizes that the letter comes from Lady Ingram Ashburton The situation is rather tricky, as Ash and his wife are not a happy couple, living virtually separate lives under the same roof for the sake of propriety and their two young children Moreover, Ash and Charlotte are secretly in love with one another, although they would never admit it or act upon it Ash is too honorable, and Charlotte is too unromantic to think of love There is a palpable undercurrent of attraction though.Charlotte accepts Lady Ingram s request, but to avoid being recognized by her, Mrs Watson s niece Penelope poses as Sherlock s sister It turns out that Lady Ingram is looking for help in locating a young man, Myron Finch, with whom she fell in love before marrying Ash For financial and social reasons, they could not marry but they agreed to meet once a year at the Albert Memorial, not speaking or acknowledging one another but merely passing to see that each was still alive and well This year, however, Mr Finch did not appear, and Lady Ingram wants Holmes to locate him and discover the reason Imagine Charlotte s surprise when Penelope repeats this story to her, for Myron Finch is Charlotte s illegitimate half brother, a son her father had supported but kept a secret from his wife and daughters Charlotte knows about him because she and Livia routinely snooped in their father s office when he was out of town Charlotte is in for another surprise that day, when Ash s older brother, Lord Bancroft Ashburton, pays her a call and proposes marriage For you Sherlockians, Bancroft is a Mycroft Holmes sort of character who holds a position in the government and can pull strings when needed Bancroft is the opposite of his brother Ash cerebral, decidedly uncharismatic, and obsessively curious about everything and everyone Charlotte agrees to consider his proposal, as it does present some advantages for her Marriage to Bancroft would redeem her reputation in society, which was ruined when she ran away from home after being deliberately caught in flagrante with a married man It would enable a reconciliation with her family and enable her to offer care for her mentally disabled sister Bernadette and to visit openly with Livia However, she would be required to give up her Sherlock Holmes persona and distance herself from the socially unsuitable Mrs Holmes Bancroft offers her a consolation, though given that mental exertion gives you pleasure, I shall be happy to supply the necessary exercises After all, I come across them on a regular basis With that, he gives her a dossier of six envelopes containing the details of unsolved mysteries One of them involves breaking a virtually impossible cipher, but Charlotte is up to the job, which leads her and Ash to a London house where Inspector Treadles is investigating a murder.Of course, I cannot resist saying that from there, the game is afoot It is far too complicated to even begin to describe how this murder ties into the search for Myron Finch, but it does In the incredibly skillful hands of Sherry Thomas though, the intricate plot works and everything falls into place at the end Not only is the adventure marvelously structured, the characters are fascinating Charlotte is logical and unromantic, and yet she hesitates to marry Bancroft given that she finds his brotherattractive We feel great sympathy for Ash, trapped as he is in a miserable marriage to a deceitful woman who only married him for his money Little sister Livia meets a mysterious young man who seems to like her despite her oddities and quirks We also learnabout the tribulations of Inspector Treadles, a man happily married to an heiress but living on a detective s income He has women problems His wife admits that she would like to run her father s business, and the magnificent boon to his career, Sherlock Holmes, turned out to be a woman with loose morals and no remorse Once again, Thomas inserts little factoids from Conan Doyle s Sherlock stories Livia is finding her inner muse and begins writing her own mystery story about a massacre in Utah related to a religious cult Sherlockians will immediately recognize elements of A Study in Scarlet And the arch criminal Moriarty makes his presence known.I read this on my Kindle, making lots of notes and highlights and flipping back to read some passages again It is not an effortless read, even for someone who loves complex mysteries But the effort is well worth it Sherry Thomas is superbly talented, and it shows in every page of this book I cannot recommend it highly enough.Onething Just when you think you have it all figured out there is the last line of the book Wow I did not see that coming Can t wait for the next one When I started the series, I was apprehensive of how successful my favorite HR writer is going to be navigating the uncharted territories of historical mystery My fears were put to rest as I loved the first installment and this one even a tad better.The story picks up right after book one ends And rather than describing the plot which would be difficult to do without spoilers, I want to share what I felt navigating the story The best analogy I can come up with is viewing a painting by an Impr When I started the series, I was apprehensive of how successful my favorite HR writer is going to be navigating the uncharted territories of historical mystery My fears were put to rest as I loved the first installment and this one even a tad better.The story picks up right after book one ends And rather than describing the plot which would be difficult to do without spoilers, I want to share what I felt navigating the story The best analogy I can come up with is viewing a painting by an Impressionist At the beginning, if staying too close to the painting, all you see is small broken vivid brush strokes of oil paint They appear to be randomly selected, unorganized, going in different directions, and in no way related to each other Take a few steps back, and your eyes will have to adjust to its blurriness, you start to see the purpose of these strokes They start making sense Takesteps back and you reach the perfect end distance where it all comes together and you can truly appreciate the shimmering effect of these not so random strokes, marvel at the whole picture they present and you want to seeThat s exactly the experiences I had while reading the story And the best part of the story Miss Charlotte Homes herself, of course Oh, if I can hug a fictional character, I would hug her Although, on the second thought, since she would prefer not to be touched, I would bake a delicious pastry to satisfy her ever present sweet tooth The pastry would be light enough so she wouldn t have to worry about reaching the maximum number of tolerable chins.Charlotte s superb mental abilities and lack of emotional empathy to other are the most fascinating aspects of her character It seems there is a proliferation of stories with female detective set in Regency or Victorian times These women are smart, capable and too anachronistic of the times Not Charlotte In Charlotte s characterization, Sherry Thomas s talent shines through Charlotte has a brilliant mind, amazing ability of deduction She solves almost impossible problems, able to connect what appears to be random things and events and does it better than any man around her but is able to do all of this within the boundaries of Victorian England female and not just any Victorian female but unmarried and socially ruined oneThe author didn t just insert Charlotte into Sherlock s area of expertise, she made a character completely different from the well known man Charlotte has to be creative in her investigation in order to preserve the illusion of Sherlock Holmes to the man on the street and the police.And although the mystery is solved at the end, there is so much of family and relationship dynamic left to explore Can t wait for the next installment It was so much fun diving back into the atmospheric and mysterious Victorian London world that Thomas has created in her Lady Sherlock series Once again Charlotte and her friends were a treat to see and conspire with As a mystery always rich in detail and curiosity slowly unfolds as Charlotte puts her deductive talents into play and figures it all out before anyone else and before the danger becomes too great to those she knows and loves And she does it all while trying to keep it a secret as It was so much fun diving back into the atmospheric and mysterious Victorian London world that Thomas has created in her Lady Sherlock series Once again Charlotte and her friends were a treat to see and conspire with As a mystery always rich in detail and curiosity slowly unfolds as Charlotte puts her deductive talents into play and figures it all out before anyone else and before the danger becomes too great to those she knows and loves And she does it all while trying to keep it a secret as much as possible from those who don t know that the famous Sherlock Holmes, is none other than Charlotte herself Set in a time and place that women were suppose to be almost anything other than clever and ambitious, I love that Charlotte doesn t turn away from the challenge to shock those around her and stand tall and true to who she is with little thought to what society will think about it This book, this series, has some of the most romantic lines that never were Lines that are thought but never spoken out loud Truly swoon worthy and in large part other than the whole this book rocks all by itself already thing, it is one of the main reasons I keep coming back time and again to Ms Thomas writing It is just so well written and so beautiful in both mystery and prose and the tragic love story that might never be I devoured this in a night and was sad that I didn t take longer with it I wanted to both savor and eat it up I sincerely hope the next book will be here before I know it I just can t get enough of this series, rich with a mystery that keeps me on my toes and characters that are every bit as fun and intriguing as the story line itself ARC was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review Wow I really enjoyed the first book and the second one was a disappointment compared to that I think Thomas tried to bite offthan could be reasonably followed in this book Maybe some of it could have been pushed to a third book Having Charlotte Holmes and Mrs Watson taking on cases, having Charlotte solving ciphers for Lord Bancroft, and the follow up to Moriarty and the half brother we heard about in the last book all thrown together didn t make for an engaging read Don t even get m Wow I really enjoyed the first book and the second one was a disappointment compared to that I think Thomas tried to bite offthan could be reasonably followed in this book Maybe some of it could have been pushed to a third book Having Charlotte Holmes and Mrs Watson taking on cases, having Charlotte solving ciphers for Lord Bancroft, and the follow up to Moriarty and the half brother we heard about in the last book all thrown together didn t make for an engaging read Don t even get me started on Inspector Treadles and his nonsense about women The man goes around ticked that the brilliant Sherlock Holmes is Charlotte Holmes And then is evenunhappy when his wife admits she wishes she could run her father s business After the events in book 1, Charlotte and Mrs Watson are still doing their detective business as Sherlock Holmes However, things become awkward when Lord Ingram s wife comes asking for help in finding her first love There s a lot of hand waving away why Charlotte agrees to work on this case, but ultimately that case leads to a larger mystery that I didn t think was put together very well.Charlotte is still quite good at deducting But you do read a lot about what she eats, her tea, and how hungry she is at all times Why Thomas switched Holmes addiction to Charlotte being an over eater or glutton I honestly don t know what she is doing with this is baffling to me She could have her addicted to something else and or just not at all Since you already set up that Sherlock Holmes is not real, and that Charlotte s sister Olivia is going to write stories about the man, who cares that you try to mirror every little thing in those stories I can t really get a handle on the other characters Mrs Watson barely felt in this one We do have her teaching Charlotte about self defense which I liked Olivia Holmes is in and out of this one She s not really integral to the plot, but having her get romantic notions about someone that may be in danger made me just sigh I am guessing based no how this book ends, he will pop up in the third book Lord Ingram and CharlotteI don t know Due to the events in this book one wonders what will happen next I actually liked the idea of Charlotte getting married to Lord Bancroft have fun reading about what happens next At least it would have moved the book to a different place than I think most readers would have expected.The writing didn t grab me like in the first one and the flow was not good The only parts I found interesting where getting Charlotte s and Mrs Watson s POV I would recommend Thomas cut down on the back and forths to Inspector Treadles in the next one She could have left him out entirely and nothing would have been missed since he ends up just being a minor player in this I think we only see him since he will have a larger role in book 3 The ending felt vaguely unsatisfactory since you have a lot of revelations that didn t quite make sense to me at all I even re read some of the sections again and just gave up I think books like these have to leave clues that readers can pick up on as well Otherwise it s not really fun to read You just have the author throwing out twists


About the Author: Sherry Thomas

Because actual world domination is too much trouble, USA Today bestselling author Sherry Thomas decided that her goal is life is to write every kind of book she enjoys reading Thus far she has published romance, fantasy, mystery, and a wuxia inspired duology Her books regularly receive starred reviews and best of the year honors from trade publications, including such outlets as the New York Times and National Public Radio She is also a two time winner of Romance Writers of America s prestigious RITA Award And by the way, English is her second language Her upcoming release is A STUDY IN SCARLET WOMEN , book 1 of the gender bending Lady Sherlock mystery series Sherry Thomas has done the impossible and crafted a fresh, exciting new version of Sherlock Holmes From the carefully plotted twists to the elegant turns of phrase, A Study in Scarlet Women is a splendid addition to Holmes s world This book is everything I hoped it would be, and the next adventure cannot come too soon Deanna Raybourn, New York Times bestselling author Thomas weaves a lush, intricate fantasy world around a gorgeous romance that kept me riveted until the very last page What a breathtaking journey Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of the Legend series Sherry Thomas is the most powerfully original historical romance author writing today Lisa Kleypas, New York Times bestselling author Visit Sherry at her website Follow Sherry on twitter Find Sherry on Facebook


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