Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Review of A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas
Thank you to Goodreads and Berkley, I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.
Charlotte Holmes aka Sherlock Holmes has decided that she needs her freedom so she arranges to lose the one thing that makes her eligible for marriage, her virginity. This, of course, results in a scandal of the highest order, and Charlotte uses this as way to escape her house and set herself up. Soon, she finds that despite her intellect her choices seem to be all the wrong ones. She is thrown out of the boarding house and she can't seem to find a job.
When she finds out that the mother of one of her poor choices died the same night she got in a terrible fight with Charlotte's sister, she knows that Sherlock must get involved. She quickly realizes that three people have died within a quick succession and they appear to be related. When Lord Ingram refuses to help her, she has Sherlock's letter printed in the paper so that the Inspector knows that Sherlock is on the case.
Charlotte finds that she is running out of time to figure out time to find out what actually connects the three people besides being related and why they were singled out. Will she be able to put all the pieces together in time to catch a killer?
I have read several Holmes themed or retelling books this year, and for the most part, I have enjoyed them all. This was the first one that felt sort of similar to the original stories in the fact that mystery was subtle and very clever. I also really like Charlotte, okay I kind of love her. Flawed but so smart, and well I can't say more, but the passion!
I was totally gripped by this book, I couldn't put it down and I am really looking forward to reading more of this series.