This is the second book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series by Vicki Delaney. I’ve read them out of order a little bit. I had started with the third book since I had the opportunity to receive a hard cover of it for doing a voluntary read and review. I read the first one this spring and since my library had this one on display, I grabbed it up.
My Goodreads review:
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Now I’m all caught up and ready for whenever the fourth book comes out! This one was really good and especially interesting since it had to do with an author being killed in Gemma’s store.
Gemma had set up a last minute book signing at her store for a flamboyant but well-loved author. The woman wasn’t so well-loved in the die-hard Sherlock community though because Donald Morris, local Sherlock expert and fancier of all things Sherlock had angry words with her just before she face planted into the book she was signing. Poor Donald ended up arrested eventually and begged Gemma to look into this case for him. Since Gemma had higher-than-normal type senses and instincts, she agreed to see what she could do, all the while dodging snarky detective Louise Estrada and hoping for a little attention from her former boyfriend, detective Ryan Ashburton. Add to that, just trying to stay alive since the killer seemed to be getting worried at one point.
There were plenty of suspects but narrowed down probably just the normal amount, as well as twists and turns that had me doubting my first choice. It didn’t surprise me when I found out who it was but I hadn’t guessed the reasoning. The showdown was great and everything ended up working out for everyone involved, well except for the killer.
It was fun to see Jayne’s mom in the story since this is the first time she was featured. She seems really nice and your typical nurturing mom. I’m hoping that Gemma and Louise Estrada start getting along better. It seems like if each one of them would just give a little, it would work better. Gemma is so intelligent she just can’t help the comments she makes sometimes which is what usually makes Louise mad at her. I hope Gemma and Ryan can work things out and be together and it would be great to see Jayne eventually with someone other than Robbie (preferably Andy that likes her) Oh well these are just the fun side things. It’s always a great mystery at the Sherlock Bookshop!
I’m always happy to see cozy mysteries at my local library like this one so along with buying books, I do like to borrow them sometimes and let the library know there are definitely interested cozy fans in our little town.