This is the fifth book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series by Vicki Delany, and it’s going to be released this Tuesday, January 7, 2020. I’m reviewing an advance copy of it provided by the publisher. I also had a digital copy from NetGalley as I tend to go back and forth if I have the choice. I really loved this installment that takes place 99% in London, England. It was fun to read about Gemma in her old stomping grounds and meet her parents and sister. I felt bad for Gemma’s dad being accused and harrassed by a DI who hadn’t liked him when he was on the force.
I thought at first her sister was going to be snooty and kind of a pain, but she proved to be more of a puzzle as well as a good, but behind-the-scenes sleuthing partner for her sister. We can only guess what Pippa’s job is with the government as the book unfolds. As always, I’m anxiously waiting for the next book now!
My Goodreads review:
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
It was so awesome to read about Gemma and all her West London, MA friends being together in London, England for a Sherlock Holmes event. I really liked her parents and Pippa her sister even grew on me. She was sort of mysterious but she and Grant started liking each other during the course of the trip, which turned into a little longer of a trip due to Gemma’s dad being accused of murder.
Gemma usually investigated cases involving strangers but there was more at stake here, so it made her even more determined to find the real killer. I was definitely wrong about the killer, and there was a good twist at the end. The showdown was exciting, and even Sherlock-obsessed Donald Morris got in on helping out. During the trip, I got some giggles out of the times Ashleigh would contact Gemma about a few little issues they were having at the store. The one with Moriarty the cat and an author’s shoes was really funny. I think this book is my favorite now in this series!
I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher. The book releases January 7, and my opinions are my own.