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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Elementary She Read

Elementary She Read
by Vicki Delany

Read the first chapter here.
Elementary, She Read: A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery
by Vicki Delany
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (March 14, 2017)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1683310969
Kindle ASIN: B01MT6H7O1

Gemma Doyle, a transplanted Englishwoman, has returned to the quaint town of West London on Cape Cod to manage her Great Uncle Arthur's Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium. The shop--located at 222 Baker Street--specializes in the Holmes canon and pastiche, and is also the home of Moriarty the cat. When Gemma finds a rare and potentially valuable magazine containing the first Sherlock Homes story hidden in the bookshop, she and her friend Jayne (who runs the adjoining Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room) set off to find the owner, only to stumble upon a dead body.
The highly perceptive Gemma is the police’s first suspect, so she puts her consummate powers of deduction to work to clear her name, investigating a handsome rare books expert, the dead woman's suspiciously unmoved son, and a whole family of greedy characters desperate to cash in on their inheritance. But when Gemma and Jayne accidentally place themselves at a second murder scene, it's a race to uncover the truth before the detectives lock them up for good.
What I Thought:

This one grabbed my attention from the beginning and kept me turning pages till the very end.  I am not a fan of Sherlock Holmes and have not read any of the books, nor seen any of the movies or shows about him, but I still really enjoyed this story.  I really like the character of Gemma, she was a very observant person, but it took her a little while to figure out who the killer was, and it was a total surprise!  There were a lot of twists and turns in this book, which kept it really interesting.  It was well written and the plot was excellent. Again, I was totally surprised by the ending of this book and who the killer was.  There was really nothing about this book that I did not like. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers. She is the author of twenty-three published crime novels, including standalone Gothic thrillers, the Constable Molly Smith series, and the Year Round Christmas Mysteries. Under the pen name of Eva Gates she is the national bestselling author of the Lighthouse Library cozy series.

The first in Vicki’s Sherlock Holmes bookshop series, Elementary She Read, will be released in March 2017 from Crooked Lane Books.

Vicki lives and writes in Prince Edward County, Ontario. She is the past president of the Crime Writers of Canada. Facebook: Vicki Delany & Eva Gates and twitter: @vickidelany and @evagatesauthor

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  1. I'm really looking forward to reading Elementary, She Read. I love the idea of a Sherlock Holmes Emporium and Bookstore with Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room next door. Might need to watch out for the Emporium's in-residence cat, Moriarty!

  2. "Elementary, She Read" sounds like a great read. A bookstore and a cat named Moriatry has to make for a great story.