I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Curious Incident by Vicki Delany
Published by Crooked Lane Books on January 12, 2021
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Also by this author: Elementary, She Read , Body on Baker Street , The Cat of the Baskervilles , A Scandal in Scarlet, There's A Murder Afoot
It's up to Gemma and Jayne to root out the killer in national bestselling author Vicki Delany's sixth Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery when the winner of a garden tour trophy is left pushing up daisies.
"I am not a Consulting Detective," Gemma Doyle reluctantly tells 10-year-old Lauren Tierney, when the little girl comes to the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium to beg Gemma to find her missing cat, Snowball. Gemma might not be able to follow the clues to find the cat, but her dog Violet follows her nose to locate the missing kitten in a neighbor's garden shed. Gemma and Violet proudly return Snowball to her grateful owner, and Gemma basks in praise for a job well done. But a few days later Lauren is back with ten dollars in hand, wanting to once again hire a consulting detective, and this time for a far bigger job: Her mother has been accused of murdering her garden club rival.Sheila Tierney's garden, which everyone said was the one to beat for the West London Garden Club trophy, had been vandalized the night before the club's early summer tour. Sheila confronted her former friend and gardening partner Anna Wentworth in a towering rage, and the women nearly came to blows. Later that night, after having won the trophy for best garden, Anna is found murdered and Sheila Tierney is the police's prime suspect. Despite herself, and despite the disapproval of her police detective boyfriend Ryan Ashburton, the game is once again afoot, and Gemma finds herself and Jayne Wilson using their powers of deduction to ponder yet another curious incident.
Here is what I thought
Gemma is back at it again! It starts off with a young girl asking her for help finding her missing cat because her aunt told her that Gemma was good at finding things. Lauren said she would even pay, but Gemma tells her she isn’t a consulting detective and she can’t promise her to look for her cat. Turns out she didn’t have to worry about disappointing the kid to much as Violet, Gemma’s dog, finds the kitten. So now Lauren thinks Gemma is just the coolest person ever!
Gemma thought she had seen the last of Lauren but it wasn’t but just a day later that Lauren comes asking for her help again, but this time it’s to prove her mom didn’t murder someone. Who would have thought gardening could be so dangerous and full of drama but Gemma is finding out they are a very competitive lot.
Lauren’s mom doesn’t make herself look innocent either as she is a very cold individual and very vocal about how knows the victim is the one that ruined her garden, etc. Gemma has her work cut out for her in trying to solve this because not only does her boyfriend, Ryan, one of the detectives wants her to stay out of things but his partner seems out to get Gemma at every turn.
I really like the main character, but I think the reason I enjoyed this one so much more than the others in this series was the young girl Lauren. She really looked up to Gemma after she found her kitten and the fact that she was doing her best to help her mom. Gemma is from England and the young girl was taking on all her British phrases and it was super cute. With Gemma it is so funny that she can spot a clue nobody else can but doesn’t even realize the girl was starting to talk like her and her friend Jayne had to point it out.
I also thought the mystery was pretty decent, although I pretty much had it figured out. I do like to read and find out if I get it right or not!
I think if you are a fan of cozy mysteries then you should pick up this series!