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 Scandal in Scarlet by Vicki Delany
Published by Crooked Lane Books on November 13, 2018
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Also by this author: Elementary, She Read , Body on Baker Street , The Cat of the Baskervilles
Sherlockians will delight at the latest charming installment of national bestselling author Vicki Delany’s fourth Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery.
Gemma and Jayne donate their time to raise money for the rebuilding of a burned out museum—but a killer wants a piece of the auction.
Walking her dog Violet late one night, Gemma Doyle, owner of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop, acts quickly when she smells smoke outside the West London Museum. Fortunately no one is inside, but it’s too late to save the museum’s priceless collection of furniture, and damage to the historic house is extensive. Baker Street’s shop owners come together to hold an afternoon auction tea to raise funds to rebuild, and Great Uncle Arthur Doyle offers a signed first edition of The Valley of Fear.
Cape Cod’s cognoscenti files into Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room, owned by Gemma’s best friend, Jayne Wilson. Excitement fills the air (along with the aromas of Jayne’s delightful scones, of course). But the auction never happens. Before the gavel can fall, museum board chair Kathy Lamb is found dead in the back room. Wrapped tightly around her neck is a long rope of decorative knotted tea cups—a gift item that Jayne sells at Mrs. Hudson’s. Gemma’s boyfriend in blue, Ryan Ashburton, arrives on the scene with Detective Louise Estrada. But the suspect list is long, and the case far from elementary. Does Kathy’s killing have any relation to a mysterious death of seven years ago?
Gemma has no intention of getting involved in the investigation, but when fellow shopkeeper Maureen finds herself the prime suspect she begs Gemma for her help. Ryan knows Gemma’s methods and he isn’t happy when she gets entangled in another mystery. But with so many suspects and so few clues, her deductive prowess will prove invaluable in A Scandal in Scarlet, Vicki Delany’s shrewdly plotted fourth Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery.
Here is what I thought
Gemma owns the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and co-owns Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room next door, so she is always being roped into helping with things and it seems like something always happens. This time the Scarlet House a historical landmark catches fire and burns a bit of it and so they are having a fundraising auction. Jayne donates the use of the Tea Room for their auction and of course that means Gemma must help.
At the auction the lady handling it is murdered and one of the suspects happens to be the one lady who doesn’t seem to get along with anyone especially Gemma. It surprises Gemma when she comes asking her for help because she swears she didn’t do as she really had no reason too and Gemma believes her.
Gemma is a bit like Holmes in the way that she is very detail oriented and can see things others never pay any attention too which has helped her solve cases in the past. This doesn’t make her friends with Detective Louisa but her boyfriend Detective Ryan has had a lot of practice getting aggravated at her and then asking what she knows…lol.
I am fond of the characters as Gemma and Jayne are a lot of fun. Gemma’s sarcastic banter with Detective Louisa cracks me up. There was just something about this one that seem to take me awhile to get through it. Normally cozies are quick reads but for some reason this one dragged and I am not sure why. I am just thinking that maybe it was just not one of my favorites in the series and that is okay.
I did think it had a pretty good mystery even though I figured it out before Gemma did. 🙂
I would recommend this series is you like cozies or Sherlock Holme themed books.