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.The Cat of the Baskervilles by Vicki Delany
on February 13, 2018
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Also by this author: Elementary, She Read , Body on Baker Street
The show is coming to town on Cape Cod. The West London Theater Festival is putting on a stage production of The Hound of the Baskervilles. Gemma Doyle is excited and participating with her friend Jayne Wilson, whose mother, Leslie, just happens to be volunteering with the company. Leslie arranges a fundraising tea party at the home of the festival organizer, catered by Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room. The tea is a rousing success, but Sir Nigel Bellingham, the famous star cast as the lead of Sherlock, goes missing. And Gemma finds him at the bottom of the cliff. Dead.
Before the tea, Sir Nigel had come by the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop, only for Gemma to realize that he’s not at all suited to the role. But as Gemma and Jayne investigate, the list of suspects just grows longer. Long past his prime, Sir Nigel was second to a younger actor who had first been given the role. The festival’s executive director also expressed that he had been hired over her objections. Then there are the slew of people to whom Sir Nigel was rude. They all have motive, but then a scrap of Leslie’s apron caught on a bush by Sir Nigel’s body is found. And the police are set to pounce as she becomes suspect #1.
It’s up to Gemma and Jayne to team up again and clear Jayne’s mother’s name in The Cat of the Baskervilles, the delightful third Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery.
Here is what I thought
This is the third book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series and just as enjoyable as the first two. I really like Gemma and her friends.
The West London Theatre Festival is coming and one of the plays they are doing is The Hounds of Baskerville and Gemma’s friend Jayne is doing a little volunteering since her mother is also a volunteer. It’s going to be good for business since Gemma runs a bookshop that is all about Sherlock. She is not wanting to volunteer though but she gets roped into helpy Jayne when she is asked to cater a fundraiser for the theatre. The Hounds of Baskerville have actually secured a famous actor, Sir Nigel Bellingham, whom has been in the play before and played Holmes and knows it really well.
During the fundraising afternoon tea Sir Nigel is found dead and there are a fair amount of suspects including Leslie, Jayne’s mother, who new Nigel a long time ago and was seen walking with him towards the wood. Some think that Sir Nigel committed suicide after his horrible mishap of making a fool of himself during the tea when he was asked to recite some of Hounds. Gemma is afraid that Leslie isn’t being forthright with all the information and she does everything she can to try and figure out what she is hiding and who might have killed Sir Nigel.
Sir Nigel seemed like a horrid man who wrecked his life and was left with a shell of the man he once was, it would have been easy to think he committed suicide but of course when it comes back he might have had help, Gemma has a few suspects. Nigels assistant, she has seen how he is treated, several of the actor/ess have good reason, then Leslie who has a past with him. Of course she is told to stay out of things and Estrada would love to find a way of making Gemma a suspect and Ryan knows she knows something she is not telling and it’s aggravating him. 🙂
The characters in this series are a lot of fun. Gemma and her unusual way of seeing things and is sort of like Holmes. Jayne who runs the tea shop and Gemma’s best friend. Moriarty the cat!! Violet the dog!!! It’s also fun to see how mad Estrada can get when Gemma interferes with the investigation as she really hates Gemma. And we can’t forget Ryan, the ex, who is the lead detective and who still has feelings for her and she is not sure how she feels about him. 🙂
The mystery was pretty good and it took me a lot longer to figure things out though I did figure it out just a little bit before Gemma did! There was just so many good suspects!
If you love cozies I recommend this series!