Body on Baker Street: A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery by Vicki Delany
2nd in Series
Crooked Lane Books (September 12, 2017)
Hardcover: 304 pages
sE-Book ASIN: B06XW3K7F5
Gemma Doyle and Jayne Wilson are busy managing the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium on Baker Street and adjoining Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room in anticipation of the store’s upcoming book signing with the illustrious Renalta Van Markoff, author of the controversial Hudson and Holmes mystery series. But during the author Q&A session, dedicated Sherlockian Donald Morris verbally attacks Renalta and her series for disgracing Sherlock’s legacy, only to be publicly humiliated when the author triumphantly lashes back and gains the upper hand. That is until Renalta collapses on the table―dead. Donald insists he didn’t do it and pleads to his friends to clear his name. Fortunately, Gemma and Jayne have no shortage of suspects between author’s bullied personal assistant, her frustrated publicist, the hapless publisher, a handsome rare book dealer, an obsessively rabid fan, and a world of other Sherlock enthusiasts with strong objections to Renalta’s depiction of the Great Detective. It’s up to the shrewd sleuthing duo to eliminate the impossible and deduce the truth before the West London police arrest an innocent man in 's hBody on Baker Street, the second Sherlock Homes Bookshop mystery perfect for fans of Miranda James and Kate Carlisle.Review: After only two books, I am totally in love with this series. I love Gemma, Jayne, Uncle Arthur, Ryan, Grant, and so many other folks around town--and let's not forget Moriarity, the bookshop cat!
This time around, a famous mystery author is poisoned in the bookshop during an appearance/book signing. There are plenty of suspects, from people who are angry about her interpretation of the Holmes story to people who could profit from her death to people who imitate and stalk her.
When a person in town becomes the number one suspect and asks for Gemma's help to prove their innocence, things begin to heat up for Gemma. Will she solve the case in time to keep the suspect out of jail and herself out of danger?
The author does a marvelous job with these stories. The village and the people who live there seem to come to life on the page, and the reader will begin to care about virtually everyone. The mystery is well done also, surprising you at various times. I wasn't sure who the murderer was until the last minute.
Already looking forward to book #3, The Cat of the Baskervilles.
Rating: Four stars
About the author
Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers and a national bestseller in the U.S. She has written more than twenty-five books: clever cozies to Gothic thrillers to gritty police procedurals, to historical fiction and novellas for adult literacy. Under the name of Eva Gates, she writes the Lighthouse Library cozy series for Penguin Random House. Her latest book is Body on Baker Street, the second in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series from Crooked Lane. Vicki is the past president of the Crime Writers of Canada. Her work has been nominated for the Derringer, the Bony Blithe, the Ontario Library Association Golden Oak, and the Arthur Ellis Awards. www.vickidelany.com
Facebook: Vicki Delany & Eva Gates and twitter: @vickidelany and @evagatesauthor
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