CHARACTERS ✓ Elementary She Read A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery #1

SUMMARY Elementary She Read A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery #1

CHARACTERS ✓ Elementary She Read A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery #1 × Gemma Doyle a transplanted Englishwoman has returned to the uaint 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 cGemma Doyle a transplanted Englishwoman has returned to the uaint 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. 4 stars to Vicki Delany's Elementary She Read the first in a new Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series I've read a few other books by this author jumping at the chance to read this new series as I really enjoy her ability to immerse you in the setting of a uaint and charming little town full of memorable characters And it did not disappoint Story Gemma is a transplant from England now residing in West London on Cape Cod in Massachusetts as part owner of her uncle's Sherlock Holmes bookshop and new friend's traditional tea shop When a busload of mystery loving grannies invade their stores and a rare edition of a magazine turn up hiding on the bookshelves Gemma knows something is not right She tracks down one of the women but finds her murdered in her hotel room The police suspect Gemma as her story of Good Samaritan to return the magazine cannot possibly be true When she learns the woman was serving as a nurse in a very rich family of known Sherlock Holmes book collectors the story gets even puzzling But it's when another death puts her back in the spotlight that Gemma begins to worry she may be put in jail for a crime she had nothing to do with Using her own highly skilled research and investigation techniues Gemma solves the case but almost goes down as one of the victimsIncludes a few side stories with her friend Jayne her former boyfriend the cop and a few interesting neighborhood characters who either love her or hate her Oh yeah and her dog and cat who are uite a hoot Strengths I always enjoy the first in a new series to see how the author introduces characters builds a setting and invests in the themes and motifs which will guide the future books Vicky Delany does not disappoint as this one looks to be as strong as the Year Round Christmas series Delany has a knack for creating vivid and personable characters Sometimes you don't really care for the character but not because the character is poorly written it's always because she packs a punch in finding ways for you to hate people and love them at the same time That's how I fell about the new detective who shows up to crack the case The woman must have a soft spot somewhere but Gemma can't find it And I wanted to slap the cop on many occasions for her rude behavior Good writing makes you feel that about someone in a storySherlock Holmes has been done before But this is done in a lighthearted way such that it's not over the top rarely boring and usually well integrated You learn a little about Doyle 19th century England and various other historical tidbits all the while enjoying the differences between American and Britain Plus there are several goofy moments where you can picture the scene happening at some point in your own life Might even make you want to become a Sherlock follower yourself Suggestions The book was consistent just like all of the rest of Delany's novels that I've read before It's a good read full of great characters but I want to see Delany push it a little further next time and have a very complex mystery with players about the town Introduce families show connections bring a bit of England to Massachusetts Transport us somewhere different where we want to find ourselves lost in We're right on the cusp and I'm betting book two in this series will do it Final Thoughts Good plot Fun characters Clever writing Everything you need in a basic murder mystery with a splash of something new and exciting A definite read for fans of the author and genre and a good intro to the cozy for those not ever having the pleasure of encountering one before Plus who doesn't love a book about famous authors and detectives

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Valuable magazine containing the first Sherlock Holmes 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 cle. Gemma Doyle manages a small Sherlock Holmes themed book and souvenir shop in picturesue Cape Cod The store is owned by Gemma's uncle who believes he is a distant relative of the author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and she's moved from her native England to help out her aging relative Her best friend Jayne runs a tea room right next door Although Gemma shares the same keen sense of observation as the famed detective Holmes she never expects to be part of a murder investigation One day Gemma finds a valuable magazine in her shop and knows she didn't put it there When she and Jayne try to return it to its rightful owner they become embroiled in a murder mystery Gemma finds herself a suspect and things are further complicated when her ex almost fiance winds up investigating the caseThis book walked a good line between cozy and mystery Although the mystery itself was a bit convoluted and the perpetrator very obvious this book isn't cheesy there are no recipes or flower arranging tips or whatever I did think Gemma was a bit of a witch to her employee and I don't like the end justification of it I also didn't like how the police would discuss the case with her just because she asked that's not how things work And of course it's hard to suspend reality enough to believe a Sherlock Holmes store would not only exist but remain profitable That said this book is a promising start to a cozy mystery series and I would be interested in continuingI received a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher and Netgalley

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Elementary She Read A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery #1Ar 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 go. Note I read this book last month but the publisher has asked that reviews be held until the month the book is releasedSomewhere it must be written that heroines or heroes of so called cozy mysteries must be the most obnoxious and interfering people on the face of the earth I realize that without those characteristics the plots probably wouldn't go much of anywhere but boy does it ever get under my skin Gemma Doyle the heroine here and co owner of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium in tiny West London Massachusetts is no exception in fact I'd go so far as saying she's annoying to me than most That aside the story here is well thought out and moves along uickly on the whole making for a book I really enjoyed honestThat enjoyment comes partly because I'm a bit of a Sherlock Holmes aficionado myself especially when he's portrayed spot on by actor Benedict Cumberbatch one of the reasons I was delighted to get an advance copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Then there's mention of a lighthouse a favorite photography subject for both myself and my husband; and the fact that Gemma drives a red Mazda Miata one of my top three dream cars made me decide she might not be so bad after allIt was also fun to watch the plot unfold as a result of Gemma's uncanny Holmes like deductions even when she continues to make them despite clear warnings that she would do well to put a sock in it At one point when she discovers that someone may have been lurking outside her home for instance she muses that someone might be suggesting that she back off Oh really you mean someone like the entire West London police or your best friend Jayne who co owns the tea shop next to your bookstore or the ex fiance who dumped you because he no longer could take your meddling waysFor better or worse though better folks than I have told her she's too nosy for her own good so I'll move on to the story and for sure it's a doozy Amid a crowd of women on a bus tour who visit the book shop one day is a street woman carrying a paper bag Gemma's intrigued but the woman gets lost in the crowd and forgotten until later when Gemma discovers what appears to be an extremely valuable magazine hidden on a shelf Certain that the disheveled woman left it there Gemma uses her powers of deduction to track her down To that end she's successful but when she and Jayne enter her hotel room the door to which is conveniently unlocked to allow Gemma and Jayne unfettered but surreptitious entry they make a startling discovery The woman is deadThat of course only provides fuel to Gemma's sleuthing fires; and when she finds that she and Jayne are considered persons of interest in the murder she's even determined to get to the truth being suspected murderers after all is bad for both their businesses The lead detective on the murder case Ryan Ashburton happens to be Gemma's ex fiance who bolted outta Dodge to take a job in a larger town when they broke up He's been back for a while now which comes as a surprise to Gemma a tidbit that given West London's small size made me conclude that her powers of observation are a bit selective Thankfully he doesn't believe Gemma is capable of murder but after she sticks her nose in one too many places and gasp finds yet another dead body after sneaking onto someone else's private property he's yanked off the case because his prior relationship has the potential to unduly influence his investigation yikes what took them so longLest I like Gemma be chastised for treading where I shouldn't go I'll keep other details of the investigation and the for the most part surprising outcome to myself The only thing I'll say is that this is an excellent series debut that I'm sure fans of cozy mysteries and Sherlock Holmes will enjoy The game is afoot Sherlock Holmes The Adventure of the Abbey Grange so go for it