Gemma Doyle has moved
to West London, on Cape Cod, where she manages her Great Uncle
Arthur’s shop dedicated to Sherlock Holmes. The shop
is called “Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium.”
The shop is at 222 Baker Street, and a cat named Moriarty
lives there. Moriarty has a dislike of Gemma no matter how
hard she tries.
Uncle Arthur is off roaming, Gemma finds a rare magazine left
behind at the shop, and she and her friend Jayne try to find
the woman who left it to find out why she did so and to return
it to her. They find the hotel where she is staying, but by
then, she’s beyond caring about the magazine, as she
is very, very dead. Dead because she was murdered!
is considered a suspect immediately and then things go from
bad to worse when she and Jayne find a second victim!
this first book in a new series. Gemma is quite the interesting
character with her ability to notice all the details of everything
and about everyone around her. I can see how someone like
Gemma could be off-putting, but her intellectual curiosity
and ability to cut through to the heart of the matter made
her fascinating. Her friendship with Jayne was fun, and the
possibility of a rekindled romance with her ex-suitor, Detective
Ryan Ashburton, intriguing.
Delaney put a great deal of effort into the details of this
mystery, while at the same time keeping it entertaining and
charming. Cape Cod is a lovely setting, and I’d love
the chance to visit the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium.
Not only are there books, but there’s Jayne’s
adjacent tea shop, “Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room”,
where you could get a good cuppa after shopping!