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Elementary, She Read
Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery #1
Vicki Delaney

Crooked Lane Books
March 14, 2017/ ISBN 978-1-6833`-096-9
Mystery/Cozy/Amateur Sleuth

Reviewed by Laura Hinds


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.

While 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!

Gemma is considered a suspect immediately and then things go from bad to worse when she and Jayne find a second victim!

I enjoyed 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.

Author 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!

Reviews of other titles in this series

Elementary, She Read #1
Body on Baker Street #2
The Cat of the Baskervilles #3
A Scandal in Scarlet #4

Reviewed 2017