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The Cat of the Baskervilles
Sherlock Holmes Bookshop #3
Vicki Delany

Crooked Lane
February 13, 2018 / ISBN 978-1-68331-471-4

Reviewed by Laura Hinds

Book three of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series continues in the tradition of the first two. Gemma Doyle and best friend Jayne Wilson are yet again involved in the murder of a visiting celebrity. This time, it's Sir Nigel Bellingham, a noted actor who has come to Cape Cod to perform in a local stage production of “The Hound of the Baskervilles.” Sir Nigel has had better days and has become a slave to alcohol and obviously unable to perform. This is made clear as a bell when he can't deliver a few lines coherently at an afternoon tea held as a fundraiser.

Sir Nigel goes missing shortly thereafter, and after Gemma and Grant Thompson discover his body at the foot of a cliff, speculation about the manner of death – accident, suicide or murder- runs wild. Many people had a reason to want to kill the actor, but Jayne's mother, Leslie is harboring a secret and circumstantial evidence points to her as the most likely suspect.

Gemma knows that Leslie isn't a killer and sets out to unmask the real villain before the police arrest her and close the case. The game is afoot and danger abounds as time runs out.

I continue to enjoy this series a lot. The story is plausible, the characters enjoyable and there's just enough humor and romance to keep things lively. I hope that Vicki Delany will be able to craft many more books in this clever series. Highly recommended!

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

Reviewers Notes: Vicki Delany writes several mystery series and also writes as Eva Gates

Reviewed 2018