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A Scandal in Scarlet
Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery #4
BY Vicki Delaney

Crooked Lane
November 13, 2018/ ISBN 978-1-68331-790-6
Mystery/Cozy/Amateur Sleuth

Reviewed by Laura Hinds 

Gemma Doyle is a Brit transplanted to Cape Cod where she owns the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop. After a long day and evening at work, she’s walking her dog, Violet. Violet alerts her to smoke coming from the museum, the Scarlet House built in 1648. The fire costs the museum almost everything, so Gemma and her best friend, Jayne agree to host an auction to raise funds for restoration.

But someone had it in for the museum board chair, Kathy Lamb. She has been murdered and Gemma’s boyfriend, Detective Ryan Ashburton is on the case. Having had a key role in solving some previous local murders, Gemma is planning to keep out of this one, but nevertheless, she finds herself investigating.

This is such an enjoyable book in an enjoyable series. It was nice to note that Gemma is beginning to work on thinking about things rather than blurting them out and leaving people feeling insulted by her harshness.

The mystery was spun tightly, and I had many different ideas about what the outcome would be, but I was still surprised at the ending.

Highly recommended! There’s a lot to love about a Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery! Five stars.

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
There’s a Murder Afoot #5

Reviewers Notes: The author writes several series including the Lighthouse Library Mysteries, writing as Eva Gates

Reviewed 2018