Charlotte Holmes returns for a case that is far from elementary in the Victorian-set Lady Sherlock series from the USA Today bestselling author Sherry Thomas.
Under the cover of “Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective,” Charlotte Holmes puts her extraordinary powers of deduction to good use. Aided by the capable Mrs. Watson, Charlotte draws those in need to her and makes it her business to know what other people don’t.
Moriarty’s shadow looms large. First, Charlotte’s half brother disappears. Then, Lady Ingram, the estranged wife of Charlotte’s close friend Lord Ingram, turns up dead on his estate. And all signs point to Lord Ingram as the murderer.
With Scotland Yard closing in, Charlotte goes under disguise to seek out the truth. But uncovering the truth could mean getting too close to Lord Ingram—and a number of malevolent forces…
“Loaded with suspense…[A] riveting and absorbing read…[A] beautifully written novel; you’ll savor the unraveling of the mystery and the brilliance of its heroine.”—NPR.org
Sherlockians who also love romance novels will best appreciate Thomas's third Lady Sherlock mystery set in Victorian England (after 2017's A Conspiracy in Belgravia). Charlotte Holmes works as the world's only consulting detective under the name Sherlock Holmes, resorting to the contrivance of interviewing clients in her Baker Street sitting room on behalf of her brother, who's confined to his bedroom with an illness. The prologue, which features Charlotte's half-brother, Myron Finch, who has been posing as her family's groom and is a former minion of Moriarty, "a man of dangerous aims," builds to a dramatic encounter between Charlotte and Moriarty. The main narrative flashes forward several months to the case of Lord Ingram Ashburton. Ingram, who's smitten with Charlotte, becomes the prime suspect in the murder of his estranged wife, Lady Ingram, who became a fugitive after Charlotte exposed Lady Ingram's role in the death of three agents of the Crown. Those who find Thomas's creative reimagining plausible and don't mind anachronistic language will have fun.