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Elementary She Read
by Vicki Delany
Read the first chapter here.
Elementary, She Read: A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery
by Vicki Delany
1st in Series
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (March 14, 2017)
Hardcover: 320 pages
Kindle ASIN: B01MT6H7O1
Gemma Doyle, a transplanted Englishwoman, has returned to the quaint town of West London on Cape Cod to manage her Great Uncle Arthur’s Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium. The shop–located at 222 Baker Street–specializes in the Holmes canon and pastiche, and is also the home of Moriarty the cat. When Gemma finds a rare and potentially valuable magazine containing the first Sherlock Homes story hidden in the bookshop, she and her friend Jayne (who runs the adjoining Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room) set off to find the owner, only to stumble upon a dead body.
The highly perceptive Gemma is the police’s first suspect, so she puts her consummate powers of deduction to work to clear her name, investigating a handsome rare books expert, the dead woman’s suspiciously unmoved son, and a whole family of greedy characters desperate to cash in on their inheritance. But when Gemma and Jayne accidentally place themselves at a second murder scene, it’s a race to uncover the truth before the detectives lock them up for good.
Elementary, She Read by Vicki Delany is the start of a new series which had me hooked from the first page. Even though I’m not a Sherlock Holmes fan, I still enjoyed this book. The characters were quirky and funny. I really liked Gemma and Jayne. The mystery was fast-paced and well-written. I found myself unsure of whodunit until the end, and I love that in a mystery! This is the perfect book to curl up with if you like fun characters, the perfect setting, and a wonderfully woven cozy mystery. I am anxiously awaiting the next book in this series!
Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers. She is the author of twenty-three published crime novels, including standalone Gothic thrillers, the Constable Molly Smith series, and the Year Round Christmas Mysteries. Under the pen name of Eva Gates she is the national bestselling author of the Lighthouse Library cozy series.
The first in Vicki’s Sherlock Holmes bookshop series, Elementary She Read, will be released in March 2017 from Crooked Lane Books.
Vicki lives and writes in Prince Edward County, Ontario. She is the past president of the Crime Writers of Canada.
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