A Study in Scarlet Women (Lady Sherlock) Paperback – 4 Oct 2016
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Praise for A Study in Scarlet Women"Clever historical details and a top-shelf mystery add to the winning appeal of this first volume in the "Lady Sherlock" series. A must-read for fans of historical mysteries."--Library Journal (starred review) "RITA Award-winning romance writer Thomas has come up with a completely new, brilliantly conceived take on the iconic detective. She not only offers some clever changes to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's cherished cast of characters, she also delivers a plot worthy of the master at his best."--Booklist "Clever and absorbing. Thomas's gorgeous prose and expert characterizations shine in this new incarnation of Sherlock Holmes. Readers will wait with baited breath to discover how Thomas will skillfully weave in each aspect of the Sherlockian canon, and devour the pages to learn how the mystery unfolds."--Anna Lee Huber, National Bestselling Author of the Lady Darby Mysteries "Gender bending is just the first sign that unusual happenings are afoot in this origin story for a revamped Sherlock Holmes series by bestselling author Thomas...There is also a tantalizing, slow-burn love story between Holmes and a longtime friend befitting Thomas' skills as a romance novelist....The ground has been laid well for future incidents in the professional and intimate life of Charlotte Holmes."--Kirkus Reviews
"Author Sherry Thomas didn't just insert Charlotte into Sherlock's area of expertise, she made a character completely different from the well-known man. Cute and blonde, Charlotte doesn't have Sherlock's scorn for everyone. And because she is a lady in Victorian England, Charlotte has to be creative in her investigation in order to preserve the illusion of Sherlock Holmes to the man on the street and the police. The various characters introduced are quite interesting and the plotlines are great. This is the first in the new Lady Sherlock series, and if this is any clue, Charlotte and her continuing adventures will be thrilling to read."--Suspense Magazine
"Sherry Thomas is a master of her craft, and A Study in Scarlet Women is an unqualified success: brilliantly executed, beautifully written, and magnificently original - I want the next volume now!"--Tasha Alexander, New York Times Bestselling Author of A Terrible Beauty
More Praise for Sherry Thomas and her Novels "Sherry Thomas has done the impossible and crafted a fresh, exciting new version of Sherlock Holmes. From the carefully plotted twists to the elegant turns of phrase, A Study in Scarlet Women is a splendid addition to Holmes's world. This book is everything I hoped it would be, and the next adventure cannot come too soon!"--Deanna Raybourn, New York Times bestselling author "Sherry Thomas...is a rebel, a rule-breaker, and, above all, a romantic...[Her] writing is nothing short of a revelation."--Lisa Kleypas, New York Times bestselling author "Thomas is known for a lush style...[and] transporting prose even as [she] delivers on heat and emotion and a well-earned happily ever after."--The New York Times Book Review "Ravishingly sinful, intelligent, and addictive."--Eloisa James, New York Times bestselling author
About the Author
USA Today bestseller Sherry Thomas is one of the most acclaimed historical romance authors writing today, winning the RITA Award two years running and appearing on innumerable "Best of the Year" lists, including those of Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, Dear Author, and All About Romance. Her novels include My Beautiful Enemy and The Luckiest Lady in London. A Study in Scarlet Women is the first in the Lady Sherlock Series.
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One of those books that everyone raves about, and so you can't help worrying that it's not going to live up to the hype. This one did. Even though I've never read any of the Sherlock Holmes stories (and I'm willing to bet that having done so would add to the enjoyment) I could see that this was a very, very clever take on the man and the myth and his cases. I loved Charlotte and Livia, I totally loved Charlotte's unconventional and extreme escape mechanism, and the relationship between the sisters was one of the big pluses for me. But there were loads more. Unconventional characters to say the least, and a very, very unconventional romantic interest that will undoubtedly make some readers uncomfortable.
My only gripe was that it was quite difficult to follow the ins and outs of the central case itself because a lot of the names were so similar. Maybe this was me, I'm likely to have paid a bit less attention than I should have in places because I was rushing forward to find out what Charlotte was going to do next, but really, it's a small grip. I loved the secondary characters and the pathos of poor Inspector Treadles at the end. Can't wait for the next book, which isn't out in the UK until September
I've seen some reviews where people haven't been happy with the pace and style of this book, but let me assure you, dear readers, this is not the case for me. I loved A Study in Scarlet Women.
It's a gender-bending misfit of a book, it's awkward and slow, but there is just something about Charlotte and Co. I found irresistible.
The narration starts right in the middle of Charlotte's ruination. You see, Charlotte grew up learning everyone's secrets through her talent of discernment, but she never could understand people's feelings or emotional reactions. It's a total mystery to her WHY people behave the way they do. So, she thinks if she explains something to her father logically he would totally go with her plan for her future. Instead, she is rejected and creates a quick plan B which unfortunately ruins all her chances due to unforeseen circumstances.
Charlotte is funny and sad and awkward and self-deprecating at the same time. As it's Sherry Thomas' writing we are talking about, he is also very endearing along with her sister and a star-crossed lover, Lord Ingram.
Aaah, Ingram! His role reveals itself slowly, and mostly he acts like a guardian angel to Charlotte providing cases? references and a very sneaky, very capable helper. He is livid at Charlotte, because she didn't ask him for help while we, readers, slowly discover their mutual history and hidden feelings for each other.
Another very pleasant character is Mrs. Watson. She is an older woman, a retired actress, who's got the money and is bored witless. She is in search of a companion and, and Miss Holmes is a perfect partner in crime.
The cases are minor ones, - a few investigations to help establish the world-building. They and the villain didn't wow me. Instead I considered this book to be a prelude to good things to come. Overall, a very enjoyable, female-centric historical mystery. Recommended.