Monday, October 17, 2016

Quote-tastic/Review-- just...delightful!-- A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

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I couldn't resist this cover. Couldn't. Resist. And yay! I'm so glad because A Study in Scarlet Women was fantastic! Sherlock Holmes with a slight twist. Sherlock? Totally a chick.

Okay so this quote isn't from the heroine but from an investigator she's helping. I was just like yep. Lotta yep. This guy gets it. lol
The sight of an entire wall of books, as always, was delightful. 

A Study in Scarlet Women (Lady Sherlock #1)

Oh that was fantastic! A Study in Scarlet Women. I'll be honest. I needed it just for the cover. It's amazing. The story inside those gorgeous wrappings? Enthralling and completely addictive. Reader-girl win!

The gist of it is that Sherlock? Totally a chick--and a ruined Lady at that (her own doing, and on purpose)--who's having to figure out life on her own for the first time. She figures she'll become a typist in the city but instead her powers of observation take her life in a different direction when she sees a connection between three seemingly innocent deaths and takes up with an interesting sidekick.

This was a fun twist on Sherlock Holmes with both Sherlock and Watson being ladies. I really enjoyed that. Charlotte/Sherlock was an interesting heroine. She's socially awkward and insanely smart/observant-- think Monk without the OCD. I loved seeing her make her own choices and the determination to survive on her own terms. And how she solved cases. She kind of consulted on cases for an investigator via a mutual acquaintance so the investigator had no idea she was really a woman. The secondary characters were great as well. An eccentric Watson who was an actress, the investigator that Charlotte helps, her married man-friend who watches over her and keeps her safe (they drive each other crazy and are in love with the other but he married someone else. Ah!). It was an interesting cast and all people I hope to see more from in the future.

The mystery was excellent and kept me guessing the entire time! That's so rare for me. Three deaths that everyone assumed were natural/accidental other than Charlotte. It was really interesting seeing it all come together and the sinister twists that were taken towards the end. This was one of the better laid mysteries I've read.

So why this one didn't quite make a 5 for me. The first couple chapters were rough. I really struggled with finding my footing and grasping who everyone was/who was narrating/etc. It did even out after that and I was reading until I couldn't keep my eyes open. So just a small wobble.

All in all. I'm hooked! Thomas came out strong and simply wowed. I can't wait to see what unfolds next for "Sherlock" and the people she's surrounded herself with. A Study in Scarlet Women captivated!

With her inquisitive mind, Charlotte Holmes has never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of the fairer sex in upper class society.  But even she never thought that she would become a social pariah, an outcast fending for herself on the mean streets of London.

When the city is struck by a trio of unexpected deaths and suspicion falls on her sister and her father, Charlotte is desperate to find the true culprits and clear the family name. She’ll have help from friends new and old—a kind-hearted widow, a police inspector, and a man who has long loved her. But in the end, it will be up to Charlotte, under the assumed name Sherlock Holmes, to challenge society’s expectations and match wits against an unseen mastermind. 

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