Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Elementary, She Read (A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery #1) by Vicki Delany

Elementary, She Read (A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery #1)

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.

Fans of Sherlock Holmes will delight in the sleuthing duo of Gemma and Jayne in Elementary, She Read, the clever and captivating series debut by nationally bestselling author Vicki Delany.  (Summary via Goodreads)

Whenever we read a book we usually fall in love with something if not everything in the story.  We love the town that the story is centered around, the main character and friends are loveable... maybe the occupation of the main character is extremely interesting..... However there are times when we are so deep into the story that we hate....okay have very strong feelings of dislike towards...something.  In Elementary, She Read by Vicki Delany you will develop a very strong feeling of dislike towards one of the main detectives on the case.  Believe me it won't take you long to develop these feelings toward Detective Louise Estrada.

Gemma owns and runs a bookstore that is mainly centered around Sherlock Holmes in a tourist town in West Loudon on Cape Cod.  She also co-owns the Tea Room next door with her best friend Jayne.  The two businesses are adjacent and joined by sliding glass doors.  

After a busy afternoon where the two businesses are busy with a bus tour group of ladies Gemma finds a rare magazine hidden in with the books.  Gemma thinks that she knows who hid it there so after a little bit of sleuthing, her and Jayne pay a visit to the Motel that they woman is staying at.  Unfortunately when they arrive, they find the woman murdered.

While waiting for the police to arrive, Gemma takes pictures of the scene to review later.  Enter Detectives Estrada and Gemma's old boyfriend, Ryan Ashburton.  As soon as Estrada learns that Gemma and Ryan have a past she does everything in her power to solve the case.  Ryan gets kicked off the case and Gemma moves up to top suspect.

When another body is found murdered, it is a race against the clock for Gemma to solve the case.  Unfortunately no one is on her side and no one wants to listen to what she has to say.  Can she solve the case before they lock her up ?

Such a FUN book to read !!!  Delany has another great first book in a new series.  The Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series is a must read and watch series !!!

Let me know if you agree......

Review by Missi S.

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