Author: Vicki Delany
Series: A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery #3
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication Date: February 13, 2018
Description: The show is coming to town on Cape Cod. The West London Theater Festival is putting on a stage production of The Hound of the Baskervilles. Gemma Doyle is excited and participating with her friend Jayne Wilson, whose mother, Leslie, just happens to be volunteering with the company. Leslie arranges a fundraising tea party at the home of the festival organizer, catered by Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room. The tea is a rousing success, but Sir Nigel Bellingham, the famous star cast as the lead of Sherlock, goes missing. And Gemma finds him at the bottom of the cliff. Dead.
Before the tea, Sir Nigel had come by the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop, only for Gemma to realize that he’s not at all suited to the role. But as Gemma and Jayne investigate, the list of suspects just grows longer. Long past his prime, Sir Nigel was second to a younger actor who had first been given the role. The festival’s executive director also expressed that he had been hired over her objections. Then there are the slew of people to whom Sir Nigel was rude. They all have motive, but then a scrap of Leslie’s apron caught on a bush by Sir Nigel’s body is found. And the police are set to pounce as she becomes suspect #1.
I was hooked on this series right from the first book. This third book in the series will not disappoint fans. This time, we head back to West London in Cape Cod to find Jayne's mom as the suspect in a murder investigation.
Gemma is one of those characters that just grabbed my attention and wouldn't let go. From the very first book I thought she was quite unique and that is fine with me because it sets her apart from other main characters. She is supported by a great cast of secondary characters that are fun, interesting and what I like best is that they accept her but try to soften her edges without changing her too much. We also get a glimpse into her struggling feelings about Ryan and where they stand with each other.
The mystery was well done. The victim was not too terribly well like so this allowed the author to provide the readers with plenty of suspect and clues while the game was afoot. There were plenty of plausible motives for the murder which of course meant that I fell for all the twists and turns trying to determine who was ultimately responsible for committing the crime. Alas, I am no Sherlock Holmes and was not successful. However, I thought the mystery was wrapped up nicely with a believable suspect and a motive that was logical and rationale.
For me, each new book in this series is always an adventure. I love the characters and Gemma's uniqueness. The story keeps me engaged and the mysteries are well crafted to keep the reader guessing. I will definitely be back for more of Gemma and the rest of the cast.
I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy provided to me by the publisher, Crooked Lane Books, through Netgalley.