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Elementary, She Read [PDF / Epub] ☉ Elementary, She Read Author Vicki Delany – Thomashillier.co.uk 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 Baker 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 atBaker 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 Holmes story hidden in the bookshop, she and her friend Jayne Elementary, She PDF or 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.


About the Author: Vicki Delany

It s a crime not to read Delany, so says the London Free Press Vicki Delany is one of Canada s most varied and prolific crime writers She is the author of four cozy mystery series The Tea by the Sea series from Kensington Books, the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series from Crooked Lane and the Year Round Christmas series from Penguin Under the pen name of Eva Gates she writes the Lighthouse Library Series Elementary, She PDF or Visit Vicki at vickidelany , facebook evagatesauthor, and twitter vickidelany Vicki is part of Mystery Lovers Kitchen and Killer Characters Visit Vicki at vickidelany.



10 thoughts on “Elementary, She Read

  1. James James says:

    4 stars to Vicki Delany s Elementary, She Read, the first in a new Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series I ve read a few other books by this author, jumping at the chance to read this new series, as I really enjoy her ability to immerse you in the setting of a quaint and charming little town full of memorable characters And it did not disappoint Story Gemma is a transplant from England, now residing in West London on Cape Cod in Massachusetts as part owner of her uncle s Sherlock Holm 4 stars to Vicki Delany s Elementary, She Read, the first in a new Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series I ve read a few other books by this author, jumping at the chance to read this new series, as I really enjoy her ability to immerse you in the setting of a quaint and charming little town full of memorable characters And it did not disappoint Story Gemma is a transplant from England, now residing in West London on Cape Cod in Massachusetts as part owner of her uncle s Sherlock Holmes bookshop and new friend s traditional tea shop When a busload of mystery loving grannies invade their stores, and a rare edition of a magazine turn up hiding on the bookshelves, Gemma knows something is not right She tracks down one of the women, but finds her murdered in her hotel room The police suspect Gemma, as her story of Good Samaritan to return the magazine cannot possibly be true When she learns the woman was serving as a nurse in a very rich family of known Sherlock Holmes book collectors, the story gets evenpuzzling But it s when another death puts her back in the spotlight that Gemma begins to worry she may be put in jail for a crime she had nothing to do with Using her own highly skilled research and investigation techniques, Gemma solves the case but almost goes down as one of the victims.Includes a few side stories with her friend Jayne, her former boyfriend the cop and a few interesting neighborhood characters who either love her or hate her Oh yeah, and her dog and cat who are quite a hoot Strengths I always enjoy the first in a new series to see how the author introduces characters, builds a setting and invests in the themes and motifs which will guide the future books Vicky Delany does not disappoint, as this one looks to be as strong as the Year Round Christmas series Delany has a knack for creating vivid and personable characters Sometimes you don t really care for the character, but not because the character is poorly written it s always because she packs a punch in finding ways for you to hate people and love them at the same time That s how I fell about the new detective who shows up to crack the case The woman must have a soft spot somewhere but Gemma can t find it And I wanted to slap the cop on many occasions for her rude behavior Good writing makes you feel that about someone in a story.Sherlock Holmes has been done before But this is done in a lighthearted way, such that it s not over the top, rarely boring and usually well integrated You learn a little about Doyle, 19th century England and various other historical tidbits all the while enjoying the differences between American and Britain Plus there are several goofy moments where you can picture the scene happening at some point in your own life Might even make you want to become a Sherlock follower yourself Suggestions The book was consistent, just like all of the rest of Delany s novels that I ve read before It s a good read, full of great characters, but I want to see Delany push it a little further next time and have a very complex mystery withplayers about the town Introducefamilies, showconnections, bring a bitof England to Massachusetts Transport us somewhere different where we want to find ourselves lost in We re right on the cusp, and I m betting book two in this series will do it Final Thoughts Good plot Fun characters Clever writing Everything you need in a basic murder mystery with a splash of something new and exciting A definite read for fans of the author and genre, and a good intro to the cozy for those not ever having the pleasure of encountering one before Plus who doesn t love a book about famous authors and detectives


  2. Jaline Jaline says:

    In this first book of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery, Emma Doyle introduces herself I am the half owner, manager, head shop clerk, and chief duster of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium in the Cape Cod town of West London, Massachusetts As well as reprints of the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle books, we carry new books representing anything and everything in the pastiche or vaguely derived from the Holmes legend.The store was originally a hardware store, but Gemma s great uncle A In this first book of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery, Emma Doyle introduces herself I am the half owner, manager, head shop clerk, and chief duster of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium in the Cape Cod town of West London, Massachusetts As well as reprints of the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle books, we carry new books representing anything and everything in the pastiche or vaguely derived from the Holmes legend.The store was originally a hardware store, but Gemma s great uncle Arthur bought it for the address 222 Baker Street, West London, New England Gemma is also originally from England and joined up with her great uncle when her life took a bad turn and she left the old England for the new Her best friend, Jayne Wilson, is co owner with her of Mrs Hudson s Tea Room which adjoins the Bookshop on one wall with a sliding glass door between so customers can freely move between the two.If I were living in West London, I could imagine myself spending hours between these two shops I can t imagine anythingdelightful than drinking tea, enjoying a pastry, and then browsing through books and other odds and ends all in the same place In a rush of people that included a bus tour, a magazine appears out of nowhere stealthily slipped among some books on one of Gemma s shelves She knows exactly where each item should be so she notices it at closing If this magazine proves legitimate, it could be worth nearly three quarters of a million dollars Shortly after, Gemma and Jayne discover a murdered woman one who Gemma remembers seeing in her bookshop the day the magazine mysteriously appeared.Gemma s house is tossed, and she is being followed Yet the police have Gemma in their radar as a first choice person of interest because she simply knows too much But Gemma can t help it that she has hyper observation Many times she can close her eyes and visualize an entire scene from her day in great detail.When a second murder occurs and Gemma and Jayne also discover that body, things take another turn for the worse and Gemma becomesintent than ever on solving these crimes and clearing her name Her ex boyfriend Ryan Ashburton isn t helping her much He is the lead detective on the case but is removed because of conflict of interest Gemma scoffs if that s the case, no police officer is going to have sufficient detachment to solve anything in West London it s small, and everyone knows everyone else friend, enemy, or in between.Although the title of the book and the series signals cozy mystery , this series struck me somewhere between cozy and hard boiled There s definitely a wide spectrum in there and yet, no matter where the label sticks, this is a well paced, fun, scary, and humourous mystery It is also smart and crisp and oh those sticky buns sound delicious In a challenge I signed up for in January, I wasn t satisfied that I would enjoy my first pick for a novel about a bookstore thanks to my reading friends reviews so when I saw a few positive reviews for this novel, I just moved it into that slot instead Thank you, Karen, Dorie, and Kris, especially It really isn t necessary to be a mystery lover to enjoy this book The characters, the setting, and the storyline alone are all well worth the read I am already looking forward to the second one in this series


  3. Barbara Barbara says:

    In this first Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery , a new book store owner has to hustle to avoid being arrested for murder Gemma Doyle moved from England to Cape Cod, Massachusetts to manage The Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium Gemma co owns the establishment with her 90 year old great uncle Arthur Clive Doyle, who claims distant kinship with Arthur Conan Doyle the creator of Sherlock Holmes Spry Uncle Arthur is often off on excursions or with lady friends , leaving Gemma in char In this first Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery , a new book store owner has to hustle to avoid being arrested for murder Gemma Doyle moved from England to Cape Cod, Massachusetts to manage The Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium Gemma co owns the establishment with her 90 year old great uncle Arthur Clive Doyle, who claims distant kinship with Arthur Conan Doyle the creator of Sherlock Holmes Spry Uncle Arthur is often off on excursions or with lady friends , leaving Gemma in charge of the business.Gemma also co owns the adjoining shop, Mrs Hudson s Tea Room , which is run by her best friend Jayne Wilson The Emporium and the Tea Room do good business, especially during the tourist season, when customers flock in to enjoy shopping and refreshments I wouldn t mind having some of the caf s scones with butter, clotted cream, and strawberry jam myself LOL Like Sherlock Holmes, Gemma is very observant and has exceptional deductive abilities which she demonstrates at every opportunity For instance, when Gemma s beau at the time showed up at a restaurant with his best suit, a new tie, a fresh shave, polished shoes, and a sweaty brow and reached toward his bulging pocket Gemma pre emptively announced Yes, I ll marry you ruining the entire occasion Thus, Gemma is still single ha ha ha.One day, a tourist group consisting of 28 bridge playing ladies visits the Emporium, and while they re shopping Gemma notices a small middle aged woman come in and mingle with the crowd After everyone leaves, Gemma finds a rare 1887 copy of Beeton s Christmas Annual the magazine that published the first Sherlock Holmes story hidden on a bookshelf If authentic, the Beeton s would be worth around HALF A MILLION DOLLARS Thinking back on the afternoon, Gemma is convinced the small woman hid the magazine, and meant to retrieve it at a later time Gemma carefully places the valuable publication in a plastic bag and to keep it secure locks it in Uncle Arthur s household safe Then, having traced the small woman to a local hotel, Gemma and Jane Wilson la Holmes and Watson drive over to speak to her For various reasons the two friends sneak up to the woman s room and find her murdered in her bed Jane goes off to tell the hotel manager and call the police, and Gemma who fancies herself an amateur sleuth scurries back to photograph the victim and her belongings Subsequent investigations reveal that the Beeton s magazine was owned by an elderly gentleman who collected Sherlock Holmes memorabilia The old fellow recently died, and his nurse the murder victim claimed the magazine was left to her The man s family, however, say it s theirs Thus, there s a whole parade of people after the precious publication As things play out Gemma becomes a suspect in the small woman s murder After all, Gemma discovered the body and hid the magazine in her house Before long, Gemma and Jane find ANOTHER dead body, and Gemma knows she d better clear her name..or she ll end up in prison Unlike many cozy mysteries where the amateur detective inserts herself directly into the police investigation Gemma is ordered to STAY OUT OF IT Thus, she works on the periphery, eking out information using her smarts and intuition To solve the case Gemma utilizes her traditional Holmes like skills her excellent memory, powers of observation and deductive abilities She also uses a smartphone, IPAD, and computer like the Jonny Lee Miller Benedict Cumberbatch versions of Sherlock The story has a variety of interesting characters, including Moriarty the wily Emporium cat who loves everyone except Gemma he smirks when Gemma s almost arrested Ryan the detective who has a history with our heroine Louise the tough cop who wants to arrest Gemma Grant the handsome book collector Robbie Jayne s shiftless boyfriend Andy the successful restaurateur Irene the local journalist looking for a story andI m a fan of Sherlock Holmes and I liked the references and homages to the great fictional detective The author also does a great job describing Cape Cod, with its ocean setting historic homes, tourist shops, and fine restaurants I enjoyed the book but some parts of the storyline seem a little unlikely, and a couple of characters behave in a less than realistic fashion IMO This lowered my rating.Still, all in all this is a good cozy mystery, recommended to fans of the genre You can follow my reviews at


  4. abby abby says:

    Gemma Doyle manages a small, Sherlock Holmes themed book and souvenir shop in picturesque Cape Cod The store is owned by Gemma s uncle who believes he is a distant relative of the author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle , and she s moved from her native England to help out her aging relative Her best friend, Jayne, runs a tea room right next door Although Gemma shares the same keen sense of observation as the famed detective Holmes, she never expects to be part of a murder investigation One day, Gemm Gemma Doyle manages a small, Sherlock Holmes themed book and souvenir shop in picturesque Cape Cod The store is owned by Gemma s uncle who believes he is a distant relative of the author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle , and she s moved from her native England to help out her aging relative Her best friend, Jayne, runs a tea room right next door Although Gemma shares the same keen sense of observation as the famed detective Holmes, she never expects to be part of a murder investigation One day, Gemma finds a valuable magazine in her shop and knows she didn t put it there When she and Jayne try to return it to its rightful owner, they become embroiled in a murder mystery Gemma finds herself a suspect, and things are further complicated when her ex almost fiance winds up investigating the case.This book walked a good line between cozy and mystery Although the mystery itself was a bit convoluted and the perpetrator very obvious, this book isn t cheesy there are no recipes or flower arranging tips or whatever I did think Gemma was a bit of a witch to her employee, and I don t like the end justification of it I also didn t like how the police would discuss the case with her just because she asked that s not how things work And, of course, it s hard to suspend reality enough to believe a Sherlock Holmes store would not only exist but remain profitable That said, this book is a promising start to a cozy mystery series, and I would be interested in continuing.I received a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher and Netgalley


  5. LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL says:

    Dollycas s ThoughtsThis series is off to an amazing start We meet Gemma Doyle, relative of Sir Authur Conan Doyle She says no, but her Uncle s name is Arthur so you just never know She and her uncle own the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium at 222 Baker Street The also own half of the tea shop next door run by Gemma s friend, Jayne Both shops are very popular with the tourists While setting the store to rights after a rush of customers, something Gemma is very particular about, she fi Dollycas s ThoughtsThis series is off to an amazing start We meet Gemma Doyle, relative of Sir Authur Conan Doyle She says no, but her Uncle s name is Arthur so you just never know She and her uncle own the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium at 222 Baker Street The also own half of the tea shop next door run by Gemma s friend, Jayne Both shops are very popular with the tourists While setting the store to rights after a rush of customers, something Gemma is very particular about, she finds what appears to by a valuable magazine, said to contain Doyle s first Sherlock Holmes story In a way similar to the great sleuth, Gemma deduces who left the magazine and where the person is staying But by the time she and Jayne arrive all the find is a dead body Gemma has a little history with one of the detectives but the other detective seems to dislike her immediately and names Gemma the prime suspect Gemma decides to use her own special skills to clear her name and find the real killer herself.I will say at first I wasn t a fan of Gemma She is very Holmes like in her manner and that can be off putting But just like Holmes theyou get to know her theshe grows on you She can be very driven by things that interest her, forgetful about things that are not her immediate concern, and just can t help herself when her unique observation skills help her to read a situation and burst out with all the facts as she sees them or give her opinion whether wanted or not We see through her friend Jayne that being Gemma s friend is sometimes difficult but she is still a treasured friend Jayne is definitely Gemma s Dr Watson The author has created these a great characters and a core of supporting cast that I am anxious to get to know even better.I love the setting The authors description of not only the wonderful bookshop but of the entire area sounded delightful A place I would love to visit.As for the mystery, that is excellent as well Many viable suspects with motive and means I thought I had the right personthan once but the plot kept twirling and proving me wrong That final twist was one heck of a surprise I never saw it coming.I am a huge Sherlock Holmes fan In fact we had our own Moriarty the cat, along with his brothers Sherlock and Watson I have loved all the movies and most of the television shows Because of that I know the author has to be a huge fan and or has done her research diligently to bring this story to life From the characters to the merchandise in the bookshop and the mystery itself, it is all a modern day tribute to the grand sleuth.The first book in a new series always has a lot of expectations Introduce the characters and make them engaging, give readers a great setting and a top notch mystery too Well Vicki Delany has done that andwith this book She has exceeded all my expectations by far She has given me a paradise worthy escape You don t want to miss this story


  6. Robin Reynolds Robin Reynolds says:

    received for review from the publisher through Cozy Mystery Review Crew This book sounded so good that I was really excited to get it and looking forward to reading it And it was good, but not quite up to my admittedly high expectations The first person narrator, Gemma Doyle, runs a book store gift shop devoted to Sherlock Holmes and items related to Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Sherlock canon Not because she is a particularly devoted Sherlock fan, but because her uncle, who IS a pa received for review from the publisher through Cozy Mystery Review Crew This book sounded so good that I was really excited to get it and looking forward to reading it And it was good, but not quite up to my admittedly high expectations The first person narrator, Gemma Doyle, runs a book store gift shop devoted to Sherlock Holmes and items related to Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Sherlock canon Not because she is a particularly devoted Sherlock fan, but because her uncle, who IS a particularly devoted Sherlock fan, started the bookstore and she joined him in the business later But Gemma is a bit like Sherlock She has acute powers of observation, and there are many conversations wherein she shows off, er, demonstrates said powers of observation by pointing out things the other party to the conversation did not notice or missed She often comes off as a bitlofty Her friends seem to just accept it and aren t put off or insulted by her But I found her a little irritating at times She tells us,than once, that she s offered or attempted to help out the local police investigate crimes in the past only to have her offers rebuffed It s been many many many years since I ve read any of the Sherlock books, and my only recent experience with him is through the Benedict Cumberbatch TV show which I do love So I don t remember if Sherlock himself, the book Sherlock, came across the same way But since those stories were narrated by Watson, I think that probably helped temper it Maybe if Gemma s best friend, Jayne, were the narrator hereI just didn t find Gemma to be a very sympathetic character and so I had a little trouble liking her That being said, I did like Jayne, and I liked Ryan Ashburton, the local police detective who also happened to be Gemma s ex And the mystery was good I was completely in the dark about who the culprit was in the end and it came as a complete surprise


  7. Monnie Monnie says:

    Note I read this book last month, but the publisher has asked that reviews be held until the month the book is released.Somewhere it must be written that heroines or heroes of so called cozy mysteries must be the most obnoxious and interfering people on the face of the earth I realize that without those characteristics, the plots probably wouldn t go much of anywhere but boy, does it ever get under my skin Gemma Doyle, the heroine here and co owner of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Empo Note I read this book last month, but the publisher has asked that reviews be held until the month the book is released.Somewhere it must be written that heroines or heroes of so called cozy mysteries must be the most obnoxious and interfering people on the face of the earth I realize that without those characteristics, the plots probably wouldn t go much of anywhere but boy, does it ever get under my skin Gemma Doyle, the heroine here and co owner of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium in tiny West London, Massachusetts, is no exception in fact, I d go so far as saying she sannoying to me than most That aside, the story here is well thought out and moves along quickly, on the whole making for a book I really enjoyed honest That enjoyment comes partly because I m a bit of a Sherlock Holmes aficionado myself, especially when he s portrayed spot on by actor Benedict Cumberbatch one of the reasons I was delighted to get an advance copy, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review Then there s mention of a lighthouse a favorite photography subject for both myself and my husband and the fact that Gemma drives a red Mazda Miata one of my top three dream cars made me decide she might not be so bad after all.It was also fun to watch the plot unfold as a result of Gemma s uncanny Holmes like deductions even when she continues to make them despite clear warnings that she would do well to put a sock in it At one point when she discovers that someone may have been lurking outside her home, for instance, she muses that someone might be suggesting that she back off Oh really you mean someone like the entire West London police, or your best friend Jayne who co owns the tea shop next to your bookstore, or the ex fiance who dumped you because he no longer could take your meddling ways For better or worse, though, better folks than I have told her she s too nosy for her own good, so I ll move on to the story and for sure it s a doozy Amid a crowd of women on a bus tour who visit the book shop one day is a street woman carrying a paper bag Gemma s intrigued, but the woman gets lost in the crowd and forgotten until later, when Gemma discovers what appears to be an extremely valuable magazine hidden on a shelf Certain that the disheveled woman left it there, Gemma uses her powers of deduction to track her down To that end, she s successful but when she and Jayne enter her hotel room the door to which is conveniently unlocked to allow Gemma and Jayne unfettered but surreptitious entry , they make a startling discovery The woman is dead.That, of course, only provides fuel to Gemma s sleuthing fires and when she finds that she and Jayne are considered persons of interest in the murder, she s evendetermined to get to the truth being suspected murderers, after all, is bad for both their businesses The lead detective on the murder case, Ryan Ashburton, happens to be Gemma s ex fiance, who bolted outta Dodge to take a job in a larger town when they broke up He s been back for a while now, which comes as a surprise to Gemma a tidbit that, given West London s small size, made me conclude that her powers of observation are a bit selective Thankfully, he doesn t believe Gemma is capable of murder, but after she sticks her nose in one too many places and gasp finds yet another dead body after sneaking onto someone else s private property, he s yanked off the case because his prior relationship has the potential to unduly influence his investigation yikes, what took them so long Lest I, like Gemma, be chastised for treading where I shouldn t go, I ll keep other details of the investigation and the for the most part surprising outcome to myself The only thing I ll say is that this is an excellent series debut that I m sure fans of cozy mysteries and Sherlock Holmes will enjoy The game is afoot Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of the Abbey Grange , so go for it


  8. Juli Juli says:

    Gemma Doyle is English, but has moved to West London, MA to help her Great Uncle Arthur run his bookstore and emporium The shop is located at 222 Baker Street and sells all things Sherlock Holmes everything ranging from books and magazines to busts and movie posters Right next door, Gemma s best friend Jayne has a tea shop, Mrs Hudson s Tea Room Gemma loves everything about her new home, except maybe the shop cat, Moriarty, who doesn t seem to like her one bit I am a BIG Sherlock Holmes Gemma Doyle is English, but has moved to West London, MA to help her Great Uncle Arthur run his bookstore and emporium The shop is located at 222 Baker Street and sells all things Sherlock Holmes everything ranging from books and magazines to busts and movie posters Right next door, Gemma s best friend Jayne has a tea shop, Mrs Hudson s Tea Room Gemma loves everything about her new home, except maybe the shop cat, Moriarty, who doesn t seem to like her one bit I am a BIG Sherlock Holmes fan, so I knew from the start that I would enjoy this book series I am however struggling under the Mount Everest of TBR piles.and it took me awhile to dig down to this gem I wanted to wait to read this one until I had time to savor and enjoy it, rather than reading quickly to move on to another book Finally, with the second book coming out this month, I spent two lovely days reading this book I m glad I waited..and curled up on the sofa with a nice cup of tea to start this series The Basics Gemma is a very observant person, and a bit..impulsive Both traits have gotten her into trouble in the past This time, a tour group is visiting her store and the tea room next door As they are shopping and picking out Sherlock goodies after having tea, Gemma notices a strange woman come into the shop Later, she spies what appears to be a priceless Sherlock magazine from 1887 on the shelf it isn t anything she has in stock at the shop In fact, a perfect copy of this particular issue is worth six figures..a lot above the price range of items sold in the store Gemma tracks down the strange woman, deducing what hotel she is staying in Jayne and Gemma go there hoping to talk to her and return the priceless item, only to find the woman murdered in her room Things go downhill from there.Gemma s inquisitive and observant nature takes over and she jumps into investigating the killing While she does make progress, she also makes herself a suspect When the body count rises, Gemma digs herself in deeper and deeper. How can she discover the murderer without incriminating herself further The game is afoot I love this book As a big Sherlock fan, the theme made me extremely happy before I even cracked it open I like the characters and I found the mystery engaging and fun The side characters help round out the plot, and I even love the feisty Moriarty who loves everyone but Gemma, apparently, much to her chagrin I do have two things to say. Jayne has the patience of a saint where Gemma is concerned Oh dear lord, if I had a friend who got me in as much serious hot water as Gemma drags Jayne into..I would be looking for a new friend ha ha I kept thinking that every time Gemma went into investigation mode, dragging poor Jayne along for the ride Definitely reminded me of a few cases where Dr Watson had a less than stellar time as Sherlock s trusty sidekick And, how can someone as observant and intelligent as Gemma do so many dumb things She forgets to call an employee about working an extra shift for an event leaving Jayne to fix her mistake She makes herself a murder suspect by getting into situations usually involving a dead body that would have best been avoided Butreally..despite finding myself talking to the character while reading Oh for heaven s sake Gemmareally Poor Jayne this quirk of hers is what makes this story so much fun to read So, despitethan one facepalm moment, I enjoy Gemma as a main character and I will definitely readof this series The mystery is nicely paced with several viable suspects The ending caught me by surprise.which I like I m very happy that I have book two, A Body on Baker Street, waiting in the wings for me to enjoy right away Elementary, She Read is definitely a great start for this new series On to book two Vicki Delany also writes under the pseudonym Eva Gates To find outabout the author and her books, check out her website


  9. Amy Amy says:

    Thank you for the recommendation, Library Queen This was an unexpectedly delightful cozy read It follows the fairly standard cozy tropes as far as the mystery and plot go Downside bumbling, small town police who target the heroine for No Apparent Reason Upside lots of hot men floating around for No Apparent Reason But the heroine, Gemma, proved fairly original and it helps a lot Sure, she has a Standard Cozy Heroine Job small business owner And she has the standard Cozy Heroine Relat Thank you for the recommendation, Library Queen This was an unexpectedly delightful cozy read It follows the fairly standard cozy tropes as far as the mystery and plot go Downside bumbling, small town police who target the heroine for No Apparent Reason Upside lots of hot men floating around for No Apparent Reason But the heroine, Gemma, proved fairly original and it helps a lot Sure, she has a Standard Cozy Heroine Job small business owner And she has the standard Cozy Heroine Relatives aka the Quirky Uncle And the standard Cozy Heroine Best FriendBut otherwise, I did find her rather refreshing She has a photographic memory, general social cluelessness, and might even fall on the autistic scale it makes her charming It was easy to believe she would notice the details she notices or act in the impulsive ways she acts And it fits that she s the pseudo Holmes of the story The bookshop felt a little on the nose at times with all the name dropping but it also just added to the fun.I cannot wait to readof this series


  10. Wanda Wanda says:

    The Summer of Sherlock 2019I am not usually a fan of the cozy mystery I tend towards the darker Scandinavian style detective story, rather than the sweetness light But I couldn t put this particular cozy down Delany is a good writer and she has crafted a fun, fast moving little story here Gemma Doyle a maybe relation to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has taken on a Sherlock Holmes book store and gift emporium both to help her uncle and to support herself She is rather logically drivenThe Summer of Sherlock 2019I am not usually a fan of the cozy mystery I tend towards the darker Scandinavian style detective story, rather than the sweetness light But I couldn t put this particular cozy down Delany is a good writer and she has crafted a fun, fast moving little story here Gemma Doyle a maybe relation to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has taken on a Sherlock Holmes book store and gift emporium both to help her uncle and to support herself She is rather logically driven rather like a certain detective we all know and gets herself involved in an apparent murder in her small town It s always in a small town, isn t it There s her best friend as her Watson like sidekick, but there are also potential love interests, the former boyfriend and the rare book expert Not to mention the trials of getting and retaining staff and finding sources of strawberries for the tea room attached to the bookstore run, of course, by the BFF There s enough complexity to make it interesting without bogging the story down in the details There are a few spots where one has to consciously deploy the willing suspension of disbelief, but maybe that s just me However, I immediately requested the second book in the series from the public library, so the author is definitely doing things right


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