Once again Sherlock Holmes lends his presence to a tale–but with a difference.
Sherlock is actually nowhere in evidence. What we do have is transplanted English businesswoman Gemma Doyle (a distant relation of Sir A?) who co-owns the Sherlock Holmes Bookstore (at 222 Baker Street–but in West London on Cape Cod). Moriarty is also on hand, in the person of the cantankerous bookshop cat, who is charming to all except Gemma.
We are soon caught up in an intriguing tale of a suspicious death coupled with the appearance of an ultra-rare and valuable Sherlock magazine. Gemma, who is endowed with some of the great detective’s perceptive talents, finds herself a suspect in the case. She and her good friend Jayne (of the next-door Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room) are obliged to follow a circuitous path to unravel the mystery piece by piece. This is an absorbing and cleverly-plotted book. My thanks to author, publisher, and NetGalley for providing an advance copy to read and review.