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.
(Please note that this picture of the female detective is not mine and has been taken from https://performancegrapevine.com/2013/06/ )
Before I begin, let me tell you I first came across this title when I was going through Goodreads Giveaways and I loved the synopsis and the idea of a female Sherlock. Unfortunately, the giveaway was not open to residents of Pakistan. But I had kept an eye out for this book anyway.
I wanted a hardcover or at least a paperback but I could afford an e-book only right now (but I have made a friend promise me he’ll buy me the hardcover). My rating must have stated what I thought of the book but let me put it in words as well.
Since I was a kid, I wanted to be a detective. And for the most part that is all thanks to Mr Sherlock Holmes.
For that very reason, I’ve read many an Holmes by different authors. Some of them I liked and some I didn’t. But this is the first time ever that I’ve read about Holmes and Watson being women!
And no, that’s not a spoiler as the name of the series is Lady Sherlock!
It was a slow beginning because it did require some background and all the build up that Ms Thomas put it. If it were a man Sherlock, it may not have been required as everything would have been implemented but change the gender and you need an entire back story to make it all plausible.
One thing however, during that slow build up that was glaring at me was that our Miss Holmes had dilemmas because she was a woman. And all of them are all too real even in the 21st century. Irrespective of the fact that the story has been set in the late 1800s (the original time of Sherlock Holmes).
But once the things were put in motion, there was a steady pace. I had my mind whirring as I tried to solve the case along with Miss Holmes. The case was there right in front of me from page one but it was never obvious.
I loved the subtle undertones of romance between Miss Holmes and… I’ll let you figure that out for yourself. 😉 I can’t help it. I am a romantic at heart. ❤
I may be missing a whole lot of things I want to say but then let me leave you with my tweets that I tweeted as I read.
But before I leave you with those tweets, let me tell you one thing. Or maybe two. Sherry Thomas has made a fan of me and I’m waiting for September impatiently to get my hands on the next book in the series.
6 thoughts on “A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas”
That was amazing 🙂