Charlotte Holmes, Lady Sherlock, is back solving new cases in the Victorian-set mystery series from the USA Today bestselling author of The Hollow of Fear.
As “Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective,” Charlotte Holmes has solved murders and found missing individuals. But she has never stolen a priceless artwork—or rather, made away with the secrets hidden behind a much-coveted canvas.
But Mrs. Watson is desperate to help her old friend recover those secrets and Charlotte finds herself involved in a fever-paced scheme to infiltrate a glamorous Yuletide ball where the painting is one handshake away from being sold and the secrets a bare breath from exposure.
Her dear friend Lord Ingram, her sister Livia, Livia’s admirer Stephen Marbleton—everyone pitches in to help and everyone has a grand time. But nothing about this adventure is what it seems and disaster is biding time on the grounds of a glittering French chateau, waiting only for Charlotte to make a single mistake…
My Rating and Views
(Please note that this picture of the female detective is not mine and has been taken from https://performancegrapevine.com/2013/06/ )
This book had been on my TBR ever since its release in October 2019 because I loved all three of the previous ones. You can find my reviews for A Study in Scarlet Woman, A Conspiracy in Belgravia, The Hollow of Fear on my blog as well.
I have had the book on my kindle since October but the circumstances were such that I was unable to get to it.
Rather than reading it, I opted to listen to the audiobook, narrated by Ms Kate Reading.
When I first mentioned listening to the audiobook rather than reading it, the author, Ms Sherry Thomas, herself said that the narrator is really good. After having listened to the audiobook, I can’t help but agree.
Now, to the story itself.
It is no secret that I have been in love with Ms Thomas’ characters ever since I first read them years ago! Yes, I read the first one in 2017.
With the third book, the characters became more interesting when they finally accepted their feelings and the tension continued into The Art of Theft.
Now there is this thing with me that when I am waiting for a book, I never read the synopsis. I wait for the book itself. So, the only thing giving me any hint about the story was the title and the cover.
The best part about this book is the character development of many characters. Their three dimensional personality making them all the more believable and human.
From the start, the story was interesting and kept me engrossed completely. Once I started listening to it, I did not want to stop and finish the audiobook ASAP so as to know the story in its entirety.
All of the Charlotte and Ashton scenes are my favourite but my most favourite is the one where Charlotte is this hansom (or was it a cart) where she pretends that she is married and doing an indiscretion for the sake of her husband and Ashton appears.
You have got to read it to understand where I am coming from.
In the end, I’d leave you with that this is one series that I have recommended to all my friends. That’s how much I love it and waiting impatiently for the next one in the series.