USA Today best-selling author Sherry Thomas turns the story of the renowned Sherlock Holmes upside down.
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, 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.
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"Narrator Kate Reading is masterful in her portrayals in this clever historical mystery with a fabulous twist.... Reading's aristocratic British voices are spot-on, and her acting is outstanding.... This is an exceptionally fine audio experience, with a story that will grab listeners from the get-go." (AudioFile)
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When is book 2 coming out! This was an excellent book with a new twist on the Holmes and Watson angle. Charlotte Holmes is a modern day woman stuck in the 1800’s. She has all the qualities of the male Sherlock Holmes deductive reasoning, attention to detail, lack of social skills, and little need for the requisite social morals or behaviors. The shame of being caught in a compromising position is worth forcing her dad to let her go to university. Only because she has ulterior motives does she play the traditional female role. When that did not work, she took drastic measures to take control of her life. She makes herself an outcast to force her father to send he to university/trade school.
Independence is what motivates her choices and the desire for intellectual challenge to stimulate her mind. She and Ms. Watson formed a friendship and business relationship based on their desire for independence and the unconventional manner they pursue it.
Being familiar with the traditional Holmes and Watson this female version is even more entertaining. Simply putting a dress on is characters exaggerates society’s disapproval and forces the ladies to go to inventive measures to use their intelligence.
When the inspector discovers the ruse of the ladies he shocked and outrage that he has been duped. Yet, after having a conversation with his wife, who provided insight into the case, he finds that other women have the desire to follow unconventional paths.
Yet there are progressive men who give support and advice to Holmes. These are married men and again it is social norms for the closeness and hinted attraction of their relationship. Much of Holmes disregard for the conventional guides for relationships is from discovering the bases of her parents’ relationship. This knowledge softens her feelings toward her mother, while alienating her from her father.
A great part of the story centers around Holmes proving her father and sister did not commit murder of her father’s mistress. Her parents’ marriage is typical in the 1800s when marrying includes having a comparable social standing and wealth. Her mother, Mrs. Holmes was stuck in the intendable position of having to marry Mr. Holmes, who could not marry his true love. Mrs. Holmes was further humiliated to marry Mr. Holmes on the date he and his true love set. In addition, she had to live with the knowledge that he continued a relationship with his true love through their marriage.
Charlotte who no regard for proper social behavior, was enlighten about her mother’s tyranny and crestfallen about the lack of honor for her father.
Once out of her parents’ home, she discovers that the duplicitous in which people lead their lives. Her orchestrated tryst with a married man, will forever keep her exclude her from obtaining her independence. It is not until she meets Watson and former stage dance that she learns how to earn a living and live independently.
No spoilers from me! Sexy, romantic stories, thrillers, mystery, relationship stories.. my library is a crazy mix.
I am a huge Sherlock Holmes fan and try to read or listen to all of the iterations of Mr. Holmes. This is a great twist on the traditional character. So many plot lines within the telling of the tale, that if I had been given a test on the characters half-way through the book, I would probably have failed.
This was pure entertainment for me. I am eager to start on Book 2.
If you enjoy the path of a Sherlock Holmes story, give this a try. Excellent narration helps any story, Ms. Reading did an outstanding job, as usual.
Fast moving. Complex. And full of historical details. Looking forward to the next installment. Hopefully as Charlotte gathers more experience she will need less male assistance.
The main characters were interesting and fun to follow, but the writer intentionally misleads the reader in certain places and over complicates the storyline to create unnecessary twists and subplots. I would be more excited for the next installment if this story was a little more straight forward.
I like the twist on Sherlock Holmes and Watson. I'm also a fan of other Sherry Thomas's books. However, I found it difficult to follow the plot. The story felt cluttered with too many characters and threads, leaving the ending muddy anti-climatic. I'm not sure I'm willing to use another credit for the next story, which is a shame.
Enjoyed this book. The narrator did a great job separating the various (and easy-to-confuse) characters without going overboard with accents. Nicely done.
If you enjoy the original Sherlock Holmes stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and you wondered what Sherlock would be like as a woman then this might be a book for you. Ms. Thomas kept many of the very traditional Holmesian elements in place but came up with a plausible explanation from a female point of view including a Mrs. Watson. I look forward to seeing more in this particular series.
I am a voracious reader of all fiction genres and poetry. I occasionally venture into humor, history, and science. I loathe self-help books.
Clean writing, tight plot, and enjoyable. I was afraid this book would be another mediocre retelling, but the author adds a hint of freshness by touching on women's and children's issues on the eve of the 20th century. There are small parts that are over heavy on the character development, but that's to be expected in the first of a series. Kate Reading gives an impeccable performance. I'm not waiting impatiently for the next book, but I will certainly read it.
After a dubious start to the story, I was pleasantly surprised by some of the twists that, in the end, made this a delightful retelling of a well known and beloved character's story.
Another take on Sherlock Holmes, but worth it! I can't tell which contribution puts it over the top--Sherry Thomas' writing skills, or Kate Reading's reading skills. Both are favorites of mine.
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