A Study in Scarlet Women

Berkley. (Lady Sherlock, Bk. 1). Oct. 2016. 336p. ISBN 9780425281406. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9780698196353. M
OrangeReviewStarMiss Charlotte Holmes has never fit quite right into the aristocratic class. Even as a small child, her steady, observant gaze and her accurate deduction of hidden truths caused others to feel somewhat unnerved. Wishing to pursue independent employment rather than marriage for her financial security, Charlotte made the arrangements she felt necessary to ensure her future, but her plans went awry and she was removed from polite society. With a few key allies and a remarkable mind, Charlotte is about to reinvent herself as master sleuth Mr. Sherlock Holmes. Taking an established, beloved character with so many recognizable personality quirks and successfully reimagining not just Sherlock's gender but his origin story, the connections to key secondary characters, and how this detective will be able to conduct investigations required bravery and clear vision on the part of two-time Rita Award-winning Thomas (My Beautiful Enemy); it is a literary gamble that pays off in spades.
VERDICT Clever historical details and a top-shelf mystery add to the winning appeal of this first volume in the "Lady Sherlock" series. A must-read for fans of historical mysteries and a solid suggestion for classic British mystery lovers.
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