A Tempest at Sea

Berkley. (Lady Sherlock, Bk. 7). Mar. 2023. 368p. ISBN 9780593200605. pap. $17. M
Charlotte Holmes has been tasked with finding stolen documents, with the promise of returning to her regular life if she succeeds. No problem—until she has to follow the main suspect onboard a cruise ship heading for Bombay. Also on the ship is her lover, Lord Ingram; her sister Olivia; Mrs. Watson; and a most unwelcome surprise, her mother, Lady Holmes. Fortunately Charlotte is adept at disguise. She came prepared with another identity. The situation becomes even more complicated, however, when a passenger is murdered and everyone goes under the microscope. Charlotte can’t help but get involved.
VERDICT Who doesn’t enjoy a murder mystery at sea? While this seventh “Lady Sherlock” mystery (after Miss Moriarty, I Presume) does not advance the larger series plot in any way, it is still an amusing look at characters fans have grown to love. Readers of authors such as Deanna Raybourn should give these novels a try. While this could work as a stand-alone, best to start with book one to fully appreciate the skillful character development.
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