Murder on Cold Street

Berkley. (Lady Sherlock, Bk. 5). Oct. 2020. 352p. ISBN 9780451492494. pap. $16. M
It is almost Christmas and Charlotte Holmes, Lady Sherlock, is decked out for the holiday season in her own original way. However, the celebrations are put on hold when Inspector Treadles is discovered in a locked room with two murdered men, both of whom had ties to Cousin’s Manufacturing, which Mrs. Treadles recently inherited from her father. To make matters worse, the inspector has refused to shed any light on how he came to be in such a precarious position. Instead, he and Mrs. Treadles implore Charlotte to seek advice from Sherlock Holmes. This fifth “Lady Sherlock” installment (after The Art of Theft) addresses the challenges women faced in the Victorian era if they planned to have a career. As Mrs. Treadles works to establish her authority at Cousin’s Manufacturing, Charlotte tries to untangle a puzzling and complex murder investigation. Along for the ride is Lord Ingram, who has finally come to a decision concerning his feelings for Charlotte. The brilliant characterizations complement this smart and clever murder mystery that will keep readers guessing to the very end.
VERDICT This magnificent locked-room case is a dazzling holiday gift for fans of the series.
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