Thursday, September 28, 2017

A Conspiracy in Belgravia

TITLE: A Conspiracy in Belgravia (Lady Sherlock #2)
AUTHOR: Sherry Thomas
PUBLISHER: Penguin
PUBLISHING DATE: September 5, 2017

FROM GOODREADS: Being shunned by Society gives Charlotte Holmes the time and freedom to put her extraordinary powers of deduction to good use. As “Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective,” aided by the capable Mrs. Watson, she’s had great success helping with all manner of inquiries, but she’s not prepared for the new client who arrives at her Upper Baker Street office.

Lady Ingram, wife of Charlotte’s dear friend and benefactor, wants Sherlock Holmes to find her first love, who failed to show up at their annual rendezvous. Matters of loyalty and discretion aside, the case becomes even more personal for Charlotte as the missing man is none other than Myron Finch, her illegitimate half brother.

In the meanwhile, Charlotte wrestles with a surprising proposal of marriage, a mysterious stranger woos her sister Livia, and an unidentified body that surfaces where least expected. Charlotte’s investigative prowess is challenged as never before: Can she find her brother in time—or will he, too, end up as a nameless corpse somewhere in the belly of London?

MY THOUGHTS: After loving the first Lady Sherlock mystery so much, I knew I had to pick this one up sooner than later and I am thrilled to say it didn't disappoint. I do believe I rated "A Study in Scarlet Women" 5/5 but even at a slightly lower rating, "A Conspiracy in Belgravia" is still a solidly enjoyable installment.

Charlotte Holmes is still living with her new friend, Mrs. Watson and together they are still solving mysteries as "Sherlock Holmes." Charlotte is being courted by a familiar face, Lord Ingram's brother, and to prove that marriage to him won't be boring, he gifts her with some clues and mysteries to decipher. One of these clues leads her to a deceased young man who may or may not be Charlotte's illegitimate brother. In addition, she has been hired by Lady Ingram, the wife of Charlotte's one true love (if she ever has such a thing because Charlotte definitely does not NEED a man in her life and clearly realizes it) to find out what has happened to her first love. Can Charlotte investigate this disappearance and remain loyal to her friend, Lord Ingram, at the same time.

While I loved this book, it did take a while for it all to weave together. Initially there are quite a few mysteries afoot and while they did all eventually tie in together, it did cause some early confusion for me. However, Charlotte and Mrs. Watson are as interesting as ever and I loved Charlotte's independence and stubbornness and the fact that she doesn't feel the need to change in order to fit anyone's stereotype of how she should act.

I am really loving Victorian and historical mysteries and it's a genre I didn't really see myself reading several years ago. The first book was superb and this one doesn't disappoint either. If you like Sherlock Holmes retellings, you really should give Sherry Thomas' series a try.

I received this book from Penguin First to Read in exchange for an honest review.
 

RATING: 4 PAWS

12 comments:

  1. That it's Charlotte and her sidekick Mrs Watson solving crimes never fails to make me smile -- and it sounds like the author isn't suffering from too much of a slump in her second book either -- man this is so cool!

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    1. No, I really enjoyed the second book almost as much as the first - and can't wait for the next one!

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  2. This is a series that I need to work in at some point. I love the idea behind it and it seems that everyone is enjoying it. Great review, Barb!

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    1. I think you'd like it. It's very enjoyable.

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  3. Oh, yay. I love hearing that a follow up to a book you loved turned out to be a good one, too. :)

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  4. I know lots of people who love these books. I love the idea of a pair of women behind the famous Sherlock Holmes!

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    1. And Charlotte is such a non-conformist. Love her!

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  5. I like the idea of Sherlock and Watson as women for a change. It shows nice imagination.

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    1. Yea and they are such fun and sassy women.

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  6. isn't it great when the characters are so interesting they keep you reading even if the story takes a while to come together?!!

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