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A Study in Scarlet Women

A Study in Scarlet Women

Sherry Thomas is one of my favorite authors. Anyone who has read a lot of these reading challenges will recognize that phrase. I have a lot of favorite authors. Nerds generally do. A Study in Scarlet Women is the first book in Thomas’ The Lady Sherlock Series.

As I said earlier this week in the No Sh#t, Sherlock post, I really love the characters Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created in…was it 1895? I don’t know. Look it up, you are probably reading this on a device that allows you to do so.

Sorry. I’m book grumpy. I just finished all the books available in the Lady Sherlock series and the new one won’t be out until October. Humfph.

There are a few versions of Sherlock with women as the titular character. You are allowed to giggle at the word titular. I did. I always do. Not aloud, but inside, where it counts, that’s where I giggle. I also inside giggle when someone says the word ‘duty.’

Sherry Thomas’ version, which begins with A Study in Scarlet Women, is by far my favorite. She has written extensively within the historical fiction genre (as well as a rousing YA sci-fi series). Thomas brings many aspects of the story to life. And her Charolette Holmes is a delightful character and how she gives us a ‘John Watson’ is no less than genius.

Give these books a try. They have been popular enough that most larger libraries should have them either on the shelf or available for kindle check out.

Here is the blurb from the publisher’s page:

Sherry Thomas turns the story of the renowned Sherlock Holmes upside down in the first novel in this Victorian mystery series….

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—a kind-hearted widow, a police inspector, and a man who has long loved her.

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.

An NPR Best Book of 2016

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