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A Conspiracy in Belgravia (The Lady Sherlock Series) Paperback – September 5, 2017
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Praise for A Conspiracy in Belgravia
"Thomas (My Beautiful Enemy) maintains the shadowy Victorian setting as she advances her marvelous take on the Holmes canon....A must for mystery/Sherlock fans and readers who love excellent puzzles."—Library Journal (starred review)
"Loaded with suspense...a riveting and absorbing read...a beautifully written novel; you'll savor the unraveling of the mystery and the brilliance of its heroine."—NPR.org
"A new adventure for Charlotte Holmes—the Victorian lady detective who poses as a man named Sherlock—brings old mysteries to light and buried passions to the fore....Readers of Victorian fiction, romance, and detective stories will each find something to draw them in."—Kirkus
"Well researched, well plotted, well written. Thank you, Sherry Thomas."—Suspense Magazine
Praise for A Study in Scarlet Women
An NPR Best Book of 2016
“Thomas’s use of language, the way she uses gender reversal to conceal revelations, and the intricacies of her plotting mean that I will rediscover more things to relish in A Study in Scarlet Women each time I reread it.”—NPR.com
“Sherry Thomas has done the impossible and crafted a fresh, exciting new version of Sherlock Holmes. From the carefully plotted twists to the elegant turns of phrase, A Study in Scarlet Women is a splendid addition to Holmes’s world. This book is everything I hoped it would be, and the next adventure cannot come too soon!”—Deanna Raybourn, New York Times bestselling author
“Sherry Thomas is a master of her craft, and A Study in Scarlet Women is an unqualified success: brilliantly executed, beautifully written, and magnificently original—I want the next volume now!”—Tasha Alexander, New York Times bestselling author
“Clever and absorbing. Thomas’s gorgeous prose and expert characterizations shine in this new incarnation of Sherlock Holmes. Readers will wait with bated breath to discover how Thomas will skillfully weave in each aspect of the Sherlockian canon, and devour the pages to learn how the mystery unfolds.”—Anna Lee Huber, national bestselling author
“Gender bending is just the first sign that unusual happenings are afoot in this origin story for a revamped Sherlock Holmes series by bestselling author Thomas...There is also a tantalizing, slow-burn love story between Holmes and a longtime friend befitting Thomas’s skills as a romance novelist....The ground has been laid well for future incidents in the professional and intimate life of Charlotte Holmes.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Author Sherry Thomas didn’t just insert Charlotte into Sherlock’s area of expertise, she made a character completely different from the well-known man. Cute and blonde, Charlotte doesn’t have Sherlock’s scorn for everyone. And because she is a lady in Victorian England, Charlotte has to be creative in her investigation in order to preserve the illusion of Sherlock Holmes to the man on the street and the police. The various characters introduced are quite interesting and the plotlines are great. This is the first in the new Lady Sherlock series, and if this is any clue, Charlotte and her continuing adventures will be thrilling to read.”—Suspense Magazine
About the Author
USA Today bestseller Sherry Thomas is one of the most acclaimed historical fiction authors writing today, having won the RITA Award two years running and appeared on innumerable “Best of the Year” lists, including those of Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, Dear Author, and All About Romance. Her novels include A Study in Scarlet Women, first in the Lady Sherlock series; My Beautiful Enemy; and The Luckiest Lady in London.
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We knew from the first book in this series, A Study In Scarlet Women (The Lady Sherlock Series), that Charlotte's brilliant mental abilities and a lack in emotional sensitivity toward others serve to make up the most fascinating aspects of her character. As has been noted with some persons who operate at a genius level, on occasion, they appear to be missing what some might call a sensitivity chip. Although this could be said of Charlotte, she does have a sensitive side when it comes to the needs of her sisters Lydia and Bernadine.
I must confess this second book in the series had a bit too much "code decryption" going on to suit me. Although I skipped over a few of those pages, it did not take away from my enjoyment of the storyline. The fact Charlotte is able to master these codes is further proof of her remarkable abilities. Some of my favorite parts are when Charlotte is able to divine certain aspects of the mysteries presented to her strictly through her acute observations of people and circumstances. Again, Sherry Thomas' writing ingenuity never fails to impress me.
I particularly enjoyed the fact we are able to become better acquainted with Lady Ingram, who comes to "Mr. Holmes" for assistance in solving the mystery of her love interest's seeming disappearance. This love interest just happens to be the illegitimate brother of Charlotte - Mr. Myron Finch. In the process of discovery, Charlotte is led through other mysterious circumstances, all the while being pursued by Lord Bancroft - Lord Ingram's "spymaster" brother - as he attempts to woo her into marriage. Of course, his manner of wooing is quite unlike any other gentleman's would be. Again, a very interesting character.
We also get bits and pieces of the goings on in Inspector Treadles' life, who isn't exactly sure what to do with Charlotte and her gifts. He actually needs her sleuthing abilities, but is stuck on what he feels is the "rightful" place for a gentlewoman of that period - in which Charlotte breaks or has broken every rule. In the meantime, he has some challenges in his personal life to deal with - definitely some buildup for the next book.
Last but not least.... The food - oh the food! Charlotte is a connoisseur of sweets. The descriptions throughout the book as to whether or not she should lighten up on the sweets are all based upon whether the "maximum tolerable chins" has been met. Thoroughly enjoyable! I'm now off to re-read Book #1.
This gender-bendy take on Holmes was new and exciting to me in the first book, but now it has lost some of its enchantment. Charlotte is even toying with accepting a marriage proposal. What then was the point of her earlier "ruination"? Why is marriage the only option for her to be able to take care of her two sisters still living at home with her dysfunctional parents? That part puzzled me. And I fear that I"m not all that interested in Charlotte's extra chins and obsession with sweets anymore. I guess it was cute in the first book. Now I find it a bit tedious.
But we are treated to some interesting mysteries. The main one involves Lord Ingram's wife and Charlotte's half brother. The others were fun but I have already forgotten them. And there's some code decryption in the pages which code-challenged me just went skimming over. Let Charlotte work it out and just tell me the answer, please.
Things are moving along now in Charlotte's life and that's good. This second book begins just after the first one's end. We're closer to finding out about Moriarty and we do find out more about Lord Ingram's wife. This is a good book. It's interesting. I'll be reading the next one. I just didn't find myself as entranced with this second one as I had been with the first.
The two sisters, Olivia (the writer) and Charlotte (the brains) both have the same ability to notice the minute details and make deductions, but in this book it becomes clear that the way the two sisters interpret the world are based on Olivia's overwhelming social consciousness and Charlotte's lack. There's a passage in the book where a character ruminates how Charlotte often appears to regard social situations like a non-native language-- she understands the grammar and rules but not the meaning sometimes. There's also more from love interest Lord Ingram's brother, Lord Bancroft here. Not only is he proposing again to Charlotte, but we find out that he, too, has a cold-blooded aspect that while suitable for shady gov't dealings, might also be a sign he interprets the world with the same social cluelessness as Charlotte.
And there's, of course, quite a convoluted plot with more dastardly hints of Moriarity. Seemingly unrelated things come together quite nicely at the end, but not without emotional cost for Charlotte's investigatory actions as related to her love interest Lord Ingram.
And there's cyphers :) and Explanation of cyphers, which was interesting, but sometimes I have to admit I skimmed a bit (all the mathematical implications of the Vignere cyphers).
Highly entertaining both as a mystery and as a romance. I wish with all my heart there were more published already!
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Another great book in this series. The narrator did a fantastic job. I figured out who the step-brother was pretty early in the book.Read more