Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Holmes in Cape Cod

In Elementary, She Read, author Vicky Delany introduce her Holmes-like character Gemma Doyle. Sherlock Holmes would be an annoying person to know (if he were a real person). Some of those annoying traits manifest themselves in Gemma Doyle, owner of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium and partner in Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room in West London, Cape Cod.

Gemma, newly arrived from England, finds a magazine that might or might not be a Sherlock Holmes collectors item tucked away in her store. The person who hid it is found murdered and Gemma and her business partner Jane Wilson investigate.

The search for the owner of the magazine leads them to a wealthy collector's home where they find another body. Being on the scene where two bodies have been discovered even tries the patience of Gemma's former boyfriend Detective Ryan Ashburton.

Despite being warned not to interfere in the investigation, Gemma coaxes Jane into more snooping. There are a host of suspects including a long-time customer, the son of one of the victims and many more. I felt there were times when the author was trying too hard to have her character emulate the prissy Holmes. Maybe that will smooth out in the next book.

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