I love a good Sherlock Holmes pastiche, and I don't know how many I've read. Some are very good, some are serious, some are amusing, (and some are pretty bad), but all present different views of Homes and Watson.
I read the Lady Sherlock series out of order because I received the second in the series (A Conspiracy in Belgravia) from NetGalley, and read it first. Initially, I was not sure I'd like it. Some books in a series work great as stand-alones, but this one was one of those that left me confused at the beginning because there was obviously so much important background that I didn't know about. In any case, as I continued to read, I became absorbed in the plot and developed a fondness for the characters.
When I finished A Conspiracy in Belgravia, I immediately ordered A Study in Scarlet Women, the first book. I needed that background! The reviews are in chronological order, not the order in which I read them.
A Study in Scarlett Women. Charlotte Holmes is brilliant. She is also a fallen woman. Deliberately so--although things did not turn out as she planned.
When her father reneged on his promise to pay for her education, Charlotte decides that losing her reputation would put her out of the marriage market and carefully chooses a man to aid her in her quest. Her plan to keep this quiet and use it to pressure her parents goes awry, the scandal is public knowledge immediately. Oops.
Charlotte is intelligent, observant, and logical. However, her life has been limited to the safe and secure strictures of society, and she is unprepared for the difficulties she is about to face as a social pariah with no practical skills.
There are a number of things that bothered me about both books, but for some reason the characters kept me absorbed. Charlotte is never the typical heroine (she seems to fall somewhere on the Asperger's scale). Mrs. Watson charmed me. The two form the consulting detective business and solve some murders. And I had fun. :)
Historical Mystery/Sherlock Holmes. 2016. Print version: 323 pages.
Sherlock Holmes, Consulting Detective (or Charlotte Holmes and Mrs. Watson) is in demand for all manner of mysteries from mundane household puzzles to murder.
One of the main problems with A Conspiracy in Belgravia is that it begins as if you had just finished a previous chapter. It took me a while to decide whether I wanted to keep reading because so much seemed missing.
Fortunately, I did and enjoyed the adventures of this female Holmes and Watson (and other assorted characters) so much that I ordered and read the first one the same day. Yea for Kindles and ebooks and immediate gratification.
Moriarty has been mentioned, but has not yet appeared. Nevertheless, the Criminal Mastermind's sinister influence lurks in the shadows.
Read in June; blog post scheduled for Aug. 17
Historical Mystery/Sherlock Holmes. Sept. 5, 2017. Print length: 336 pages.