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Sherlockians will delight at the latest charming installment of national bestselling author Vicki Delany’s fourth Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery. Gemma and Jayne donate their time to raise money for the rebuilding of a burned out museum—but a killer wants a piece of the auction. Walking her dog Violet late one night, Gemma Doyle, owner of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop, act Sherlockians will delight at the latest charming installment of national bestselling author Vicki Delany’s fourth Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery. Gemma and Jayne donate their time to raise money for the rebuilding of a burned out museum—but a killer wants a piece of the auction. Walking her dog Violet late one night, Gemma Doyle, owner of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop, acts quickly when she smells smoke outside the West London Museum. Fortunately no one is inside, but it’s too late to save the museum’s priceless collection of furniture, and damage to the historic house is extensive. Baker Street’s shop owners come together to hold an afternoon auction tea to raise funds to rebuild, and Great Uncle Arthur Doyle offers a signed first edition of The Valley of Fear. Cape Cod’s cognoscenti files into Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room, owned by Gemma’s best friend, Jayne Wilson. Excitement fills the air (along with the aromas of Jayne’s delightful scones, of course). But the auction never happens. Before the gavel can fall, museum board chair Kathy Lamb is found dead in the back room. Wrapped tightly around her neck is a long rope of decorative knotted tea cups—a gift item that Jayne sells at Mrs. Hudson’s. Gemma’s boyfriend in blue, Ryan Ashburton, arrives on the scene with Detective Louise Estrada. But the suspect list is long, and the case far from elementary. Does Kathy’s killing have any relation to a mysterious death of seven years ago? Gemma has no intention of getting involved in the investigation, but when fellow shopkeeper Maureen finds herself the prime suspect she begs Gemma for her help. Ryan knows Gemma’s methods and he isn’t happy when she gets entangled in another mystery. But with so many suspects and so few clues, her deductive prowess will prove invaluable in A Scandal in Scarlet, Vicki Delany’s shrewdly plotted fourth Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery.


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Sherlockians will delight at the latest charming installment of national bestselling author Vicki Delany’s fourth Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery. Gemma and Jayne donate their time to raise money for the rebuilding of a burned out museum—but a killer wants a piece of the auction. Walking her dog Violet late one night, Gemma Doyle, owner of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop, act Sherlockians will delight at the latest charming installment of national bestselling author Vicki Delany’s fourth Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery. Gemma and Jayne donate their time to raise money for the rebuilding of a burned out museum—but a killer wants a piece of the auction. Walking her dog Violet late one night, Gemma Doyle, owner of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop, acts quickly when she smells smoke outside the West London Museum. Fortunately no one is inside, but it’s too late to save the museum’s priceless collection of furniture, and damage to the historic house is extensive. Baker Street’s shop owners come together to hold an afternoon auction tea to raise funds to rebuild, and Great Uncle Arthur Doyle offers a signed first edition of The Valley of Fear. Cape Cod’s cognoscenti files into Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room, owned by Gemma’s best friend, Jayne Wilson. Excitement fills the air (along with the aromas of Jayne’s delightful scones, of course). But the auction never happens. Before the gavel can fall, museum board chair Kathy Lamb is found dead in the back room. Wrapped tightly around her neck is a long rope of decorative knotted tea cups—a gift item that Jayne sells at Mrs. Hudson’s. Gemma’s boyfriend in blue, Ryan Ashburton, arrives on the scene with Detective Louise Estrada. But the suspect list is long, and the case far from elementary. Does Kathy’s killing have any relation to a mysterious death of seven years ago? Gemma has no intention of getting involved in the investigation, but when fellow shopkeeper Maureen finds herself the prime suspect she begs Gemma for her help. Ryan knows Gemma’s methods and he isn’t happy when she gets entangled in another mystery. But with so many suspects and so few clues, her deductive prowess will prove invaluable in A Scandal in Scarlet, Vicki Delany’s shrewdly plotted fourth Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery.

30 review for A Scandal in Scarlet

  1. 4 out of 5

    James

    A Scandal in Scarlet is the 4th book in the 'A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery' series by Vicki Delany. I was introduced to this cozy after reading a different series written by the author (Christmas All Year Round) and am very glad I checked it out. Delany is a wonderful writer whose characters, plots, and settings are a prime example of why I love cozy mysteries. In this book, Gemma notices a fire in a nearby museum while out walking the dog. To help pay for repairs, she and Jayne host the mus A Scandal in Scarlet is the 4th book in the 'A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery' series by Vicki Delany. I was introduced to this cozy after reading a different series written by the author (Christmas All Year Round) and am very glad I checked it out. Delany is a wonderful writer whose characters, plots, and settings are a prime example of why I love cozy mysteries. In this book, Gemma notices a fire in a nearby museum while out walking the dog. To help pay for repairs, she and Jayne host the museum's auction, but one of the members is killed just before it begins. Was it a rival member who didn't like the poor woman's success? Her husband or his previous wife and kids? The nasty shop owner Gemma knows? A burglary gone wrong? Lots of angles for the two Sherlock-wannabees to investigate all the while dating a local cop, chef, old friend, and rare book dealer. Then we must not forget running the tea room, fighting with the store owner across the street who just likes to be mean, and taking care of the cat and dog. All-in-all, the setting is my favorite in this series. While many of the characters are good, it's reading about many Sherlock Holmes items that keeps me coming back for more. Delany builds the best descriptions into her plot, effortlessly, so you feel transported into the story. I'm even thrilled when it's a few pages of narrative or description without much action. It's just that kind of a book to immerse yourself into. The mystery was good. Not the best she's written, but full of red herrings and a clear reason why someone was killed. The second murder threw me for a loop, but that's just icing on the cake for solving the first one, right? :O Looking forward to the next edition!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    In this 4th book in the 'Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mysteries', bookstore manager/amateur sleuth Gemma Doyle investigates the death of a museum volunteer. The book works fine as a standalone. ***** British native Gemma Doyle now lives in the town of West London in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. There she manages 'The Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium' for her Uncle Arthur, a nonagenarian who likes to travel and sail. Gemma and her friend Jayne..... .....co-own 'Mrs. Hudson's Tearoom', which adjoins the In this 4th book in the 'Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mysteries', bookstore manager/amateur sleuth Gemma Doyle investigates the death of a museum volunteer. The book works fine as a standalone. ***** British native Gemma Doyle now lives in the town of West London in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. There she manages 'The Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium' for her Uncle Arthur, a nonagenarian who likes to travel and sail. Gemma and her friend Jayne..... .....co-own 'Mrs. Hudson's Tearoom', which adjoins the bookstore, and both establishments do a lively business - especially during tourist season. One of the big tourist draws in West London is 'The Scarlet House' historical museum, so the town's residents are concerned when the attraction is damaged by fire. The museum's new volunteer board chairwoman, Kathy Lamb, quickly organizes an auction to raise funds.... .....and Gemma donates a basket of Sherlockian goodies and - at Uncle Arthur's suggestion - his first edition of The Valley of Fear. Gemma and Jayne offer Mrs. Hudson's Teashop to hold the fund raiser, and also arrange to serve tea and pastries. Most local entrepreneurs donate to the auction, except for Maureen, a nasty woman whose art shop sells souvenirs and her own paintings. Maureen never has a good word for anyone, is always snide and sarcastic, and even resents visits from her own relatives. The day of the fund raiser arrives, and amid the hubbub, with everyone milling around and enjoying the refreshments, board chairwoman Kathy Lamb retreats to the back room. There she keeps an eye on valuable donations like The Valley of Fear, whose opening bid is $12,000; and a diamond ring, which is even more expensive. When Kathy doesn't emerge to start the bidding, Gemma goes to look for her....and finds Kathy's dead body! The police - including Gemma's boyfriend Detective Ryan Ashburton.... .....arrive to investigate, and seem to suspect Maureen, who argued with Kathy earlier in the day. Fearful of being arrested Maureen (reluctantly) asks Gemma to clear her name, and Gemma agrees to try. Gemma first step is to interview West London residents, including people who attended the auction; Kathy's ex-husband and his new wife; Kathy's adult children; members of the yacht clubs where Kathy and her ex-husband were members; museum volunteers who resented Kathy becoming board chairwoman; and so on. Gemma thinks she's zeroing in on the killer when another murder muddies the waters. Thus Kathy has her hands full solving the cases. Part of the charm of these books are recurring favorite characters, including Gemma's dog Violet - who likes to be walked and petted; and Gemma's cat Moriarty - an arrogant fellow who lives in the bookstore. I like the book's references to Sherlock Holmes' pastiche novels and other Sherlockiana (mugs; DVDs; coloring books; etc.) which sound like fun. 😊 This is an enjoyable light read, recommended to readers who like cozy mysteries, especially fans of Gemma Doyle. You can follow my reviews at https://reviewsbybarbsaffer.blogspot....

  3. 5 out of 5

    Juli

    While walking her dog late one night, Gemma Doyle sees the local museum is on fire and calls the fire department. Her quick action saves the building, but much of the antique furniture and items inside The Scarlet House could not be saved. The town of West London and its businesses decide to work together and hold an auction to help repair and re-open the museum. The Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium donates a basket of Holmes-related items, and Gemma's uncle donates a signed first edition c While walking her dog late one night, Gemma Doyle sees the local museum is on fire and calls the fire department. Her quick action saves the building, but much of the antique furniture and items inside The Scarlet House could not be saved. The town of West London and its businesses decide to work together and hold an auction to help repair and re-open the museum. The Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium donates a basket of Holmes-related items, and Gemma's uncle donates a signed first edition copy of The Valley of Fear. The fundraiser never gets started though because the chairwoman of the museum board is found dead in a back room filled with donations for the auction. A local businesswoman is the top suspect. She's rude, difficult and annoying....but Gemma knows she isn't a murderer. Can she solve the case? I love this series...not just because of the Sherlock Holmes theme, but also because the author mentions many Sherlock related books in each story. I end up with quite a few new titles on my TBR each time a new book comes out in this series! I love the idea of a Sherlock Holmes book and gift shop with a tea room right next door! And located on Baker Street, too. :) As a devout Sherlock Holmes fan, it makes me smile. Gemma is a great main character...she is intelligent, loyal and feisty when required. Her friend Jayne and all the rest of the secondary characters round out the theme and the plots quite well. Quirky, sweet and awesome. A Scandal in Scarlet is the 4th book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series. I enjoy this series and will definitely continue reading! The mystery was nicely paced this time with plenty of suspects and twists to keep me interested. All in all, an entertaining cozy mystery! **I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from Crooked Lane via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**

  4. 5 out of 5

    Wanda

    ***2019 The Summer of Sherlock*** I enjoyed this fourth installment of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mysteries much more than the last one. Either I was more forgiving of Emma Doyle’s idiosyncrasies or Ms. Delany toned them down just a titch. Either way, this was a pleasant way to spend a rainy afternoon. I’m not usually a cozy mystery fan, but I have been enjoying this series. It seems that Emma may have managed to patch up her private life and is behaving with a bit more compassion to others ***2019 The Summer of Sherlock*** I enjoyed this fourth installment of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mysteries much more than the last one. Either I was more forgiving of Emma Doyle’s idiosyncrasies or Ms. Delany toned them down just a titch. Either way, this was a pleasant way to spend a rainy afternoon. I’m not usually a cozy mystery fan, but I have been enjoying this series. It seems that Emma may have managed to patch up her private life and is behaving with a bit more compassion to others as a result. I am also encouraged by her improved relationship with Detective Estrada, which has been unnaturally strained from book one. A woman as bright and ambitious as Louise Estrada should not be as threatened by Emma as she was portrayed in the first three books--Louise definitely had grounds to be grumpy, but not vindictive toward the amateur sleuth. I am pleased to know that Vicki Delaney will be coming to my hometown writers’ conference next August and I will be pleased to hear what she has to say about writing. I’ll also look forward to reading books in some of her other series in preparation for that event.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    I finished A Scandal in Scarlet by Vicki Delany last night. I really enjoy this series. I found that in this one I was not able to guess the killer and that for me is the best. I love the way that Gemma, the main character, is written. A book store attached to a tea room is very appealing to me and I loved this particular story. It was happy/sad and cozy all at the same time. If you are a fan of Sherlock themed mysteries, that read and feel like a modern day Sherlock and Holmes story come read t I finished A Scandal in Scarlet by Vicki Delany last night. I really enjoy this series. I found that in this one I was not able to guess the killer and that for me is the best. I love the way that Gemma, the main character, is written. A book store attached to a tea room is very appealing to me and I loved this particular story. It was happy/sad and cozy all at the same time. If you are a fan of Sherlock themed mysteries, that read and feel like a modern day Sherlock and Holmes story come read this! I love the cover as well.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Micky Cox

    This is absolutely the best book in the series so far! The characters are really showing some depth and growth that has been really needed. I love that Jayne is finally getting the respect that she deserves as Emma's sidekick. A great mystery with multiple potential suspects to add a few twists and turns along the way to keep you intrigued and entertained! I am totally looking forward to the next book in the series! I look forward to seeing how all the characters progress in the future books! This is absolutely the best book in the series so far! The characters are really showing some depth and growth that has been really needed. I love that Jayne is finally getting the respect that she deserves as Emma's sidekick. A great mystery with multiple potential suspects to add a few twists and turns along the way to keep you intrigued and entertained! I am totally looking forward to the next book in the series! I look forward to seeing how all the characters progress in the future books!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    Gemma Doyle is walking her dog, Violet when she smells smoke. The West London Museum is on fire. To help with the restoration of the Museum, the Baker Street shop owners come together to hold an auction to raise money. Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room is the site where the auction will be held. It is run by Gemma’s best friend Jayne Wilson and next door to the bookstore that Gemma runs called the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop. Gemma’s Great Uncle Arthur has donated a signed first edition of The Valley of Fear for t Gemma Doyle is walking her dog, Violet when she smells smoke. The West London Museum is on fire. To help with the restoration of the Museum, the Baker Street shop owners come together to hold an auction to raise money. Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room is the site where the auction will be held. It is run by Gemma’s best friend Jayne Wilson and next door to the bookstore that Gemma runs called the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop. Gemma’s Great Uncle Arthur has donated a signed first edition of The Valley of Fear for the auction. The attendees of the auction will mostly be dressed in scarlet red. The auction is ready to begin but the museum board chair, Kathy Lamb has not started it. Where is she? Gemma goes into the shop’s back room. She discovers Kathy’s body dead. A decorative knotted tea cup rope is wrapped around her neck. A complex who done it begins to be investigated. The story is filled cover to cover with mystery, action, humor, many twists and turns plus an interesting array of suspicious, colorful and intriguing well created suspects. First rate plot which is well written leading to a surprise conclusion. This is book # 4 in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mysteries series. It can be read as a stand alone. It is the first I read in the series and look forward to reading the previous stories. I volunteered to read Scandal in Scarlet. Thanks to the Cozy Mystery Review Crew for the opportunity. My opinion is my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Anastasia

    A Scandal in Scarlet by Vicki Delany is the 4th book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series. After a local museum, Scarlet House, burns down, Gemma and Jayne assist in holding an auction to raise money for the restoration only to have the museum board head murdered in the back room. These books keep getting better and better. I love Gemma's Sherlockholmian mannerisms and parallels. A terrific mystery with multiple murders including a cold case from the past, with everything being neatly A Scandal in Scarlet by Vicki Delany is the 4th book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series. After a local museum, Scarlet House, burns down, Gemma and Jayne assist in holding an auction to raise money for the restoration only to have the museum board head murdered in the back room. These books keep getting better and better. I love Gemma's Sherlockholmian mannerisms and parallels. A terrific mystery with multiple murders including a cold case from the past, with everything being neatly concluded at the end. An enjoyable mystery, particularly for fans of Sherlock Holmes.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    This is the fourth installment in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series. Gemma Doyle is the British owner of the store on the New England coast . Her friend Jayne owns the tea shop next door and has agreed to host a fundraising auction for the recently burnt down living history museum in town. Unfortunately, the board's newly installed chairwoman is killed right before the auction begins. Gemma decides to "ask some questions", which for her means spending the rest of the book trying to solve the m This is the fourth installment in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series. Gemma Doyle is the British owner of the store on the New England coast . Her friend Jayne owns the tea shop next door and has agreed to host a fundraising auction for the recently burnt down living history museum in town. Unfortunately, the board's newly installed chairwoman is killed right before the auction begins. Gemma decides to "ask some questions", which for her means spending the rest of the book trying to solve the mystery. Her police officer boyfriend Ryan has his hands full with the killer and Gemma. I enjoyed the book very much. Gemma's character has mellowed since the first two books but she still has some of that "old Gemma" in-your-face attitude. There was a lot of action in the book, which I liked. I am interested to know where her relationship with Ryan goes from here. While the book can be read as a standalone, it would be helpful to read the prior three in this series. Thanks to NetGalley for a digital advance review copy of this book. My review is voluntary.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tari

    After a fire destroyed the Scarlet House that was part of the West London Museum, Gemma and Jayne agreed to hold a fundraiser tea in the teashop along with an auction featuring items donated from the town businesses and individual. When Gemma found Kathy, the museum board's chairman dead in the storage room for the teashop, she agreed to look into things because the annoying business neighbor Maureen claimed she was being blamed for the crime. After another seemingly unrelated murder (yep, Gemma After a fire destroyed the Scarlet House that was part of the West London Museum, Gemma and Jayne agreed to hold a fundraiser tea in the teashop along with an auction featuring items donated from the town businesses and individual. When Gemma found Kathy, the museum board's chairman dead in the storage room for the teashop, she agreed to look into things because the annoying business neighbor Maureen claimed she was being blamed for the crime. After another seemingly unrelated murder (yep, Gemma found that body too) Gemma continued to investigate with her trusty sidekick Jayne (sometimes alone though) and must have struck a nerve when she, or rather the cat Moriarty, scared off an intruder after she'd closed one night. This case had me baffled for sure! I really had no idea who the killer was, but I wasn't shocked when I found out who it was. The showdown and subsequent boat chase was pretty awesome and exciting. I liked how Gemma and her friends had a little wrap-up session at the very end of the book in the form of a summer picnic. Gemma and Ryan are in a very good place now, so I hope that continues because even Jayne noticed how happy Gemma had been. It was fun that Uncle Arthur was actually somewhat present in this book instead of being just a text. It reminds me of Charlie from Charlie's Angels how he was never seen. Uncle Arthur was actually not seen in the book, but he was on land and back at his home at one point.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    A cozy series with Gemma Doyle, owner of a Sherlock Holmes themed bookshop. She's also part owner of the teahouse next door. I though this was based in London, but it's in Cape Cod town named West London. As is pretty common with cozies, Gemma seems to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. She was walking her dog when they noticed a fire at the local museum, the Scarlet House. Then at a charity auction to help rebuild the museum, at the tea shop, the head of the museum, was found murdered. Ge A cozy series with Gemma Doyle, owner of a Sherlock Holmes themed bookshop. She's also part owner of the teahouse next door. I though this was based in London, but it's in Cape Cod town named West London. As is pretty common with cozies, Gemma seems to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. She was walking her dog when they noticed a fire at the local museum, the Scarlet House. Then at a charity auction to help rebuild the museum, at the tea shop, the head of the museum, was found murdered. Gemma is then involved in investigating the murder. Overall, it's a decent small town cozy murder mystery with a splash of Holmes lore. Bonus are the Holmes- related book recommendations Gemma gives to her customers. I'm actually interested in reading some of them now.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Diane Hernandez

    Another fun-filled romp from Vicki Delany! A Scandal in Scarlet is the fourth cozy in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery series. Gemma is walking her dog late one night when she sees flames behind the window of the historic Scarlet Museum. A candle left burning is ruled the cause of the fire. Due to interior damage, Kathy and the rest of the museum’s Board decide to have an auction to raise money for repairs. Jayne, co-owner with Gemma of Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Shop next door to Gemma’s bookshop, vo Another fun-filled romp from Vicki Delany! A Scandal in Scarlet is the fourth cozy in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery series. Gemma is walking her dog late one night when she sees flames behind the window of the historic Scarlet Museum. A candle left burning is ruled the cause of the fire. Due to interior damage, Kathy and the rest of the museum’s Board decide to have an auction to raise money for repairs. Jayne, co-owner with Gemma of Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Shop next door to Gemma’s bookshop, volunteers to hold the auction. Only one business refuses to donate an item for the auction, the uniformly disliked Maureen. When Maureen brings a truly hideous painting to donate the day of the auction, refuses to pay the entrance fee, and starts a loud fight with Kathy, Kathy’s day couldn’t get worse. But then she sees her recently ex-husband with his new older wife sitting in the back of the room. She goes into a backroom to recuperate after the two shocks. When she doesn’t come out to begin the auction, Gemna and Jayne find her in the back room strangled. The decorative cord used to kill her is missing from the front of the tea shop implying that one of the attendees did the crime. However, a back door to the alley was also unlocked so there was access from outside. Kathy was not well liked by half of the museum’s Board and volunteers leading to plenty of disgruntled suspects. When Gemma is asked to help the hated Maureen to clear her name, she agrees and the game is afoot. I adore this series! Gemma and Jayne are genuine, relatable, and seem like old friends. The mystery is rather difficult to solve, which makes this a great choice for armchair detectives. Gemma’s romance with handsome Detective Ryan is moved forward a bit as is her friendship with Grant. A Scandal in Scarlet has something for all cozy readers. 4 stars! Thanks to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Peggy R

    This is the fourth book in what I find to be a very entertaining series. I was originally draw to it because I am a fan of the author. What keeps me coming back is her storing telling and the terrific characters she creates. Gemma Doyle is intelligent, independent and a bit quirky (which is one of the things I like most about her). She is a straight shooter that doesn't pick up on social cues all that well. Her friendship with Jayne has helped smooth out some of the edges as has her renewed rela This is the fourth book in what I find to be a very entertaining series. I was originally draw to it because I am a fan of the author. What keeps me coming back is her storing telling and the terrific characters she creates. Gemma Doyle is intelligent, independent and a bit quirky (which is one of the things I like most about her). She is a straight shooter that doesn't pick up on social cues all that well. Her friendship with Jayne has helped smooth out some of the edges as has her renewed relationship with Ryan. I like how the author has shown growth in Gemma while maintaining the quirkiness that I enjoy. I thought the mystery was well plotted with enough diversions to keep me guessing. I did not guess the identity of the killer, which is not unusual, but because of the way the mystery was crafted this person would not have been on my radar. I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy of this book (which is scheduled for release on November 13, 2018) provided to me by the publisher through Netgalley.

  14. 4 out of 5

    LORI CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts Gemma Doyle owns the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop on Baker Street in West London Massachusetts. While out walking her dog, Violet one evening outside of the West London Museum she smells smoke. The fire department arrives and saves most of the house but the furnishings and collectibles are destroyed. To rebuild and refurnish the Scarlet House an auction and tea is held at Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room with prizes donated by the Baker’s Street shopkeepers and other friends of the museum. A Dollycas’s Thoughts Gemma Doyle owns the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop on Baker Street in West London Massachusetts. While out walking her dog, Violet one evening outside of the West London Museum she smells smoke. The fire department arrives and saves most of the house but the furnishings and collectibles are destroyed. To rebuild and refurnish the Scarlet House an auction and tea is held at Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room with prizes donated by the Baker’s Street shopkeepers and other friends of the museum. After the tea service ends the auction is set to start everything comes to a halt when museum board chair and auctioneer Kathy Lamb is found dead in the storeroom. Police arrive to an entire room of suspects including the deceased ex-husband and his new wife. One of the shopkeepers, Maureen MacGregor, is pegged as the prime suspect though because of a verbal altercation with Kathy prior to the start of the tea that was witnessed by everyone. She has asked Gemma to help prove her innocence. This doesn’t make her boyfriend, Detective Ryan Ashburton, or his partner Detective Louise Estrada happy but with the vast array of suspects, her insights could be helpful. Gemma Doyle is a fantastic protagonist. She has a keen sense of observation, is smart and independent, and speaks her mind, sometimes to her own detriment. She may be viewed as a little harsh but by this fourth book in the series, she is softening a bit. I think we have the good detective to thank for that. He has learned she can be helpful in solving his cases because she sees and picks up on things other people don’t. Her friend Jayne is the perfect Watson to her Sherlock. Gemma sometimes forges ahead quickly while Jayne does her best to keep Gemma out of trouble. Gemma has a unique assistant in Ashleigh that frees her up and gives her plenty of time to sleuth out clue after clue. The author has written a very complicated mystery. The deceased wasn’t well-liked and at times was as subtle as a bulldozer when it came to the changes she wanted to make at Scarlet House. Hence, the plethora of suspects. The investigation takes Gemma and Jayne from one end of Baker Street to the other and visiting not one but two yacht clubs. The current mystery may have ties to an old cold case which brings even more intrigue to the story. I was totally kept guessing until the very end and then wanted to kick myself. The K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid) theory totally applied in this case and I missed the clues completely. The Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium and the attached Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room sounds like a fabulous place to visit for Sherlock Holmes lovers. Gemma carries several book titles and all types of memorabilia related to all the versions that have evolved over the years. Someone is always taking a new twist on the famous fictional detective and his sidekick. A Scandal in Scarlet is an excellent addition to this series. As a fan of the Basil Rathbone Holmes portrayal and a fan of Vicki Delany, I don’t know how I got so far behind on this series but I am working to rectify that now. I hope to read and review There’s A Murder Afoot and A Curious Incident soon.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Gloria

    Gemma Doyle has a great job as the owner of a Sherlock Holmes bookshop connected to a tea room, Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room, owned by her best friend, Jayne Wilson. Gemma has a way of figuring out mysteries, in particular murder mysteries, much to the frustration of her boyfriend, Detective Ryan Ashburton. One night after work, Gemma and her dog, Violet, are walking in her neighborhood in West London, Massachusetts on Cape Cod when she smelled smoke coming from the West London Museum. Unfortunately, Gemma Doyle has a great job as the owner of a Sherlock Holmes bookshop connected to a tea room, Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room, owned by her best friend, Jayne Wilson. Gemma has a way of figuring out mysteries, in particular murder mysteries, much to the frustration of her boyfriend, Detective Ryan Ashburton. One night after work, Gemma and her dog, Violet, are walking in her neighborhood in West London, Massachusetts on Cape Cod when she smelled smoke coming from the West London Museum. Unfortunately, it was beyond saving and seems to an accident. Someone left a candle burning with a window open, blowing the flame around. Gemma and Jayne, along with other patrons, work to help with a auction fundraiser held at the tea room. There are some pricey items in the auction, including a donated diamond necklace and a rare Sherlock Holmes book that her Uncle Arthur gave from his private collection. Before the auction started, Kathy Lamb, museum director and auctioneer for the event is found dead in the storage room where the auction items were being kept. Gemma is asked to find the killer by a store owner across the street from the bookstore and tearoom. She was seen in an argument with Kathy before the event and is a person of interest to the police. Gemma has her work cut out for her and sidekick, Jayne, as they question a pool of possible suspects, including Kathy's ex-husband, his new wife, Kathy's children, the museum director that Kathy booted out of office and many others. There are many rivals in the story, especially members of rival yacht clubs, West London Yacht Club and Cape Cod Yacht Club. This an area of wealthy people whose existence is centered around their club. Before long, another murder is committed complicated her pool of suspects. This was a fun mystery to read through twists and turns of many suspects. Gemma, a former Brit, is an interesting character with her dialect and way of thinking through clues. She has to balance her stern warnings from Ryan and her desire to find answers. I had my own ideas of whodunit but was surprised in the end. Things are certain to keep you guessing. I received a complimentary ARC from Crooked Lane Books through NetGalley. All thoughts expressed are mine only.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lesa

    It's always a treat to catch up with Gemma Doyle, owner of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium. Vicki Delany has given us a delightful, idiosyncratic character whose brain resembles Holmes'. She lacks empathy and social skills, though, and just doesn't understand why people don't appreciate her matter-of-fact comments. She's doing a little bit better in the fourth in this charming series, A Scandal in Scarlet. Gemma is walking her dog late one evening when they discover the Scarlet House, a It's always a treat to catch up with Gemma Doyle, owner of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium. Vicki Delany has given us a delightful, idiosyncratic character whose brain resembles Holmes'. She lacks empathy and social skills, though, and just doesn't understand why people don't appreciate her matter-of-fact comments. She's doing a little bit better in the fourth in this charming series, A Scandal in Scarlet. Gemma is walking her dog late one evening when they discover the Scarlet House, a local museum, is on fire. Because so much of it is destroyed by the fire, the museum needs to host a fundraiser. Gemma's friend Jayne Wilson, co-owner of Mrs. Hudson's Tearoom, offers to hold an auction there. Before the auction even starts, the chair of the Scarlet House board, Kathy Lamb, has an argument with one of the shop owners, Maureen Macgregor. When Gemma finds Kathy murdered int he backroom, all the witnesses point to Maureen. Gemma and Maureen dislike each other, but that doesn't mean Gemma will allow Maureen to be wrongly accused. Kathy had her share of people who didn't like her, including her ex's new wife. But, even Gemma, with her uncanny ability to analyze people, comes up blank. There are too many suspects, although Gemma has her theories. However, a second murder throws Gemma off her game. Although it's fun to laugh at Gemma, and entertaining to follow her thought processes, there are times the reader feels sympathy for her. She's knows she bungled her earlier romance with Police Detective Ryan Ashburton, just by being the all-knowing Gemma. But, she sums up a common problem in mysteries featuring amateur detectives. "The path of true love never runs smoothly, but never less than between an ambitious and very good police detective and a well-meaning but highly perceptive member of the law-abiding public." Anyone who enjoys quirky amateur sleuths or Sherlock Holmes pastiches should try Delany's A Scandal in Scarlet. It's fun to read the entire series, but there's no reason you can't start with this one.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I'm going to blame the audio format. Gemma is irritating enough in print. Throwing in a snooty voice and then jarring my ears with flat, American accents every time anyone else talks just made it worse. I also found the mystery hard to follow. It is intentionally ambiguous, but the actual culprit is pretty simple. Still, I give points for cleverness. No, the biggest problem I have with this mystery is simply Gemma's involvement in it. I'm 100% with the cops on this one. She had 0 business gettin I'm going to blame the audio format. Gemma is irritating enough in print. Throwing in a snooty voice and then jarring my ears with flat, American accents every time anyone else talks just made it worse. I also found the mystery hard to follow. It is intentionally ambiguous, but the actual culprit is pretty simple. Still, I give points for cleverness. No, the biggest problem I have with this mystery is simply Gemma's involvement in it. I'm 100% with the cops on this one. She had 0 business getting involved. All her justifications about being more observant or capable falls flat when she solves the thing by running around accusing people. The denouement was just stupid on her part...particularly when she justifies it with "the cops needed evidence but I don't." This from the woman who likes quoting Sherlock Holmes about never guessing. In fact, I feel so irritated with her tactics I'd volunteer my services to defend the murderer pro bono. I don't buy the romance in this series either. I guess I'm glad the love triangle has been set aside but I don't see any chemistry between the main couple so IDK. Maybe she chose the wrong guy. I'll probably grab the next two in the series, mostly because I dislike leaving series unfinished. But not via audio.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine

    “No more detecting for me. Not until the next time, anyway.” I read the first line above and thought ‘Oh sure, Gemma.’ Then I read the second line above and thought ‘That is my girl.’ Vicki Delany’s A Scandal in Scarlet (A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery #4) is a delight. I so enjoy the characters of Gemma, Jayne, and Lead Detective Ryan Ashburton. I am even starting to like Det. Estrada! The setting of West London on Cape Cod is so lovely that I believe I shall visit that area soon when it is w “No more detecting for me. Not until the next time, anyway.” I read the first line above and thought ‘Oh sure, Gemma.’ Then I read the second line above and thought ‘That is my girl.’ Vicki Delany’s A Scandal in Scarlet (A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery #4) is a delight. I so enjoy the characters of Gemma, Jayne, and Lead Detective Ryan Ashburton. I am even starting to like Det. Estrada! The setting of West London on Cape Cod is so lovely that I believe I shall visit that area soon when it is warm as early as next summer, but I must confess that I am a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes. I have even been to The Sherlock Holmes Museum in London, England. Gemma keeps all kinds of Sherlock Holmes memorabilia and books in her bookshop as well as pastiche novels as those by Laurie R. King, DVDs of Basil Rathbone playing his Sherlock Holmes’ role, and BBC’s 21st c. Sherlock, Benedict Cumberbatch, calendars. I love it! Gemma with her power of observation assists the WLPD with the murder mysteries. Gemma and her Mrs. Hudson (of the tearoom), Jayne, help this time as well. Ms. Delaney does a grand job, and with #4 she does it again! Highly recommended for fun and escapism! 4.25 stars.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Holmes and Watson, I mean Gemma and Jayne, are at it again. The fourth installment of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series by Vicki Delany is a fun, intriguing mystery. The title gives homage to A Study in Scarlet, written by Conan Doyle which is the very first appearance of Holmes and Watson. Gemma and Jayne (unwillingly) are once again entangled in the latest murder on Baker Street. As the list of suspects grows, Gemma finds herself unraveling the many threads to solve the case much to the dism Holmes and Watson, I mean Gemma and Jayne, are at it again. The fourth installment of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series by Vicki Delany is a fun, intriguing mystery. The title gives homage to A Study in Scarlet, written by Conan Doyle which is the very first appearance of Holmes and Watson. Gemma and Jayne (unwillingly) are once again entangled in the latest murder on Baker Street. As the list of suspects grows, Gemma finds herself unraveling the many threads to solve the case much to the dismay of her love interest and local detective. Each book in this series continues to get better. The fictional town based in Cape Cod continues to expand with new people and landmarks. The murder is not easily solved, Delany drops clues throughout the chapters but leaves the reader guessing until the big reveal. I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    Gemma and Jayne are at it again in A Scandal In Scarlet. Set in the quaint little town of West London, located on Cape Cod, this has become one of my favorite series. As the storyline opens, the dynamic duo are hosting a tea and auction for the museum, to help with repair costs after a fire. When someone is found dead, strangled to death, it sets off Gemma to do a little investigative snooping. This series is very realistic and the characters are so believable, I feel like I know them all. I'm not ex Gemma and Jayne are at it again in A Scandal In Scarlet. Set in the quaint little town of West London, located on Cape Cod, this has become one of my favorite series. As the storyline opens, the dynamic duo are hosting a tea and auction for the museum, to help with repair costs after a fire. When someone is found dead, strangled to death, it sets off Gemma to do a little investigative snooping. This series is very realistic and the characters are so believable, I feel like I know them all. I'm not excited to see what's in store next for this colorful crew of characters. I volunteered to read an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Wilcox

    This was such a fun book. It had my brain thinking like Sherlock 24/7. I love the characters and how the story evolves. The setting and all of the possible players are laid out wonderfully but Vicki still keeps you guessing right until the very end. And I love the extra tid-bit after the murder is solved and the bad guy goes away. I hope to see more in this series soon!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Annette

    This is a fantastic book in an awesome series.highly recommend every book in this series.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jeanie

    Oh, to be on Cape Cod for a beautiful summer day! Gemma Doyle and Jayne Wilson have more business at Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium and Mrs. Hudson’s Tearoom than ever, and a challenging new mystery to solve. They are each uniquely delightful; Gemma is trying hard to be less blunt and not express her deductions as they come to her. After a late evening at work, Gemma and Violet, Great-Uncle Arthur’s cocker spaniel, are out for a walk when Violet alerts her to fire in the magnificent Scarle Oh, to be on Cape Cod for a beautiful summer day! Gemma Doyle and Jayne Wilson have more business at Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium and Mrs. Hudson’s Tearoom than ever, and a challenging new mystery to solve. They are each uniquely delightful; Gemma is trying hard to be less blunt and not express her deductions as they come to her. After a late evening at work, Gemma and Violet, Great-Uncle Arthur’s cocker spaniel, are out for a walk when Violet alerts her to fire in the magnificent Scarlet House, built in 1648 and now a historical museum. After calling 911, she pounds on the door to see if anyone is inside, but the door is locked. First responders come quickly so she and Violet can go home. The Scarlet House fire resulted from an accident rather than arson, so the board of directors plan to repair the building immediately. That will take a good amount of money, however, so the board is going to have an auction hosted by Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room. Great Uncle Arthur is donating his favorite pristine first edition copy of a Sherlock Holmes tale that is over a century old, and others donate expensive jewelry, gift packages, and more. Between the tea and scones and the start of the auction, however, the auctioneer hasn’t been seen. Gemma goes to the storeroom to see what is keeping Kathy Lamb, who is also chairperson of the museum board. Her ex-husband and his new, older, wealthy wife are present, as is the loudly obnoxious shopkeeper from Beach Fine Arts, Maureen MacGregor, who tried to donate a paint-by-number painting. When Gemma went back to the storeroom, she found Kathy on the floor, strangled, with the “weapon” still in place. Instead of an auction, there is a police investigation. Gemma has no plans to get involved, as Ryan, the man she loves and local lead detective is more important to her than getting in the middle of another murder. Until Maureen, the obnoxious neighbor, comes pleading. Maureen is not a friend, but Gemma is sure she is innocent and chooses to simply ask a few questions here and there. As things often seem to happen, Gemma is suddenly tangled up in a case that gets more intense, with more suspects than Sherlock can wave his pipe at. I do enjoy Gemma and Jayne; they are a fabulous, friendly duo. Jayne has mellowed the very British Gemma, helping change her from someone who bluntly spoke her mind to someone with more tact, especially when trying to creatively get information from people. Ryan still gets frustrated with her, but as the charming man who loves her, he accepts Gemma as she is. He appreciates how hard she is trying to change. All characters are well defined as befitting their roles. This reader was stumped by the mystery! There are so many possible suspects, so many who didn’t like the way Kathy handled things at the museum, and most of the town really disliked the next person killed. There are stunning plot twists, sometimes helping bring the resolution closer…or not. Overall, I was very impressed with the resolutions and surprises! This is a wonderful fourth in the series that can be read as a standalone, but I think you might enjoy reading all of them. I highly recommend A Scandal in Scarlet, with a beautiful summer setting at the Atlantic Ocean that is a fabulous read any time of year! From a grateful heart: I received an e-Arc of this from the publisher and NetGalley, and this is my honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    K.A. Davis

    A SCANDAL IN SCARLET, the fourth book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series by Vicki Delany, is probably my favorite in the series so far! I’ve enjoyed watching the protagonist, Gemma Doyle, grow over the course of the stories and with this new release, she seems to have come into her own. She is still overly observant, but has learned to tone down her abruptness which makes her more relatable. Ms. Delany captures the spirit of Sherlock Holmes by developing Gemma’s orderly sense of inte A SCANDAL IN SCARLET, the fourth book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series by Vicki Delany, is probably my favorite in the series so far! I’ve enjoyed watching the protagonist, Gemma Doyle, grow over the course of the stories and with this new release, she seems to have come into her own. She is still overly observant, but has learned to tone down her abruptness which makes her more relatable. Ms. Delany captures the spirit of Sherlock Holmes by developing Gemma’s orderly sense of intellect in noticing clues and helping to solve murders. I especially enjoyed the Sherlockian vibes portrayed with her foray into disguising herself in this book. I hope to see more of the disguises in future books, whether or not it helps Gemma find clues. Not only is Gemma a terrific character but the author has also developed good supporting characters, such as Gemma’s best friend, Jayne Wilson. They have a great friendship and work relationship since Jayne is part owner in Mrs. Hudson’s Tearoom. I love how Jayne is willing to drop everything in order to protect and help Gemma out to solve the mystery while providing a bit of comic sidekick humor. Detective Ryan Ashburton is another welcome addition to the story, helping to bring out a tender side of Gemma. I’ve enjoyed watching their relationship blossom in a sweet manner while he’s learned to be more accepting of Gemma’s intellect and deducing skills. Ms. Delany intertwines a long ago, unsolved crime and a current day murder with great skill. She provides plenty of suspects for the crimes which kept me guessing. She also provides plenty of action with good pacing, keeping the reader engaged and turning pages. The exciting conclusion wrapped up the threads of the story and has me waiting impatiently for the next installment! I was provided an advance copy with the hopes I would review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Minx

    A Scandal in Scarlet is the fourth book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series and it is by far my favorite! The whodunit in this book was quite mysterious and there were many players that all had their possible motives for murder. I enjoyed the following of the clues as well as that Gemma absolutely was channeling her inner Sherlock when she donned disguises and infiltrated places that she otherwise would not have had access to. What fun! Jayne is still just as supportive of a friend as A Scandal in Scarlet is the fourth book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series and it is by far my favorite! The whodunit in this book was quite mysterious and there were many players that all had their possible motives for murder. I enjoyed the following of the clues as well as that Gemma absolutely was channeling her inner Sherlock when she donned disguises and infiltrated places that she otherwise would not have had access to. What fun! Jayne is still just as supportive of a friend as she ever was and, in many ways, instrumental in helping Gemma gather clues. There was also some shifting in the relationship dynamics between Gemma and another character which I was very glad to see! Overall, this was a fun and exciting read! Though, why this book was my favorite was because of the growth with Gemma’s character. For me, she was very off-putting at the start of the series because she was almost obnoxious with her assessment of her importance. She was indeed a brilliant character but she lacked in people skills and didn’t seem to care about improving. Slowly though, ever so slowly, she has improved and I love that it can be directly attributed to the suggestions of the other characters, so her growth feels very natural. It has also led her relationship with Ryan in a much more satisfying direction and I was glad to see that she started to consider the risks that her choices would cause in her personal relationships. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series and if you are interested in an intriguing and entertaining cozy mystery then I highly recommend A Scandal in Scarlet to you! This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Martin

    Gemma gets involved in her next mystery when she and Jayne offer to host an auction to raise funds for the local museum and the museum board chair Kathy Lamb who is the auctioneer is found strangled to death in the room where the auction items are being stored. Gemma doesn't really want to get involved. Her investigations have gotten in the way of her romance with Detective Ryan Ashburton before and she doesn't really have a stake in this one. None of her friends are suspects. Maureen, who is the Gemma gets involved in her next mystery when she and Jayne offer to host an auction to raise funds for the local museum and the museum board chair Kathy Lamb who is the auctioneer is found strangled to death in the room where the auction items are being stored. Gemma doesn't really want to get involved. Her investigations have gotten in the way of her romance with Detective Ryan Ashburton before and she doesn't really have a stake in this one. None of her friends are suspects. Maureen, who is the owner of a business across the street, becomes a suspect when she has a loud argument with Kathy in front of those waiting for the auction about her late and ugly donation. Maureen demands that Gemma clear her name despite the fact that she is anything but a friend of Gemma's. Gemma isn't interested in helping her, but her curiosity is aroused and she begins investigating. There are any number of suspects. Kathy's ex-husband and his new rich wife are at the auction and could be involved. The whole politics of the museum also provides suspects in the ousted chair and the obsessed volunteer who was on the verge of being fired. Even two local and rival yacht clubs get involved as suspects. After all, some believe the the new wife of her ex-husband already is guilty of the murder of her first husband and may have wished to get rid of Kathy out of jealousy. This was an entertaining cozy mystery with lots of details about Gemma's Sherlock Holmes bookstore and a number of mystery books in it. Gemma is a great character who prides herself on her attention to detail and ability to identify criminals much like Sherlock Holmes himself.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Wilhoite

    Gemma Doyle is back and murder victims seem to follow her no matter what. First, she witnesses a fire in the small-town museum, then at an auction to raise funds for said museum, the head of the museum board is found dead, by none other than Gemma herself. As she begins digging into the murder, she discovers yet another murder victim. I really like Gemma's self growth in this book. She is realizing that not everyone appreciates her uncanny observations and is taking the advice of her friend, Jayn Gemma Doyle is back and murder victims seem to follow her no matter what. First, she witnesses a fire in the small-town museum, then at an auction to raise funds for said museum, the head of the museum board is found dead, by none other than Gemma herself. As she begins digging into the murder, she discovers yet another murder victim. I really like Gemma's self growth in this book. She is realizing that not everyone appreciates her uncanny observations and is taking the advice of her friend, Jayne, and trying to be more subtle. I love Vicky Delany's wit and the town of West London, plus Moriarty, the shop cat. Hopefully he and Gemma will warm up to each other soon. I'm excited that Uncle Arthur has come back to West London and hope he will be Gemma's partner in crime in the next book. 4.7 stars I voluntary reviewed this book on netgalley. #vickydelany #netgalley #scandalinscarlet

  28. 5 out of 5

    Betty

    In the fourth book of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mysteries Gamma and Jayne are hosting a fundraiser and auction at the tea shop. It was interrupted by the murder of the dirrector of the fundraiser, Kathy Lamb. Follow shop owner Maureen managed to pick a fight with Kathy at the beginning of the event and so is a person of interest. Much against her will Gamma agrees to do some looking into the death. As Gemma is asking questions about Kathy's background Gemma uncovers a possible murder seven ye In the fourth book of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mysteries Gamma and Jayne are hosting a fundraiser and auction at the tea shop. It was interrupted by the murder of the dirrector of the fundraiser, Kathy Lamb. Follow shop owner Maureen managed to pick a fight with Kathy at the beginning of the event and so is a person of interest. Much against her will Gamma agrees to do some looking into the death. As Gemma is asking questions about Kathy's background Gemma uncovers a possible murder seven years ago. Yes, Moriarty has a role in the story. Will Gemma be successful in keeping Maureen out of prison? The ending is a surprise and I like it. I am looking forward to spending more time at the bookshop. I highly recommend this book and series. Disclosure: Many thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane books for a review copy. The opinions expressed are my own.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Two residents of West London are murdered within a week - one of them at Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room!!! - and despite her boyfriend Detective Ryan Ashburton's wishes, Gemma Doyle puts on her deerstalker (figuratively, of course!) and sets out to solve the crimes. With her trusty bestie Jayne by her side, Gemma infiltrates rival yacht clubs and a historic home to get to the bottom of the case. In Vicki Delany's fourth Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery her characters and their relationships continue to Two residents of West London are murdered within a week - one of them at Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room!!! - and despite her boyfriend Detective Ryan Ashburton's wishes, Gemma Doyle puts on her deerstalker (figuratively, of course!) and sets out to solve the crimes. With her trusty bestie Jayne by her side, Gemma infiltrates rival yacht clubs and a historic home to get to the bottom of the case. In Vicki Delany's fourth Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery her characters and their relationships continue to develop along with the series, and A Scandal in Scarlet is one of those rare books that I couldn't put down once I started. Delightful and fast paced, it's a perfect cozy mystery! Loved it! p.s. I did NOT guess the murderer, always a plus in my book!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Missy

    A Scandal in Scarlet is book 4 in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery series and the best one yet! This one grabbed me from the start and didn’t let go. I very much enjoy any activity that takes place in Mrs Hudson’s Tea Room adjoining the bookshop, and this method of murder and how it tied to Mrs Hudson’s was clever. Multiple twists kept me guessing whodunit. I always look forward to returning to New London and this crew of characters. Gemma is such a written character, but I really like how Ja A Scandal in Scarlet is book 4 in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery series and the best one yet! This one grabbed me from the start and didn’t let go. I very much enjoy any activity that takes place in Mrs Hudson’s Tea Room adjoining the bookshop, and this method of murder and how it tied to Mrs Hudson’s was clever. Multiple twists kept me guessing whodunit. I always look forward to returning to New London and this crew of characters. Gemma is such a written character, but I really like how Jayne shines in this book too. The more growth and depth these characters develop makes this series better and better! This is definitely a series to stay current on and if you haven’t started it yet, happy reading!

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