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Charlotte Holmes, Lady Sherlock, is back solving new cases in the USA Today bestselling series set in Victorian England. Inspector Treadles, Charlotte Holmes’s friend and collaborator, has been found locked in a room with two dead men, both of whom worked with his wife at the great manufacturing enterprise she has recently inherited. Rumors fly. Had Inspector Treadles kille Charlotte Holmes, Lady Sherlock, is back solving new cases in the USA Today bestselling series set in Victorian England. Inspector Treadles, Charlotte Holmes’s friend and collaborator, has been found locked in a room with two dead men, both of whom worked with his wife at the great manufacturing enterprise she has recently inherited. Rumors fly. Had Inspector Treadles killed the men because they had opposed his wife’s initiatives at every turn? Had he killed in a fit of jealous rage, because he suspected Mrs. Treadles of harboring deeper feelings for one of the men? To make matters worse, he refuses to speak on his own behalf, despite the overwhelming evidence against him. Charlotte finds herself in a case strewn with lies and secrets. But which lies are to cover up small sins, and which secrets would flay open a past better left forgotten? Not to mention, how can she concentrate on these murders, when Lord Ingram, her oldest friend and sometime lover, at last dangles before her the one thing she has always wanted?


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Charlotte Holmes, Lady Sherlock, is back solving new cases in the USA Today bestselling series set in Victorian England. Inspector Treadles, Charlotte Holmes’s friend and collaborator, has been found locked in a room with two dead men, both of whom worked with his wife at the great manufacturing enterprise she has recently inherited. Rumors fly. Had Inspector Treadles kille Charlotte Holmes, Lady Sherlock, is back solving new cases in the USA Today bestselling series set in Victorian England. Inspector Treadles, Charlotte Holmes’s friend and collaborator, has been found locked in a room with two dead men, both of whom worked with his wife at the great manufacturing enterprise she has recently inherited. Rumors fly. Had Inspector Treadles killed the men because they had opposed his wife’s initiatives at every turn? Had he killed in a fit of jealous rage, because he suspected Mrs. Treadles of harboring deeper feelings for one of the men? To make matters worse, he refuses to speak on his own behalf, despite the overwhelming evidence against him. Charlotte finds herself in a case strewn with lies and secrets. But which lies are to cover up small sins, and which secrets would flay open a past better left forgotten? Not to mention, how can she concentrate on these murders, when Lord Ingram, her oldest friend and sometime lover, at last dangles before her the one thing she has always wanted?

30 review for Murder on Cold Street

  1. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Lady Sherlock Rocks! This is my first book in this series. I wouldn't have chosen to start here, but this is an assigned book - on a deadline, I've already missed- so I dug in, hoping for the best. Despite missing out on some interesting history between the recurring characters, I thoroughly enjoyed this excellent locked room mystery. I had been curious about this series for a long time, so I'm glad I finally had the chance to check it out. I will definitely continue on with the series and hopefu Lady Sherlock Rocks! This is my first book in this series. I wouldn't have chosen to start here, but this is an assigned book - on a deadline, I've already missed- so I dug in, hoping for the best. Despite missing out on some interesting history between the recurring characters, I thoroughly enjoyed this excellent locked room mystery. I had been curious about this series for a long time, so I'm glad I finally had the chance to check it out. I will definitely continue on with the series and hopefully, I will be able to cram in the previous four books before the next release, so I'll understand all the nuances hinted at in this installment. If you are following this series, I'm sure you'll find this book to be a worthy addition. For me, I love locked room mysteries and this one was a highly entertaining head-scratcher. If you love historical and British mysteries or like the various Sherlockian pastiches, then you will probably want to check this series out! If this book is any indication, I think this could become one of my favorites!! 4.5 stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    The Lady Sherlock series truly has become one of my most favorite series for very good reason. It is always so well executed, so well drawn out, with characters that are both real and lovable that you can't help getting sucked into the story, into the mystery, and into the very lives of each character. I absolutely adore this rag tag group of people, their relationships with one another, their back stories, how they interact, how they love, how they take care of one another and of course, the mys The Lady Sherlock series truly has become one of my most favorite series for very good reason. It is always so well executed, so well drawn out, with characters that are both real and lovable that you can't help getting sucked into the story, into the mystery, and into the very lives of each character. I absolutely adore this rag tag group of people, their relationships with one another, their back stories, how they interact, how they love, how they take care of one another and of course, the mysteries themselves. It truly is brilliantly done. And this latest installment has ramped up everything! So much more. More danger, more mystery, more romance (woot!!), just MORE. I absolutely loved it and couldn't put it down. I both wanted to devour and make it last forever. I can not wait for more in this wonderful world and time that Thomas has created. *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

  3. 5 out of 5

    Caz

    I've given this an A- at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars rounded up. And I like the UK cover better than the US one ;) Charlotte is blonde not brunette. Murder on Cold Street, the fifth book in Sherry Thomas’ acclaimed  Lady Sherlock  series picks up immediately where the previous book (The Art of Theft) left off, so if you haven’t read it yet, then you might want to wait to read this review until you have.  In fact, there will probably be spoilers for other titles in the series here, and while in some I've given this an A- at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars rounded up. And I like the UK cover better than the US one ;) Charlotte is blonde not brunette. Murder on Cold Street, the fifth book in Sherry Thomas’ acclaimed  Lady Sherlock  series picks up immediately where the previous book (The Art of Theft) left off, so if you haven’t read it yet, then you might want to wait to read this review until you have.  In fact, there will probably be spoilers for other titles in the series here, and while in some respects these novels are standalone mysteries, the character relationships and some plot arcs are ongoing and you’ll get more out of the later books if you’ve read at least some of the earlier ones. Right at the end of The Art of Theft, after Charlotte, Lord Ingram, Mrs. Watson and Livia had returned from their latest escapades in France, a buoyant Lord Ingram, finally resolved on putting himself out there as regards his feelings for Charlotte, was diverted from his purpose by the news that his friend, Inspector Robert Treadles, had been arrested on suspicion of murder.  While it’s true that Lord Ingram’s friendship with the inspector had cooled a little in recent months on account of the policeman’s disapproval of Charlotte’s being the brains behind the formidable Sherlock Holmes, she and Lord Ingram are no less determined to do everything they can to discover the truth and prove the Inspector’s innocence. This is going to be rather difficult however, as comes to light when Mrs. Treadles arrives in Baker Street to engage Sherlock to work on her husband’s behalf.  She explains that he was found covered in blood,  gun in hand, in a locked room with two men who had been shot to death, and that as far as Inspector Brighton – who is in charge of the investigation –  is concerned, Treadles is guilty and it isn’t going to take much to convict him. At this initial meeting, it’s obvious to both Charlotte and Lord Ingram that Mrs. Treadles is holding something back from them, and any pressure they try to exert causes Mrs. Treadles to insist ever more steadfastly that there’s nothing else they need to be aware of.  They tacitly agree not to pursue this further (for now), but know they have to get to the bottom of whatever secret she’s keeping if they’re to gain a proper understanding as to what might have happened on the night of the murders. You can read the rest of this review at All About Romance .

  4. 4 out of 5

    aarya

    2020 Fall Bingo (#fallintorombingo🍁): Pining 4.5 stars This series is always stellar when the investigation has intense emotional stakes for the reader (here, Inspector Treadles has been accused of murder). Possibly my second favorite in the series after THE HOLLOW OF FEAR. RTC. Disclaimer: I received a free e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    saskia

    how are you going to begin reading a series from the fifth installment and criticise choices made by the author about the main character and their relationships when you've purposely missed out on four books of development? - 2020, first read: This series has me in a chokehold. Although not the most intriguing of mysteries, it did feel rather like an in between book and I didn’t mind that one bit. Even if it isn’t as great as previous ones i am addicted to the writing and this world so the experie how are you going to begin reading a series from the fifth installment and criticise choices made by the author about the main character and their relationships when you've purposely missed out on four books of development? - 2020, first read: This series has me in a chokehold. Although not the most intriguing of mysteries, it did feel rather like an in between book and I didn’t mind that one bit. Even if it isn’t as great as previous ones i am addicted to the writing and this world so the experience is always gratuitous. ”Our friendship has never been a static entity. We have changed over the years and so has it. And it will continue to change in the coming days and years.” Charlotte and Ash, ‘slow burn’, disapproving, flitting friends to lovers, are the centre of this story for me, and their interactions did not disappoint; I especially loved seeing Charlotte preen and become flustered around him, demanding and impatient. ”it isn’t change that we fear, but loss.” On to the (next) mystery: Moriarty and Mr Marbleton!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Navessa

    I’ve been putting off writing this review for almost two weeks now. This is the first Sherry Thomas book that I haven’t given five stars to, and it actually pains me a little. For anyone who absolutely adores an author, like, truly thinks they’re a master of their craft and has all the confidence in the world that their work will stand the test of time, and then you read something from them you don’t love, you know how I feel right now. I did not love this installment of the Lady Sherlock series. I’ve been putting off writing this review for almost two weeks now. This is the first Sherry Thomas book that I haven’t given five stars to, and it actually pains me a little. For anyone who absolutely adores an author, like, truly thinks they’re a master of their craft and has all the confidence in the world that their work will stand the test of time, and then you read something from them you don’t love, you know how I feel right now. I did not love this installment of the Lady Sherlock series. Seeing as how this is my favorite ongoing series, these three stars are a pretty big disappointment. A lot of other readers criticized the first book in this series as being too slow. In fact, that’s the chief complaint I’ve seen of any installment. I have never felt that way about any of these books. I have a long attention span and am a self-confessed history nerd, so where some people were put off by the minutiae of 19th century London, I was drawn in by it. This book was too slow, even for me. There’s no easy way to say it: the pacing is damn near glacial. Every microscopic aspect of the case is examined in frustratingly close detail. Even ones that felt extraneous or unimportant. Even ones that were extraneous or unimportant. All of the witnesses are lying, so they’re interviewed, interrogated, and then interviewed again, dragged toward the truth haltingly by Holmes and her companions. I think part of the issue is the person that Holmes is trying to prove innocent is a completely unsympathetic side character. I was sort of glad to see him moldering in a jail cell. There is also very little movement on any of the overarching plots within the book. The two love affairs I most looked forward to reading about felt stagnated. The big bad villain of the previous books was barely mentioned until the very end, and even then, it felt a bit rushed. And the fate of a rather important side character who fell into peril in the last book is totally excluded. Where is he? How is he? All in all, this felt like a layover. Like a pause in the story of Charlotte Holmes and her companions. And I think that has something to do with the momentum built in the previous installments. In those, you know the characters are drawing closer and closer to something dangerous. Something that not even Charlotte’s genius might see them safely through. There was action, danger. Several times throughout I read at breakneck speed, terrified that something was about to happen to one of my beloved characters. This book fell flat compared to them. Between the slow pacing and the utter lack of any sort of tension, I was bored while reading most of it. One last thing I need to mention is that the ARC we received of this was not in great shape, editing wise. Whole paragraphs were incorrectly italicized. Words were missing. Shifts in perspective weren’t properly marked. I’m chalking it up to Covid. I’ve seen more of these issues from big publishing houses in the past few months than ever before, and I really hope they’re fixed in the finished copies. So, no, I didn’t love this book. But I still love Sherry Thomas. I still believe in her wholeheartedly, and I am still going to be desperate for the next book in the series to be released. website | blog | facebook | twitter | instagram

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)

    3.5 stars Charlotte Holmes is on the case when Inspector Treadles is found locked in a room with two dead men, both employees at the company his wife recently inherited. Tongues are wagging at the gossip that Inspector Treadles murdered the men in a jealous rage or possibly anger that they opposed the changes his wife was making within the company. Mrs. Treadles is certain her husband had nothing to do with the murders but there are secrets being kept that won't make it easy for Charlotte to find 3.5 stars Charlotte Holmes is on the case when Inspector Treadles is found locked in a room with two dead men, both employees at the company his wife recently inherited. Tongues are wagging at the gossip that Inspector Treadles murdered the men in a jealous rage or possibly anger that they opposed the changes his wife was making within the company. Mrs. Treadles is certain her husband had nothing to do with the murders but there are secrets being kept that won't make it easy for Charlotte to find the truth. Her great powers of deduction help her to see past the white lies told and uncover shocking information. Meanwhile, in her personal life, Charlotte is shocked to find that Lord Ingram has become much more responsive to her needs. I enjoy a good locked room mystery and this was yet another great installment in the Lady Sherlock series. I haven’t been reading these in order but it's pretty easy to jump in and get enough of the backstory to keep up to date. I really enjoyed the juicy secrets and discretion involved as Charlotte works to clear Inspector Treadles of the charges he faces. I recommend this series to readers who enjoy historical fiction, retellings, mystery, and just a hint of romance. Thanks to Berkley Books and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review. Murder on Cold Street is scheduled for release on October 6, 2020. For more reviews, visit www.rootsandreads.wordpress.com

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sophia

    It's the festive Christmas season of holly, ivy, plum pudding, and a murder that might prevent Holmes' friend, Inspector Treadles from celebrating ever again. Each installment of the Lady Sherlock series is awaited with great anticipation and never fail to deliver. Murder on Cold Street is the fifth of the Lady Sherlock series of historical mysteries that work best when read in order. After the daring deeds of their last case, Charlotte Holmes, Lord Ingram, Mrs. Watson, and the others hope to cele It's the festive Christmas season of holly, ivy, plum pudding, and a murder that might prevent Holmes' friend, Inspector Treadles from celebrating ever again. Each installment of the Lady Sherlock series is awaited with great anticipation and never fail to deliver. Murder on Cold Street is the fifth of the Lady Sherlock series of historical mysteries that work best when read in order. After the daring deeds of their last case, Charlotte Holmes, Lord Ingram, Mrs. Watson, and the others hope to celebrate a quiet Christmas with loved ones in the lull between cases, but Mrs. Treadles' tearful face and shaking fear have them scrambling to find answers to a murder investigation with the silent Inspector Treadles as the only suspect and holding the 'smoking gun' no less. I loved seeing Holmes and company scramble into action on behest of a friend against the setting of Victorian London during the holidays. Holmes brilliantly splits interest between the case which she suspects must have to do with Mrs. Treadle's family business and her developing relationship with Lord Ingram. All through the series there has been the relationship push-pull between Charlotte and Lord Ingram as they work around past barriers and the barrier of Charlotte's fallen woman persona as well as her unorthodox choices for her life against his confusion about tradition, respectability, and a failed marriage. The struggle was over and it was neat to see them as friends, cohorts, and lovers. Their relationship is hitting its stride as is the professional roles Charlotte, Mrs. Watson, and even Olivia as writer are coming together. For this case, Charlotte orchestrated, but everyone took their assignments and worked hard and fast to get to the truth in order to save Inspector Treadles. Olivia is heartsick over the loss of Mr. Marbleton and also being the only daughter left at home stuck between her toxic parents, but she writes to escape and shows she is clever in her own way. The heart of this story delved into Mrs. Treadles' position as owner of her family's manufacturing business and struggling to get the managers and supervisors to take her seriously because she's a woman. Even more painful was to have Inspector Treadles struggle so hard to see his wife in this role and accept it. This has been an ongoing thread for a couple of books and came to a crisis point in their marriage and also with this murder. Mrs. Treadles came into her own and it was brilliant to see. There is also another woman who faced adversity for her mixed race and interests in science who had a secondary story tucked in with the Treadles' situation. The case is twisting, but I love how the author gives it layers and warmth by the background or other primary stories swirling around it. The characters, including the villains, are as important as the mystery and the historical setting. It all balances to provide a rich, emotional experience for the reader. The end of the case brought closure for the Treadles, but left the series plot thread about the Moriarity conflict ready to be picked up in a future installment as well as some ongoing personal storylines. This was satisfying through and through. I was disappointed to see the end arrive. Whether one is a fan of the Sherlock Holmes' world or one who appreciates Historical Mysteries, this series is not to be missed. I rec'd this book from Berkley via Net Galley to read in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Antonella

    buddy read with my friend Andrea I wouldn't recommend you to read this book as a standalone... if you enjoy historical fiction/ mystery-solving books give this series a chance random ramblings: - empowering & feministic series - amazing characters - mystery you will be trying to solve until the very end - childhood friends romance that is slowly developing throughout the series - lots of love for cakes Thank you Andrea for reading this with me!! 4,5 stars buddy read with my friend Andrea I wouldn't recommend you to read this book as a standalone... if you enjoy historical fiction/ mystery-solving books give this series a chance random ramblings: - empowering & feministic series - amazing characters - mystery you will be trying to solve until the very end - childhood friends romance that is slowly developing throughout the series - lots of love for cakes Thank you Andrea for reading this with me!! 4,5 stars

  10. 5 out of 5

    Patricia’s Book Summaries

    Gahhh. 2020 is too long!

  11. 4 out of 5

    eyes.2c

    Lady Sherlock shines! Well this is a complex mystery with all sorts of associations from Charlotte Holmes' past cases bubbling under the surface. Lord Ingram Ashburton and Mrs. Watson are of course up to their neck in the trou. It's just prior to Christmas 1886. Inspector Robert Treadles has been accused arrested for of murder, having been found by police in a room locked from the inside. They'd forced the door and found Inspector Treadles "barricaded ... behind the bedstead, his service revolver Lady Sherlock shines! Well this is a complex mystery with all sorts of associations from Charlotte Holmes' past cases bubbling under the surface. Lord Ingram Ashburton and Mrs. Watson are of course up to their neck in the trou. It's just prior to Christmas 1886. Inspector Robert Treadles has been accused arrested for of murder, having been found by police in a room locked from the inside. They'd forced the door and found Inspector Treadles "barricaded ... behind the bedstead, his service revolver pointed at them Nearer to the door were ... two dead men and a fair bit of blood.” Lady Sherlock investigates and uncovers seemingly independent facts that need bringing together. Mrs Treadle has been having trouble with the male board of her company, Cousins Manufacturing, and one of the dead men, Mr. John Longstead, a longtime of her father's had been helping her look into the company's finance dealings. The other, Mr. Ambrose Sullivan was an accountant and senior manager at Cousins, advising the Board. Meanwhile Lord Ingham has reached a decision about Charlotte. I love the way he adores her outrageous individuality. His amused description of her Christmas frock is wonderful. "He had become more or less inured to her taste in clothes...her gaudy wardrobe." The investigative path is complex, particularly as no one is telling the whole truth, including Mrs Treadle. Time is against Charlotte, particularly as a rather cold and dogged Inspector is determined Treadle will be charged by Xmas Eve. Then there's Charlotte's younger sister Livia trapped in a less than satisfactory life with their mother Lady Holmes in their country home, still heartbroken about Moriaty's son. (Another twist!) As Charlotte unravels the mystery, along with Mrs Watson and Lord Ingham there are certainly some surprising details that come to light, but where is the proof? Another solid read in this addictive series from Sherry Thomas. A Random House - Ballantine ARC via NetGalley Please note: Quotes taken from an advanced reading copy maybe subject to change

  12. 4 out of 5

    Barb in Maryland

    4.5 stars Oh, no! Inspector Treadles has been arrested for murdering two men associated with the firm his wife now owns. He was caught, covered in blood, with the murder weapon in his hand. His wife seeks the help of Sherlock Holmes in freeing her husband. Charlotte Holmes, Mrs Watson, and company work frantically to solve the case. To complicate matters, Inspector Treadles will say nothing and Mrs Treadles tells the truth, but not the whole truth. The mystery is wonderfully twisted, with numerous 4.5 stars Oh, no! Inspector Treadles has been arrested for murdering two men associated with the firm his wife now owns. He was caught, covered in blood, with the murder weapon in his hand. His wife seeks the help of Sherlock Holmes in freeing her husband. Charlotte Holmes, Mrs Watson, and company work frantically to solve the case. To complicate matters, Inspector Treadles will say nothing and Mrs Treadles tells the truth, but not the whole truth. The mystery is wonderfully twisted, with numerous surprises. The solution is solid; the resolution is very ingenious and very satisfactory. I was happy to learn that there will be at least 2 more books in the series. I would gladly read another dozen.

  13. 4 out of 5

    ☕️Kimberly

    Charlotte’s friend and collaborator, Inspector Treadles, has been detained on charges of murder. Charlotte believes him incapable of the murder, but evidence suggests he suspected Mrs. Treadles of having affections for another which drove him to commit murder. Charlotte posing as an investigator on behalf of her brother Sherlock Holmes sets out to investigate. Of course, she won’t be able to stop herself from meddling in the affairs of others… but that’s why I adore her. The tale was clever, from Charlotte’s friend and collaborator, Inspector Treadles, has been detained on charges of murder. Charlotte believes him incapable of the murder, but evidence suggests he suspected Mrs. Treadles of having affections for another which drove him to commit murder. Charlotte posing as an investigator on behalf of her brother Sherlock Holmes sets out to investigate. Of course, she won’t be able to stop herself from meddling in the affairs of others… but that’s why I adore her. The tale was clever, from house parties to business ventures and shady characters. Her companions aid Charlotte along with the ever dashing Lord Ingram. I laughed as Charlotte found herself distracted by Lord Ingram. She is so logical and detailed about everything, and watching her this way was positively delightful! I am glad we have reached this stage of their relationship and felt Thomas balanced the story between the case and the characters. Kate Reading narrates and has become the voice of Charlotte. She nails her oddities and personality so well. The writing lends itself perfectly to the audio format. I love that I can easily identify each character by the unique voice assigned to them. Will Inspector Treadles be home for Christmas? Can Charlotte find the evidence needed to clear him? You’ll have to listen to find out! This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer

  14. 5 out of 5

    nick (the infinite limits of love)

    4.5/5 I am so in love with the Lady Sherlock series, I can't possibly express my feelings for it no matter what I say. I had high hopes for Murder on Cold Street and once again, Sherry Thomas delivered with just the story I was expecting. If you want my opinion on these characters, please check out my previous reviews. I don't want to be too repetitive so I won't dwell on the characterizations but know that Sherry Thomas is a master at what she does. With every book, I fall further and further in 4.5/5 I am so in love with the Lady Sherlock series, I can't possibly express my feelings for it no matter what I say. I had high hopes for Murder on Cold Street and once again, Sherry Thomas delivered with just the story I was expecting. If you want my opinion on these characters, please check out my previous reviews. I don't want to be too repetitive so I won't dwell on the characterizations but know that Sherry Thomas is a master at what she does. With every book, I fall further and further in love with Charlotte and every facet of her personality. Though she remained whip-smart and quirky, we also begin to see her try to understand her emotional side more. Lord Ingram, my fictional husband, also continued to be the steadfast support that Charlotte needed not only in her investigations, but also her life in general. Charlotte's relationship with a certain beau that has a strong foundation in their friendship continued to be the highlight of this series for me. In Murder on Cold Street, we finally (FINALLY!) see some progress in the relationship. They have been dancing around each other for 4 books now and I think Murder On Cold Street took that relationship one step further. When I say that I want to fangirl scream whenever the two even share a touch or a gaze, I'm not even exaggerating - I just love them so much. This has quite possibly been one of the most deliciously torturous ship, but it has been truly worth the patience for me. Only Sherry Thomas could have gotten me this invested in this relationship. Moving on from the romance ... I've enjoyed all the mysteries in this series, but the one in Murder On Cold Street is my favorite so far. The case had Charlotte and her friends working together to help Inspector Treadles, who has been accused of murder. It was my favorite case for two reasons 1) readers were presented with the opportunity to learn about Inspector Treadles and his life and 2) the locked room case was one full of unexpected, but cleverly crafted twists. I am in constantly in awe of Sherry Thomas' mind and in this one my face throughout entire book closely resembled the mind-blown emoji: 🤯! I was also pleasantly surprised by the character of Mrs. Treadles, Inspector Treadles' wife, who proved to be a fascinating character with her own strengths and secrets to rival those of Charlotte. We see terrific growth from her and I hope we do see her again down the line. While each book does feature its own mystery, there's an overarching plotline that involves Moriarty. Therefore, I don't recommend reading these books out of order. Plus, readers will certainly miss out on some impressive character and relationship development. Murder on Cold Street ended on an exciting note for me, and I'm eager to see where the Moriarty storyline is heading. Knowing Sherry Thomas, it's bound to be mind-blowing and I can't wait.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    Series: Lady Sherlock #5 Publication Date: 10/6/20 Number of Pages: 304 I love this series and this book is a wonderful addition to it. I’d like to start by saying that it is my opinion that you need to read this entire series, in order, from beginning to end because Charlotte is a very complex character and her relationships are just as complex – if you don’t read from the beginning you won’t understand her or what drives her. If you start in the middle, you’ll definitely have a different view of Series: Lady Sherlock #5 Publication Date: 10/6/20 Number of Pages: 304 I love this series and this book is a wonderful addition to it. I’d like to start by saying that it is my opinion that you need to read this entire series, in order, from beginning to end because Charlotte is a very complex character and her relationships are just as complex – if you don’t read from the beginning you won’t understand her or what drives her. If you start in the middle, you’ll definitely have a different view of her than you would had you begun at the beginning. I believe I have read somewhere that this is to be a ten-book series and this is book five, so we are right in the middle. Each book has an individual mystery which is solved within that book, but there is an overarching mystery with Moriarty – I can’t wait to see that solution, but then the series will be over and I’ll be very sad about that. Inspector Robert Treadles is definitely a man of his time and place – Victorian England. He firmly believes that it is the role of the male to be the breadwinner, the one in charge – and it is the woman’s role to care for the home and to follow the male’s lead. Those beliefs have been sorely challenged since his association with Charlotte Holmes and his wife’s inheritance of a large manufacturing company. Even in the beginning of their relationship, he was never comfortable with his wife’s higher social standing and wealth – but when she inherited the company – and then decided to actively manage it – well, he wasn’t exactly as supportive as he could have been. Then, several months ago, he started trying to be more supportive. What happened to change his mind and attitude? This fast-paced, well-written, and exciting mystery begins with Mrs. Treadles paying a visit to the home of Mrs. Watson to speak with Charlotte Holmes – sister to the famed detective Sherlock Holmes. Mrs. Treadles needs Sherlock’s assistance to prove her husband’s innocence because he’s been found in a locked room with two murdered men – and his service revolver. Inspector Treadles won’t explain what happened, not even to his wife. She’s sure he’s innocent – but the evidence is overwhelming. Can Holmes find the evidence to prove him innocent? Or – is he guilty? The investigation involves the entire cast of recurring characters and unearths things from the past that will haunt Mrs. Treadles, Inspector Treadles and the families of the victims for a very long time. Then, there is Moriarty. Did he have a hand in what happened? Is Holmes any closer to unmasking him? I loved the growth in the relationship between Charlotte and Lord Ingram. It seems that they are both finally coming to grips with it. I also loved that Charlotte is becoming more caring – more human, rather than totally dispassionate. I can’t wait to see where she goes in the remaining books of the series. What bothered me with the book was the end was just there – suddenly – out of the blue – WHAM – and that solution was so totally improbable. It didn’t keep me from enjoying the book, it just seemed a bit convoluted. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and hope you will as well. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Minx

    True Rating 4.5 stars! I have been dying to get my hands on this book, Murder on Cold Street, because I was very excited to see where things were going with Charlotte and Lord Ingram. Not just because I was interested in a romance, either. The last book, The Art of Theft, was a pivotal book for their relationship both personally and professionally. I was interested to know if Ingram was finally going to accept Charlotte as she was and partner with her in the cases she tends to involve herself in True Rating 4.5 stars! I have been dying to get my hands on this book, Murder on Cold Street, because I was very excited to see where things were going with Charlotte and Lord Ingram. Not just because I was interested in a romance, either. The last book, The Art of Theft, was a pivotal book for their relationship both personally and professionally. I was interested to know if Ingram was finally going to accept Charlotte as she was and partner with her in the cases she tends to involve herself in?! Luckily, this story jumped into a fast pace from the start and I did not have long to wait. How exciting was it in this installment that they both had a personal interest in finding the truth behind what happened with Inspector Treadles?! One word – very! They both wanted to uncover the truth and working together was the only real choice, yay! Also, who doesn’t love a locked room mystery? How about a mystery that is mired with deceptions and half-truths? The mystery in this book was incredibly intriguing and handled with precision. I loved it. What’s more is that I loved Charlotte and Ingram working together and without all his usual angstiness that he tends to carry around. It was wonderful getting to know this new and improved Lord Ingram. Hopefully this wasn’t a one-off situation. Now, in my last review for the prequel to this story, I had been questioning some of Charlotte’s actions. I had been considering if there was going to be secret reveal that was going to rock her and Lord Ingram’s world buuuutttt – long dramatic pause – I was off the mark, ha ha ha. Crafty writing Ms. Thomas, you had me going. Funny what the situation turned out to be, though. Overall, Murder on Cold Street was worth waiting for and I am very excited to see what happens next, especially concerning Olivia Holmes! I am wondering if her situation will really take years and years to work itself out. Such a gripping series!! 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.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lorena

    The latest entry in the Lady Sherlock series sees another main character accused of murder...this time, it is Inspector Treadles, who has so recently become reconciled with his wife's work outside the home, but now seems unable to tell her (or anyone else) anything that will help explain what he was doing locked in a room with two murdered men. The mystery is convoluted, and once again Charlotte Holmes marshals her forces to hunt down clues in many directions, but the nicest moments are the char The latest entry in the Lady Sherlock series sees another main character accused of murder...this time, it is Inspector Treadles, who has so recently become reconciled with his wife's work outside the home, but now seems unable to tell her (or anyone else) anything that will help explain what he was doing locked in a room with two murdered men. The mystery is convoluted, and once again Charlotte Holmes marshals her forces to hunt down clues in many directions, but the nicest moments are the character growth, particularly for Mrs. Treadles and Lord Ashburton. Sherry Thomas has a deft touch at making the societal injustices of the period apparent and notable, without having her characters issue wooden lectures about anything. It is a refreshing approach to dealing with social justice issues in historical fiction.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Eileen

    4-4.5 stars I enjoyed this much more than the previous book. There were at least three separate things going on in this book--the main mystery of what happened with Inspector Treadles, the continued development of Charlotte and Ash's relationship, and Olivia's frustration/depression over what happened with Marbleton. I loved the interactions between Charlotte and Ash in this book as they actually start to move forward from what society expects of them and what they themselves want. The mystery ab 4-4.5 stars I enjoyed this much more than the previous book. There were at least three separate things going on in this book--the main mystery of what happened with Inspector Treadles, the continued development of Charlotte and Ash's relationship, and Olivia's frustration/depression over what happened with Marbleton. I loved the interactions between Charlotte and Ash in this book as they actually start to move forward from what society expects of them and what they themselves want. The mystery about what happened with Inspector Treadles was slow to develop but well done as you looked at all the threads. However, there were times when I wondered if it was a stretch. Still, I thought it was well written and I enjoyed watching Charlotte get frustrated, but keep on persisting. As is mentioned at least a couple of times in the book, leaving the case in Sherlock's hands is a good thing. I am now looking forward to the next book and finding out what happens with Marbleton!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bright Star

    Murder on Cold Street is the fifth installment in the Lady Sherlock series and it was another incredible story! It was cleverly plotted and this new case hooked me from the first page. My love for Charlotte and all the other characters keeps growing and I'm already impatiently waiting for the next book. I need mooore!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Beau North

    This series never disappoints. This was a tense installment that took the character development to new highs with wit, humor, and maximum tolerable chins. If I had any qualms it would be that I wanted Livia to be more involved, but I get the feeling that future volumes will do just that! A wonderful read, Sherry Thomas is a master of her craft.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    Charlotte is going to be a thorn in Moriarty's side from here on out.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Canaves

    A yearly highlight for me is the new release of Lady Sherlock–it’s always a treat and this year was no exception, but felt even more needed in this absolute garbage year. The series premise is that, after Charlotte Holmes blew up her social standing and was cast out, she ended up pairing with Mrs. Watson, taking on cases where she pretends her brother Sherlock is in the next room listening to whoever needs his help for a case while Charlotte helps him as the front of the business. But it is all A yearly highlight for me is the new release of Lady Sherlock–it’s always a treat and this year was no exception, but felt even more needed in this absolute garbage year. The series premise is that, after Charlotte Holmes blew up her social standing and was cast out, she ended up pairing with Mrs. Watson, taking on cases where she pretends her brother Sherlock is in the next room listening to whoever needs his help for a case while Charlotte helps him as the front of the business. But it is all a charade, Charlotte is the only detective Holmes, a secret very few know. After their big, world trotting case in the last book, we’re treated to a quiet and tight mystery with a small circle of characters that will delight mystery readers. Inspector Treadles, who Holmes has of course assisted, has been arrested on murder charges and his wife has come to Sherlock Holmes for help. So of course Charlotte is on the case! Only slightly distracted by every dessert she sees, Charlotte must figure out why Inspector Treadles won’t help his case, and why two men who worked at Mrs. Treadles’ inherited business were shot and killed. Oh, did I mention it’s a locked-room mystery?! There’s always so much to love with a Charlotte Holmes book: her obsession with sweets; friendships; step-by-step deducing; great mysteries; an equal treat for fans of Conan Doyle’s work and those who’ve never read him; the banter; a will-they-won’t-they *eyebrow dance running plot; an equally smart and fun historical mystery series. And bonus: it’s equally wonderful in audiobook and print. (TW past attempted assaults) --from Book Riot's Unusual Suspects newsletter: https://link.bookriot.com/view/56a820...

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kari Ann Sweeney

    AVAILABLE NOW. Thank you Berkley and Netgalley for the free ARC. 𝐀 𝐌𝐔𝐑𝐃𝐄𝐑 𝐎𝐍 𝐂𝐎𝐋𝐃 𝐒𝐓𝐑𝐄𝐄𝐓 is the 5th in the Lady Sherlock series and my favorite to date.. I love mysteries with smart and somewhat unconventional female leads. Charlotte Holmes is all those things and more. I have loved watching her character evolve. This book saw some of her rough edges soften without losing those convictions she holds dear. These mysteries are carefully plotted with well-crafted dialogue and fantastic characters. AVAILABLE NOW. Thank you Berkley and Netgalley for the free ARC. 𝐀 𝐌𝐔𝐑𝐃𝐄𝐑 𝐎𝐍 𝐂𝐎𝐋𝐃 𝐒𝐓𝐑𝐄𝐄𝐓 is the 5th in the Lady Sherlock series and my favorite to date.. I love mysteries with smart and somewhat unconventional female leads. Charlotte Holmes is all those things and more. I have loved watching her character evolve. This book saw some of her rough edges soften without losing those convictions she holds dear. These mysteries are carefully plotted with well-crafted dialogue and fantastic characters. Plus- there is a slow, simmering romance that adds such a sweet compliment. But what I enjoy the most is the writing. It is excellent. I find that my reading pace is slower than usual because I want to soak up every word. I usually listen to these titles on audio, which I LOVE, but I read this in print. Thomas's word choice had me highlighting words again and again. A logophile would rejoice at this sampling: 𝘭𝘰𝘲𝘶𝘢𝘤𝘪𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘱𝘳𝘶𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘢𝘣𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘮𝘪𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘭𝘪𝘣𝘪𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘱𝘪𝘲𝘶𝘢𝘯𝘵 I thoroughly enjoyed this latest installment of the Lady Sherlock series and am already anticipating her next adventure.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte CANEVET

    It was such a good book ! I want the next one immediatly but alas, the pain of us reader is to wait for our favorites authors to write their delightful books.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lucinda

    3 1/2 stars. Having not read the previous four books in the series, I had some trouble at first discerning the backstory, especially that of Lord Ingram and Charlotte. Not sure how I feel about Charlotte being Holmes himself, under the ruse of a sickly brother. I grew up watching the series with Jeremy Brett and he'll always be the best Sherlock to me. As far as the mystery goes, it was well done and it kept me at the edge of my seat. The romance is very secondary and there are great many charact 3 1/2 stars. Having not read the previous four books in the series, I had some trouble at first discerning the backstory, especially that of Lord Ingram and Charlotte. Not sure how I feel about Charlotte being Holmes himself, under the ruse of a sickly brother. I grew up watching the series with Jeremy Brett and he'll always be the best Sherlock to me. As far as the mystery goes, it was well done and it kept me at the edge of my seat. The romance is very secondary and there are great many characters in the story. I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lady Wesley

    This mystery-with-a-touch-of-romance is almost perfect. Hence, five stars! It would be completely perfect if there had been just a bit more progress in the romance between Charlotte Holmes and Lord Ingram. Having been given a brief glimpse in the previous book, I did long for a bit more here. Nevertheless, I highly recommend Murder in Cold Street, even though one truly should read the previous four books first. Sherry Thomas, as I have said before, exhibits her genius in this series, and Kate Rea This mystery-with-a-touch-of-romance is almost perfect. Hence, five stars! It would be completely perfect if there had been just a bit more progress in the romance between Charlotte Holmes and Lord Ingram. Having been given a brief glimpse in the previous book, I did long for a bit more here. Nevertheless, I highly recommend Murder in Cold Street, even though one truly should read the previous four books first. Sherry Thomas, as I have said before, exhibits her genius in this series, and Kate Reading adds her own form of genius with a marvelous narration.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Grace W

    Every single one of these books just gets so much goddamn better. I am literally obsessed with every single side character. I appreciate the way this book does not use the excuse of the time period to be racist or sexist or homophobic and instead imagines women, queer, and POC as complex humans worth of respect and dignity. It's such a good and interesting take on the time and the story of Sherlock. I adore it. TW for period typical sexism and racism (all of which are challenged)

  28. 4 out of 5

    Disha

    All I'm saying is, whoever isn't reading this book is missing out on some of the most amazingly complex characters, an intriguing plot that keeps you on your toes, with connections to earlier books that will blow your mind and the most swoonworthy romance you'll ever read. This series is going to be the death of me and I really don't know if I can survive waiting for all the books come out.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Marlene

    Originally published at Reading Reality Welcome to another captivating AND frustrating entry in the Lady Sherlock series. And I really do mean both parts of that. The series as a whole, and this particular entry in it, provides a fascinating look at an alternative version of Sherlock Holmes, and I’m always a sucker for a good Holmes pastiche, which this series definitely is. The alternate Sherlock explored by this series is one where Sherlock Holmes is the entirely fictitious invalid brother of the Originally published at Reading Reality Welcome to another captivating AND frustrating entry in the Lady Sherlock series. And I really do mean both parts of that. The series as a whole, and this particular entry in it, provides a fascinating look at an alternative version of Sherlock Holmes, and I’m always a sucker for a good Holmes pastiche, which this series definitely is. The alternate Sherlock explored by this series is one where Sherlock Holmes is the entirely fictitious invalid brother of the “real” detective, Charlotte Holmes. And that’s where both the genius and the frustration of this series comes in. It’s not that Charlotte is female, it’s that Charlotte has to deal with all of the frustrations and restrictions that come with living while female – and in the Victorian Era to boot, when those restrictions were even more ridiculously restrictive than they sometimes are today. Making Charlotte’s life an endless series of situations that she has to work her way around. Her workarounds – like the fictitious invalid brother – are an absolute necessity. And that’s what makes reading this series so endlessly frustrating. The reader wants her to be able to just “get on with it” and she literally can’t if she is to remain a true – albeit atypical – creature of her time. The social obligations and restrictions don’t really bother her, but they definitely bother other people when she doesn’t at least nod in their direction. So it’s both right and annoying at the same time. (Obviously I’d have done very poorly as a middle-class Victorian woman!) What makes this particular case so fascinating is that the case, in its entirety, seems to be hedged about with all of the issues that, well, hedged women about, even though both the victims and the accused perpetrator are men. Inspector Treadles, who serves as Charlotte’s Inspector Lestrade, meaning that Treadles is the Scotland Yard detective who both assists and is assisted by Charlotte, and who therefore gets to take the official credit for the cases she solves, has been accused of murder. Considering that he was found standing over two dead bodies inside a locked room with his service revolver in his hand, it is not surprising that he was assumed to be the killer. Particularly as he didn’t seem to have anything to say that would explain the circumstances. Mrs. Treadles comes to Sherlock Holmes in desperation, hoping against hope that the great detective will not just come to the aid of his colleague, but will be able to extricate his head from the seemingly inevitable hangman’s noose. But Treadles has held himself distant from Holmes, after discovering that Charlotte, a mere woman, was the real detective. And he’s held himself distant from his poor wife ever since she inherited her family’s manufacturing business from her late brother. It seems as if Treadles’ unwillingness to accept either his wife’s or his “colleague’s” ability to be both female and intelligent is at the heart of this case. One of the murder victims was his wife’s mentor, and the other is rumored to have been her lover. He has too many motives and seemingly no defense whatsoever. It will be up to Charlotte, with the able assistance of her own band of irregulars, Mrs. Watson, Miss Redmayne and especially Lord Ashburton, to figure out the truth. Escape Rating B: As should be clear by now, I feel a bit of a push-pull about Charlotte. She fits her time – more or less – and her time is frustrating. One of the interesting things about this particular entry in the series is the way that Lord Ashburton is beginning to understand just how privileged he is, not in the sense that he is a privileged member of the upper class, although he certainly is, but that his movements through the world are eased immeasurably simply because he is a man. His consciousness of that fact feels a bit ahead of his time, but not unduly so. But it does serve to highlight just how many restrictions Charlotte – and by extension for this particular case, Mrs. Treadles – has to deal with. The heart of this case is both simple and complex. On the one hand, there’s the financial malfeasance that is finally uncovered. And on the other, there’s that huge undercurrent that swirls around just how fragile a woman’s place in the world can be, and how easy it is for an unscrupulous man – or simply an unthinking or uncaring one – to make a woman’s life a misery of recriminations and blame even if she hasn’t put a single step wrong. This made the mystery fascinating. It was fairly obvious that Inspector Treadles’ silence was intended to protect someone from something, but protect who from what was the darkest part of the mystery until near the end. That ALL of the goings-on in the place where he was found turned out to be a nearly impenetrable farce just added to the stew of red herrings in the case. But five books in, I’m seeing a pattern that, well, tasks me. It feels like the circle is much too close, too centered on Charlotte. There should be more cases that aren’t so personal if Charlotte is operating as a consulting detective. But so far, all of the cases have centered around people close to her; her parents (A Study in Scarlet Women), her half brother (A Conspiracy in Belgravia), Lord Ashburton himself (The Hollow of Fear), Mrs. Watson (The Art of Theft) and now Inspector Treadles. There should be some cases that don’t have such high emotional stakes. Each of the individual cases has been interesting, but the entire world shouldn’t revolve around Charlotte. Or it feels that way. Definitely on another hand, having that world revolve around Moriarty, as it also does, feels right. At the same time, it also feels like the solution that Charlotte Holmes comes up with for her final Moriarty problem is likely to end the series. And as much as Charlotte and her world drive me a bit crazy, I don’t want that to be anytime soon.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I've thought for days what to say about Murder on Cold Street which I didn't enjoy and could have easily put down and marked it DNF. Yes! I mean that wholeheartedly. I thought this an absolute bore. From the beginning when Mrs. Treadles lunges through Mrs. Watson's door to announce her husband's arrest for murders to "The Who and Whys" and the mystery solved I was bored. First off I am still disgruntled about the last "heist" mystery and what happened to Mr. Marbleton. Second, unlike some reader I've thought for days what to say about Murder on Cold Street which I didn't enjoy and could have easily put down and marked it DNF. Yes! I mean that wholeheartedly. I thought this an absolute bore. From the beginning when Mrs. Treadles lunges through Mrs. Watson's door to announce her husband's arrest for murders to "The Who and Whys" and the mystery solved I was bored. First off I am still disgruntled about the last "heist" mystery and what happened to Mr. Marbleton. Second, unlike some readers I don't read this series looking for a romance nor do I need Charlotte and Ash to get together. Thomas has expertly balanced their dynamic through four books, but all of a sudden Lord Ingram is keen and Charlotte is backing off after aggressively pursuing a sexual relationship with him since day one. I found their romantic intervals mostly insipid and I wondered if the author felt pressured by her "fans" to give them some "sexy times" because it seemed out of character for them to be so chatty and demonstrative about their feelings. Towards the end of the last book Ash goes back into the Chateau to look for/save Lady Ingram, but then shortly returns saying something along these lines: "I don't need to always be the one to do the saving". That seemed to mark a change in his thinking about his marriage and the end of it because of Lady Ingram's betrayal, but his sudden change of heart towards having some kind of romantic relationship with Charlotte is too rushed, especially considering that he is a devoted father and Charlotte is totally ruined in Society. Now the mystery plot of this story is not rushed, in fact it is painfully slow and unlike the other mystery plots totally uninteresting. Everyone is keeping things close or lying including the Treadles which was odd considering how they are characterized as upright honest individuals in the previous books. The vagueness and lack of involvement of Scotland Yard stands out and Robert's silence just doesn't make any sense until it does and that little "spoiler" really irked me. The details of tea and Charlotte's flamboyant sartorial and appetite preferences seems like a lot of silly filler and like the last book everyone seems to act "out of character". The structure and character building so neatly contrived in the first three books has disappeared and I noticed and missed it very much. My thought is that Sherlock will probably conveniently die from his mystery ailment in the next book or so which is really too bad, because the original format is compelling. I liked the partnership of Mrs Watson and Charlotte in the guise of housekeeper and sister to Sherlock, but Lord Ingram seems to have replaced Watson as Charlotte's active partner. All of a sudden these competent women need a man to navigate the investigation? Inspector Robert Treadles is accused of murdering two men who who work for his wife Alice at her company Cousins Manufacturing. One man is an older friend and associate of her late father and the other a vile younger man who preys on women. He is found behind a locked door holding a gun with the victims dead from gunshot wounds in a bedroom of a house next-door to one of the victims. It's convoluted, but it was pretty obvious to me what happened and why, but unfortunately the author's telling is very uninspired. Charlotte uses her troops to spread out and interview all the liars/witnesses and still miraculously unravels the mystery without much thought or cooperation. In between there are little chapters of Olivia in her oppressive home life with her abominable parents which is exacerbated by money sent from Charlotte. I don't understand why Olivia is still stuck with the parents. One sister was rescued, why not Olivia too. Why give Lady Holmes the fifty pounds? Charlotte could have given the money directly to Olivia to fund her way to freedom. This is where Thomas irks me, she gives the reader "social lessons" in Victorian Era racism and sexism, but denies Olivia any justice, she is kept confined and is let out only by means of deception while Alice and Louise a biracial female character live freely in their lives and professions, albeit mostly a hostile and unaccepting society, but at least they live freely. The book just didn't do it for me, I was uninterested. Treadles is not a very sympathetic character anyway and in this he's just a plot device to move the Moriarty thread along its vague and inconsistent thread.

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