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A Curious Incident

A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery

by (author) Vicki Delany

Initial publish date
Jan 2021
Women Sleuths, Cats & Dogs, Amateur Sleuth
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    Publish Date
    Jan 2021
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It's up to Gemma and Jayne to root out the killer in national bestselling author Vicki Delany's sixth Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery when the winner of a garden tour trophy is left pushing up daisies.

"I am not a Consulting Detective," Gemma Doyle reluctantly tells 10-year-old Lauren Tierney, when the little girl comes to the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium to beg Gemma to find her missing cat, Snowball. Gemma might not be able to follow the clues to find the cat, but her dog Violet follows her nose to locate the missing kitten in a neighbor's garden shed. Gemma and Violet proudly return Snowball to her grateful owner, and Gemma basks in praise for a job well done. But a few days later Lauren is back with ten dollars in hand, wanting to once again hire a consulting detective, and this time for a far bigger job: Her mother has been accused of murdering her garden club rival.
Sheila Tierney's garden, which everyone said was the one to beat for the West London Garden Club trophy, had been vandalized the night before the club's early summer tour. Sheila confronted her former friend and gardening partner Anna Wentworth in a towering rage, and the women nearly came to blows. Later that night, after having won the trophy for best garden, Anna is found murdered and Sheila Tierney is the police's prime suspect.
Despite herself, and despite the disapproval of her police detective boyfriend Ryan Ashburton, the game is once again afoot, and Gemma finds herself and Jayne Wilson using their powers of deduction to ponder yet another curious incident.

About the author

Vicki Delany began her writing career as a Sunday writer: a single mother of three high-spirited daughters with a full-time job as a computer programmer. The years passed, as they tend to do, and the three daughters, somewhat hesitantly, flew the coop, leaving Vicki more time to devote to her writing. She was able to write three novels of suspense, set in Ontario, two of which, Scare the Light Away and Burden of Memory, were published to critical acclaim by Poisoned Pen Press of Scottsdale, Arizona. In 2007, In the Shadow of the Glacier, the first book in a police procedural series set in the British Columbia Interior was published. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Vicki was raised mostly in Ontario. Vicki majored in modern history at Carleton, her interest more in the lives of ordinary women and men and the circumstances of their times than ‘big men’ and their wars. It was on a canoeing trip in Algonquin Park that Vicki, realizing that she was doing for fun what people in the past would have considered a hardship, told her trip mates stories about the incredible difficulties people endured in their attempts to get to the Klondike in search of gold, and the idea for a series of Klondike Gold Rush mysteries was set.

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Editorial Reviews

Praise for A Curious Incident:
“Pleasing…[A] cozy detection heavily steeped in Sherlock-ian conceits.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Sherlockian lore enhances the easy-to-follow plot. Cozy fans and Holmes buffs alike will be satisfied.”
Publishers Weekly

“Readers who appreciate Holmes pastiches...will enjoy the character-driven story.”
—Library Journal

“Framed by its small-town Cape Cod setting, plenty of Sherlock Holmes lore, and details of running a small business, this cozy has a cast of engaging characters.”

"An enjoyable and clever cozy mystery...a great summer or beach read."
—San Francisco Book Review
“Another good story in the Sherlock Holmes series with interesting characters, a snarky cat and a fun story for fans to follow along with.”
Red Carpet Crash

"Readers cannot help but fall in love with the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series."
Cozy Mystery Book Reviews
Praise for the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mysteries:
“Each new entry in this series has been better than the last.”
Kirkus Reviews

“These books are so much fun and so well-done, it is clear that Delany is in love with her characters as much as her die-hard fans are.”
Suspense Magazine

"A great read for mystery fans and a must read for Sherlockians."
Night Owl Reviews, Top Pick

"Vicki Delany is one of my favorite mystery authors."
—Kate Carlisle, New York Times bestselling author of the Fixer-Upper mysteries

"Huzzah for Vicki Delany."
—Kylie Logan, nationally bestselling author of the League of Literary Ladies mysteries

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