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A Scandal in Scarlet

A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery

by Vicki Delany

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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, 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 ofThe 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 inA Scandal in Scarlet, Vicki Delany’s shrewdly plotted fourth Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery.

About the Author
Vicki Delany is one of Canada's most prolific and varied crime writers, and a national bestseller in the U.S. She has written more than twenty-five books: from clever cozies to Gothic thrillers, gritty police procedurals to historical fiction, and novellas for adult literacy. Under the name of Eva Gates, she writes the Lighthouse Library cozy series for Penguin Random House. Her latest novel is Elementary, She Read, the first in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series from Crooked Lane. Vicki is the past president of the Crime Writers of Canada. Her work has been nominated for the Derringer, the Bony Blithe, the Ontario Library Association Golden Oak, and the Arthur Ellis Awards.
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Vicki Delany is a national bestseller in the US and one of Canada's most prolific and varied crime writers. A former computer programmer and systems analyst, Vicki lives and writes in bucolic Prince Edward County, Ontario. She is the past president of the Crime Writers of Canada. This is her fourth Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery.

Editorial Review

Praise forA Scandal in Scarlet:
“Well-plotted... Delany’s liberal sprinkling of references to real pastiche novels and reference books makes this cozy a treat for Holmes buffs."
Publishers Weekly

“Gemma is a delightful sleuth, and the tidbits of Sherlockiana will engage both cozy fans and Holmes devotees.”
Booklist

“Suggest for fans who enjoy humor in the Sherlock Holmes pastiches or readers of Carolyn Hart’s ‘Death on Demand’ mysteries.”
Library Journal

“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

"Fairly light with plenty of danger and intrigue...Another Sherlock Holmes-inspired treat with a delightful sleuth, deductions, and danger."
Manhattan Book Review

Praise for the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mysteries:
“A great one!... As always with this series, the story is rich with everything from history to scenery to sarcasm, with even the feline stealing a scene or two along the way.”
Suspense Magazine onThe Cat of the Baskervilles

“A pure treat for dedicated mystery buffs by a true master of the genre.”
Midwest Book Review onThe Cat of the Baskervilles

“Delightful... sure to please fans of Holmes pastiches and bookstore mysteries.”
Library Journal onBody on Baker Street

“A twisty plot and an engaging main character. This series will appeal both to cozy readers and to Holmesians.”
Booklist onBody on Baker Street

“A light-hearted and delightful romp… A perfect novel to read to while away a rainy afternoon with a cup of tea or to keep you company on vacation.”
Seattle Book Review, five-star review onBody on Baker Street

“A perplexing mystery with a refreshingly intelligent and witty amateur sleuth, I enjoyed every well-crafted word of this Sherlock Holmes infused tale. A must read for lovers of all things Sherlock Holmes.”
—Jenn McKinlay,NYT andUSA Today bestselling author ofBetter Late Than Never onElementary, She Read

“Vicki Delany is one of my favorite mystery authors… I loved everything about this story! The Cape Cod setting was enchanting and the intricate mystery kept me turning pages late into the night. Easily one of the best new mystery series on the market.”
—Kate Carlisle,New York Times bestselling author of the Fixer-Upper mysteries and the Bibliophile mysteries onElementary, She Read

Elementary, She Read is a delight, fast, fun, and full of Sherlockian lore. Cheers for a charming, intelligent heroine as observant as The Great Detective himself.”
—Carolyn Hart,New York Times bestselling author ofWalking on My Grave

“I defy anyone to read this book and not fall in love with the uber-observant Gemma Doyle… The best new cozy series of the year.”
—Laura DiSilverio, bestselling author of the Readaholics Book Club Mysteries and the award-winningThe Reckoning Stones onElementary, She Read

“Huzzah for Vicki Delany who’s created vivid characters, a setting that will whet the appetite of mystery readers, and a who-dun-it well worth investigating.”
—Kylie Logan, nationally bestselling author ofGone with the Twins onElementary, She Read

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