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 Scarlet House, the West London Museum. Damage to the historic house is extensive, and Baker Street’s shop owners organize an afternoon auction tea to raise funds to rebuild.
Excitement fills the air (along with the aromas of Jayne Wilson’s delightful scones) in Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room, but before the gavel can fall, museum board chair Kathy Lamb is found dead in the back room with a long rope of decorative knotted tea cups wrapped tightly around her neck.
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. Detective Ryan Ashburton 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.
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.
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."
“Gemma is a delightful sleuth, and the tidbits of Sherlockiana will engage both cozy fans and Holmes devotees.”
“Suggest for fans who enjoy humor in the Sherlock Holmes pastiches or readers of Carolyn Hart’s ‘Death on Demand’ mysteries.”
“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.”
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