Curious Incident : A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery

Curious Incident : A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery

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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.
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books 2021
ISBN: 9781643854748
Characteristics: 304 p.

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IrishMoon
Mar 15, 2021

Excellent, excellent, excellent! This is one of my very favorite cozy mystery series (this is book #6 in the "Sherlock Bookshop Mystery" series). I hope that Lauren's character will return from time to time in future books. It was nice having a responsible young person in the book, and to see how well Gemma did with her, especially as Gemma's demeanor isn't one that you'd see translate well to dealing with children.

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