Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Book Tour, #Review, & #Giveaway ~ Elementary She Read (A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery, Book 1) by Vicki Delany

Elementary She Read by Vicki Delany

Read the first chapter here.

Elementary, She Read, Book 1
A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery
Vicki Delany 
Cozy Mystery 
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books 
March 14, 2017 
Hardcover: 320 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1683310969 
Kindle ASIN: B01MT6H7O1
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About the Book:
Gemma Doyle, a transplanted Englishwoman, has returned to the quaint town of West London on Cape Cod to manage her Great Uncle Arthur's Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium. The shop--located at 222 Baker Street--specializes in the Holmes canon and pastiche, and is also the home of Moriarty the cat. When Gemma finds a rare and potentially valuable magazine containing the first Sherlock Homes story hidden in the bookshop, she and her friend Jayne (who runs the adjoining Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room) set off to find the owner, only to stumble upon a dead body.
The highly perceptive Gemma is the police’s first suspect, so she puts her consummate powers of deduction to work to clear her name, investigating a handsome rare books expert, the dead woman's suspiciously unmoved son, and a whole family of greedy characters desperate to cash in on their inheritance. But when Gemma and Jayne accidentally place themselves at a second murder scene, it's a race to uncover the truth before the detectives lock them up for good.
 My Review:

Elementary, She Read is a great start to a new series by author Vicki Delany.  Full of quirky characters, red herrings, and twists and turns, the reader is kept fully engaged and sitting on the edge of their seat.  There are a multiple threads within the mystery that the author provides that seem unrelated then, masterfully, everything comes together into an "A-ha" moment.

Gemma is painfully observant to the point that she tends to alienate herself and the people around her.  She does so without malice and that's what makes her character quirky and lovable.  She pulls some hair-brained schemes in this book that I read with disbelief while asking myself - did she really do that?  Our cozy mystery heroines lack common sense sometimes but it all works out in the end.

The supporting characters really round out this great cozy mystery.  Gemma's best friend Jayne is her reluctant partner-in-crime.  She allows Gemma to pull her into some really thoughtless situations but in the end she has Gemma's back regardless.  Ryan is a police officer assigned to the case involving Gemma's discovery of a rare magazine stashed in her shop and the murder of the woman assumed to have placed in there.  He and Gemma have a history that she would rather leave in the past, but now that he's back from Boston, the chemistry between them becomes noticeable, even if the pair try not to acknowledge those feelings.

The only large issue I had with the book was the "A-ha" moment.  That moment seems rushed and a bit lackluster.  Because I'm not a writer, I have no suggestions as to how that part could have played out better; all I know is that the moment built up and deflated really fast.  However, I did NOT suspect who was behind everything or the reason.  The author did a great job masking all of that and bringing in other contenders who fit the bill, too.

I enjoyed Elementary, She Read and can't wait to see what Gemma gets involved in next.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of the book provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

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Meet the Author:


Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers. She is the author of twenty-three published crime novels, including standalone Gothic thrillers, the Constable Molly Smith series, and the Year Round Christmas Mysteries. Under the pen name of Eva Gates she is the national bestselling author of the Lighthouse Library cozy series. The first in Vicki’s Sherlock Holmes bookshop series, Elementary She Read, will be released in March 2017 from Crooked Lane Books. Vicki lives and writes in Prince Edward County, Ontario. She is the past president of the Crime Writers of Canada.

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Rhi said...

This sounds like a delightful mystery. Gemma sounds truly intriguing and, based on the review, it sounds like I will be in for a good read! thanks for sharing!

Sapphyria said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the review! Thanks for vising today!

Dianne Casey said...

Really enjoyed the synopsis and review of "Elementary, She Read". Sounds like an intriguing read and my kind of book.

Dianne Casey said...

Really enjoyed the synopsis and review of "Elementary, She Read". Sounds like an intriguing read and my kind of book.

Sapphyria said...

I'm so happy you enjoyed my review of Elementary, She Read. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

holdenj said...

What a great review! I am excited to read this Holmes themed book!

Margaret Appel said...

Elementary She Read sounds like a book I would enjoy reading. I love all the tie-ins to Sherlock Holmes from Baker Street to Moriarity the cat. Thanks for sharing, I will be adding this one to my must read list!

Sapphyria said...

Thank you Holdenj!!

You're welcome, Margaret!

Richard Brandt said...

So, it's the elementary tale of a periodical.

Leslie Crosbie said...

Sorry but had to comment because I was very interested after seeing that Vicki Delaney - Popular CANADIAN author
Disappointing to say the least!