by Sandra Murphy
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Gemma Doyle and Jayne Wilson own the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium on Baker Street. Gemma takes care of the bookshop; Jayne runs Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room in the adjoining space. Gemma is one of those people who notices every little detail and can sometimes be annoying about it without understanding why. Jayne is a good contrast for her as well as being a great baker.
One phone call changes things. Renalta Van Markoff, popular author of Holmes books that take a different slant on Holmes’ life, wants to do a book signing—on Saturday, two days away. Gemma has reservations but agrees, and the event takes off like a runaway train.
Sherlock fans have definite ideas of how he lived and worked, as well as those who were around him—his sidekick and foil, Watson and his landlady, Mrs. Hudson. In Renalta’s books, Mrs. Hudson and Sherlock Holmes were lovers. Romance readers love the idea while hardcore Sherlockians are outraged.
Emergency orders for more books are sent, extra food for the tea shop is prepared, a hundred chairs rented, signage posted, every detail thought out. The event is going to be the talk of the town.
Renalta has few demands. Four bottles of water, two at the podium, two at the signing table. Her bullied assistant, publisher, and publicist are all on hand. Gushing fans, including one who verges on stalker, and an outspoken Sherlockian are among the crowd.
During the signing, Renalta falls ill, so ill, she’s later pronounced dead. Is it natural causes or cause for alarm? It’s flat out murder. Donald, the outspoken traditional fan of Holmes, is a suspect since he made some ill-considered comments about stopping Renalta’s blasphemy on a permanent basis. He asks for Gemma’s help to keep him out of jail. Always ready to solve a puzzle, Gemma is on the case. The game is afoot!
The bookshop would delight any Holmes fan. The tea room offers tiny sandwiches, pastries, and more. Be prepared to get hungry just reading about it. Gemma is an ever-so-logical person, surrounded by normal people, with puzzlement on both sides. Their story is an enjoyable read, Holmes fan or not.
This is the second book in the series; Elementary, She Read is the first. It’s not necessary to read them in order, but it is enjoyable. Delany also writes the Year Round Christmas mysteries (2), Constable Molly Smith books (8), Klondike Gold Rush series (4), and as Eva Gates, the Lighthouse Library books (3).
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