by Sherry Thomas
Series: Lady Sherlock #1
Narrator: Kate Reading
Length: 11 hours
Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery
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Narration: 5 cups
With her inquisitive mind, Charlotte Holmes has never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of the fairer sex in upper class society. But even she never thought that she would become a social pariah, an outcast fending for herself on the mean streets of London.
When the city is struck by a trio of unexpected deaths and suspicion falls on her sister and her father, Charlotte is desperate to find the true culprits and clear the family name. She’ll have help from friends new and old—a kind-hearted widow, a police inspector, and a man who has long loved her.
But in the end, it will be up to Charlotte, under the assumed name Sherlock Holmes, to challenge society’s expectations and match wits against an unseen mastermind.
A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas is the first in the Lady Sherlock series and I’ve had it on Audible almost since its release. I also preordered the next two and yet they sat. When Because Reading issued a month-long challenge to read a series in a month I knew it was time. I am kicking myself quite thoroughly for having waited. Grab a peppermint mocha latte and see why you should begin them now….
Reasons to listen to A Study in Scarlet Women
- Kate Reading narrates and beautifully captures the sassy, clever character of Lady Sherlock and the other characters we meet along the way. Her pacing, accents and tones were impeccable making listening a pleasure.
- If you, like me are a fan of Sherlock Holmes be it novels, movies or television shows you will find Sherry Thomas’ approach to this iconic character to be refreshing and delightful!
- Charlotte Holmes, with her propensity towards sweets, forthright attitude and clever mind is frustrated by the rules high society places on her. When her father breaks a promise she goes about procuring her freedom the only way she knows how. These events lead to Charlotte becoming Sherlock and you won’t want to miss it.
- From the very first pages, I couldn’t help but root for Charlotte. I truly appreciated that we were afforded the opportunity to see aspects of her childhood. Thomas did a splendid job of fleshing her out. Charlotte much like the iconic man himself is social awkward, brilliant and extremely logical in all things but society expectations.
- Hints of romance have me curious. It’s complicated but I am all in.
- I loved the murder-mystery case. Both Charlotte’s father and sister are believed to be suspects. Pretending to be the sister of the ailing Sherlock Holmes, she works to solve the case. I became completely caught up and loved all the clever red herrings, twists and reveals.
- Of course we have to have a Watson, and friends coming to Charlotte’s aid. Avid fans of the original character and series will love meeting beloved characters as imagined by this author.
- Charlotte and her friends are irresistible. This is one of the best Sherlock Holmes stories I have read aside from the originals. I cannot wait to dive into the next audio.
Brilliant, clever and refreshing fans of Sherlock Holmes need to listen to A Study in Scarlet Women post-haste.A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas was an original, refreshing gender-bender re-imagining of my favorite detective. The first in the Lady Sherlock series. #loveaudiobooks #Sherlock Click To Tweet
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