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.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
This sounds like a great series and I have been looking into reading it on Audible. I will have to do that as it sounds to good to pass up. =)
Enjoy Mary. Watch for when they do the big sale in January the one with all of last year’s deals of the day. I am almost certain this was one of them.
Sounds wonderful. Nice review Kimberly.
Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library
I’m so glad you enjoyed this! I listened to the audio too and really liked it. I think this is a series that just keeps getting better. I’ve really enjoyed books 2 and 3.
I listened to them all in November and loved them.
Teresa Mary Rose
So glad to hear you enjoyed this one! I grabbed it a while ago and I’m really looking forward to it. Great review!
Enjoy Teresa. I look forward to your thoughts.
I peeked at your ratings but didn’t read the review. I have this on my Audible TBR shelf and almost picked it for next listen. Now maybe I will for sure with your recommendation.
Enjoy Martha. I’ve listened to them all and hope you love them!
I was just talking about this one with someone (historical mystery women 😉 I should read it
Oh my goodness yes! You would love Charlotte!
Oooh this one has been on my list for awhile now, and I’d forgotten all about it! My library has it but it’s checked out…hmm…
Get on the waitlist Lizzy, you won’t regret it.
You wonderful review sold me and now I have a new series!
Yes. I look forward to your thoughts.
Is this the one where she tells the pastor and his nosy wife how much she didn’t want to be a housewife? If so, I LOL’d at that part.
May have a post tomorrow. The mommy gig has been keeping me busy and very stressful.
She is not afraid to speak her mind, and in fact tells several people she doesn’t want to marry.
Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books
I am so happy to see this review, Kimberly! I have the first two books from this series sitting in my Audible account and am eager to get started with it. It sounds like such a good listen.
Sweet. I expect you will be adding the third as well. These just get better and better. I devoured them all in November and now am left waiting for more?
I love the covers of these books. They are so eye catching. I’ve always felt like these books weren’t for me, but you’re making me want to read this one. LOL
The library Angie….if it’s not for you no biggie, but if you love it even half as much as I did then you won’t regret it!
Oh! Your review makes me so excited! I got this on audible back a couple months ago (after LOVING the Victoria Speedwell series). I need to bump it up on my list. Thanks!
That is the VERONICA Speedwell Mysteries! Oops!
LOL, I adore that series as well!!
Kim, you always find the best historical stories! Thanks for the post.
Well thank you.
Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
I’m glad A Study In Scarlet was such a success for you. I’ve read great and, err, not-so-great adaptations in the past and it’s not easy to revisit Holmes’ world in an innovative yet faithful way
I have too, this was one of the best.
I’ve got a few of those on my que too Kim and when I finally start listening its like why why why did I wait so long. It sounds very interesting and right up my listening alley. Thanks
Yes and then there is the other side affect…now I am left waiting for the next book.
Add to the TBR! Add to the TBR mountain right now!!
Hehe. I devoured them all and now I am waiting on the next release.
Ooh, I’m definitely reading them as soon as I can then!
I love Sherlock Holmes and if you loved this then I probably will also. More to the TBR. It’s got a great cover. But tell me, she is Sherlock Holmes’ daughter? Who is his wife? Anne – Books of My Heart
Nope, she is not Sherlock Holmes daughter. Spoilers darling?
I have to say your tweet of this one caught my eye and I had to come and check out your review! I absolutely love the title of this one and the idea of gender-bending the story. I read a Holmes novel and two of the short story collections this year and my opinions ranged from okay to dislike :/ But I think some retellings could do the story better so I might give this one a shot!
I have read quite a few over the years and this was fresh and delightful!
I can definitely second your lavish praise for this book and the characters. Great choice for the series challenge. I just finished The Hollow of Fear and shook my head with satisfied amazement at the fun twists that I never expected. I love that Charlotte remains consistent to her character, but also loved seeing the growth in all of them as time goes on. Can’t wait for the next release. Might have to try it in audio.
I devoured them all. Brilliant and of course now I want more!
I have seen this series around, and I have read some great reviews for it. You have convinced me to see if I can get this from the library. Sounds like a terrific series. I love the original Sherlock Holmes.
Yay. I hope you love it Heidi!
Hmm! Sworn off starting any books that form a series unless I have them in the house already OR they are sent for me to review by an author/publisher. Whilst I do break this ‘rule’ from time to time I can’t see my making an exception for this book/series even though yours is a compelling argument for doing so.
Ah, that is when you cheat and use your library!
I’ve owned this for awhile now, and I KNOW I need to get to it – I just keep hearing how wonderful the series is. I’m so glad you loved this one too. I might need to dive into this over my holiday break.
Eep..yes I see a binge read in your future!
Oooo Lady Sherlock.. Great review and you sold me.
It was wonderful, each book is better than its predecessor.
I adore this series Kim! So glad you are reading and loving it as well!
Yes, you were one of the ones who had me buying them..lol
Love a good mystery especially one that keeps you guessing. Clever reimagination of Sherlock Holmes and I see you are enjoying the series.
I devoured all the audios and now I need more❤️
she does sound quite feisty, Though I can’t really quite see her playing the violin like he did?
Oh you will find Charlotte is quite talented in many things ?