A Tempest at Sea by Sherry Thomas was one of my most anticipated audiobook releases for 2023. This is the seventh Lady Sherlock novel in the historical mysteries series featuring Charlotte Holmes. Thomas delivered as Charlotte and company find themselves on board the RMS Provence with her mother and a murderer. The game is afoot.
by Sherry Thomas
Series: Lady Sherlock #7
Narrator: Kate Reading
Length: 13 hours and 47 minutes
Genres: Historical Fiction
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Narration: 5 cups Speed: 1.4x
Charlotte Holmes’s brilliant mind and deductive skills are pulled into a dangerous investigation at sea in the new mystery in the bestselling Lady Sherlock series.
After feigning her own death in Cornwall to escape from Moriarty’s perilous attention, Charlotte Holmes goes into hiding. But then she receives a tempting offer: Find a dossier the crown is desperately seeking to recover, and she might be able to go back to a normal life.
Her search leads her aboard the RMS Provence, sailing from Southampton for the eastern hemisphere. But on the night Charlotte makes her move to retrieve the dossier, in the midst of a terrifying storm in the Bay of Biscay, a brutal murder also takes place on the ship.
Instead of solving the crime, as she is accustomed to doing, Charlotte must take care not to be embroiled in this investigation, lest it become known to those who harbor ill intentions that Sherlock Holmes is abroad and still very much alive.
While each of the novels in this series contains a mystery to solve, it is recommended that you listen/read in the order of their release. This review may contain spoilers to previous books, although I have taken pains to avoid them.
After the events of the previous book, Charlotte needs to slip away from Moriarty’s attention. When she receives a case to find a dossier for the crown, her investigations lead her to the Provence. With the help of her friends and sister, arrangements are made for the voyage.
From the moment they boarded, things go wrong, from previous scandals to Charlotte’s own mother boarding the ship. I of course, was all in. As they make plans to retrieve the dossier, a storm hits in the Bay of Biscay and someone commits murder.
Unlike previous stories, Charlotte cannot be in the investigation’s thick, since she is in hiding. If she isn’t careful, the investigator will uncover the fact that she is on board. Of course, this doesn’t stop her from investigating and carefully reading over the shorthand notes on the case. It was great fun, particularly when Charlotte’s mother seems like the likeliest suspect.
As always, the tale is rich with wonderful characters, lots of red herrings and plenty of mischief. From disguises to stolen kisses, I was swept out to sea.
Kate Reading does a marvelous job of narrating Charlotte Holmes and the rest of the cast. Her pacing and tones enhance the tale, making listening my preferred choice for this series.
Perfect for fans of Sherlock Holmes, slow-burning romances, intriguing historical mystery and brilliant characters.
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