A Ruse of Shadows by Sherry Thomas

June 24th, 2024 Kimberly Review 5 Comments

24th Jun

The Lady Sherlock series by Sherry Thomas has become a favorite. I look forward to each audiobook release. A Ruse of Shadows is the eighth audiobook in the Lady Sherlock series narrated by Kate Reading. This time, Charlotte finds herself the number one suspect in the murder of Lord Bancroft. Twists, suspense, danger and more await you…..

A Ruse of Shadows by Sherry Thomas
A Ruse of Shadows
by Sherry Thomas
Series: Lady Sherlock #8
Narrator: Kate Reading
Length: 13 hours and 3 minutes
Genres: Mystery
Source: Publisher
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Narration: 5 cups Speed: 1.5x

Charlotte Holmes is accustomed to solving crimes, not being accused of them, but she finds herself in a dreadfully precarious position as the bestselling Lady Sherlock series continues.

Charlotte’s success on the RMS Provence has afforded her a certain measure of time and assurance. Taking advantage of that, she has been busy, plotting to prise the man her sister loves from Moriarty’s iron grip.

Disruption, however, comes from an unexpected quarter. Lord Bancroft Ashburton, disgraced and imprisoned as a result of Charlotte’s prior investigations, nevertheless manages to press Charlotte into service: Underwood, his most loyal henchman, is missing and Lord Bancroft wants Charlotte to find Underwood, dead or alive.

But then Lord Bancroft himself turns up dead and Charlotte, more than anyone else, meets the trifecta criteria of motive, means, and opportunity. Never mind rescuing anyone else, with the law breathing down her neck, can Charlotte save herself from prosecution for murder?

MURDERMYSTERY smartfunny SUSPENSE well written

Squee! I love Thomas’s take on Sherlock and love Scarlett and her motley crew of friends. After the events on board RMS Provence, Charlotte’s back on dry land and growing out her locks. She has also been looking for ways to foil Moriarty plans.

Charlotte, alas, is pressed into service by none other than Lord Bancroft Ashburton. Bancroft remains behind prison walls, thanks to Scarlett. However, his man, Underwood, has gone missing, and she’s tasked with finding him. Lord Bancroft won’t take no for an answer. Unfortunately, he is very persuasive.

The tale that unfolds held me captive from interviewing Underwood’s girlfriend to murders from long ago. When Lord Bancroft ends up dead, the police detective believes Charlotte guilty of the crime. The mystery was well done with clever twists, danger and pulse-pounding action that kept me listening.

We had a little page time with Lord Ingram, Charlotte’s love interest. While not as much as I would have liked, each moment was delicious with sweet confessions.

I was delighted by the way Thomas brought the threads together and revealed the events as they actually happened. A clever tale that left me eager for the next book. Perfect for fans of clever protagonists, fans of Sherlock Holmes and murder mysteries.

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About Sherry Thomas

Sherry Thomas

Sherry Thomas is one of the most acclaimed historical romance authors writing today, winning the RITA Award two years running, and appearing on innumerable "Best of the Year" lists, including those of Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, Dear Author, and All About Romance. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and sons.

About Kate Reading

Kate Reading

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator who has recorded hundreds of titles in many genres. She has received numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine, in addition to being named Narrator of the Year and Best Voice in Science Fiction and Fantasy. She has been recognized as Reader of the Year by Publishers Weekly and has appeared on Booklist's 2019 Top of the List for the American Library Association. She and her husband, narrator Michael Kramer, record at their home studio in Maryland, Madison Productions.

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5 Responses to “A Ruse of Shadows by Sherry Thomas”

  1. Katherine

    I have thoroughly enjoyed this series and love it in audio! I need to pick this one up because I need to spend some more time with Charlotte Holmes!