Release Date: October 18, 2016
Genre: Historical Mystery
USA Today bestselling author Sherry Thomas turns the story of the renowned Sherlock Holmes upside down…
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.
I'm sure a lot of you have either heard or have had the pleasure of reading Sherry Thomas' A STUDY IN SCARLET, the debut novel in her new historical mystery series, Lady Sherlock. I'm sure you've also seen rave reviews for it, endless praises, and a variety of critiques. Allow me to add my bit to the pile, I promise I'll make it short and sweet.
Like the majority, I had fun reading A STUDY IN SCARLET. It's very feminist, to say the least as SThomas clearly empowered her female-dominated cast while maintaining strict decorum in order to preserve the eras (sad) gender inequality issues. The whole ploy behind Charlotte Holmes' and Mrs. Watson assuming male roles are both clever and simplified. Some might argue that it's too simple, but considering how big men's egos were at that time and how little they think of women, the oversight is plausible.
True to form, A STUDY IN SCARLET's mystery aspect with the brilliant Charlotte Holmes at its helm I every bit "Sherlock" from her impressive deductive reasoning skills, matter of fact observations, and sometimes off the wall comments. The only big difference to me is that Charlotte and Mrs. Watson do not have direct contact with crime solving and there's not much action here either, all of which I hope will change in the succeeding books.
Overall, I think Sir Conan Doyle would approve of SThomas' attempt at reimagining Sherlock. It's cleverly plotted, character driven, and is successful in mashing-up a historical classic with contemporary flavor to appeal to readers of our time. I look forward to the next one mostly to see the infamous Moriarty's incarnation in this world.