Publisher Description: Being shunned by Society gives Charlotte Holmes the time and freedom to put her extraordinary powers of deduction to good use. As “Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective,” aided by the capable Mrs. Watson, she’s had great success helping with all manner of inquiries, but she’s not prepared for the new client who arrives at her Upper Baker Street office.
Lady Ingram, wife of Charlotte’s dear friend and benefactor, wants Sherlock Holmes to find her first love, who failed to show up at their annual rendezvous. Matters of loyalty and discretion aside, the case becomes even more personal for Charlotte as the missing man is none other than Myron Finch, her illegitimate half brother.
In the meanwhile, Charlotte wrestles with a surprising proposal of marriage, a mysterious stranger woos her sister Livia, and an unidentified body that surfaces where least expected. Charlotte’s investigative prowess is challenged as never before: Can she find her brother in time—or will he, too, end up as a nameless corpse somewhere in the belly of London?
WildlyRead Shelf-talker: Charlotte Holmes is back in a second adventure involving murder, family, and a decade-old cipher. Still employing the ruse of the “invalid brother,” Sherlock Holmes, Charlotte finds herself investigating on behalf of the wife of the man she may possibly love while fielding a marriage proposal from that very man’s brother. It will take all of Charlotte’s sensible and analytical mind to see through her own surprising feelings as the web of Moriarty, and the involvement of a surprising member of her family, grows clearer. An exciting continuation of this new series in the Sherlock canon!
Personal Notes: In case you couldn’t tell by my review of the first book, I started as a big fan of this new series, and my excitement has only continued. I’m new to the writing of Sherry Thomas with this series, but I was pleasantly surprised to find myself consistently enjoying her world building, character descriptions, internal monologues, external dialogues, and the plot in general. The characters grow while also staying consistent to how they were originally introduced, which I really admire as it’s a major pet peeve of mine when characters act out character simply to make plot work. Good news: none of that happens. What does happen is that the plot definitely thickens as characters become more embroiled with each other. Yes, there is also a murder mystery, and the machinations of Moriarty behind the scenes is also brought further into the plot, but in addition to enjoying the development of all of that, the friendships deepen, the tension between Lord Ingram and Charlotte is further explained, Livia’s life is further explored, and there’s a a genuinely exciting plot twist at the end to boot. You can rest assured I will be counting down the days until the third book in the series comes out (not that they’ve released that information yet, but a girl can dream!).