Review: A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

Description (from cover):

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.’

My Thoughts:

I simply adore Sherlock Holmes. I have long been a fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s beloved detective and I enjoy reading stories that continue the famed detective’s legacy. I think that Sherry Thomas did a wonderful job of creating an alternate universe where Sherlock Holmes is female. I liked that the author stayed true to Sherlock Holmes’ character but added her own twist on the legendary character. I found this novel to be quite clever and a very entertaining read.

Charlotte Holmes is not your normal upper class lady. She doesn’t care about society, she doesn’t care what others think of her and she is determined to not to let society dictate her life. She does the unthinkable in an effort to escape the tight bounds of society and she sets out using her brilliant mind to solve a trio of mysterious murders that have recently plagued London. She has some friends of hers to help guide her along her way and she makes some new friends along the way as well. I loved Charlotte’s spunk, her quirks that make “Sherlock” Holmes famous and the way that the author plants in the reader’s mind that question: What if Sherlock Holmes was female?

This book was a good read. I enjoyed it and found it to be entertaining. I think the author used particular items from the Sherlock Holmes we all know, but that she put her own spin on the character that at the same time made it unique. If you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes and love a good, well-planned mystery, this is a book worth your time. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely be back for more.

Overall Rating: 4.5

Title:  A Study in Scarlet Women
Author:  Sherry Thomas
Series:  Lady Sherlock #1
Publisher:  Berkley
Publication Date:  October 18, 2016
Pages:  336
Genre:  Historical Mystery
Get It:  Amazon; Barnes & Noble

Disclaimer: This book was given to me by the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for my honest review. I reviewed this book without compensation of any kind. All thoughts and opinions are solely mine.

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