This wasn’t on my radar at all until CBR folks started reviewing The Lady Sherlock Series. Thanks! I have zero knowledge of the Sherlock Holmes novels aside from how they are interpreted or reinvented by television and film. At some point, I probably should add that to my ever-growing pile of BOOKS I SHOULD READ. For now, I can’t in any way make comparisons in this review but I have the sense that this book stands on its own merit anyway.
Charlotte Holmes is not content to marry well and live out a dull life in society. Unable to secure the funds from her family to attend school in hopes of becoming a headmistress and therefore owning her own keep, she devises a rather extravagant plan to force her Father into cooperation. When that plan backfires spectacularly, Charlotte runs away from home armed only with her brilliant mind and an odd talent for sizing people up within moments of meeting them. This talent is well suited for crime solving, as it turns out. Charlotte becomes Sherlock and Sherlock becomes Charlotte’s beard of sorts. Posing as the sister and assistant to the ailing fictitious Sherlock allows her to hang her shingle and earn her own living in a man’s world.
Give me a sassy heroine who is whip smart and fidgety in her corset and I’m sold. This one did not disappoint! The second book in the series is already atop my TBR and a third is going to be published in October. I love it when goodness lines up like that.