Sunday, September 2, 2018

A Scandal in Scarlet (A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery #4)

A Scandal in Scarlet is the 4th book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop cozy series by Vicki Delany. Due out 14th Nov, 2018 and published by Crooked Lane books, it's 213 pages and available in hardback, ebook and audio formats.

One of the things that a lot of pastiche bookshop/library cozies have in common is title dropping.  This series is no exception but it's fine with me since I've honestly found a number of authors with whose work I was previously unfamiliar because they're mentioned in these books.  It does add verisimilitude for fictional librarians or bookshop owners to be able to recommend titles to their patrons.  I just jot down notes whilst reading and go back at the end and sample the mentioned books. I've found a lot of new favorites that way.  That's a little bonus.

The pacing is good and the story arc is entertaining and readable.  The dialogue is well written.

This book can easily be read as a standalone.  It's an undemanding read and full of 'cozy'. Suitable for all audiences, the language wouldn't make anyone blush.

Four stars.
Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes

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