Thursday, January 9, 2020

There's a Murder Afoot: A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery (Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery #5)

There's a Murder Afoot is the 5th Sherlock Holmes Bookshop cozy by Vicki Delany. Released 7th Jan 2020 by Crooked Lane, it's 336 pages and available in hardcover, audio, and ebook formats. The ebook format includes an interactive table of contents with chapter headings. I've become very fond of interactive ebooks lately.

This series is full of fun and over-the-top Holmes tie-ins and trivia. The plot revolves around a convention of Sherlockians of all stripes meeting in London (the one in England). Gemma Doyle (possibly related to the one-and-only) and family and friends are in London for the convention, or some sightseeing.

There are some new characters along with the ensemble cast from previous books in the series and the author manages to make them all distinct and easy to differentiate. There were plenty of suspects from which to choose, the violence isn't graphic, the dialogue is clean and the denouement/solution was appealing and felt complete. There's some foreshadowing for the next book(s) in the series and it ends well.

I'm looking forward to finding out what comes next for Gemma & co. Genuinely enjoyable cozy reading.

Four stars.

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

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