Narrator: Kate Reading
Title: A Study in Scarlet Women
(Lady Sherlock #1)
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Romance
Published: October 18th 2016
Where I got It: Audible
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.
Another book for book club that I was already eyeballing. Perfecto!!!
We follow Charlotte Holmes who has always been different because of her inquisitive mind. She never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of the fairer sex in upper class society. After making a calculated risk, she finds herself a social pariah and an outcast fending for herself on the streets of London. After the city is struck with a trio of unexpected deaths and there is some suspicion that falls on her sister and her father, Charlotte is desperate to find the true culprits and clear the family name with the help of a kind-hearted widow, police inspector, and a man who has long loved her. She investigates under the assumed name Sherlock Holmes.
This was fun. I liked Charlotte a lot. She was different and she was smart and oooo so eccentric. Scary smart, but I adored her. She was brave and knew she wanted to be independent. Good for her!
I always get a wee worried about gender-swaps, but this worried well. I adored this version of Watkins. I hope she gets more spotlight in the next book. I would also loveeee an origin short story. She for sure lived a different life. I also want her to find love. Poor thing.
There was a touch of romance here with Charlotte and a certain lord, but it didn't overtake the story and that made me happy.
The mystery of the deaths was fantastic. I had ZERO idea who, why, and how. SOOOOOO good. The twist at the end was perfection. Fun and I was pleased that I couldn't figure it out. Even Holmes had a moment she wasn't 100% sure.
Now, I will say the first couple chapters were a little rocky for me. I wasn't sure who was who and what was going on. Yes, in retrospect, I did like seeing Charlotte from the eyes of others like her sister, but it took me a minute to find my footing.
The narrator was fantastic. I love her voices!! She is always a delight.
In the end, this was a lot of fun. It was a great start to what I can image will be a fun series. This Sherlock is great. The mystery was awesome and I love the narrator. The first couple of chapters were a little rocky, but in the end I liked this a lot. I'll give this 4 stars.
- #39 for Audiobook challenge
- #39 for Audiobook challenge