A Study in Scarlet Women

A Study in Scarlet Women

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"With her inquisitive mind, Charlotte Holmes has never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of the fairer sex in upper class society. But 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2016
Edition: Berkley trade paperback edition
ISBN: 9780425281406
Branch Call Number: M THOMAS 2016
Characteristics: 323 pages ; 21 cm


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ReadingAdviser_leni Feb 25, 2019

I enjoyed the idea of Sherlock Holmes being a woman. An enjoyable adventure. I did not expect the ending, which came up just a little more suddenly than I would have liked. I think there could have been more time spent explaining the ending. But all in all, I had fun reading it and will definitely continue the series.

ArapahoeAlice Jan 31, 2019

In this clever series, Sherlock Holmes is actually a woman, Charlotte Holmes. She claims her brother, Sherlock, lies incapacitated in a dark bedroom in his flat while Charlotte ventures out into the London Streets to do the detecting. Charlotte is brilliant and the mysteries are riveting.

Jul 29, 2018

In this Victorian-era mystery novel, Charolette Holmes is a smart and intuitive young girl who longs for independence. The obvious gimmick here is that Sherlock Holmes and Watson are both cast as women. There are some hints of frustrated romance, plenty of gender-swapped characters, and a solid mystery plot as young Charolette tangles with the evil machinations of an unseen villain.

Oct 18, 2017

Sherry Thomas solves some of the mysteries surrounding Sherlock Holmes (have you considered high-functioning autism?) and Dr. Watson's stories. Requires some extra "suspension of disbelief", but a fun, satisfying mystery with a female eccentric at its' core.

KateHillier Sep 20, 2017

This was a good bit of fun! I've read a lot of Sherlock Holmes pastiches but have been a bit disillusioned with the gender swapping ones I've read - not so with this one! Charlotte Holmes is an a modern woman, for both her times and ours, and she wants independence and freedom and all that fun stuff that a Victorian lady can't have. She goes to great lengths to make sure she gets a certain amount of it even though her respectability suffers as a result. And, of course, it all throws suspicion on her family as rich nobles begin dropping dead. Charlotte, working under the assumed name of Sherlock, is on the case though!

As much as the mystery and Holmesian elements are draw this is a fantastic story of women helping women; whether it be Charlotte's sister or the absolutely amazing Mrs. Watson. I'm pumped to have found this fun series!

Aug 14, 2017

I've always enjoyed the Sherlock Holmes mysteries. Then I discovered the series by Laurie R King - the Mary Russell -Sherlock Holmes Mysteries and now Charlotte (aka Sherlock) Holmes.

The beginning was a bit slow but it didn't take many pages to get into it. Enjoyed it thoroughly. Sherry Thomas has a new one "A Conspiracy in Belgravia" due out in September. Looking forward to the further development of the characters.The book was a perfect escape from the smoke we've been having.

Couldnt get into this book. I didnt like the way it started out and found it rather wishy washy and full of too many details that detracted from the story. Needless to say I did not finish it

Mar 16, 2017

This is a fascinating take on Sherlock Holmes. Instead of Sherlock being a male, he is actually a woman who pretends to be his brother. Loved this book. It held my attention and I didn't want to put it down.

ArapahoeBridget Feb 16, 2017

I've loved Sherlock Holmes stories since I was in elementary school, and this was really fun to read. This re-imagining of the beloved detective is a delight. I picked it up after dinner and didn't put it down until I'd finished. If you're in the mood for an entertaining mystery with fantastic characters and plenty of red herrings you should try it too! Then you can join me in eagerly awaiting the next in the series.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Nov 14, 2016

I'm not the most enormous Sherlock Holmes fan in the world (I like him fine, but not to the degree that a lot of people do), but I was intrigued by the idea of a gender-swapped Sherlock so I figured I had to give this a try. (Plus, I will read almost anything set in Victorian London.) And I thought this was so, so fun -- I would read 5,000 more books about Charlotte Holmes. Thomas does a really good job at keeping a lot of familiar Sherlock elements without it seeming like she was lifting too much from the original stories -- for example, Sherlock's brother Mycroft is in this book turned into Lord Bancroft Ashburton, the brother of Charlotte's love interest. Watson is turned into Mrs. John Watson, a widow with a colorful past. There are whispers of Moriarty at the end, clearly setting up future installments. And so on and so forth. The writing is sharp, and I find it super fascinating to take the eccentric genius character, which is almost always written as a man, and turn it into a woman instead. I enjoyed this from start to finish, and will be chomping at the bit for book two.


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