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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Murder on Cold Street by Sherry Thomas (Lady Sherlock #5)

Murder on Cold Street

(Lady Sherlock #5)

by Sherry Thomas

Paperback, 352 pages

Expected publication: October 6th 2020 by Berkley Books

Goodreads synopsis: 

Charlotte Holmes, Lady Sherlock, is back solving new cases in the USA Today bestselling series set in Victorian England.

Inspector Treadles, Charlotte Holmes’s friend and collaborator, has been found locked in a room with two dead men, both of whom worked with his wife at the great manufacturing enterprise she has recently inherited.

Rumors fly. Had Inspector Treadles killed the men because they had opposed his wife’s initiatives at every turn? Had he killed in a fit of jealous rage, because he suspected Mrs. Treadles of harboring deeper feelings for one of the men? To make matters worse, he refuses to speak on his own behalf, despite the overwhelming evidence against him.

Charlotte finds herself in a case strewn with lies and secrets. But which lies are to cover up small sins, and which secrets would flay open a past better left forgotten? Not to mention, how can she concentrate on these murders, when Lord Ingram, her oldest friend and sometime lover, at last dangles before her the one thing she has always wanted?


4.5 stars

This is the fifth book in the Lady Sherlock series by Sherry Thomas.

This book will come out on October 6th and if you are following the series, it starts directly after the goings on in book four. Inspector Treadles has been arrested for the murder of a man at 33 Cold Street. Treadles wife has just come into possession of her father’s company, Cousins, and the troubles she has gives Mr. Treadles a motive for murder.

This is sort of like a locked door mystery. I am not quite certain why Mr. Treadles doesn’t tell his side of the story since that would have nipped all this nonsense in the bud. He just asks for Sherlock’s help and of course, Charlotte cannot deny him since he had been so helpful to her in the past.

I find all the things Charlotte uncovers quite amusing since you just don’t realize people did such things back at the turn of the 19th century. I have always loved the Victorian setting and the connection to Sherlock Holmes. This is well-plotted, filled with vibrant characters that just jump off the page and a wonderful comradery between the cast members who are involved in the storyline.

If you have always wanted to get into historical cozy series, this one would be a good starting point. Start with A Study in Scarlet Woman. You will thank me. 

If you like cozy mysteries, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed.

I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

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