The Art of Theft
Paperback, 297 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Berkley
Charlotte Holmes, Lady Sherlock, is back solving new cases in the Victorian-set mystery series from the USA Today bestselling author of The Hollow of Fear.
As "Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective," Charlotte Holmes has solved murders and found missing individuals. But she has never stolen a priceless artwork—or rather, made away with the secrets hidden behind a much-coveted canvas.
But Mrs. Watson is desperate to help her old friend recover those secrets and Charlotte finds herself involved in a fever-paced scheme to infiltrate a glamorous Yuletide ball where the painting is one handshake away from being sold and the secrets a bare breath from exposure.
Her dear friend Lord Ingram, her sister Livia, Livia's admirer Stephen Marbleton—everyone pitches in to help and everyone has a grand time. But nothing about this adventure is what it seems and disaster is biding time on the grounds of a glittering French chateau, waiting only for Charlotte to make a single mistake...
This is the fourth book in the Lady Sherlock series by Sherry Thomas.
Every book gives you a great glimpse into Charlotte’s character and fashion sense. I would actually like to see these dresses she wears since it seems so uncommon for the times. I am not sure I mentioned previously but each book starts off where the last book left off. It is like a continuing saga with a moment by moment play by play.
In this story the lady who comes for Sherlock’s services figures out there is no man behind the curtain and decides not to use their services since a woman was behind it all. Turns out this Indian Queen is very familiar with Mrs. Watson. And Watson wants to help this lady so much she elicits the help of everyone in her quest.
For those who are not as open-minded about same sex pairings, you might not want to par take in this book since there is quite a lot of it here. Apparently, it wasn’t uncommon for the times… it just wasn’t spoken of. The entire masquerade at the Yuletide Ball was quite an eye opening affair for all of the characters.
We learn a whole lot about the cast as the mystery unfolds. The mystery is stellar, as it always is in books like this. And the characters are very fun to watch and follow along with. I am not sure if I am in Team Marry Him Already or Team Alone where Charlotte and Lord Ingram’s relationship is concerned. I love having him in the cast and assisting with the solving of the mystery but I am not sure what would happen should they finally get together. I wouldn’t want that dratted Moonlighting moment where them getting together ruins the entire series.
This story is awesome and I love the adventure and whodunit as much as the cast and character building. Definitely give this series a go!
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.