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  • Sherlockians unite!

    The winner of the Annual West London Garden Club Show is found dead and the likely suspect is another garden club member who had her garden destroyed before the show. The suspected murderer is hung by the jury of her gossiping neighbors and fellow club members before the police can even begin work on the case. Gemma Doyle has no connection to the case or those involved and vows to her sweetheart, the local detective, that she has no intention of getting involved. Things change when the prime suspect’s young daughter comes to Gemma for help, how can she say no? Even when she tells Lauren the police are capable and she trusts them to solve the case, she just can’t let Lauren down. Can Gemma find the murderer and clear the mother of any wrong doing, or will she find herself planted six feed under? Yet another superb entry in this fabulous series. Vicki Delany deliver every. single. time! The sixth book in the series and they never falter. Well developed characters that come to feel like friends, a solid whodunit, and enough red herrings to keep you guessing until the very end. I highly recommend this series.

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  • A Curious Incident!?!

    This cozy mystery started out endearing with the search for a little girl's cat. Then, turned into a whodunnit with great characters who I believed were the best part of the story. The plot was interesting, I couldn't figure out the identity of the murderer until the end. I received an advanced reader's copy from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Loved it!

    amateur-sleuth, cosy-mystery, family-dynamics, friendship, law-enforcement, murder-investigation, pets, suspense, verbal-humor, small-business, small-town***** Even though this is sixth in series, that doesn't in any way spoil the fun if the reader hasn't yet read the others. Set in the small Massachusetts town of West London in Cape Cod, British ex-pat Gemma Doyle Gemma tries her best to stay out of the crime described adequately in the publisher's blurb. I was somewhat surprised and disappointed that the boyfriend came across more as an insecure cop becoming more of a bully than in previous books, so I wonder what will come of that. I like her relationship (or lack of one) with bookstore cat Moriarty and her devotion to her dog, Violet. The story is entertaining as well as humorous which is the perfect combination. Of course I enjoyed it! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. Thank you!

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  • A classic cozy with a nice Sherlockian background…

    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories were some of the earliest mysteries I remember reading after I “graduated” from the Nancy Drew and Encyclopedia Brown books I read in grade school. And I really liked the Holmes books, so I was happy to receive an advance review copy of A Curious Incident, which is the sixth and most recent title in a series set in a fictional Holmes-themed bookstore and tea room on Cape Cod. Author Vicki Delany does a nice job of sprinkling Holmes trivia throughout the book, while also crafting an enjoyable mystery. The plot revolves around a garden club rivalry that appears to have gone (very) sour, ending in the death of one of the rivals. But of course, things aren’t necessarily what they seem. So when the obvious suspect’s young daughter wants to hire bookseller (but NOT a consulting detective) Gemma Doyle to clear her mother, things start rolling along. Although I did end up figuring out whodunnit pretty early on, there were enough twists and turns that I kept second-guessing myself, so in the end, I guess I can’t really claim to have figured it out after all. Since this is the sixth in the series, and I haven’t read any of the earlier books, I did feel a little bit lost at first. But it seemed pretty obvious that Gemma and her bookshop co-owner. Great-Uncle Arthur, must be distant relatives of the original Sir Arthur, and that turns out to be the case. And I eventually figured out most of the other relationships that were important for the story, including Gemma’s policeman boyfriend, Ryan; best friend, Jayne; and semi-nemesis (and Ryan’s fellow police officer), Louise Estrada. The Curious Incident is pretty much a classic cozy mystery, so if you like cozies, you’ll like this one, and if you don’t, you probably won’t. I enjoyed it enough that I’m going to keep an eye out for some of the earlier titles in the series. Please keep in mind that for me, 4 stars is my normal ranking, and is a solid recommendation for the book, so long as, as I mentioned up above, you like cozies. (I only give five stars to maybe one in thirty or forty books that I read.) Finally, I’d like to thank the publisher, Crooked Lane Books, and Net Galley for the advance review copy. And yes, just in case you were wondering, the title does turn out to be relevant in the end!

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  • An entertaining cozy mystery!

    A Curious Incident by Vicki Delany is the 6th A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery. It can be read as a standalone for those new to the series or if you have missed a book or two. I thought A Curious Incident was well-written with developed characters and steady pacing. Gemma Doyle is a unique protagonist. Gemma is an Englishwoman who lives in West London, Massachusetts where she manages the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium, which she co-owns with her uncle Arthur. Gemma has a keen eye for detail. She notices things and makes connections that others miss. I enjoyed the Sherlock Holmes references in the story as well. West London is a charming small town filled with quaint shops. There is a cast of residents that suit a small town (gossipy woman who compete against each other). Lauren was a great addition to the story. She is such a sweetie. I enjoyed the interactions between Lauren and Gemma. I also love Gemma’s sweet neighbor, Mrs. Ramsbatten. She has such an interesting past. The whodunit had several suspects, a red herring, and good clues. There was one aspect of the case that I found unique. I enjoyed following Gemma as she questioned people and discovered clues. It is fascinating how her mind works. The one thing I am not a fan of is the relationship between Ryan and Gemma. I do not feel any sparks between them in this book and I did not like how Ryan treated Gemma. I am hoping someone new will come to town who will be a better match for Gemma. A Curious Incident was a delight to read. I am eager for the next book in this engaging series. A Curious Incident is an entertaining cozy mystery with a missing moggy, a troubled tween, a clever canine, a disgruntled detective, a grouchy gardener, and a snoopy shop owner.

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