Elementary She Read by Vicki Delany

Read the first chapter here.
by Vicki Delany 
Cozy Mystery 1st in Series 
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (March 14, 2017) 
Hardcover: 320 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1683310969 
Kindle ASIN: B01MT6H7O1

Gemma Doyle, a transplanted Englishwoman, has returned to the quaint town of West London on Cape Cod to manage her Great Uncle Arthur's Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium. The shop--located at 222 Baker Street--specializes in the Holmes canon and pastiche, and is also the home of Moriarty the cat. When Gemma finds a rare and potentially valuable magazine containing the first Sherlock Homes story hidden in the bookshop, she and her friend Jayne (who runs the adjoining Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room) set off to find the owner, only to stumble upon a dead body.
The highly perceptive Gemma is the police’s first suspect, so she puts her consummate powers of deduction to work to clear her name, investigating a handsome rare books expert, the dead woman's suspiciously unmoved son, and a whole family of greedy characters desperate to cash in on their inheritance. But when Gemma and Jayne accidentally place themselves at a second murder scene, it's a race to uncover the truth before the detectives lock them up for good.

A great escape read featuring best friends who will do whatever it takes for each other.
Bookstore and Emporium owner, Gemma Doyle, may or may not be related to the great author responsible for the Sherlock Holmes phenomenon. She is a transplanted resident of West London, um, not in England.
Although she, herself is not a Holmes fanatic, she seems to share some character traits with the reknowned sleuth. Her customers are equally loyal and peculiar.

Her best friend Jayne runs the tea shoppe next door, also with a Holmes theme. The friends spend time together daily and tell each other everything....well, almost everything. So when Gemma ends up involved in a murder investigation, it is no surprise that Jayne is by her side.

I admit I found the connection to be far fetched but that did not make this any less an enjoyable escape read. A wonderful, clean, cozy mystery full of the quirky people that make a book fun.
Even if far fetched, the author made it work and in an exciting, fast paced way.

I enjoyed seeing how Gemma noticed things others would typically miss and put the pieces together. I appreciated details about the female detective that show she has more depth than understood at first impression. And I have a feeling Uncle Arthur will be a handful himself in future novels.

For anyone who enjoys mysteries requiring close observational skills and brilliant deductive reasoning, this will be a series you want to catch early.

Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers. She is the author of twenty-three published crime novels, including standalone Gothic thrillers, the Constable Molly Smith series, and the Year Round Christmas Mysteries.
 Under the pen name of Eva Gates she is the national bestselling author of the Lighthouse Library cozy series.
 The first in Vicki’s Sherlock Holmes bookshop series, Elementary She Read, will be released in March 2017 from Crooked Lane Books.
 Vicki lives and writes in Prince Edward County, Ontario.
She is the past president of the Crime Writers of Canada.

Facebook: Vicki Delany & Eva Gates and twitter: @vickidelany and @evagatesauthor

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