Wednesday, August 22, 2018


Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Disappearing Diva (Marty Hudson Mysteries) by Gemma Halliday & Kelly Rey


Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series 
Gemma Halliday Publishing (August 14, 2018) 
Print Length: 316 pages 

From #1 Kindle & New York Times bestselling author Gemma Halliday and USA Today bestselling author Kelly Rey comes a story about Sherlock Holmes, two savvy female detectives, and one chance to catch a killer and the hot Dr. Watson at the same time…
If there's one thing Martha "Marty" Hudson can't say no to, it's her best friend Irene Adler. So when Irene's little white lie about a fake detective named Sherlock Holmes turns into a real case from an actual paying client, Marty is all in. But their simple missing person case takes a deadly turn when the missing "person" ends up being a missing corpse.
Rebecca Lowery was an opera singer in life and, according to her sister, who hires the famous detective to find her, a diva with capital D. When her body goes missing after a supposedly accidental fall, Marty & Irene can think of several people who might want the diva to disappear permanently—especially if her missing body is actually hiding evidence of her murder. Is it the boyfriend with a temper and a shady record, the jealous understudy who's now stealing the show, the creepy undertaker with possible ties to the underworld, or the estranged sister herself who now inherits everything?
Marty and Irene aim to find out, even while trying to keep cool around the hot ME, Dr. Watson, and dodging questions from the Irregulars blogger, Wiggins, about the mysterious man behind the name Sherlock Holmes. Will the ladies be able to pull this one off? Or are they in over their heads…and possibly about to take their own final bows?

I have a confession to make. And I would really appreciate if you could keep this just between us. But it's something I desperately have to get off my chest. Okay, here goes: Sherlock Holmes is not real. 

Whew, that felt really good to say out loud! You see I'm not really used to keeping up with a lie. Okay, I will admit that now and again when my landlord comes looking for the rent I *may* ignore his incessant knocking at the door and pretend I'm not home. But that's not every month, and I do eventually pay my rent as soon as I can afford it. But an actual lie lie, like the colossal lie that has become Sherlock Holmes? I am terrible at those. And I never actually meant for this to happen. 

You see, it all started when I was trying to look into the death of a great-aunt whom I had never known. Honestly all I wanted was to just get to know her a little bit better, if even posthumously. Maybe feel out our family medical history and make sure I don't have some hereditary destiny for an early grave myself. But the more my best friend, Irene Adler, and I looked into it, the more we realized there was something to this death that was not accidental—something much more sinister and murderous—and the more those doors kept getting slammed in our faces. Who knew it would be so difficult for two fashionably focused young women to get authorities to take them seriously? Well, apparently Irene did, because she had the brilliant idea to invent a private investigator named Sherlock Holmes. Suddenly dropping his name and telling the authorities we were official investigators for the famous detective had all those slammed doors opening up like magic! And somehow the whole lie thing just snowballed from there. Open doors turned into a fake PI license and website, and somehow that turned into actual paying clients contacting us. Part of me wanted to stop the ruse. However, did I mention the clients were paying? The thought of not having to hide the next time my landlord came knocking was a pretty enticing one. Enticing enough that Irene and I actually decided to take on a case for Sherlock Holmes. We should have known better. We should have known we were getting in way over our well accessorized heads. Because now we are looking for a missing corpse, investigating a diva of an opera singer, dealing with an undertaker who looks like the undead, and possibly even working for a murderer! The only thing that could complicate our lives even more is if that hot medical examiner, Dr. John Watson, finds out that I've been lying to him all along. So, please keep this just between us. At least until he asks me out on an official date.
Thanks, and if you want to see how our case turns out, pick up Gemma Halliday & Kelly Rey's latest Marty Hudson Mystery, SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CASE OF THE DISAPPEARING DIVA.
I promise you will get all the inside dirt on our little white lie if you do!

~ Marty Hudson

Fun and fast paced. With a bit of Remington Steele feel, this fun duo takes on an unusual case - a disappeared corpse. Great characters but uncooperative witnesses and suspects. If they didn't need the money so badly, and if Dr. Watson wasn't such a hunk...
a fast paced and fun delve into the world of Opera and mobsters.

About the Author

  Gemma Halliday is the New York Times, USA Today & #1 Kindle bestselling author of the High Heels Mysteries, the Hollywood Headlines Mysteries, the Jamie Bond Mysteries, the Tahoe Tessie Mysteries, the Marty Hudson Mysteries, and several other works. Gemma's books have received numerous awards, including a Golden Heart, two National Reader's Choice awards, a RONE award, and three RITA nominations. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her boyfriend, Jackson Stein, who writes vampire thrillers, and their four children, who are adorably distracting on a daily basis.
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