Elementary, She Read

Elementary, She Read

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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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.

Fans of Sherlock Holmes will delight in the sleuthing duo of Gemma and Jayne in Elementary, She Read , the clever and captivating series debut by nationally bestselling author Vicki Delany.
Publisher: New York : Crooked Lane, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781683310969
Branch Call Number: FIC Delan
Characteristics: 308 pages ; 22 cm.


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Feb 22, 2019

A delightful cozy book store mystery to read while I was on vacation!

I very much enjoyed the main character who has great powers of observation and organization and doesn't realize while others may not appreciate her comments based on those two characteristics.

Jan 28, 2019

I did not enjoy this book at all. I found the plot contrived and full of cliches. I also disliked protagonist Gemma Doyle immensely, which is a problem compounded by the fact that Gemma is also the narrator so their is no avoiding her in this book.

I will read no other books in this series. In fact, I disliked this book so much I am questioning whether I will read other books by this author in her Klondike Mystery or her Constable Molly Smith series; I have been lukewarm on these latter two series and this Gemma Doyle book has almost entirely (or perhaps just entirely) turned me off this author altogether.

Apr 12, 2018

Gemma Doyle (a distant relative of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) just notices things. And says so. So not everyone appreciates her talent. I found this title and the sequel (Body on Baker Street) enjoyable - the plots are above average and the quirky characters fun.

samdog123 Apr 03, 2018

A good first title in a new 'cozy' mystery series that takes place in the New England town of West London. Gemma Doyle, (distant relation of Arthur Conan Doyle), runs a bookshop and Sherlock Holmes curiosity shop and tea room with her friend Jayne. When a customer leaves a priceless issue of the Strand magazine tucked into her shop shelves, Gemma and Jane track down the person who left it--and find them dead. An easy, delightful read and a series that I'm looking forward to getting into!

Jun 05, 2017

This is a fantastic new series! I can hardly wait for the book to be released.

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