A Study in Scarlet Women

A Study in Scarlet Women

Book - 2016
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"USA Today bestselling author Sherry Thomas turns the story of the renowned Sherlock Holmes upside down... With her inquisitive mind, Charlotte Holmes has never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of the fairer sex in upper class society. But she never thought that she would become a social pariah, an outcast fending for herself on the mean streets of London. When the city is struck by a trio of unexpected deaths and suspicion falls on her sister and her father, Charlotte is desperate to find the true culprits and clear the family name. She'll have help from friends new and old--a kind-hearted widow, a police inspector, and a man who has long loved her. But in the end, it will be up to Charlotte, under the assumed name Sherlock Holmes, to challenge society's expectations and match wits against an unseen mastermind"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Berkley, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780425281406
042528140X
Characteristics: 323 pages ; 21 cm

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In this re-imagining of Sherlock Holmes, Victorian woman Charlotte Holmes pretends to be the sister of "Sherlock Holmes," and interviews clients and solves crimes in a society that is just beginning to question the role of women. While beautifully written and cleverly constructed, the t... Read More »


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jroybal
Mar 26, 2020

I really enjoy the premise of the book and enjoyed the story. Can't wait to read the next in the series.

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cocomo29
Oct 15, 2019

a good read.

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booknrrd
Aug 20, 2019

What if the great Sherlock Holmes was a lady pretending to be a man in order to be taken seriously and escape the rigid gender norms of her day?

This was a solid 3.5 stars for me. In other words there is a very good chance that I will read the second book, but I am not dying to read it. I enjoyed the relationship between the characters and watching the story unfold. I thought the author did a good job establishing Charlotte and how her mind worked and teasing us with the Charlotte/Lord Ingram relationship. I did miss picturing Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock, but perhaps he could play Lord Ingram?

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SusanJ_124
Jul 21, 2019

I enjoyed this book. I liked protagonist Charlotte/Sherlock Holmes, her sidekick Mrs. Watson, and sister Livia. For me, there was too much focus on Inspector Treadles and not enough on Charlotte, which prevented me from giving a higher rating. However, I did enjoy the read enough that I will pick up book two and see where it all goes.

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Ssharp_1
Jul 05, 2019

Very well written with twists and turns. Had to pay attention to the names and where everyone fit in.

ReadingAdviser_leni Feb 25, 2019

I enjoyed the idea of Sherlock Holmes being a woman. An enjoyable adventure. I did not expect the ending, which came up just a little more suddenly than I would have liked. I think there could have been more time spent explaining the ending. But all in all, I had fun reading it and will definitely continue the series.

ArapahoeAlice Jan 31, 2019

In this clever series, Sherlock Holmes is actually a woman, Charlotte Holmes. She claims her brother, Sherlock, lies incapacitated in a dark bedroom in his flat while Charlotte ventures out into the London Streets to do the detecting. Charlotte is brilliant and the mysteries are riveting.

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kwsmith
Jul 29, 2018

In this Victorian-era mystery novel, Charolette Holmes is a smart and intuitive young girl who longs for independence. The obvious gimmick here is that Sherlock Holmes and Watson are both cast as women. There are some hints of frustrated romance, plenty of gender-swapped characters, and a solid mystery plot as young Charolette tangles with the evil machinations of an unseen villain.

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ApollosRaven
Oct 18, 2017

Sherry Thomas solves some of the mysteries surrounding Sherlock Holmes (have you considered high-functioning autism?) and Dr. Watson's stories. Requires some extra "suspension of disbelief", but a fun, satisfying mystery with a female eccentric at its' core.

KateHillier Sep 20, 2017

This was a good bit of fun! I've read a lot of Sherlock Holmes pastiches but have been a bit disillusioned with the gender swapping ones I've read - not so with this one! Charlotte Holmes is an a modern woman, for both her times and ours, and she wants independence and freedom and all that fun stuff that a Victorian lady can't have. She goes to great lengths to make sure she gets a certain amount of it even though her respectability suffers as a result. And, of course, it all throws suspicion on her family as rich nobles begin dropping dead. Charlotte, working under the assumed name of Sherlock, is on the case though!

As much as the mystery and Holmesian elements are draw this is a fantastic story of women helping women; whether it be Charlotte's sister or the absolutely amazing Mrs. Watson. I'm pumped to have found this fun series!

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