Narrator: Kate Reading
Series: Lady Sherlock #2
Published by Blackstone Audiobooks on September 5, 2017
Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery
Length: 10 hours, 28 minutes
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Being shunned by Society gives Charlotte Holmes the time and freedom to put her extraordinary powers of deduction to good use. As “Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective,” aided by the capable Mrs. Watson, she’s had great success helping with all manner of inquiries, but she’s not prepared for the new client who arrives at her Upper Baker Street office.
Lady Ingram, wife of Charlotte’s dear friend and benefactor, wants Sherlock Holmes to find her first love, who failed to show up at their annual rendezvous. Matters of loyalty and discretion aside, the case becomes even more personal for Charlotte as the missing man is none other than Myron Finch, her illegitimate half brother.
In the meanwhile, Charlotte wrestles with a surprising proposal of marriage, a mysterious stranger woos her sister Livia, and an unidentified body that surfaces where least expected. Charlotte’s investigative prowess is challenged as never before: Can she find her brother in time—or will he, too, end up as a nameless corpse somewhere in the belly of London?
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I started the Lady Sherlock series after seeing how much Kimberly at Caffeinated enjoyed it. So right before I started A Conspiracy in Belgravia, I tweeted her to ask if Lady Ingram could please have a fatal accident. Little did I know she would play a big part here. I hadn’t read the blurb, obviously.
Charlotte continued her cases with the delightful Mrs. Watson and her niece. There were so many layers of happenings – this was amazing. I was very worried for Livia. I was furious with Charlotte’s father and Lord Bancroft. I was disappointed with Inspector Treadle; I hope he sees some personal growth and quickly. Charlotte proved to be her incredible, intelligent and logical self. I would have been an emotional mess. The ending had a small shock and now I am desperate to read The Hollow of Fear, and I’ll definitely be looking forward to The Art of Theft planned for October.
I have become enamored of Kate Reading as the narrator. There is a bit more thought stream than dialogue and she is Charlotte to me. The other voices are less frequent and were comfortably realistic. The accents for the location felt real to me but since I’m not an expert on regional accents they may not be accurate. I was able to listen at 1.5x speed. The performance added to my enjoyment of the story.
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