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Murder on Cold Street by Sherry Thomas
Narrator: Kate Reading
Series: Lady Sherlock #5
Published by Penguin Audio on October 6, 2020
Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery
Length: 13 hours, 15 minutes
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Inspector Treadles, Charlotte Holmes’s friend and collaborator, has been found locked in a room with two dead men, both of whom worked with his wife at the great manufacturing enterprise she has recently inherited.
Rumors fly. Had Inspector Treadles killed the men because they had opposed his wife’s initiatives at every turn? Had he killed in a fit of jealous rage, because he suspected Mrs. Treadles of harboring deeper feelings for one of the men? To make matters worse, he refuses to speak on his own behalf, despite the overwhelming evidence against him.
Charlotte finds herself in a case strewn with lies and secrets. But which lies are to cover up small sins, and which secrets would flay open a past better left forgotten? Not to mention, how can she concentrate on these murders, when Lord Ingram, her oldest friend and sometime lover, at last dangles before her the one thing she has always wanted?.
I have enjoyed every book of the Lady Sherlock series but I’ve been a bit frustrated with the background romantic aspects. I expected The Murder on Cold Street to be an especially engaging installment because Inspector Treadle has been arrested for the murder.
As always, I thrilled to hear all the investigative tactics with interviews and evidence gathered. There were many long-time beloved characters involved and we met some new ones. Certainly we got to know the Treadles and Cousins families much more. It did not seem our beloved group of detectives was in much danger, as in the last outing, because they were not as directly exposed. When they solve the case however, the ongoing danger is clear.
I enjoyed all the relationships which are a backdrop to the mystery. We have Charlotte and Ash, the Treadles, and Olivia and Stephen. I look forward to this circle of support and friendship with their bright minds and kind hearts, as they champion the wronged in the future. It is also a celebration of women in a time where they were often overlooked or oppressed.
I loved being back in this world for this excellent tale. I would recommend reading the series in order to appreciate all the world and character development and because it is so very good!
I am happily comfortable with Kate Reading as the narrator for this series. The voices of different characters are recognizable for me. I love her voice for Ash. Both male and female voices seem appropriate, including their accents. I’m not an expert on regional accents so they may not be accurate. I was able to listen at my normal 1.5x speed.
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