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A Tempest at Sea by Sherry Thomas
Narrator: Kate Reading
Series: Lady Sherlock #7
Published by Berkley, Penguin Audio on March 14, 2023
Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery
Format: Audiobook, eARC
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After feigning her own death in Cornwall to escape from Moriarty’s perilous attention, Charlotte Holmes goes into hiding. But then she receives a tempting offer: Find a dossier the crown is desperately seeking to recover, and she might be able to go back to a normal life.
Her search leads her aboard the RMS Provence, sailing from Southampton for the eastern hemisphere. But on the night Charlotte makes her move to retrieve the dossier, in the midst of a terrifying storm in the Bay of Biscay, a brutal murder also takes place on the ship.
Instead of solving the crime, as she is accustomed to doing, Charlotte must take care not to be embroiled in this investigation, lest it become known to those who harbor ill intentions that Sherlock Holmes is abroad and still very much alive.
Everything at this point is a spoiler for earlier books in the Lady Sherlock series. I would read this series in order because the complexity of the characters and relationships which are just as important as the particular cases. In Miss Moriarty, I Presume? Charlotte ends up faking her death to throw Moriarty off her trail. She has been hiding. She has a chance to be protected by the government but has to locate some information for them.
Somehow everyone and anyone ends up on a sea voyage. Charlotte and Mrs. Watson have their costumes and makeup to be other people, and they are expecting Lord Ingram and his children to be on board, as well as their information targets. But then Charlotte’s mother, Mrs. Holmes, and sister, Livia arrive to complicate things, and Roger Shrewsbury and his wife. A wealthy man from Australia, and his sister, the Arkwrights are traveling back to Australia. The Inspector Brighton who was a adversary of Charlotte in the past turns up on board.
Shrewsbury in his usual incompetence, casts aspersions on Miss Arkwright’s reputation. Mrs. Holmes also has a tiff with the Arkwrights while boarding. A Mr. Pratt is on board because he keeps wanting to marry Miss Arkwright, although she and her brother are against him. Then there is Mr. Russell who is a business competitor of sorts to Mr. Arkwright. Of course, Mr. Arkwright ends up dead and Inspector Brighton starts investigating.
The investigation is a danger to Ash and Charlotte as it might expose their investigation. So Charlotte must figure out who murdered Mr. Arkwright in addition to her government work. They don’t want Brighton messing up either one. Ash takes on the role as assistant to Brighton, taking notes. This allows him to share the details with Charlotte and keep track of Brighton’s work. It’s a tense and anxious situation for him though.
Charlotte’s work and gathering the details are as brilliant as always. I took in the details and was lost until the end when the truth was revealed. The possibilities, motives, plots and lies were intricate. I can’t begin to express how well it was detailed and how delightful and horrible the characters were. I love this series and can’t recommend it any more highly!
I love Kate Reading as the narrator for this series. The voices of different characters are distinct to me. I enjoy her voices for Ash and Charlotte. 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.
Listen to a clip: HERE
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