A Curious Incident by Vicki Delany

 


Release Date: 01.12.2021


Synopsis:

"I am not a Consulting Detective," Gemma Doyle reluctantly tells 10-year-old Lauren Tierney, when the little girl comes to the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium to beg Gemma to find her missing cat, Snowball. Gemma might not be able to follow the clues to find the cat, but her dog Violet follows her nose to locate the missing kitten in a neighbor's garden shed. Gemma and Violet proudly return Snowball to her grateful owner, and Gemma basks in praise for a job well done. But a few days later Lauren is back with ten dollars in hand, wanting to once again hire a consulting detective, and this time for a far bigger job: Her mother has been accused of murdering her garden club rival.

Sheila Tierney's garden, which everyone said was the one to beat for the West London Garden Club trophy, had been vandalized the night before the club's early summer tour. Sheila confronted her former friend and gardening partner Anna Wentworth in a towering rage, and the women nearly came to blows. Later that night, after having won the trophy for best garden, Anna is found murdered and Sheila Tierney is the police's prime suspect.

Despite herself, and despite the disapproval of her police detective boyfriend Ryan Ashburton, the game is once again afoot, and Gemma finds herself and Jayne Wilson using their powers of deduction to ponder yet another curious incident.


Review:


Gemma Doyle owns a Sherlock Holmes themed bookshop, she often stumbles across the crimes of the town of West London on Cape Cod causing discontent among the police force.


In this sixth installment of A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series Gemma decides to help a young girl, Lauren, to clear her mother of murder charges.

The dead body of Anna, a great and well known gardener is found in the darkest part of the park. Without any witness and any evidences the detectives look in the victim’s life and they find out that Anna has fought with a fellow gardener the morning of the murder so all suspicion falls on Sheila. Has Sheila really murdered her ex best friend? Will Gemma succeed to solve this intricate case?


A Curious Incident was an enjoyable novel with a good mystery.

I liked the setting and the plot and the characters. Gemma is a nice, witty character that made me smile throughout the book and the side characters also add depth to the story.

The only thing I couldn't make up an opinion over is Gemma's love relationship with the detective Ryan Ashburton but I'm curious enough to know more about them to keep reading this series, cheering for their happily ever after.


Don't worry if you haven't read the previous books in the series you can easily follow the story because a new mystery is solved at the end of every book.

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