Elementary, She Read (Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Series #1)

Elementary, She Read (Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Series #1)

by Vicki Delany

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ISBN-13: 9781683312680
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication date: 08/08/2017
Series: Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 120,330
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Vicki Delany is a national bestseller in the U.S and one of Canada's most prolific and varied crime writers. She has written more than twenty-five books, everything from Gothic thrillers to gritty police procedurals, to historical fiction and novellas for adult literacy. She is now loving writing cozy mysteries. A former computer programmer and systems analyst, Vicki lives and writes in bucolic Prince Edward County, Ontario. She is the past president of the Crime Writers of Canada. This is her first Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery.

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Elementary, She Read (Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very complicated scenarios..to the point I was fast forwarding because of so much information. Not sure I liked Gemma ' s personality. Hesitant about buying next in series. Just didn't like several of the characters.
brookeblogs More than 1 year ago
Elementary, She Read by Vicki Delany is the start of a new series which had me hooked from the first page. Even though I'm not a Sherlock Holmes fan, I still enjoyed this book. The characters were quirky and funny. I really liked Gemma and Jayne. The mystery was fast-paced and well-written. I found myself unsure of whodunit until the end, and I love that in a mystery! This is the perfect book to curl up with if you like fun characters, the perfect setting, and a wonderfully woven cozy mystery. I am anxiously awaiting the next book in this series! I received a copy of this book for free and I am voluntarily sharing my review. My opinion is not influenced in any way.
Michelle_Palmer More than 1 year ago
A fun new cozy mystery series from Vicki Delany. Gemma Doyle moved from England to West London in the Cape Cod Massachusetts area. She runs a Sherlock Holmes themed bookstore and owns half of the tea shop next door which is run by her best friend, Jayne. When a possible priceless Sherlockian artifact is hidden in her store by a woman who is then murdered, Gemma decides to solve the murder. This of course puts her on the wrong side of the West London Police, and the lead detective is a former paramour of hers. Overall the plot was extremely well paced. The characters were well developed and I would like to follow their further adventures. The setting seems very quaint and I would like to spend a Summer in this sweet little town (Not a winter because snow....brrrr)
momelaine More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this first in a new series! I have never really been a fan of Sherlock Holmes but Gemma is fun. Her powers of observation are mostly quite believable (to me, anyway). She seems a little less serious than Sherlock. She has a good friend in Jayne. And Ryan. Hopefully coming up in the series we will actually meet Uncle Arthur. Louise Estrada was such a dark character. I hope she lightens up in the series. I guess we will have to wait and see what her issues are. Moriarty has some explaining to do as to why he is so nasty to Gemma also. So there are definitely things to look forward to in this series, other than Gemma and her powers of deduction. Thanks for the new series!
BookLovinMama75 More than 1 year ago
Once I started reading Elementary, She Read, I couldn’t put it down. The book was fast paced and kept my interest. It was an easy read, although I hadn’t originally intended to give up my entire Saturday to read it! The book is set in Cape Cod where Gemma, who is originally from London, co-owns a Sherlock Holmes bookstore with her Uncle Arthur. They also co-own Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room with her best friend Jayne. After a large tour group of women visit the Tea Room and then the book store, Gemma notices something out of place. This pulls both Gemma and Jayne into a murder investigation, with Gemma being the prime suspect. In true Sherlock Holmes fashion, Gemma uncovers clues and is suspicious of everyone she encounters. This then leads them to a second murder scene which raises even more questions. From time to time I did find Gemma to be a bit overwhelming, but attributed it to character building for the series. Overall she is a likeable character and has many traits similar to the name sake of her store: keen observation, intelligence and deduction skills. Jayne’s character is built to compliment Gemma and this was handled very well. As the book concluded, I didn’t know “who did it” until it was revealed towards the end. To me this is defines a good mystery.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
This is the first in a new series and I enjoyed getting to know Gemma Doyle and her friend Jayne. Gemma manages the Sherlock Emporium in Cape Cod. It is a Sherlock Holmes themed book and souvenir shop. The store is owned by Gemma's great-uncle Arthur Doyle, who believes he is a distant relative of the author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Gemma moved to the United States from England after ending her marriage and to help her uncle. Her best friend, Jayne, runs a tea room right next door. Gemma is known for her keen sense of observation and deduction and this is what pulls her into the mystery. When Gemma finds a valuable magazine hidden in her shop she uses her talents to figure out who left it there. When they try to talk to the woman, they find her dead in her hotel room. Of course Gemma becomes the prime suspect, as she has the magazine and found the body. Things are further complicated when her ex-boyfriend shows up as the lead investigator of the case. The story had a lot of Sherlock Holmes trivia, but this did not overpower the mystery. It was nice getting to know some of the characters in the town and I hope we see more of them in future books. The police were not as free with information as I have seen in other cozies, which was a nice change. Gemma and Jayne play off each other well. It looks like Gemma and Ryan may be rekindling their romance in future books, but only time will tell. I had no idea who the perpetrator was in this story until it was revealed at the end, but it was a fitting ending. I think this is a nice beginning to a new cozy mystery series and I am looking forward to the next book in the series. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love Books, Bookstores, Mysteries, and Sherlock Homes, this mystery will have all that and more.. this new series by mystery author, Vicki Delany features Gemma Doyle, a brit who moved to America to open a bookshop that celebrates The Great Detective himself, Sherlock Holmes. She lives on Cape Cod, In West London, Mass. The address is "221 Baker Street", her friend and business prater, Jayne Wilson, runs "Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room". Gemma's uncle , Arthur Doyle (no relation), allows her to start the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium. Gemma also has a penchant for solving crimes, she has a similar mindset and skills to the fictional detective. One day a costumer leaves an important find, a rare copy of an old magazine holding the original first Sherlock Holmes story, A Study in Scarlet. She tries desperately to reunite this story and follows the woman to a hotel where she finds her dead body in the hotel room. Gemma puts her sleuthing skills to the test. I enjoy that the main sleuth has Holmes Mannerism and solves the case similar to how Holmes would in one of his stories, the other characters are interesting and entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love Books, Bookstores, Mysteries, and Sherlock Homes, this mystery will have all that and more.. this new series by mystery author, Vicki Delany features Gemma Doyle, a brit who moved to America to open a bookshop that celebrates The Great Detective himself, Sherlock Holmes. She lives on Cape Cod, In West London, Mass. The address is "221 Baker Street", her friend and business prater, Jayne Wilson, runs "Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room". Gemma's uncle , Arthur Doyle (no relation), allows her to start the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium. Gemma also has a penchant for solving crimes, she has a similar mindset and skills to the fictional detective. One day a costumer leaves an important find, a rare copy of an old magazine holding the original first Sherlock Holmes story, A Study in Scarlet. She tries desperately to reunite this story and follows the woman to a hotel where she finds her dead body in the hotel room. Gemma puts her sleuthing skills to the test. I enjoy that the main sleuth has Holmes Mannerism and solves the case similar to how Holmes would in one of his stories, the other characters are interesting and entertaining.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Elementary, She Read - Sherkock Holmes Bookshop Mystery Book 1 Author: Vicki Delany Publisher: Crooked Lane Books Published: 3-13-2017 Pages: 320 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub-Genre: Amateur Sleuths; Cozy Mystery; Women Sleuths ISBN: 9781683310969 ASIN: B01MT6H7O1 Reviewed For NetGalley and Crooed Lane Books Reviewer: DelAnne Rating: 4.25 Starts Gemma Doyle, a transplanted Englishwoman, has returned to the quaint town of West London on Cape Cod to manage her Great Uncle Arthur's Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium. The shop--located at 222 Baker Street--specializes in the Holmes canon and pastiche, and is also the home of Moriarty the cat. When Gemma finds a rare and potentially valuable magazine containing the first Sherlock Homes story hidden in the bookshop, she and her friend Jayne (who runs the adjoining Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room) set off to find the owner, only to stumble upon a dead body. The highly perceptive Gemma is the police’s first suspect, so she puts her consummate powers of deduction to work to clear her name, investigating a handsome rare books expert, the dead woman's suspiciously unmoved son, and a whole family of greedy characters desperate to cash in on their inheritance. But when Gemma and Jayne accidentally place themselves at a second murder scene, it's a race to uncover the truth before the detectives lock them up for good. Reminiscent of a cross between Bones and the character Isles, the main character seems to suffer from Asperberger Syndrome, very observant and detail oriented, but emotionally detached. Get pass Gemma's lack of social skills and you come to understand and like her s lot more. As the start of a new series it is not bad. With time and a chance for the characters to evolve a bit more and it will be one of Vicki Delany's best. My rating of "Elementary, She Read " is 4.25 out of 5 stars.
KristinSchadler More than 1 year ago
Love this book! The main character's powers of observation and inference are sometimes unsettling, but I love that she's smart and sassy and has a backbone. The storyline was great, I didn't see the culprit until the end. Great book!
ValerieL More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and am thrilled that I had the opportunity to read it and host a spot for this blog tour! I've enjoyed everything I've read by Vicki Delany (including the Lighthouse Library series she wrote under the pen name, Eva Gates), so I was excited when I heard there was a new series coming out. This book did not disappoint in the least! I've already fallen in love with the town of West London and its inhabitants. Gemma, Jayne, Ryan, Louise, and the rest are all well-developed, complex characters and while we don't know everything about them, they come across as realistic and still leave a little mystery to be discovered in other books in this series. I love the way Gemma's mind works. I'm not quite as good at my powers of observation as Gemma is, but a lot of her logic I totally understood. It's always great when I can identify with a heroine in the story. The plot line moved along at a decent pace. It wasn't slow, but yet not so fast that you didn't understand what was going on. I had absolutely NO idea who the villain was until it was revealed. I can see now in hindsight how someone with astute powers of observation of details could put the clues together, but I didn't do that, so it was a complete surprise to me. Some of the interpersonal relationships in the story were strained and it'll be interesting to see how those relationships develop and play out throughout the series. I don't want to give away any details of the story though, so if you want to know more, read the book! The setting sounds absolutely beautiful and I could easily imagine myself there in West London. I love when I can imagine the scene and yet the author hasn't provided too many details. If there's too many details, I feel over saturated and it becomes harder to imagine the setting. Ms. Delany is a master at balancing that mixture of detail and imagination. A wonderful start to a new series and if you like cozy mysteries or even mysteries in general, I highly recommend it! ** Many thanks to Netgalley for providing me with an ARC of this title. I was not compensated for this review. All opinions and conclusions expressed are my own. **
BeagleGirl123 More than 1 year ago
Elementary, She Read by cozy mystery author Vicki Delany is the first book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery Series. Gemma Doyle (rumored to be a distant relative of Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle!!!) is the proprietress of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium, located at 222 Baker Street in the seaside town of West London, New England. She's a transplanted Brit, who has followed her Great-Uncle Arthur Doyle to the US, and agreed to help him run his shop. She has to deal with a stolen priceless magazine and jewels, 2 murders, a detective ex-boyfriend, another detective who clearly doesn't like her, a break-in at her home, and an unfriendly employee. Gemma accomplishes all of this while running her Bookshop and Emporium, as well as helping her best friend, Jayne, run Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room next door. Elementary, She Read is the epitome of what a cozy mystery should be - a well-written, fast-paced story in a lovely setting, with a very smart protagonist and an ending which leaves room for (hopefully) the next installment in the series. I went back and forth with Gemma as she investigated and made her deductions, and was very surprised by the culprit, as I had not been able to figure it out before Gemma did! I highly recommend this book, and as this is the first book by author Vicki Delany that I've ever read, will now be looking into her other mysteries as well. A+
bwilhoite More than 1 year ago
I really liked this new series by Vicki Delany. Think it's my favorite so far. I loved the main character. She was different than I ever read before.
Editing_Pen More than 1 year ago
This fun cozy will plunk you right down in the middle of a community setting with detailed descriptions and a familiar anticipation of a crime about to happen. While it does take a while for the crime and central mystery to occur, the play between Gemma and Jayne is fun, and the characters’ voices are easily distinguishable. Gemma goes full Sherlock and observes a crime scene in great detail and keen observation. Soon her troubles escalate, and because the dialog is so fun, I’m following along, helping her go over the scene for missing clues and enjoying her personality along the way. This is a delight for Sherlock fans and mystery lovers. The store seems so real and the setting so well presented I wish I could stop in to visit. I’m looking forward to the next in this series and more of Gemma, Jayne, and the local detectives.
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
Gemma Doyle returned to West London in New England to help her Uncle Arthur run his bookstore, a place that plays huge homage to Sherlock Holmes. Her uncle prefers buying trips to the actual running of a business, so her presence really helps him out. The tourist town is a stop for buses and weekenders alike, and there are many who enjoy not just the books, but Holmes knick knacks that Gemma carries. In fact, I can only imagine how many people will check out Laurie R. King (a longtime resident of my own TBR list) after repeated mentions in the story. A hidden, bound periodical sets Gemma and her friend Jayne (owner of the next door Mrs. Hudson's teashop), into quick a bit of murder, mystery and suspense. Gemma's biggest character flaw may be in knowing how observant she is. I have not read all of the Holmes canon, so don't know if this follows any one particular book, but suffice to say, Gemma must be the one most like the famous detective, even though it is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle that her uncle purports to be distant cousins with. All in all, a good start to a new series.
Jani8 More than 1 year ago
Vicki Delaney is a versatile author, having a number of series of books. This is the start of a new series and if this is of any indication, it will be a successful one. It is set in Cape Cod in a books store that specializes in Sherlock Holmes books and memorabilia. The protagonist, Gemma Doyle, owns it with her Uncle. She is British and seems to be somewhat like Sherlock – she makes assumptions about various things just by looking at them, and she is usually right. She is a very complex person. This being a whodunit, it obviously has to have a murder victim or two. It has an intricately constructed plot with engaging characters. I look forward to reading the next one!
CozyUpWithKathy More than 1 year ago
a finely crafted mystery imbued with the spirit of Sherlock Holmes ELEMENTARY, SHE READ by Vicki Delaney The First Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery Gemma Doyle manages the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium for her great Uncle Arthur and is part owner of the adjoining Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room, run by her friend Jayne. After a bus tour leaves the shop Gemma discovers a magazine among the disarray the crowd left. The magazine is not part of her stock however, and it looks to be an exceedingly rare edition possibly worth a fortune! Gemma uses her keen perception and deductive reasoning to find the woman who left the magazine. With Jayne along, Gemma does find the woman-murdered in a hotel room. Finding herself a prime suspect, Gemma looks to solve the mystery herself, but will her inquiries solve the murder or make her another victim? Vicki Delaney took a calculated risk with Gemma Doyle. In cozies the protagonist is generally someone readers can relate to, someone we like, someone with whom we'd want to be friends. Yet in Gemma, Delaney created a character quite similar to Sherlock Holmes himself. Someone so observant, so honest, and above most social niceties as to be distant, aloof, and not very likable. While these qualities make for a great detective they don't exactly promote friendship. If readers don't care for the protagonist, will they not care what happens to her? Is there no vested interest? I believe the author's risk paid off, however. While I may not care for Gemma my analytical mind became engrossed in the mystery and the methods Gemma employed to solve it. As the story progressed I also found myself warming up to her a bit and by the end I did care what happened to her. ELEMENTARY, SHE READ is a finely crafted mystery imbued with the spirit of Sherlock Holmes. You don't have to be a Sherlock fan to enjoy this series, but if you are you'll appreciate it even more! FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
The various iterations that have (and continue) be created around the Sherlock Holmes canon are amazing. A high percentage are, in my opinion, quite well done. This is a clever twist on the idea. The main character has sharp powers of observation and rational thinking. she seems to notice things that a "invisible" to others. The in and outs of the mystery are cleverly done.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Elementary, She Read was one book I was really looking forward to reading. It sounded like it would be right up my alley. Unfortunately, the author made a very unlikeable main character. Gemma Doyle believes she has superior observation skills and likes to flaunt it. In contradiction, Gemma will promise to do something and then forgets. She can keep the store inventory in her head, but forgets to make a simple phone call (for instance). She treats her employee shabbily. I found the writing to be very detail oriented. The readers are provided detail descriptions on people, rooms, and the many items that are sold in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium. I give Elementary, She Read 3 out of 5 stars. The detectives (actually the whole police department) are maligned. Detective Louisa Estrada comes across as a villain. Ryan tells Gemma (more than once) to stay out of the investigation. He then shares information with her. I know this is fiction, but I doubt this would happen in reality (especially if the person in question is a suspect). I found information to be repeated especially the price of the rare magazine. I would love to tell you that the mystery was perplexing, but it was not. The culprit was easily identified. Since the murder occurred early in the book, the story seemed long. I wish there had been a little more of a lead in to the crime. I enjoyed the description of Beeton’s Christmas Annual. This captured my interest and led me to a search for more details on it. Elementary, She Read had potential with the premise, but the character of Gemma just ruined it for me. I wish the author had made Jayne the narrator for the story (or not made Gemma so obnoxious).
Miccox99 More than 1 year ago
Gemma Doyle is a reincarnated version of Sherlock Holmes. She is hyper observant, honest to the point of rudeness and can't not solve a mystery presented in front of her. Ironically her uncle and she own a Sherlock Holmes bookstore and memorabilia shop as well as co-own the adjacent tea shop with her best friend, Jayne. Jayne is very Watson like in that she is a reluctant co-investigator, can't lie to save her life and is extremely sociable. The author did a nice job of weaving the mystery while laying out the history of the relationships between the characters and building their unique personalities. The mystery is quite well developed with a slight twist, I saw it coming, but didn't see exactly how the actual killer connected. It was interesting the way the author laid it out and connected everything together. This is the first book with these characters so I'm looking forward to how the characters and storylines develop in the future!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed