Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Brash Blonde

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Brash Blonde

by Gemma Halliday, Kelly Rey

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From New York Times, USA Today and #1 bestselling ebook author Gemma Halliday comes a new take on the legend of Sherlock Holmes...

Martha "Marty" Hudson has it all...almost. While her best friend, Irene Adler, is a dot-com millionaire many times over, Marty's days are filled with working as a barista at a Stanford University coffee bar, crashing various courses and lectures, and dodging the rent collector at her crummy apartment. But when Marty suddenly finds out that a long-lost aunt has left her a Victorian home at 221 Baker Street in the heart of San Francisco, she's hopeful her luck is about to turn around! Okay, so the Victorian is run down and probably in need of more repairs than Marty could ever afford, but at least it's a link to family. However when Marty starts sifting through the contents of the dilapidated home, she realizes her aunt's death may not have been natural...and might have been a case of murder! Taking her suspicions to the grumpy Detective Lastrade and the uber-hot medical examiner, Dr. John Watson, only gets her a pair of doors slammed in her face. But Marty and Irene don't give up that easily. Instead, they invent fictitious private investigator, Sherlock Holmes, to open those doors for them! Between Marty's eclectic class-crashing knowledge and Irene's tech know-how, "Sherlock Holmes" investigates an over-the-hill yoga teacher, mob shops in Chinatown, pot dispensaries in the East Bay, and a slew of suspicious characters. But when the killer returns—this time with Marty in sight!—even the great Holmes may not be able to save least not without a little help from the girls.

*Winner of the 2017 RONE Award for Best Mystery*!

The Marty Hudson Mysteries:
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Brash Blonde – book #1
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Disappearing Diva – book #2

"One of the most anticipated of the fall releases happens to be one of THE BEST of the fall releases! Halliday and Rey have joined forces to create a SUPERLATIVE new cozy mystery series that will leave readers clamoring for more."
—Diane Morasco, Blogcritic Reviews

What critics are saying about Gemma Halliday's books:

"A saucy combination of romance and suspense that is simply irresistible."
—Chicago Tribune

"Stylish...nonstop action...guaranteed to keep chick lit and mystery fans happy!"
—Publishers' Weekly, starred review

"Smart, funny and snappy...the perfect beach read!"
—Fresh Fiction

"A roller coaster ride full of fun and excitement!"
—Romance Reviews Today

Product Details

BN ID: 2940153089980
Publisher: Gemma Halliday
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Series: Marty Hudson Mysteries , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 69,188
File size: 714 KB

About the Author

Gemma Halliday is the New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of the High Heels Mysteries, the Hollywood Headlines Mysteries, the Jamie Bond Mysteries, the Tahoe Tessie Mysteries, the Marty Hudson Mysteries, and several other works. Gemma's books have received numerous awards, including a Golden Heart, two National Reader's Choice awards, a RONE award, and three RITA nominations. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her boyfriend, Jackson Stein, who writes vampire thrillers, and their four children, who are adorably distracting on a daily basis.

From her first discovery of Nancy Drew, Kelly has had a lifelong love for mystery and tales of things that go bump in the night, especially those with a twist of humor. Through many years of working in the court reporting and closed captioning fields, writing has remained a constant. If she's not in front of a keyboard, she can be found reading, working out or avoiding housework. She's a member of Sisters in Crime and lives in the Northeast with her husband and a menagerie of very spoiled pets.

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Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Brash Blonde 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so entertaining that I honestly couldn't put it down!! I was sad when it ended, but can't wait for the next installment!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun and easy read. Looking forward to the next.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really tried to like this book, but just couldn't get into the story. Didn't like the characters, even with the "names" from the original books.
Sodapop74 More than 1 year ago
Loved this book!!! Marty has a lot of strange people in her apartment building, but you learn enough about them that you really like them. She inherits a house from her Aunt Kate and discovers she was murdered. She and her bff Irene are on the case to discover who it is. This book was not easy to put down when I needed know when I needed to work and stuff. I can't wait to read the next one in this series!
ReadingInMyFreeTime More than 1 year ago
this is a funny cozy mysteries with quite a few references to sherlock holmes. it includes a hot dr watson and a very interesting backstory on the victim!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No. Just...just no. Negative infinity times the twelfth dimension stars.
LGHudson More than 1 year ago
GREAT START TO A NEW SERIES! This is definitely not the Sherlock Holmes that comes to mind just at the mention of the famous name. In fact, this Sherlock Holmes is a HER & not a HIM. Also, while this Sherlock definitely does not work for Scotland Yard, she is pretty clever at analyzing clues and has a working knowledge of many uncommon things due to her unusual background. This Sherlock is really Martha (Marty) Hudson, her best friend is Irene Adler, the ME is Dr. Watson and their are many, many supporting characters. One main character is Marty's deceased Aunt Kate who brings everyone together. At first glance, Kate appears to have been a lonely, grouchy, complaining woman who as an extreme hoarder. As the story develops, it is revealed she has quite a past and there could have been a huge scandal back in the day. This is a nice mystery as there are many plausible suspects who wanted to see Kate dead and who had access to certain items that were eventually found as part of evidence.
Tangen More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for Cumberbatch, forget it. If you expect every detail not related to the case to be covered, skip that. If you're looking for a sappy romance, not happening. If you want a good, suspenseful mystery to solve with lots of clues and plot twists, you'll love this book as much as I did! Sherlock is invisible here in San Francisco. Dr. John Watson is the ME, Detective Lestrade is a grump, Irene Adler is a manic genius, and Ms Hudson has the memory of a high speed computer but no money. The investigation is excellently done. The puns and the verbal and situational humor are real coffee snorters! Can't wait for more in this new series!
Cece56 More than 1 year ago
First, I want to say I love this new series. The characters in it are fun, quirky and interesting. I think it is a hit! Martha Hudson could not afford to go to college. She worked at the coffee shop on campus and she would sneak into lectures occasionally. She was listing to a lecture on forensic pathology when she got a text that she was late for work again. While she was working, her best friend, Irene Alder, came in. Irene talked for awhile and left. Marty headed to her apartment which was in a depressing building with an interesting cast of senior citizens. 2B scared her while she was unlocking her door. When she turned around, Ed was leering at her and wanted to take her out for a Big Mac. She declined and escaped to her apartment. Right after she walked in the phone rang and it was a lawyer telling her she had inherited a house from her Great Aunt Kate. She didn't even know she had an Aunt Kate. Her Father's side of the family was as much a mystery as he was. She could not wait to see the house and find out more about her aunt. Gemma Halliday and Kelly Rey have created a funny, interesting and fast moving mystery. I loved all the people and the incorporation of Sherlock Holmes in the book. It was an interesting and fun book to read! I am really looking forward to the next Marty Hudson book!
singneon More than 1 year ago
Sherlock Holmes at his finest? Maybe, maybe not but it truly is at his funniest. I had a ball laughing (out loud, for real) at Marty & Irene as they investigate the “natural causes” death of Marty’s aunt Katie. Irene is rich & the brains or rather computer savvy part of the team and Marty is not so rich & the brains of the forensic part of the team. Together they come up with hilarious ideas to discover the truth, the yoga class scene being one of my favorites…I still chuckle just thinking about that one. In spite of the humor, this is serious PI business and the girls are determined and willing to by any means necessary solve this closed case.