Review of “A Study in Scarlet Women” (Lady Sherlock #1) by Sherry Thomas

Thomas, Sherry. A Study in Scarlet Women. New York: Berkley, 2016. ISBN-13: 978-0-425-28140-6. Print List Price: $15.00.

4 stars

Rebooting certain form of media to be more female-centric has become something of a trend recently, what with the recent Ghostbusters, announcements of other female reboots of popular film franchises, and the speculation over the possibility of a female Doctor, although these decisions have been met with mixed responses. But I don’t know if it’s due to my lack of familiarity with the original Sherlock Holmes books, or just my love for a detective story with a female in the leading role, but I enjoyed this book, and think it did a worthy job in recasting the original. It even goes somewhat meta at the end by having Charlotte and her sister Livia talk about writing down the story of the case.

The mystery aspect is well-plotted, and while I found myself being a bit confused at the beginning, as I got into the flow of the story, I started to understand more and more. One aspect I enjoyed about this was that I actually felt sympathy for the culprits, once their reasoning for their elaborate plot came out, something that I did not expect to feel going in.

One thing that did feel a bit off was the romantic aspect. It’s not at the forefront of the story, but we see throughout that there is something between Charlotte and Lord Ingram, which I thought was weird, because he’s married, albeit unhappily, and judging by the blurb for the next book, his wife’s heart is elsewhere as well.

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