A Scandal in Scarlet

A Scandal in Scarlet

Sherlockians will delight at the latest charming installment of national bestselling author Vicki Delany’s fourth Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery. Gemma and Jayne donate their time to raise money for the rebuilding of a burned out museum—but a killer wants a piece of the auction.Walking her dog Violet late one night, Gemma Doyle, owner of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop, act...

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A Scandal in Scarlet Reviews

  • Lisa Morin

    Gemma and Jayne are at it again in A Scandal In Scarlet.

    Set in the quaint little town of West London, located on Cape Cod, this has become one of my favorite series.

    As the storyline opens, the dynamic duo are hosting a tea and auction for the museum, to help with repair costs after a fire.

    When someone is found dead, strangled to death, it sets off Gemma to do a little investigative snooping.

    This series is very realistic and the characters are so believable, I feel like I know them all.

    I'm not ex

    Gemma and Jayne are at it again in A Scandal In Scarlet.

    Set in the quaint little town of West London, located on Cape Cod, this has become one of my favorite series.

    As the storyline opens, the dynamic duo are hosting a tea and auction for the museum, to help with repair costs after a fire.

    When someone is found dead, strangled to death, it sets off Gemma to do a little investigative snooping.

    This series is very realistic and the characters are so believable, I feel like I know them all.

    I'm not excited to see what's in store next for this colorful crew of characters.

    I volunteered to read an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.

  • Karen

    I finished A Scandal in Scarlet by Vicki Delany last night. I really enjoy this series. I found that in this one I was not able to guess the killer and that for me is the best. I love the way that Gemma, the main character, is written. A book store attached to a tea room is very appealing to me and I loved this particular story. It was happy/sad and cozy all at the same time. If you are a fan of Sherlock themed mysteries, that read and feel like a modern day Sherlock and Holmes story come read t

    I finished A Scandal in Scarlet by Vicki Delany last night. I really enjoy this series. I found that in this one I was not able to guess the killer and that for me is the best. I love the way that Gemma, the main character, is written. A book store attached to a tea room is very appealing to me and I loved this particular story. It was happy/sad and cozy all at the same time. If you are a fan of Sherlock themed mysteries, that read and feel like a modern day Sherlock and Holmes story come read this! I love the cover as well.

  • Kimberly

    Holmes and Watson, I mean Gemma and Jayne, are at it again. The fourth installment of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series by Vicki Delany is a fun, intriguing mystery. The title gives homage to A Study in Scarlet, written by Conan Doyle which is the very first appearance of Holmes and Watson. Gemma and Jayne (unwillingly) are once again entangled in the latest murder on Baker Street. As the list of suspects grows, Gemma finds herself unraveling the many threads to solve the case much to the dism

    Holmes and Watson, I mean Gemma and Jayne, are at it again. The fourth installment of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series by Vicki Delany is a fun, intriguing mystery. The title gives homage to A Study in Scarlet, written by Conan Doyle which is the very first appearance of Holmes and Watson. Gemma and Jayne (unwillingly) are once again entangled in the latest murder on Baker Street. As the list of suspects grows, Gemma finds herself unraveling the many threads to solve the case much to the dismay of her love interest and local detective. Each book in this series continues to get better. The fictional town based in Cape Cod continues to expand with new people and landmarks. The murder is not easily solved, Delany drops clues throughout the chapters but leaves the reader guessing until the big reveal. I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  • Peggy R

    This is the fourth book in what I find to be a very entertaining series. I was originally draw to it because I am a fan of the author. What keeps me coming back is her storing telling and the terrific characters she creates. Gemma Doyle is intelligent, independent and a bit quirky (which is one of the things I like most about her). She is a straight shooter that doesn't pick up on social cues all that well. Her friendship with Jayne has helped smooth out some of the edges as has her renewed rela

    This is the fourth book in what I find to be a very entertaining series. I was originally draw to it because I am a fan of the author. What keeps me coming back is her storing telling and the terrific characters she creates. Gemma Doyle is intelligent, independent and a bit quirky (which is one of the things I like most about her). She is a straight shooter that doesn't pick up on social cues all that well. Her friendship with Jayne has helped smooth out some of the edges as has her renewed relationship with Ryan. I like how the author has shown growth in Gemma while maintaining the quirkiness that I enjoy. I thought the mystery was well plotted with enough diversions to keep me guessing. I did not guess the identity of the killer, which is not unusual, but because of the way the mystery was crafted this person would not have been on my radar.

    I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy of this book (which is scheduled for release on November 13, 2018) provided to me by the publisher through Netgalley.

  • Juli

    While walking her dog late one night, Gemma Doyle sees the local museum is on fire and calls the fire department. Her quick action saves the building, but much of the antique furniture and items inside The Scarlet House could not be saved. The town of West London and its businesses decide to work together and hold an auction to help repair and re-open the museum. The Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium donates a basket of Holmes-related items, and Gemma's uncle donates a signed first edition c

    While walking her dog late one night, Gemma Doyle sees the local museum is on fire and calls the fire department. Her quick action saves the building, but much of the antique furniture and items inside The Scarlet House could not be saved. The town of West London and its businesses decide to work together and hold an auction to help repair and re-open the museum. The Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium donates a basket of Holmes-related items, and Gemma's uncle donates a signed first edition copy of The Valley of Fear. The fundraiser never gets started though because the chairwoman of the museum board is found dead in a back room filled with donations for the auction. A local businesswoman is the top suspect. She's rude, difficult and annoying....but Gemma knows she isn't a murderer. Can she solve the case?

    I love this series...not just because of the Sherlock Holmes theme, but also because the author mentions many Sherlock related books in each story. I end up with quite a few new titles on my TBR each time a new book comes out in this series! I love the idea of a Sherlock Holmes book and gift shop with a tea room right next door! And located on Baker Street, too. :) As a devout Sherlock Holmes fan, it makes me smile. Gemma is a great main character...she is intelligent, loyal and feisty when required. Her friend Jayne and all the rest of the secondary characters round out the theme and the plots quite well. Quirky, sweet and awesome.

    A Scandal in Scarlet is the 4th book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series. I enjoy this series and will definitely continue reading! The mystery was nicely paced this time with plenty of suspects and twists to keep me interested. All in all, an entertaining cozy mystery!

    **I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from Crooked Lane via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**

  • Lorraine

    “No more detecting for me.

    Not until the next time, anyway.”

    I read the first line above and thought ‘Oh sure, Gemma.’ Then I read the second line above and thought ‘That is my girl.’ Vicki Delany’s A Scandal in Scarlet (A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery #4) is a delight. I so enjoy the characters of Gemma, Jayne, and Lead Detective Ryan Ashburton. I am even starting to like Det. Estrada! The setting of West London on Cape Cod is so lovely that I believe I shall visit that area soon when it is w

    “No more detecting for me.

    Not until the next time, anyway.”

    I read the first line above and thought ‘Oh sure, Gemma.’ Then I read the second line above and thought ‘That is my girl.’ Vicki Delany’s A Scandal in Scarlet (A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery #4) is a delight. I so enjoy the characters of Gemma, Jayne, and Lead Detective Ryan Ashburton. I am even starting to like Det. Estrada! The setting of West London on Cape Cod is so lovely that I believe I shall visit that area soon when it is warm as early as next summer, but I must confess that I am a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes. I have even been to The Sherlock Holmes Museum in London, England.

    Gemma keeps all kinds of Sherlock Holmes memorabilia and books in her bookshop as well as pastiche novels as those by Laurie R. King, DVDs of Basil Rathbone playing his Sherlock Holmes’ role, and BBC’s 21st c. Sherlock, Benedict Cumberbatch, calendars. I love it! Gemma with her power of observation assists the WLPD with the murder mysteries. Gemma and her Mrs. Hudson (of the tearoom), Jayne, help this time as well. Ms. Delaney does a grand job, and with #4 she does it again! Highly recommended for fun and escapism! 4.25 stars.

  • Amy

    This is the fourth installment in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series. Gemma Doyle is the British owner of the store on the New England coast . Her friend Jayne owns the tea shop next door and has agreed to host a fundraising auction for the recently burnt down living history museum in town. Unfortunately, the board's newly installed chairwoman is killed right before the auction begins. Gemma decides to "ask some questions", which for her means spending the rest of the book trying to solve the m

    This is the fourth installment in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series. Gemma Doyle is the British owner of the store on the New England coast . Her friend Jayne owns the tea shop next door and has agreed to host a fundraising auction for the recently burnt down living history museum in town. Unfortunately, the board's newly installed chairwoman is killed right before the auction begins. Gemma decides to "ask some questions", which for her means spending the rest of the book trying to solve the mystery. Her police officer boyfriend Ryan has his hands full with the killer and Gemma.

    I enjoyed the book very much. Gemma's character has mellowed since the first two books but she still has some of that "old Gemma" in-your-face attitude. There was a lot of action in the book, which I liked. I am interested to know where her relationship with Ryan goes from here. While the book can be read as a standalone, it would be helpful to read the prior three in this series.

    Thanks to NetGalley for a digital advance review copy of this book. My review is voluntary.

  • Micky Cox

    This is absolutely the best book in the series so far! The characters are really showing some depth and growth that has been really needed. I love that Jayne is finally getting the respect that she deserves as Emma's sidekick. A great mystery with multiple potential suspects to add a few twists and turns along the way to keep you intrigued and entertained! I am totally looking forward to the next book in the series! I look forward to seeing how all the characters progress in the future books!

  • Lesa

    It's always a treat to catch up with Gemma Doyle, owner of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium. Vicki Delany has given us a delightful, idiosyncratic character whose brain resembles Holmes'. She lacks empathy and social skills, though, and just doesn't understand why people don't appreciate her matter-of-fact comments. She's doing a little bit better in the fourth in this charming series, A Scandal in Scarlet.

    Gemma is walking her dog late one evening when they discover the Scarlet House, a

    It's always a treat to catch up with Gemma Doyle, owner of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium. Vicki Delany has given us a delightful, idiosyncratic character whose brain resembles Holmes'. She lacks empathy and social skills, though, and just doesn't understand why people don't appreciate her matter-of-fact comments. She's doing a little bit better in the fourth in this charming series, A Scandal in Scarlet.

    Gemma is walking her dog late one evening when they discover the Scarlet House, a local museum, is on fire. Because so much of it is destroyed by the fire, the museum needs to host a fundraiser. Gemma's friend Jayne Wilson, co-owner of Mrs. Hudson's Tearoom, offers to hold an auction there. Before the auction even starts, the chair of the Scarlet House board, Kathy Lamb, has an argument with one of the shop owners, Maureen Macgregor. When Gemma finds Kathy murdered int he backroom, all the witnesses point to Maureen.

    Gemma and Maureen dislike each other, but that doesn't mean Gemma will allow Maureen to be wrongly accused. Kathy had her share of people who didn't like her, including her ex's new wife. But, even Gemma, with her uncanny ability to analyze people, comes up blank. There are too many suspects, although Gemma has her theories. However, a second murder throws Gemma off her game.

    Although it's fun to laugh at Gemma, and entertaining to follow her thought processes, there are times the reader feels sympathy for her. She's knows she bungled her earlier romance with Police Detective Ryan Ashburton, just by being the all-knowing Gemma. But, she sums up a common problem in mysteries featuring amateur detectives. "The path of true love never runs smoothly, but never less than between an ambitious and very good police detective and a well-meaning but highly perceptive member of the law-abiding public."

    Anyone who enjoys quirky amateur sleuths or Sherlock Holmes pastiches should try Delany's A Scandal in Scarlet. It's fun to read the entire series, but there's no reason you can't start with this one.

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