“The Cat of the Baskervilles” by Vicki Delany


By Vicki Delany

This is the third title in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series, and it is a great one!

Gemma Doyle, originally from London, now owns the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium located in London, Massachusetts, as well as part of Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room located next door. Her best friend, Jayne Wilson, is her business partner, and Moriarty is the cat who lives in the bookstore and seems to love everyone but Gemma.

The West London Theatre Festival is about to commence and Jayne’s mother, Leslie, is exuberant that Sir Nigel Bellingham is coming to their small town to reprise his role in The Hound of the Baskervilles. This is a role that the elite actor played in the West End, and even though everyone seems to be thrilled that a big name like Sir Nigel is going to come help the small festival, Gemma believes the man is far too old to play Sherlock now. Not to mention, far too drunk.

Going with the flow, Gemma helps Jayne get ready for the big fundraiser that Leslie Wilson has put together. When the successful event comes to a close, however, Sir Nigel ends up at the bottom of a cliff, pushed to his death. There are clues that point to Leslie Wilson being the killer, but as Gemma and Jayne begin to investigate, they find suspects galore. From a gentleman assistant who is sick to death of his aggravating boss to a girlfriend with her nose out of joint to a handsome understudy who everyone knows would do way better in the leading role of the play than some old coot.

As always with this series, the story is rich with everything from history to scenery to sarcasm, with even the feline stealing a scene or two along the way. It is a fact: every reader out there would love a Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium in their town!

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