There’s a Murder Afoot
By Vicki Delany
It’s off to merry old England for Gemma Doyle, co-workers and friends, for a Sherlock Holmes convention. It gives Gemma a chance to visit with her parents, Anne and Henry, who live in London, as well as to pick up some new stock for the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium. However, it’s not all tea, scones and Holmes.
While at the convention, Henry and Gemma encounter Randolph Manning, Anne’s estranged brother and the black sheep of the family. Thirty years previously he’d disappeared after taking an expensive painting that belonged to his parents. To say that the meeting was awkward and fraught with tension would be an understatement. When Henry is later found bending over Randolph’s lifeless body, he is quickly taken into custody. Gemma is determined to clear her father’s name.
Delany provides us with an interesting plot and enough twists and turns to keep the reader anxious to turn the next page. Her characters are believable and realistic and the setting is accurately depicted. I enjoyed the storyline concerning Gemma’s sister, Pippa, and the “hush hush” nature of her job (not unlike Holmes’ brother Mycroft). A perfect cozy for any kind of day!