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Gemma Doyle and Jayne Wilson are busy managing the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium on Baker Street and adjoining Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room in anticipation of the store's upcoming book signing with the illustrious Renalta Van Markoff, author of the controversial Hudson and Holmes mystery series. But during the author Q&A session, dedicated Sherlockian Donald Morris verba Gemma Doyle and Jayne Wilson are busy managing the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium on Baker Street and adjoining Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room in anticipation of the store's upcoming book signing with the illustrious Renalta Van Markoff, author of the controversial Hudson and Holmes mystery series. But during the author Q&A session, dedicated Sherlockian Donald Morris verbally attacks Renalta and her series for disgracing Sherlock's legacy, only to be publicly humiliated when the author triumphantly lashes back and gains the upper hand. That is until Renalta collapses on the table--dead. Donald insists he didn't do it and pleads to his friends to clear his name. Fortunately, Gemma and Jayne have no shortage of suspects between author's bullied personal assistant, her frustrated publicist, the hapless publisher, a handsome rare book dealer, an obsessively rabid fan, and a world of other Sherlock enthusiasts with strong objections to Renalta's depiction of the Great Detective. It's up to the shrewd sleuthing duo to eliminate the impossible and deduce the truth before the West London police arrest an innocent man in Body on Baker Street, the second Sherlock Homes Bookshop mystery perfect for fans of Miranda James and Kate Carlisle.


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Gemma Doyle and Jayne Wilson are busy managing the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium on Baker Street and adjoining Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room in anticipation of the store's upcoming book signing with the illustrious Renalta Van Markoff, author of the controversial Hudson and Holmes mystery series. But during the author Q&A session, dedicated Sherlockian Donald Morris verba Gemma Doyle and Jayne Wilson are busy managing the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium on Baker Street and adjoining Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room in anticipation of the store's upcoming book signing with the illustrious Renalta Van Markoff, author of the controversial Hudson and Holmes mystery series. But during the author Q&A session, dedicated Sherlockian Donald Morris verbally attacks Renalta and her series for disgracing Sherlock's legacy, only to be publicly humiliated when the author triumphantly lashes back and gains the upper hand. That is until Renalta collapses on the table--dead. Donald insists he didn't do it and pleads to his friends to clear his name. Fortunately, Gemma and Jayne have no shortage of suspects between author's bullied personal assistant, her frustrated publicist, the hapless publisher, a handsome rare book dealer, an obsessively rabid fan, and a world of other Sherlock enthusiasts with strong objections to Renalta's depiction of the Great Detective. It's up to the shrewd sleuthing duo to eliminate the impossible and deduce the truth before the West London police arrest an innocent man in Body on Baker Street, the second Sherlock Homes Bookshop mystery perfect for fans of Miranda James and Kate Carlisle.

30 review for Body on Baker Street

  1. 4 out of 5

    James

    One of my favorite features of the cozy mystery genre is the ability to weave together multiple themes and story-lines that carry over throughout each successive book in the series. In 'A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery' series by Vicki Delany we have just that and so much more. I have read a couple of the author's series and find myself on a kick to catch up on them all in the next few months so that by 2019, I'm ready for the latest releases. I just finished Body on Baker Street and give it 4 One of my favorite features of the cozy mystery genre is the ability to weave together multiple themes and story-lines that carry over throughout each successive book in the series. In 'A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery' series by Vicki Delany we have just that and so much more. I have read a couple of the author's series and find myself on a kick to catch up on them all in the next few months so that by 2019, I'm ready for the latest releases. I just finished Body on Baker Street and give it 4.5 stars for its clever plot, witty dialog, and memorable characters. Gemma and Jayne run a book shop and tea room with an ode to Sherlock Holmes. Gemma's got an on-again/off-again relationship with a local detective, but it also puts her in conflict with another detective who doesn't like Gemma very much because of her amateur sleuth activities. It makes for good conflict. In this caper, a famed author holds a signing at the store, but all is not as it seems. The author isn't truly the author, and her closely-kept staff have bigger connections than we initially realize. The books compromise some characters in the Sherlock Holmes canon which angers a few readers and fans, but it also ignites some passionate ones who love the changes. Which person took their emotions too far and killed the author with a lovely dose of poison? As characters, Gemma and Jayne are both likable and well-drawn. Jayne is the more reasonable one as Gemma thinks of things like breaking into a policewoman's desk to find clues. That's guts! The cat wandering the store makes for fun antics. The literary tones and references always make me smile. I enjoy the side stories and always look forward to the red herring clues. With at least 5 or 6 possible suspects, each has a true motive and were near the tainted water bottle. It makes for a solid mystery where it's less about alibis and more about who couldn't help themselves but commit murder. Delany's style is always fun and easy to read. It's got chops, too. I enjoy the story's developmental progress as it draws us in. I am reading the next book in the series in a few weeks so I'll be ready for the one she is about to publish - number 4, A Study in Scarlet!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sabine

    Vicki Delany, one of my favourite authors, has once again crafted an intricate tale that kept me hooked until its glamourous finale. The setting of the Sherlock Holmes themed bookstore connected to the English Tearoom next door is absolutly charming and the characters are well drawn. Renalta Van Markoff is my favourite - such a diva! My feelings about Gemma are mixed. On one hand she is reliable and caring in her friendships but on the other hand sometimes quite off-putting when talking to suspec Vicki Delany, one of my favourite authors, has once again crafted an intricate tale that kept me hooked until its glamourous finale. The setting of the Sherlock Holmes themed bookstore connected to the English Tearoom next door is absolutly charming and the characters are well drawn. Renalta Van Markoff is my favourite - such a diva! My feelings about Gemma are mixed. On one hand she is reliable and caring in her friendships but on the other hand sometimes quite off-putting when talking to suspects or the police. A very well written, enjoyable mystery with an abundance of information on Sherlock Holmes related books. I requested this book from NetGalley and am thankful that Crooked Lane Books and the author provided me with a copy.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    I thought this book was even better then the last but not as much as Lighthouse Library Mystery by Eva Gates another pseudonym that the author uses. The reason I preferred this book over the first book in the series is that in book one Gemma the main character is a prime suspect, so everything she does is to clear her name, in this one she works just as hard trying to clear someone she has no great love for. The other nice thing about this series so far is that the focus is firmly on the mystery I thought this book was even better then the last but not as much as Lighthouse Library Mystery by Eva Gates another pseudonym that the author uses. The reason I preferred this book over the first book in the series is that in book one Gemma the main character is a prime suspect, so everything she does is to clear her name, in this one she works just as hard trying to clear someone she has no great love for. The other nice thing about this series so far is that the focus is firmly on the mystery and not so much Gemma's private life.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne

    Along with her uncle, Arthur, Gemma Doyle is co-owner of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium. Their shop is connected to her friend Jayne’s Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room. Gemma is thrilled when she’s asked to host a popular mystery author in her shop for a book signing event. It’s very short notice, but that’s not going to stop Gemma. This is a chance to make her bookstore a success and she’s not going to let it slip by. With help from Jayne, they quickly get both shops ready to accommodate the e Along with her uncle, Arthur, Gemma Doyle is co-owner of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium. Their shop is connected to her friend Jayne’s Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room. Gemma is thrilled when she’s asked to host a popular mystery author in her shop for a book signing event. It’s very short notice, but that’s not going to stop Gemma. This is a chance to make her bookstore a success and she’s not going to let it slip by. With help from Jayne, they quickly get both shops ready to accommodate the event. Bestselling author Renalta Van Markoff has a huge following for her Hudson and Holmes mystery series. It doesn’t take long for word to get out about the book signing. The day of the event, Gemma finds herself with a packed house including all kinds of people - from obsessive fans to handsome book collectors. There’s also a devoted Sherlock fan who publicly attacks Renalta for ruining the Sherlock legacy. Plus, another person making wild accusations against Renalta. All of this leads to Renalta’s untimely death and possible murder. With quite a few suspects in the mix, Gemma fears the police are going in the wrong direction in their investigation. So, she lends a helping hand, whether they want it or not. This is the second book in the “A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery” series. I didn’t read the first one, but I don’t feel as if I missed anything. There is enough information in this book so readers don’t feel lost at all. The characters are strong, well-developed and intriguing. There is even a cute cat named Moriarity. This felt like a classic cozy murder mystery. The perfect setting in a Sherlock Holmes bookstore in a small town. Vicki Delany gets your attention from page one and doesn’t let you go. It’s a quick read and an enjoyable way to spend a few hours. I’ve read other series by this author and she certainly knows how to write clever cozy mystery series. She’s a proven expert at bringing mysteries to life. I'm already looking forward to book three and, yes, I'll be going back to read the first one. FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts Gemma Doyle and Jayne Wilson are back and again find themselves in the middle of another murder investigation. This time an author, Renalta Van Markoff, comes to the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium for a book signing and dies while signing a book. All eyes fall on the man, Donald Morris, that questioned her about her content during the Q & A Session. He is a huge fan of the original Sherlock Holmes and cannot abide by what she has done with the characters. Gemma knows h Dollycas’s Thoughts Gemma Doyle and Jayne Wilson are back and again find themselves in the middle of another murder investigation. This time an author, Renalta Van Markoff, comes to the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium for a book signing and dies while signing a book. All eyes fall on the man, Donald Morris, that questioned her about her content during the Q & A Session. He is a huge fan of the original Sherlock Holmes and cannot abide by what she has done with the characters. Gemma knows he has strong beliefs about Holmes but she knows he wouldn’t kill anyone. She again teams up with her friend Jayne for a little sleuthing of their own. Gemma is a unique character, very independent, strong, and super observant. She notices things everyone else seems to miss and she has no trouble at all speaking her mind, not only giving her opinions but pointing out the facts as she sees them. She can be a little much at first but readers quickly realize how much like Sherlock Holmes she really is. Jayne is the perfect Watson to her Sherlock and together they make a wonderful team. The new cast for this story was very well fleshed out. The larger than life Renalta Van Markoff, her mousey personal assistant, Linda, and her protective publicist all come to life quickly in these pages. The bookshop the author has created for Gemma is fantastic and it is described in great detail making it very easy to imagine in my mind. I love that is has a tea room connected. It is the perfect place to pick up a book and venture next door to read while enjoying a pot of tea. The mystery was very well plotted and written but I had an alternate theory pop into my head almost immediately after the victim died and that theory was never realized in the story which surprised me. Instead, there was a clear set of suspects that emerged and there were several twists and turns before the actual killer was revealed. Once I let my theory go I narrowed down my suspects and figured out whodunit right before Gemma. But I was wrong about the motive 🙂 It was a fun mystery to read and follow along with Gemma. I will say Gemma is like a dog with a bone when she sets her mind on something. She puts herself into dicey situations because of that. I love Gemma and Jayne and am Sherlock Holmes fan so this story/series really shines for me. I don’t think you can go wrong with any book by this author. She is a great storyteller who does her research to bring her readers fabulous stories. This one is no exception.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Didn't love it as much as the first but still a delightful installment to the series. To be perfectly honest, I deeply sympathized with the police in this one and felt Gemma had no business meddling. But there would be no mystery if she didn't, would there?

  7. 4 out of 5

    Christa

    I thought the best part of this one was seeing the interactions and affection between Gemma and her friends, like Jayne and Douglas. Gemma's character is one I really like, and I was glad to see her back in this second book in the series. In this installment, a popular author of a fictional series about Sherlock Holmes wants to do an almost last minute book signing at Gemma's store. The author comes for a pre-visit, and she is one nasty individual. The day of the book signing, a murder occurs, a I thought the best part of this one was seeing the interactions and affection between Gemma and her friends, like Jayne and Douglas. Gemma's character is one I really like, and I was glad to see her back in this second book in the series. In this installment, a popular author of a fictional series about Sherlock Holmes wants to do an almost last minute book signing at Gemma's store. The author comes for a pre-visit, and she is one nasty individual. The day of the book signing, a murder occurs, and Gemma is soon investigating so that one of her friends will not be falsely charged. I really enjoyed seeing the familiar characters from the first book, and enjoyed some of the new ones. There were also a few of those that readers love to hate! I thought this book moved along at a very nice pace, and the storyline held my attention from start to finish. It was a very enjoyable book, and I'll be looking forward to the next one! Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing a copy of the book in return for an honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Another excellent installment in this series. An "over-the-top" author with a somewhat controversial "take" on a more modern Sherlock Holmes decides to come to Gemma's bookshop in West London for an impromptu book signing with her meek publicist and bodyguard. But she doesn't leave alive and as the layers unravel, more suspects appear. I like the series but Gemma is a bit too much of a "know-it-all" for me. I just think her character goes too far and is unlikeable for me.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Wanda

    ***The Summer of Sherlock 2019*** 3.5 stars I realize that I’ve read volumes 1 & 2 of this series too close together for my complete enjoyment. This one feels very, very similar to the first volume and if I’d left more time between the two, that feeling wouldn’t be quite so strong. But that’s on me, not the author, for choosing to read them so close in time. Each book has its own narrative arch, which should be the main draw, but for me, it’s the ongoing details, the relationships that drive my ***The Summer of Sherlock 2019*** 3.5 stars I realize that I’ve read volumes 1 & 2 of this series too close together for my complete enjoyment. This one feels very, very similar to the first volume and if I’d left more time between the two, that feeling wouldn’t be quite so strong. But that’s on me, not the author, for choosing to read them so close in time. Each book has its own narrative arch, which should be the main draw, but for me, it’s the ongoing details, the relationships that drive my desire to read. And the relationships in this one are stuck pretty much in the same spot as they were in Elementary, She Read. Gemma is still trying not to carry a torch for her cop ex-boyfriend and wondering about the rare book dealer that she’s gone on a date or two with. Her BFF Jayne is still seeing a man who Gemma considers to be a useless sort and a nearby bar owner can’t seem to get Jayne’s attention. Cozy mysteries like this one really lack the tension factor that I value in a mystery. The stakes just don’t seem to be high enough to keep me engaged. Delany is no slouch as a writer, but she needs to fish or cut bait soon with regard to moving the relationships along or complicating them or something. I find myself wishing for more of something--more tension, more emotion, more complications. Although the next book is sitting mere shelves away from me in the library, I’m resisting the urge to go sign it out. Despite the desire to see what happens next, I need some time. Absence should make the heart grow fonder, yes?

  10. 4 out of 5

    Juli

    Gemma Doyle runs the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium on Baker Street in West London, MA. Her best friend, Jayne, is next door at Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room. In this second book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series, Gemma and Jayne are excited (and stressed) about the last minute visit of famous author Renalta Van Markoff to the shop. Markoff writes the Hudson and Holmes book series. The books are a bit controversial (and definitely non-canon) because Holmes and Mrs. Hudson are lovers, with M Gemma Doyle runs the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium on Baker Street in West London, MA. Her best friend, Jayne, is next door at Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room. In this second book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series, Gemma and Jayne are excited (and stressed) about the last minute visit of famous author Renalta Van Markoff to the shop. Markoff writes the Hudson and Holmes book series. The books are a bit controversial (and definitely non-canon) because Holmes and Mrs. Hudson are lovers, with Mrs. Hudson being the real genius instead of Sherlock. With only a day or so to prepare a huge signing event, Gemma and Jayne are stressed and worried that something will go wrong. And, of course it does. At the signing a local Sherlock fan who hates Markoff's books makes a huge scene, accusing her of disgracing the beloved classic characters. The author gives as much as she gets, and ends up winning the argument......but, then she promptly drops dead. After his huge public fight with the author, Donald Morris is immediately the number one suspect -- but he swears he didn't do it. Markoff was a difficult person. Gemma and Jayne have no limit on suspects who might have wanted her dead. Can they investigate and deduce the truth before Donald faces murder charges? I am a big Sherlock Holmes fan. So for me, this cozy series by Vicki Delany is just a joy to read. I love the facts and tidbits about Sherlock and Arthur Conan Doyle sprinkled throughout the books. I like Gemma as a main character, and all of the supporting characters are interesting, quirky and delightful. I catch myself wishing the bookshop and tea room were real. I would SO love to have lunch there and browse the shop after! :) The books are a nice mix of mystery and background theme. And there are always enough suspects to keep the reader guessing til the end. Lots of humor, too! I will definitely be reading more of this series! Vicki Delany is the author of several mystery series. For more information on her books, check out her website: http://vickidelany.com/ **I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**

  11. 5 out of 5

    Meg

    This sort of hovers between 3.5* and 4. It was a good mystery and def well written, but some little things bugged me. The break-in she planned was one; it was kind of out there. The overly angry and overbearing Detective Estrada was another. Hard-nosed is one thing; hateful is something totally different. There were a handful more here and there, but I powered through them. I do plan to give #3 a shot, however.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kimmie

    Body on Baker Street by Vicki Delany is an excellent second installment in a thoroughly enjoyable cozy mystery series. It has all the elements of a good cozy: a likeable protagonist, a fun and quirky best friend, pets, a handsome member of law enforcement, a rival love interest, and, of course, a murder to solve. Our main character, Gemma Doyle, runs a Sherlock Holmes-themed bookshop. Like the great detective, Gemma is also incredibly observant and detail-oriented, which makes her quite competen Body on Baker Street by Vicki Delany is an excellent second installment in a thoroughly enjoyable cozy mystery series. It has all the elements of a good cozy: a likeable protagonist, a fun and quirky best friend, pets, a handsome member of law enforcement, a rival love interest, and, of course, a murder to solve. Our main character, Gemma Doyle, runs a Sherlock Holmes-themed bookshop. Like the great detective, Gemma is also incredibly observant and detail-oriented, which makes her quite competent at investigating when a series of events leaves a renowned visiting author dead and one of her friends accused of the crime. The story flows well, with plenty of clues for the reader to unravel alongside Gemma. Some readers dislike Gemma because she is a very direct person, and can come across as superior and rude. However, I'm willing to forgive her social eccentricities to enjoy her incredibly detail-oriented mind. I very much enjoyed the first two books in this series, and am eagerly awaiting Gemma's next adventure!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)

    One of my favorite things about this series is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously. There is a lot of subtle humor going on – Moriarty the cat, Gemma’s quirks, her employee’s ever-changing style, the Benedict Cumberbatch lifesize cutout. All while honoring the Great Detective (in all his forms) at the same time. Subtle wit, great characters, well-plotted mystery and nods galore to everyone’s favorite Baker Street detective – these are the qualities that make Body on Baker Street a must read One of my favorite things about this series is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously. There is a lot of subtle humor going on – Moriarty the cat, Gemma’s quirks, her employee’s ever-changing style, the Benedict Cumberbatch lifesize cutout. All while honoring the Great Detective (in all his forms) at the same time. Subtle wit, great characters, well-plotted mystery and nods galore to everyone’s favorite Baker Street detective – these are the qualities that make Body on Baker Street a must read. Gemma is relatable, even in her social awkwardness, and the book store is stocked with items and books that will have bookworms twitching for a visit. Even though this is the second book in the series, it can easily be read as a standalone. first seen at Reading Is My SuperPower

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    **I voluntarily read this ARC** I enjoyed this a lot more than the first book. Gemma was still obnoxious, but she seemed a little more aware of her attitude this time, and Jane was quick to scold her. The mystery was great, with some awesome twists. The reveal was surprising and very fitting for a Holmes inspired series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    I love this series. I stayed up really late on Monday night to finish reading Body on Baker Street by Vicki Delany. I think this series is fantastic. Book two and I really enjoy this Sherlock style cozy mystery. Main character Gemma is even more on point in book two, with her trusty best friend Jayne and a whole heap of trouble in her "small book shop" is visited by a mega author in Body on Baker Street. As much as I enjoyed this mystery and story I was equally intrigued by Jaynes tea shop and m I love this series. I stayed up really late on Monday night to finish reading Body on Baker Street by Vicki Delany. I think this series is fantastic. Book two and I really enjoy this Sherlock style cozy mystery. Main character Gemma is even more on point in book two, with her trusty best friend Jayne and a whole heap of trouble in her "small book shop" is visited by a mega author in Body on Baker Street. As much as I enjoyed this mystery and story I was equally intrigued by Jaynes tea shop and menu, I had the worst craving for cream tea at 11 pm! This book was a delight to read and felt quite indulgent to stay up late to finish it! This is a great summer read and will be out at the beginning of September for you to enjoy!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tari

    Now I'm all caught up and ready for whenever the fourth book comes out! This one was really good and especially interesting since it had to do with an author being killed in Gemma's store. Gemma had set up a last minute book signing at her store for a flamboyant but well-loved author. The woman wasn't so well-loved in the die-hard Sherlock community though because Donald Morris, local Sherlock expert and fancier of all things Sherlock had angry words with her just before she face planted into the Now I'm all caught up and ready for whenever the fourth book comes out! This one was really good and especially interesting since it had to do with an author being killed in Gemma's store. Gemma had set up a last minute book signing at her store for a flamboyant but well-loved author. The woman wasn't so well-loved in the die-hard Sherlock community though because Donald Morris, local Sherlock expert and fancier of all things Sherlock had angry words with her just before she face planted into the book she was signing. Poor Donald ended up arrested eventually and begged Gemma to look into this case for him. Since Gemma had higher-than-normal type senses and instincts, she agreed to see what she could do, all the while dodging snarky detective Louise Estrada and hoping for a little attention from her former boyfriend, detective Ryan Ashburton. Add to that, just trying to stay alive since the killer seemed to be getting worried at one point. There were plenty of suspects but narrowed down probably just the normal amount, as well as twists and turns that had me doubting my first choice. It didn't surprise me when I found out who it was but I hadn't guessed the reasoning. The showdown was great and everything ended up working out for everyone involved, well except for the killer. It was fun to see Jayne's mom in the story since this is the first time she was featured. She seems really nice and your typical nurturing mom. I'm hoping that Gemma and Louise Estrada start getting along better. It seems like if each one of them would just give a little, it would work better. Gemma is so intelligent she just can't help the comments she makes sometimes which is what usually makes Louise mad at her. I hope Gemma and Ryan can work things out and be together and it would be great to see Jayne eventually with someone other than Robbie (preferably Andy that likes her) Oh well these are just the fun side things. It's always a great mystery at the Sherlock Bookshop! I'm always happy to see cozy mysteries at my local library like this one so along with buying books, I do like to borrow them sometimes and let the library know there are definitely interested cozy fans in our little town.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Betty

    The second book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery. I found a spellbinding book with characters developed in depth. The location description will place you in a bookstore and tearoom. The actions of Moriarty are right on. Gemma Doyle is amazed to receive a request to hold a book signing in two days for a best-selling author. She rushed to get enough books into the store and released the news. At the signing, the author is poisoned and Gemma is warned to stay out of the investigation, she sta The second book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery. I found a spellbinding book with characters developed in depth. The location description will place you in a bookstore and tearoom. The actions of Moriarty are right on. Gemma Doyle is amazed to receive a request to hold a book signing in two days for a best-selling author. She rushed to get enough books into the store and released the news. At the signing, the author is poisoned and Gemma is warned to stay out of the investigation, she starts looking into the affair. The tale will fasten your attention until the end stuns you. I highly recommend this book. Disclosure: I received a free copy from Crooked Lane Books through NetGalley for an honest review. I would like to thank them for this opportunity to read and review the book. The opinions expressed are my own.

  18. 5 out of 5

    FangirlNation

    Gemma Doyle returns for another adventure in Vicki Delaney's Body on Baker Street. The proprietor and half owner of The Sherlock Holmes Book Shop and Emporium, Gemma is delighted to receive a request to come do a book signing of her latest book from the best selling Renalta van Markoff. The author writes a bodice ripping series in which Sherlock Holmes and Mrs. Hudson are lovers, with the woman's being the real brain behind the detective. The excitement over Renalta's coming appearance rises, es Gemma Doyle returns for another adventure in Vicki Delaney's Body on Baker Street. The proprietor and half owner of The Sherlock Holmes Book Shop and Emporium, Gemma is delighted to receive a request to come do a book signing of her latest book from the best selling Renalta van Markoff. The author writes a bodice ripping series in which Sherlock Holmes and Mrs. Hudson are lovers, with the woman's being the real brain behind the detective. The excitement over Renalta's coming appearance rises, especially when Renalta shows up the Thursday before her Saturday book signing and charms all her fans, though Gemma sees another side of the author as self-centered and petulant. Read the rest of this review and other fun, geeky articles at Fangirl Nation

  19. 4 out of 5

    Autumn

    Full Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author through the Cozy Mystery Review Crew in exchange for an honest review. Fuller Disclosure: I am an unabashed Sherlock Holmes nerd and have been since high school. My expository speech in high school speech competition was all about the Great Detective, my parents bought me a deerstalker cap for Christmas….well, you get the idea. So of course when I first learned about the Sherlock Homes Bookshop and Emporium series, I was jumping up a Full Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author through the Cozy Mystery Review Crew in exchange for an honest review. Fuller Disclosure: I am an unabashed Sherlock Holmes nerd and have been since high school. My expository speech in high school speech competition was all about the Great Detective, my parents bought me a deerstalker cap for Christmas….well, you get the idea. So of course when I first learned about the Sherlock Homes Bookshop and Emporium series, I was jumping up and down in anticipation. The series, and particularly this book, does not disappoint. Gemma Doyle is the proprietress of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium, (she co owns the shop with her great Uncle Arthur), and is part owner of the business next door, Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room, with her best friend, Jayne Wilson. The shop is located in West London, Massachusetts. In this second book in the series, Gemma is surprised by a last minute request to host a popular author, Renalta Van Markoff, at her shop. Renalta writes a “Holmes and Hudson” series that are controversial among many Sherlock Holmes fans. Right after Renalta is questioned by Donald Morris, a regular customer of Gemma’s, the author collapses and dies. When Donald is subsequently charged with the murder, Gemma is drawn into the investigation. There are a lot of things to like about this installment in the series. Gemma is an extremely appealing protagonist; she shares Holmes’ powers of observation and is also a strong, intelligent independent woman. The supporting characters, particularly Jayne and the-as-yet-unseen Uncle Arthur are interesting in their own right. And finally, Vicki Delaney sneaks in references to Sherlock Holmes stories (for us Holmes nerds). The mystery is nicely balanced with details of Gemma’s life and nice little factoids concerning publishing and bookselling. There are enough suspects and clues provided that it is not easy to guess the identity of the murderer. Perhaps best of all, the author includes scenes of Gemma recommending Sherlock Holmes pastiches to her customers that are actual books. So, you get a bonus reading list with this book. I also was delighted to read on Vicki Delaney’s Facebook page that she is working on Book 3. I am really looking forward to it!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    I love this series! Gemma is so observant and therefore a great one to be on your team to solve a crime. Gemma knows Donald did not commit the murder but works to find out who did so Donald can be cleared. The story flows quite smoothly and kept my interest up. I loved the reference to The Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, I have been there a time or two. I really was confused by some of Gemma's conclusions in one area but it came out in the end, why she thought that way. Gemma is still on De I love this series! Gemma is so observant and therefore a great one to be on your team to solve a crime. Gemma knows Donald did not commit the murder but works to find out who did so Donald can be cleared. The story flows quite smoothly and kept my interest up. I loved the reference to The Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, I have been there a time or two. I really was confused by some of Gemma's conclusions in one area but it came out in the end, why she thought that way. Gemma is still on Detective Estrada's bad side but maybe there will be some break through coming. Moriarty still has some explaining to do. I look forward to Gemma's next adventure!

  21. 4 out of 5

    JennyCash

    I’m enjoying listening to this series while doing yard work. I liked the Eva Gates lighthouse library series and was happy to find this is the same author.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Johnna Hill

    I adore this series! Gemma is without a doubt more like sherlock Holmes than she will every realize.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

    Once I'm hooked, I can't get enough of a series. This is becoming one of my all time favorite series!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Gemma Doyle is having a regular day at the Sherlock Holmes Bookstore and Emporium in West London when she gets a phone call that throws off her day--can she host a book signing for an author, in two days time? Gemma is about to refuse until she learns the author is Renalta Van Markoff, who writes the famous Hudson and Holmes books, a take on the Sherlock Holmes books that feature a romantic relationship between the famous detective and his landlord, Mrs. Hudson. The author has a loyal following, a Gemma Doyle is having a regular day at the Sherlock Holmes Bookstore and Emporium in West London when she gets a phone call that throws off her day--can she host a book signing for an author, in two days time? Gemma is about to refuse until she learns the author is Renalta Van Markoff, who writes the famous Hudson and Holmes books, a take on the Sherlock Holmes books that feature a romantic relationship between the famous detective and his landlord, Mrs. Hudson. The author has a loyal following, and Gemma agrees to the signing. But not everyone is taken with the famous author. When West London resident and Sherlockian Donald Morris, tells Van Markoff she must stop besmirching the name of Sherlock Holmes, and she drops dead, the cops point the finger at him first. Donald asks Gemma to help prove his innocence and she enlists the help of her Watson, Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room owner Jayne Wilson, to do just that. Body on Baker Street is a great sophomore effort in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series. Gemma is a perfect protagonist for this series. Like Sherlock, she notices things people don't normally see. Sometimes that ability sets people on edge, but Gemma continues to work the puzzle until she comes up with the right solution. The puzzle in this mystery is intriguing, and I love the characters Vicki Delany created to tell her tale. Even those you are supposed to dislike, for instance the detective who doesn't like Gemma poking her nose into the case, adds to the flavor of the book. There are plenty of clues, but I still found myself changing my mind as to whodunit as the book progressed. I loved the first book in this series, and the second one pins this series as one of my new favorites. I eagerly await the next book in this series. I received a copy of this book from the publisher.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Joann

    I've been looking for a cozy book that I could sink my teeth into but I don't think this series is going to make it. I enjoy Gemma and her best friend Jayne, but Gemma was a bit too crazy in this book with her wanting to break into the police headquarters. I really disliked the police woman, Detective Estrada from book #1 but for some reason she really got on my nerves in book #2. Her snide remarks and mannerisms were too much. Enough is enough so this series is a goner for me now.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    I enjoyed the second book in this series even more than the first. I am still a bit perplexed that Gemma's personality doesn't bug me, but for whatever reason, I find her lack of social skills somehow endearing rather than irritating. Also, I feel like Gemma has settled down a little, AND she seems to at least recognize how some of her behaviour comes across to other people, which somehow makes it less annoying. It is also only fair to acknowledge that while Gemma may irk people, she usually is th I enjoyed the second book in this series even more than the first. I am still a bit perplexed that Gemma's personality doesn't bug me, but for whatever reason, I find her lack of social skills somehow endearing rather than irritating. Also, I feel like Gemma has settled down a little, AND she seems to at least recognize how some of her behaviour comes across to other people, which somehow makes it less annoying. It is also only fair to acknowledge that while Gemma may irk people, she usually is the person who gets things others don't, so while she may annoy people with her comments and insights, they are usually right, so you can only be *so* annoyed with her. The supporting characters in this mystery were fun and the murder and the investigation I found very interesting and it kept me reading right to the end to find out who did it [which I did not figure out]. I am enjoying this series a lot, and look forward to future books! Format note: I listened to this and the first book on audio format, and the narrator does a terrific job. A good choice if you like audio books.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jane Irish Nelson

    Very quick, enjoyable, cozy mystery. When a murder occurs in Gemma's Sherlock Holmes Bookshop, she can't help but try to solve it, especially since it seems that her police are focused on her friend Donald. The victim, Renalta Van Markoff, is the author of a very popular series featuring Holmes and his landlady — as more than just his landlady. This upsets purists, like Donald. Renalta is giving a talk and book signing at Gemma's store when she collapses, after sipping a bottle of water Gemma pr Very quick, enjoyable, cozy mystery. When a murder occurs in Gemma's Sherlock Holmes Bookshop, she can't help but try to solve it, especially since it seems that her police are focused on her friend Donald. The victim, Renalta Van Markoff, is the author of a very popular series featuring Holmes and his landlady — as more than just his landlady. This upsets purists, like Donald. Renalta is giving a talk and book signing at Gemma's store when she collapses, after sipping a bottle of water Gemma provides. So who had a chance to doctor the water, and what was the motive. Gemma puts the clues together, and puts herself into danger, as she attempts to find the answers. Recommended.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anastasia

    Body on Baker Street by Vicki Delany is the second book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series. The Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium hosts an appearance and book signing by the author of the controversial Hudson and Holmes mystery series, only to have her drop dead of cyanide poisoning during her appearance. I enjoyed this book very much and loved all the Sherlock Holmes references. Gemma Doyle makes an excellent female version of the great detective.

  29. 4 out of 5

    NicoleG

    This 2nd book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery was just as entertaining and enjoyable as the 1st! So many suspects, red herrings, and fun Sherlock Holmes facts, you won't want the story to end! I voluntarily reviewed this book via NetGalley.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jeanie

    The game is afoot! Originally part of a quote from a play be Shakespeare, these words have a positive, if at times gleeful, meaning to followers of Sherlock Holmes. It also has meaning to some of Gemma’s customers at the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium. Vicki Delany packs a punch in another delightfully intellectual, logical mystery that doesn’t fail to baffle armchair Sherlocks, demonstrating her talent for combining mystery, humor, and suspense while celebrating the friendships of women. The game is afoot! Originally part of a quote from a play be Shakespeare, these words have a positive, if at times gleeful, meaning to followers of Sherlock Holmes. It also has meaning to some of Gemma’s customers at the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium. Vicki Delany packs a punch in another delightfully intellectual, logical mystery that doesn’t fail to baffle armchair Sherlocks, demonstrating her talent for combining mystery, humor, and suspense while celebrating the friendships of women. Gemma was startled to be asked if Renalta Van Markoff, a best-selling author, could have a book signing at her shop with a scant two-day notice. Renalta writes novels about Sherlock Holmes and his landlady, Mrs. Hudson in a light that Doyle certainly did not ever intend. Women loved them. True Sherlockians did not, and wanted the series ended. Including Donald, the local Holmes scholar, who threatened to get Renalta to end the series. Renalta and her entourage of her personal assistant, Linda, and her publicist Kevin, arrived at the appointed time. Many, many books awaited her autograph and there was standing room only in the bookshop and the adjacent Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room. Renalta finished her speech, and Donald made what sounded to many to be a threat. Renalta opened her third bottle of a specially-requested bottle of water, took a huge swig – and collapsed. Within a short time, she was dead. Donald’s threat came back to haunt him quickly. Gemma, who had unsealed the special bottles of water before the signing for Renalta, had a possible opportunity, also. The unsealed bottles had been left untended several minutes before Renalta’s talk began. Donald asks Gemma to please clear his name, so Gemma is on the trail of another killer. I like the assorted characters in this series! Gemma is secretly a romantic, but her intelligence most often shows her as pragmatic and a bit too straightforward and tactless. The eclectic group of people who are closely in Gemma’s life share various things: Jayne, best friend and romantic, gives her mothering when needed and sometimes is Ethel to Gemma’s Lucy, Grant shares friendship and as a fellow bookseller and would-be suitor, Ryan…continues to give mixed signals. Moriarty, the shop cat, adores almost everyone except Gemma, so going home to sweet pawsonality pup, Violet, is a wonderful treat. The people specific to this mystery, Renalta, Linda, Kevin, Robert, Paige, and Nancy, bring their own dimension of eccentric to the mix. This is a very well-written, challenging mystery. Each plot twist provides a change to the number of suspects – either adding or eliminating them. The clues are masterfully placed to continually challenge Gemma and the reader. While I sometimes shake my head at Gemma’s determination to follow the clues in spite of the risks, I do admire her loyalty to her friends and desire for justice to be done. I did figure out who the culprit is, but didn’t have the right motive so there were still surprises. A couple plot twists almost changed my mind as the new clues presented were so compelling! What a great mystery! I highly recommend Vicki Delany’s newest offering in her Sherlock Holmes Mystery series. Well worth the read! From a grateful heart: I received this eBook from the publisher and NetGalley, and this is my honest review.

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