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This book surprised me a lot. First, I didn’t know that it had anything to do with Sherlock Holmes, but I suspected it might because the only Sherlock Holmes book I’ve read is A Study in Scarlet, so I was suspicious from the beginning. I thought this might be a book about the women in his life or something like that. I’m not sure if the synopsis on the back cover would give away what it’s really about or not because I try not to read any synopsis about new books I’m reading. I know about some of them, obviously, because I get recommendations from others who usually tell me what a book is about, but for the most part, I don’t read the synopsis because I think they give too much away, and I’d rather be surprised.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that this was a whole reimagining of the Sherlock Holmes character. I loved it so much.
First of all, I always try to listen to books that are set in other countries because it’s hard for me to imagine the accents, so I like to listen to others read them with the accents the characters would have. It makes the experience more enjoyable to me, so I listened to this book on audible. It is part of the Audible Plus catalogue. The narrator was really good, and I will definitely read the other books on audio as well.
It’s not giving anything away to say that Sherlock Holmes is assumed to be a man, but Sherlock is actually Charlotte Holmes. Her parents never had any sons, and Charlotte is the youngest of 4-5 girls. She tries to tell her parents that she doesn’t want to get married, and everyone just kind of brushes it off as a young girl being ridiculous. So, her dad keeps promising her all these things, like saying that she can go to school to be a teacher and he’ll pay for it if she’ll just try to be a lady and look for a husband.
She goes along with everything he wants, but he never seems to follow through, so when we meet Charlotte at the beginning of the book, she’s used her extremely logical brain to decide the only way out of her existence, is to get herself sullied. 🙂 It was a really funny situation she found herself in.
I was confused at the beginning because this book isn’t told from just one point of view and at the beginning it’s hard to tell who is who. That’s probably mainly a problem with the audio version because if you had the physical book or digital copy, you could flip back and forth and reorient yourself with the speaker at any given time.
Once I got the characters straight, and it didn’t take long, it was easy to keep them separated and it was just a wonderful book. I really liked it and moved this author over to my regular list of authors and I will definitely be reading all the other books in this series and anything else she’s written.
It’s just such a clever twist on a classic, and I loved it. Let me know if you’ve read this, or what one of your latest 5-star reads is. I always have room in my spreadsheet for new books.