Whether you are a longtime Sherlock Holmes aficionado or keen on Victorian-technology mysteries, you may be glad to recognise that Holmes’s sister, Charlotte, has returned for every other adventure. This time, Charlotte, greater affectionately called Lady Sherlock, should prove her longtime pal Inspector Treadles innocent of a double murder in which he was located with the homicide weapon internal a locked room with not one, but two, victims.
For those unusual with the lady Holmes—Murder on Cold Street with the aid of Sherry Thomas marks the fifth within the series—there’s some thing you should recognise: In this world, Sherlock Holmes is a fictional man or woman and Charlotte is the real detective. She pretends that Sherlock is her bedridden brother and that she is performing on his behalf as his eyes and ears on any cases at hand. It’s the best way for a female to do a man’s job, specially if stated job entails outwitting and outsmarting men.
It is an arrangement that Treadles isn’t completely happy to have found out about, though he continues a close friendship with Charlotte and continues her secret, in view that she has formerly helped him on several investigations. His arrest makes this example even extra private for her.
But Treadles is less than drawing close when requested to explain himself. He won’t say in which he’s been in the weeks previous to the homicide; he won’t say what he became doing inside the homicide room; and he won’t defend himself. So, it falls on Lady Sherlock to piece collectively the clues and decide the truth.
One element she suspects, however, is that Treadle’s wife, who has turned to Lady Sherlock for help, may be lying. For starters, she knew both victims: Mr. Longstead turned into a bookkeeper and longtime pal of her father and Mr. Sullivan become a resentful supervisor at the commercial enterprise she inherited.
In traditional Holmesian fashion, Lady Sherlock and her close friends, which includes Mrs. Watson, pound the pavement for clues, interview witnesses and capability suspects and visit the scene of the crime for clues Scotland Yard is too inept to see.
Thomas, who's a USA Today bestselling author and -time winner of Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award, masterfully handles all the ins and outs of the mystery even as layering the story with suspense and intrigue to hold readers guessing. There’s even some of Thomas’ trademark romance in Cold Street, as Holmes and her longtime beau Lord Ingram move closer emotionally.
The sport is afoot again. Only the names have changed.