A Three Book Problem: A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery (Hardcover)
It's a crisp, early October weekend, and business is slowing down as fall descends at the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium and adjacent Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room. Wealthy philanthropist and prominent Sherlockian David Masterson has rented Suffolk Gardens House, where he plans to entertain his friends in a traditional English country house weekend.
As the chosen caterers, Jayne Wilson and Gemma Doyle get to work preparing lavish meals and setting up Sherlockian books and props for entertainment. Meanwhile, police detective Ryan Ashburton has taken time away from his duties to assist in the kitchen. It quickly becomes apparent that David's guests don't like each other--or their host. Plus, some of them aren't even acquainted with the adventures of the Great Detective.
Before Gemma can ponder their relationships a poisoned dart sails through the window of the library, presenting Gemma Doyle with a three-book problem.
“Plenty of Sherlock-ian lore and local color make for an enjoyable read.”
"[Captures] the feel and discourse of a gathering of Sherlockians. This is her best series entry to date."
“[An] entertaining follow-up to A Curious Incident.”
—Library Journal, starred review
“[For] cozy-friendly fans of The Great Detective [Sherlock Holmes] and his creator.”
“An extraordinarily fun read from cover to cover.”
—Midwest Book Review
“A great book to curl up with on a cold day . . . [recommended] for anyone who enjoys cozies, mysteries, and Sherlock Holmes.”
—Manhattan Book Review
“Delany keeps readers on the edge of their seat.”
—Cozy Mystery Book Reviews
Praise for the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mysteries:
"I enjoyed every well-crafted word of this Sherlock Holmes infused tale. A must read for lovers of all things Sherlock Holmes."
—Jenn McKinlay, NYT and USA Today bestselling author of Better Late Than Never
"Vicki Delany is one of my favorite mystery authors and with Elementary, She Read, she has outdone herself. This first book in her intriguing new series features Gemma Doyle, a wonderfully appealing protagonist who runs the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium, where delightfully quirky characters and fascinating old books flourish. I loved everything about this story! The Cape Cod setting was enchanting and the intricate mystery kept me turning pages late into the night. Easily one of the best new mystery series on the market."
—Kate Carlisle, New York Times bestselling author of the Bibliophile mysteries
"A delight, fast, fun, and full of Sherlockian lore. Cheers for a charming, intelligent heroine as observant as The Great Detective himself.”
—Carolyn Hart, New York Times bestselling author
—Laura DiSilverio, bestselling author of the Readaholics Book Club Mysteries
“Huzzah for Vicki Delany who’s created vivid characters, a setting that will whet the appetite of mystery readers, and a who-dun-it well worth investigating.”
—Kylie Logan, nationally bestselling author of the League of Literary Ladies mysteries
"A treat for Holmes fans with plenty of twists and turns in the best Sherlock-ian style."
“Each new entry in this series has been better than the last.”
"Well-plotted... Delany’s liberal sprinkling of references to real pastiche novels and reference books makes this cozy a treat for Holmes buffs."
“Not only will this latest in the series delight Holmes fans, it will also engage armchair travelers as the group visits many of London’s best-known tourist sites.”
"Delightful...sure to please fans of Holmes pastiches and bookstore mysteries."
"An enjoyable and clever cozy mystery...a great summer or beach read."
—San Francisco Book Review
The Inaugural Santa Fe Literary Festival was a huge success!
Collected Works was very proud to have been on-site all weekend as the official bookstore of the Santa Fe Festival. Bestselling, prizewinning authors and literary legends like Margaret Atwood, Joy Harjo, Colson Whitehead, Sandra Cisneros, Jon Krakauer, amongst others, spent time in our mini-bookstore in the lobby of the Convention Center and signed hundreds of books, which we now have in stock. So if you missed the festival but are looking for a signed copy of one of their books, please call us or come in to browse.
Purchase your books by festival authors directly from CW below:
Margaret Atwood; Freddie Bitsoie; Sandra Cisneros; Lynn Cline; William deBuys; Ashley Ford; John Grisham; Roshi Joan Halifax; Joy Harjo; Anne Hillerman; Cheryl Alters Jamison; Craig Johnson; Asma Khan; Phil Klay; Jon Krakauer; Valeria Luiselli; Deborah Madison; Emily St. John Mandel; George R. R. Martin; James McGrath Morris; Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich of Honey & Co.; Carmella Padilla Douglas Preston; Kirstin Valdez Quade; Bob Shacochis; Henry Shukman; Hampton Sides; Bryant Terry; Darryl Lorenzo Wellington; Colson Whitehead; Don Winslow; Lawrence Wright