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The show is coming to town on Cape Cod. The West London Theater Festival is putting on a stage production of The Hound of the Baskervilles. Gemma Doyle is excited and participating with her friend Jayne Wilson, whose mother, Leslie, just happens to be volunteering with the company. Leslie arranges a fundraising tea party at the home of the festival organizer, catered by Mr The show is coming to town on Cape Cod. The West London Theater Festival is putting on a stage production of The Hound of the Baskervilles. Gemma Doyle is excited and participating with her friend Jayne Wilson, whose mother, Leslie, just happens to be volunteering with the company. Leslie arranges a fundraising tea party at the home of the festival organizer, catered by Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room. The tea is a rousing success, but Sir Nigel Bellingham, the famous star cast as the lead of Sherlock, goes missing. And Gemma finds him at the bottom of the cliff. Dead. Before the tea, Sir Nigel had come by the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop, only for Gemma to realize that he’s not at all suited to the role. But as Gemma and Jayne investigate, the list of suspects just grows longer. Long past his prime, Sir Nigel was second to a younger actor who had first been given the role. The festival’s executive director also expressed that he had been hired over her objections. Then there are the slew of people to whom Sir Nigel was rude. They all have motive, but then a scrap of Leslie’s apron caught on a bush by Sir Nigel’s body is found. And the police are set to pounce as she becomes suspect #1. It’s up to Gemma and Jayne to team up again and clear Jayne’s mother’s name in The Cat of the Baskervilles, the delightful third Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery.


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The show is coming to town on Cape Cod. The West London Theater Festival is putting on a stage production of The Hound of the Baskervilles. Gemma Doyle is excited and participating with her friend Jayne Wilson, whose mother, Leslie, just happens to be volunteering with the company. Leslie arranges a fundraising tea party at the home of the festival organizer, catered by Mr The show is coming to town on Cape Cod. The West London Theater Festival is putting on a stage production of The Hound of the Baskervilles. Gemma Doyle is excited and participating with her friend Jayne Wilson, whose mother, Leslie, just happens to be volunteering with the company. Leslie arranges a fundraising tea party at the home of the festival organizer, catered by Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room. The tea is a rousing success, but Sir Nigel Bellingham, the famous star cast as the lead of Sherlock, goes missing. And Gemma finds him at the bottom of the cliff. Dead. Before the tea, Sir Nigel had come by the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop, only for Gemma to realize that he’s not at all suited to the role. But as Gemma and Jayne investigate, the list of suspects just grows longer. Long past his prime, Sir Nigel was second to a younger actor who had first been given the role. The festival’s executive director also expressed that he had been hired over her objections. Then there are the slew of people to whom Sir Nigel was rude. They all have motive, but then a scrap of Leslie’s apron caught on a bush by Sir Nigel’s body is found. And the police are set to pounce as she becomes suspect #1. It’s up to Gemma and Jayne to team up again and clear Jayne’s mother’s name in The Cat of the Baskervilles, the delightful third Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery.

30 review for The Cat of the Baskervilles

  1. 5 out of 5

    James

    When an opportunity to win a free ARC of the 4th book in Vicki Delany's 'A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery' series was offered up earlier in the week, I got my derriere in gear and ordered the 3rd book, the Cat of the Baskervilles, so I could get current. It was an unplanned read for this month but one I'm glad I found time to squeeze in. Let's hope I win the chance to get an early ARC of the next book. Delany's a wonderful writer with a great balance of humor, levity, sincerity, mystery, tricke When an opportunity to win a free ARC of the 4th book in Vicki Delany's 'A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery' series was offered up earlier in the week, I got my derriere in gear and ordered the 3rd book, the Cat of the Baskervilles, so I could get current. It was an unplanned read for this month but one I'm glad I found time to squeeze in. Let's hope I win the chance to get an early ARC of the next book. Delany's a wonderful writer with a great balance of humor, levity, sincerity, mystery, trickery, and suspense. In this caper, Gemma wants to protect her friend Jayne's mother, Leslie, who's potentially guilty of murdering an actor she once knew. One of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock plays is coming to West London (US, not UK), and there's a stop at Gemma's Sherlockian bookshop. Unfortunately, during a tea party before the play opens, the lead actor is found at the bottom of a cliff. Suicide? Accidental from being drunk? Or murder? Gemma of course needs to investigate. Detective Ryan wants her to stay away. His partner wants to kill Gemma... perhaps a future plot, Ms. Delany? LOL I really enjoy the relationships and side stories in this series. Between the always off-and-gallivanting Uncle Arthur (yes, named after the author), the nasty but lovable feline Moriarty (so aptly named), and the shenanigans in the love lives and interfering neighbors to Gemma and Jayne's stores, it's always a great read. This book is a traditional cozy, but at about the 85% mark, the case is closed in a way I wouldn't expect. Surely, it couldn't be all fluff for the last few chapters... I knew there was a twist coming, and then BAM, it's dropped. Kudos to Delany for the nice fun surprise. Is it time for my ARC of #4 to arrive yet? Oh please, reading gods...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Juli

    West London, MA is gearing up for the tourist season. The West London Theater Festival will feature the stage production of The Hound of the Baskervilles, starring an aged British film star, Sir Nigel Bellingham. Gemma Doyle, owner of the Sherlock Holmes Bookstore and Emporium, and her friend Jayne, who runs the Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room next door, volunteer to help with fundraising and publicity for the Festival. At an afternoon tea fundraiser catered by Jayne, Sir Nigel is obviously drunk and com West London, MA is gearing up for the tourist season. The West London Theater Festival will feature the stage production of The Hound of the Baskervilles, starring an aged British film star, Sir Nigel Bellingham. Gemma Doyle, owner of the Sherlock Holmes Bookstore and Emporium, and her friend Jayne, who runs the Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room next door, volunteer to help with fundraising and publicity for the Festival. At an afternoon tea fundraiser catered by Jayne, Sir Nigel is obviously drunk and completely flubs his lines during an short performance for guests. After the fundraiser, Sir Nigel can't be found. The actor is found dead at the bottom of a nearby cliff. Could he have been drunk enough to fall? Or did someone push him over the edge? Sir Nigel was obviously a cantankerous, alcoholic, washed up actor....but did someone have enough of a grudge against the old man to kill him?? I enjoy this series. I'm a big Sherlock Holmes fan, so I like the idea of a Sherlock themed bookshop and tea room. The Hound of the Baskervilles is also one of my favorite Holmes stories. The mystery in this latest book moves along at a nice pace and there are plenty of suspects and plot twists, including Jayne's mother Leslie being a prime suspect. I like the background theme and the characters (although I think Gemma ia a tad on the rude side). Moriarty the shop cat is awesome and shows much cattitude. The background characters are all quirky and interesting. I like how the two main characters complement each other. Gemma is direct, very organized and details oriented,and very observant. Jayne is a bit ditzy, tends to fall for the wrong type of men, and is more flexible and impulsive. As best friends and business partners, they work very well together. Where one is weak, the other is strong. All in all, a nice entertaining cozy mystery! The Cat of the Baskervilles is the 3rd book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series. Vicki Delaney is the author of many mystery novels, including the Year-Around Christmas cozy series and the Constable Molly Smith series. **I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from Crooked Lane via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**

  3. 5 out of 5

    ☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆

    I thoroughly enjoyed this Sherlock based Cozy! Even though this is the third installment, this story can easily be read as a standalone. I always enjoy a good cozy that involves books and this story surely delivered. The mystery was somewhat easy to figure out but overall this was a good read and I would recommend to cozy lovers.

  4. 4 out of 5

    LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts The West London Theater Festival is staging a production of The Hound of the Baskervilles starring legendary stage and movie star Sir Nigel Bellingham. This is great for Gemma’s Sherlock Homes Bookshop. Everyone will be shopping for Sherlock memorabilia. They have also been asked to cater a fundraising tea for the theater. Sir Nigel himself stops by the shop and Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room. Gemma can see the aging star is no longer up for the role especially when she observes his c Dollycas’s Thoughts The West London Theater Festival is staging a production of The Hound of the Baskervilles starring legendary stage and movie star Sir Nigel Bellingham. This is great for Gemma’s Sherlock Homes Bookshop. Everyone will be shopping for Sherlock memorabilia. They have also been asked to cater a fundraising tea for the theater. Sir Nigel himself stops by the shop and Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room. Gemma can see the aging star is no longer up for the role especially when she observes his cane is also a flask for liquor. The afternoon of the tea Gemma, Jayne and their crew arrive. Gemma is a little distracted by the home and its library but Jayne gets her back on track and the tea is quite a success. As the guests take their leave Sir Nigel is not to be found. A search is quickly organized and the lost man is found, dead at the bottom of a rocky cliff. Accident, suicide or murder? Jayne’s mother was seen arguing with Nigel so he becomes the prime suspect. Gemma decides to do her own investigation with Jayne and cast a wider net for suspects than the police. West London’s Sherlock and Watson will do all the can to put the real killer behind bars. I love Gemma but this time I was not entirely happy with her methods. She finds a piece of evidence at the crime scene and removes it. She also tramples all over the area to see if she can help the man who was clearly dead. She has many talents, a keen intellect, and wicked strong observation skills. She is independent, strong-willed and can be very blunt. I know she took the evidence because she thought she was protecting Jayne’s mother, but it just felt beneath her stature to do something so wrong. Jayne is a great counterbalance to Gemma and the perfect Watson to her Sherlock. She is friendlier and more easygoing than Gemma and is able to smooth over any ruffled feathers. That being said when it comes to her tea shop business she is super dedicated to getting everything just right. From the tea to the scones and finger sandwiches, she knows what she wants and how she wants it. She doesn’t let Gemma run roughshod all over her and I loved seeing this side of her. The title to the story had me thinking Moriarty, the bookstore cat would play a larger role in the story, but I love that cat even though he clearly hates Gemma. The story builds slowly as we get to know the new characters and how they fit together. The murder takes about midway into the story which I liked because we get to know the victim and everyone he is involved with to give us insight when looking at the suspects and their motives. The interplay between Gemma and detective Louise Estrada is interesting because the really don’t like each other. Gemma would much rather deal with detective Ryan Ashburton and it is easy to see why. This case had me completely in the dark and was surprised by the final reveal. As a Sherlock Holmes fan, I get excited each time I pick up a book in this series. Ms. Delany knows how to tell a story. Her characters are unique and complex and are wrapped up in a mystery that kept me guessing. Another entertaining tale from Vicki Delany! A fine addition to this series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    Vicky Delaney is one of my favorite authors, this is not a cat book, regardless of the title and cover. The name of the book is a play on the Shakespeare tale of HOUNDS OF THE BASKERVILLE. It is a very good book with twists and turns that will keep you occupied until the book is finished. Aging actor, Sir Nigel Bellingham is hired to play the lead role in the Cape Cod stage production of the HOUNDS OF BASKERVILLE. Sir Nigel is a surprise visitor to the bookstore causing an attraction and excitem Vicky Delaney is one of my favorite authors, this is not a cat book, regardless of the title and cover. The name of the book is a play on the Shakespeare tale of HOUNDS OF THE BASKERVILLE. It is a very good book with twists and turns that will keep you occupied until the book is finished. Aging actor, Sir Nigel Bellingham is hired to play the lead role in the Cape Cod stage production of the HOUNDS OF BASKERVILLE. Sir Nigel is a surprise visitor to the bookstore causing an attraction and excitement. It is decided to have a fundraiser tea before the opening of the play. Mrs. Hudson Tea Room will cater the e ent. At the tea Sir Nigel is disgraced and after the tea is over, he is found dead below a cliff. Jane's Mother, Leslie Wilson becomes a person of interest as she was the last to see him before Sir Nigel disappeared. Gemma Doyle investigates to clear Leslie's name. I highly recommend this book and series. 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 this book. The opinions expressed are my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    This is the third book in the series and definitely my favorite! I have read the prior two in order. While this book can be read as a standalone, I recommend reading books one and two to see how the characters develop and connect with each other. I really disliked the protagonist's character, Gemma Doyle, in the first two books. I understood the Sherlock analogy but thought she overanalyzed everything and it really annoyed me. In this book, her character develops and she shows a more human and c This is the third book in the series and definitely my favorite! I have read the prior two in order. While this book can be read as a standalone, I recommend reading books one and two to see how the characters develop and connect with each other. I really disliked the protagonist's character, Gemma Doyle, in the first two books. I understood the Sherlock analogy but thought she overanalyzed everything and it really annoyed me. In this book, her character develops and she shows a more human and compassionate side of herself. For example, she learns a secret that would really hurt a close friend if revealed to her. But Gemma decides not to share that information whereas, I think she would think she had to in prior books. The pace was just right and I was not overwhelmed with the number of suspects. The romantic tension between Gemma and Detective Ashburton which has been building since the first book continues to develop and the end has a number of surprising plot twists. I received a complimentary copy of this book. My review is voluntary.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    New years day I read Vicki Delany's upcoming February release The Cat of the Baskervilles. This is the third book in the A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series. This was my favorite story in the series so far. It had a compelling mystery, great cast of characters and a very fun setting. I like main character Gemma very much and her friend Jayne as well. They have a lovely relationship and yet a complicated one. I liked that this mystery did not feel rushed, or resolved too early in the book, New years day I read Vicki Delany's upcoming February release The Cat of the Baskervilles. This is the third book in the A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series. This was my favorite story in the series so far. It had a compelling mystery, great cast of characters and a very fun setting. I like main character Gemma very much and her friend Jayne as well. They have a lovely relationship and yet a complicated one. I liked that this mystery did not feel rushed, or resolved too early in the book, the plot twists were subtle but delightful. This one is out February 13th by Crooked Lane Books and was a very enjoyable read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Wanda

    ***2019 The Summer of Sherlock*** The third volume of this series and I have come to the conclusion that I don’t like Emma Doyle much as a main character. I understand that being more observant than others is a trait that links her to the Great Detective, but her bluntness and lack of understanding of other people doesn’t endear her to me. What I do enjoy are the details of her relationships with Ryan and Grant, her friendship with Jayne, and the ongoing saga of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop. D ***2019 The Summer of Sherlock*** The third volume of this series and I have come to the conclusion that I don’t like Emma Doyle much as a main character. I understand that being more observant than others is a trait that links her to the Great Detective, but her bluntness and lack of understanding of other people doesn’t endear her to me. What I do enjoy are the details of her relationships with Ryan and Grant, her friendship with Jayne, and the ongoing saga of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop. Delany writes a decent cozy mystery. She plants appropriate red herrings and throws in small twists & turns, making the reading experience quite enjoyable. I can’t help, however, feeling sorry for Emma’s dog, Violet. I’m not a dog person, but even I feel like the poor beast is left alone at home an awful lot. Although Delany assures us that Emma loves Violet, sometimes actions speak louder than words--it seems like the dog gets short shrift on many, many evenings. My other bugaboo is Detective Louise Estrada, who seems to dislike Emma even more than I do. In fact, to an unreasonable extent. In small communities like West London, it just isn’t that strange to have the same people involved in multiple community activities and her over-done suspicions of Emma are just unrealistic. Despite my complaints, I did enjoy the mystery and I’ve requested the next book in the series. I’m interested to see how Delany moves the story arc forward, whether I admire her main character or not.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Candace

    Gemma Doyle, owner of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop & Emporium, and Jayne Wilson, co-owner of Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room, are volunteering for the West London Theater Festival. Jayne's mother, Leslie, is chair of the volunteer committee. She plans an afternoon tea fund-raising event catered by Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room. The fund-raising event will be located at Mrs. Rebecca Stanton's garden. Sir Nigel Bellingham, celebrity theater and movie star, and the theater actors all come to the fund-raiser to sup Gemma Doyle, owner of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop & Emporium, and Jayne Wilson, co-owner of Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room, are volunteering for the West London Theater Festival. Jayne's mother, Leslie, is chair of the volunteer committee. She plans an afternoon tea fund-raising event catered by Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room. The fund-raising event will be located at Mrs. Rebecca Stanton's garden. Sir Nigel Bellingham, celebrity theater and movie star, and the theater actors all come to the fund-raiser to support The Hound of the Baskervilles production. Following the afternoon tea, Leslie and Sir Nigel walk up to the cliffs to talk. When all the actors are prepared to leave, Sir Nigel is missing. Gemma finds him dead at the bottom of a rocky cliff. Did he slip and fall to his death? was it suicide? or, was it murder? The third book in the series, this story has all the fiction elements. The main characters, Gemma and Jayne, are a wonderful modern-day Sherlock Holmes and Mr. Watson. The plot and subplots are creatively written. The red herrings keep the reader guessing and the big reveal came as a complete surprise. The description is cleverly written. This cozy mystery is a hand shake to the Sherlockian world. This is my first exposure to this world. It entices me to read the Hound of the Baskervilles. I read this book for A Book for All Seasons's equinox challenge #5: Wild About Books. There was a cat in this book. His name is Moriarty and he has plenty of attitude, but a small part in the novel.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Anastasia

    The Cat of the Baskervilles by Vicki Delany is the 3rd book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series. Gemma Doyle, owner of the Sherlock Holmes Emporium, helps her friend Jayne Wilson put on a fundraising tea party for the stage production of The Hound of the Baskervilles starring Sir Nigel Bellingham. However when Sir Nigel is killed and Jayne's mother becomes prime suspect Gemma once again investigates. I love this series and especially Gemma with her Sherlock Holmes like qualities and g The Cat of the Baskervilles by Vicki Delany is the 3rd book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series. Gemma Doyle, owner of the Sherlock Holmes Emporium, helps her friend Jayne Wilson put on a fundraising tea party for the stage production of The Hound of the Baskervilles starring Sir Nigel Bellingham. However when Sir Nigel is killed and Jayne's mother becomes prime suspect Gemma once again investigates. I love this series and especially Gemma with her Sherlock Holmes like qualities and great observation skills. I have been a Sherlock Holmes fan for a long time and I loved the references to the great detective. An enjoyable and delightful mystery.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    “The Cat of the Baskervilles” earns 5/5 Deerstalker Hats…Elementary Fun! What a delightful twist for fans of Sherlock Holmes to enjoy! In “West London,” Massachusetts, Gemma “Doyle” owns the “Sherlock Holmes” Bookshop and Emporium at 222 “Baker Street” with her shop cat name “Moriarity,” and next door her BFF Jayne Wilson owns the “Mrs. Hudson’s” Tea Room. All delightfully fun references sparking my interest to read more! But, my newbie status was not a handicap, I was engaged from the start with “The Cat of the Baskervilles” earns 5/5 Deerstalker Hats…Elementary Fun! What a delightful twist for fans of Sherlock Holmes to enjoy! In “West London,” Massachusetts, Gemma “Doyle” owns the “Sherlock Holmes” Bookshop and Emporium at 222 “Baker Street” with her shop cat name “Moriarity,” and next door her BFF Jayne Wilson owns the “Mrs. Hudson’s” Tea Room. All delightfully fun references sparking my interest to read more! But, my newbie status was not a handicap, I was engaged from the start with enough references to background without spoilers and revisiting character connections. Delany gives us a quaint town excited about the West London Theater Festival set to perform a favorite Holmes mystery, “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” and an aging British actor Sir Nigel Bellingham is set to star. Not the best casting, Gemma thought, when his drunk state is an embarrassment at a fundraising event catered by Jayne. But is being drunk, flubbing lines, and being an all-around arse a motive for murder? Maybe. But, when Nigel is found dead at the bottom of the cliff and evidence implicates Jayne’s mother Leslie, Gemma and Jayne must take an active role in the investigation to find other suspects and motives. The Sherlock Holmes’s hooks got me involved, but Delany’s well-written, steady-paced story kept me engaged. She wove an entertaining story with twists and turns that led to a “Wow” ending for which I literally dropped my jaw! Gemma and Jayne, like Holmes and Watson, compliment each other’s personality and investigative style. Gemma is straightforward, detail oriented, sometimes a know-it-all, while Jayne is more flexible, but these opposites work well. Unlike the literary Holmes and Watson characters, Gemma and Jayne find success as amateur detectives often by circumventing law enforcement providing for some entertaining conflicts and predicaments. Beyond the murder mystery and the investigation, Delany does well with her description, but doesn't rely on a narrative style; the dialogue adds humor and illustrates personality and emotion…very enjoyable! I highly recommend joining Gemma and Jayne. “Disclosure: I received an advanced copy through NetGalley. However, my review is voluntary, and my insights and opinions are honest.”

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I enjoyed this one but I think it lacked the romantic tension that a book 3 in a cozy series needs. The plot itself felt creative and different from the others so far. But Gemma's curmudgeonly attitude and keen observation skills only carry a series so far. A love triangle has been set up...it needs to be used. Or the preexisting romantic tension needs more exploitation. Something other than the usual interactions with the usual cast and crew. But I'm really enjoying this series and looking forwa I enjoyed this one but I think it lacked the romantic tension that a book 3 in a cozy series needs. The plot itself felt creative and different from the others so far. But Gemma's curmudgeonly attitude and keen observation skills only carry a series so far. A love triangle has been set up...it needs to be used. Or the preexisting romantic tension needs more exploitation. Something other than the usual interactions with the usual cast and crew. But I'm really enjoying this series and looking forward to more!

  13. 5 out of 5

    NicoleG

    Another well planned mystery by Vicki Delany! The setting is so much fun it makes me want to visit Gemma and Jayne! I could go for a scone and some Sherlock Holmes pastiche! I was not a fan of this particular narrator and I think I would have enjoyed it more if I read a print copy.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    3 1/2 stars. Looking forward to the next. I really need to read an actual Sherlock Holmes story someday. I’ve certainly watched the TV versions multiple times and most of the old and new movies.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine

    “The game is afoot” again for Gemma Doyle, owner of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop & Emporium & partner of Jayne Wilson’s Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room. Vicki Delany’s The Cat of the Baskervilles (Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery #3) is great fun for anyone who enjoys Sherlock Holmes & cozies. Summer Stock theater productions are a tremendous draw for locals and tourists all over The USA, and as Cape Cod prepares for its main attraction, The Hound of the Baskervilles, everyone is beyond excited except Ge “The game is afoot” again for Gemma Doyle, owner of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop & Emporium & partner of Jayne Wilson’s Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room. Vicki Delany’s The Cat of the Baskervilles (Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery #3) is great fun for anyone who enjoys Sherlock Holmes & cozies. Summer Stock theater productions are a tremendous draw for locals and tourists all over The USA, and as Cape Cod prepares for its main attraction, The Hound of the Baskervilles, everyone is beyond excited except Gemma Doyle who is definitely expecting increase in sales and adjusts her inventory according. The main attraction of the production - well, you will have to read this charming cozy mystery to discover this as I do not read and tell! Needless to say, Gemma becomes involved in the mystery to the consternation of Detective Ryan Ashburton. Remember him? He & Gemma were an item before the series started! Gemma has an extraordinary sense of observation,and she uses it particularly well which, I believe, Det. Ashburton truly does understand, but how does the investigation center on Leslie Wilson, Jayne’s mother? This cannot be so Gemma throws herself into discovering the true culprit? The ending left me with, “Please do not end THERE!” Watch Gemma shine! A fun read. Highly recommended! 4.5-5 stars!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lesa

    I love Gemma Doyle's mind. I love the way she thinks. Vicki Delany's third Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery, The Cat of the Baskervilles, is another treat for those of us who enjoy Gemma. And, this time, Gemma's caught up in a mystery involving theater. A true treat for me. The local summer theater in West London, Massachusetts has three plays scheduled for the season, but "The Hound of the Baskervilles" will be the highlight. And, Sir Nigel Bellingham has agreed to reprise his role from years ea I love Gemma Doyle's mind. I love the way she thinks. Vicki Delany's third Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery, The Cat of the Baskervilles, is another treat for those of us who enjoy Gemma. And, this time, Gemma's caught up in a mystery involving theater. A true treat for me. The local summer theater in West London, Massachusetts has three plays scheduled for the season, but "The Hound of the Baskervilles" will be the highlight. And, Sir Nigel Bellingham has agreed to reprise his role from years earlier. Sir Nigel and the play will be good for Gemma's business, the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium, and Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room, the tea shop run by her business partner, Jayne Wilson. But, everyone is shocked when Sir Nigel arrives, and turns out to be an aging drunk who is rude to everyone. Jayne agrees to cater a fundraising tea for over a hundred, and ropes Gemma into assisting. That's why Gemma is on the scene and finds Sir Nigel's body at the bottom of a cliff. And, Gemma takes a minute to hide a piece of evidence, ribbon from an apron worn by one of Jayne's servers. Unfortunately, even without that evidence, the police zero in on Jayne's mother. And, Gemma won't let Mrs. Wilson be railroaded. As I said, I love Gemma's mind. She has no filter when she tries to reveal her information. But, she's canny in avoiding the wrong conversations with the police. One investigator dislikes and distrusts her, while the other one was almost engaged to her once. And, Ryan knows a little too much about Gemma's ways of thinking. I also enjoy the humor in this series. Besides the police detective, Gemma has another enemy, the bookshop cat named Moriarty. He likes everyone except Gemma and Ryan, and they often end up with bloody hands. In addition, I have a major peeve with cozy mysteries in which the amateur sleuth leaves their business. Gemma knows about that problem. "Running a business interferes with one's detective work. Not that I am a detective, nor do I want to be one, but sometimes it seems that I can't help myself." And, later, she admits she's neglecting her store as she snoops. How can I object to the actions of a sleuth who acknowledges her bad behavior? Pick up an intelligent cozy mystery with a fascinating amateur sleuth and a fun cast of supporting characters. Humor, a touch of romance, and Gemma's intriguing mind. The Sherlock Holmes connection, and theater in this book, add to the enjoyment of The Cat of the Baskervilles.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    This is the third book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery Series, and I was happy to see that this book was as enjoyable as the first one. The book can be read as a standalone, but it is always good to read a series in order to get all the back story. The West London Theater Festival is gearing up and and Sir Nigel Bellingham will be reprising his role to star in The Hound of the Baskervilles. Jayne is catering a fundraising tea at the beautiful estate of one of the Festival Founders. Gemma This is the third book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery Series, and I was happy to see that this book was as enjoyable as the first one. The book can be read as a standalone, but it is always good to read a series in order to get all the back story. The West London Theater Festival is gearing up and and Sir Nigel Bellingham will be reprising his role to star in The Hound of the Baskervilles. Jayne is catering a fundraising tea at the beautiful estate of one of the Festival Founders. Gemma Doyle is helping her friend Jayne cater the party. When Jayne finds Sir Nigel dead at the bottom of the cliff, Jayne's mother, Leslie looks like the perfect suspect, after all, she was the last one to see him alive. Gemma decides she has to do some private investigation in order to come to the truth. Some think that Sir Nigel committed suicide after his horrible mishap of making a fool of himself during the tea when he was asked to recite some of Hounds. Gemma gets Leslie to open up about her previous relationship with Sir Nigel and tries to convince her to tell her family and the police. Her friend Grant, who owns a rare book shop is around to help her at times and there seems to be a bit of a romantic interest developing between them. Meanwhile Police Detective Ryan and his partner Louise are on the case, with heads butting as usual. As the story goes forward, there is an inkling, that perhaps Ryan is still interested in Gemma. I really enjoy the characters in this story, especially Gemma and Jayne. They have a great relationship, almost like sisters instead of friends. It is interesting to see how Gemma sees things and using this unusual gift just like Sherlock Holmes. Alicia, the young lady who works in the Emporium for Gemma is hilarious. I love hearing about what she wears to work each day and how it reflects her feelings about all the antics in the book. The story was well written with the plot flowing well and keeping me guessing. It took me awhile to figure things out though I did figure it out just a little bit before Gemma! There was just so many good suspects to ferret out. This was a true Sherlock Holmes ending with Gemma coming up with that aha moment. I am not crazy about triangles, so I hope now that Gemma realizes that Ryan is still interested in her, she will not get together with Grant. The idea of the bookstore and adjoining tea room is a great concept that is a great setting for these stories. I am looking forward to the next on in this series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Cape Cod welcomes stage and movie star Sir Nigel Bellingham, who is set to star in a stage production of The Hound of the Baskervilles put on by the West London Theater Festival. When Sir Nigel, some of the cast, and the director visit the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop at 222 Baker Street, Gemma Doyle realizes that Sir Nigel is not at all suited to the role. He is long past his prime and an old drunk to boot. The cast, in particular the much younger actor who previously had the role, are not happy, b Cape Cod welcomes stage and movie star Sir Nigel Bellingham, who is set to star in a stage production of The Hound of the Baskervilles put on by the West London Theater Festival. When Sir Nigel, some of the cast, and the director visit the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop at 222 Baker Street, Gemma Doyle realizes that Sir Nigel is not at all suited to the role. He is long past his prime and an old drunk to boot. The cast, in particular the much younger actor who previously had the role, are not happy, but the show must go on. Sir Nigel fumbles his lines at a fund-raising tea, catered by Gemma's best friend Jayne, things turn bad. Then Sir Nigel disappears after the tea, right after Gemma noticed Leslie, Jayne's mother, talking with him. When Gemma and her friend Grant find Sir Nigel at the bottom of the rocky cliff, dead. Along with the dead body, Gemma finds evidence incriminating Leslie Wilson. When the police focus on Leslie it's time for Gemma to go into action and prove Leslie's innocence. This series gets better with every book. The mystery in this one is wonderfully crafted and kept me guessing. I like the way Ms. Delany works up to the murder, letting us get to know the characters and their backgrounds before the murder takes place. I like Gemma, despite the fact she can be overbearing and a bit of a know-it-all. She is, as Jayne says, blunt. I like the way she faces things head on and doesn't take risks that put her in the category of heroine that makes me scream at the book. I love Morarity the cat, and the Sherlock Holmes Bookstore and Emporium, and the Mrs. Hudson Tea Shop. With every book I read in this series I wish this was a real place where I could visit and examine all the Sherlock Holmes books and trinkets. As always I look forward to the next book in this series, to see what mystery Gemma finds herself involved with next.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tari

    Ohhh this was so good! I literally couldn't put this book down. This was actually the first one of this series I've read so I was just curious enough to read it first. As with other books this author has written, this can stand perfectly on its own. The author gives enough backstory so that new readers aren't lost but there aren't any spoilers from other books' mysteries. Gemma Doyle is helping her friend Jayne cater a fancy tea for the local theater group that happens to have a famous old actor Ohhh this was so good! I literally couldn't put this book down. This was actually the first one of this series I've read so I was just curious enough to read it first. As with other books this author has written, this can stand perfectly on its own. The author gives enough backstory so that new readers aren't lost but there aren't any spoilers from other books' mysteries. Gemma Doyle is helping her friend Jayne cater a fancy tea for the local theater group that happens to have a famous old actor playing Sherlock Holmes. When the actor turns up dead later and all fingers point to Jayne's mom Leslie, Gemma once again decides she has to do some private investigation in order to come to the truth. Her friend Grant who owns a rare book shop is around to help her at times all the while that Jayne is trying to make her see that police detective Ryan still likes her a lot even though his partner Louise isn't very nice to Gemma. Gemma is convinced it's because she (Gemma) and Ryan were close once and either Louise is jealous or she's bitter that Ryan got lead detective instead of Louise getting it. Gemma is always worried Louise is trying to find a reason to get him demoted. After some investigations, leads and the premier play night, everything is revealed at the end in true Sherlock style and the ending is a very nice one! I'm so anxious now to read the other two books in this series since I have really gotten to know and like these characters. I hope this series continues for a long time. The idea of Gemma and Jayne owning a bookstore/tea room is such a fun one and now that Gemma is a little more in tune to how Ryan still feels about her. It'll be interesting to see how that works out.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    ZERO STARS for this narrator. O M GOSH. I really dislike when you are in the middle of a series and they change narrators on you and the second narrator is substandard at best. It really was torturous to listen to this person butcher a New England accent [that she sometimes mixed with the British accent of the MC and then she occasionally added a NY twang to it and it was just horrible]; I am fairly good with voices, but I have never attempted a New England one because they are tough! This narra ZERO STARS for this narrator. O M GOSH. I really dislike when you are in the middle of a series and they change narrators on you and the second narrator is substandard at best. It really was torturous to listen to this person butcher a New England accent [that she sometimes mixed with the British accent of the MC and then she occasionally added a NY twang to it and it was just horrible]; I am fairly good with voices, but I have never attempted a New England one because they are tough! This narrator should abide by that rule as well. :-( Because this is a buddy read, I cannot give a full review, but I can say I liked the mystery part of it very much [it was what kept me listening] and was totally surprised at the reveal as I had someone else completely pegged. I do believe for the next one I will have to try and read it on my Computer Kindle App because I just do not think I can do 8 hours of that narrator again.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mayda

    In this third installment in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series, Gemma and Jayne have a vested interest in solving the mysterious death of an aging theatre star. Why? Because the police are circling Jayne’s mother as their primary suspect. A past secret was divulged, giving her a motive for murder. Though this is part of series, it works as a standalone. However, you will miss seeing the characters’ growth and development if you skip the first books. The mystery is a credible one, but t In this third installment in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series, Gemma and Jayne have a vested interest in solving the mysterious death of an aging theatre star. Why? Because the police are circling Jayne’s mother as their primary suspect. A past secret was divulged, giving her a motive for murder. Though this is part of series, it works as a standalone. However, you will miss seeing the characters’ growth and development if you skip the first books. The mystery is a credible one, but the real enjoyment of a cozy is the interaction of the characters as they go about their everyday lives, which, of course, include murder. This is a series you don’t want to miss.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Monnie

    This is the third book in this highly entertaining Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series; I've read one other and enjoyed it, so when I was lucky enough to be approved by the publisher to read and review an advance copy in exchange for an honest review, I was a happy camper. When it turned out to be even better than that other one, well, my smile widened. The cozy mysteries follow the amateur sleuthing of Gemma Doyle, co-owner of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium in West London, Massach This is the third book in this highly entertaining Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series; I've read one other and enjoyed it, so when I was lucky enough to be approved by the publisher to read and review an advance copy in exchange for an honest review, I was a happy camper. When it turned out to be even better than that other one, well, my smile widened. The cozy mysteries follow the amateur sleuthing of Gemma Doyle, co-owner of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium in West London, Massachusetts. Another of the three owners is Jayne Wilson, who also owns and operates a tea shop/bakery that's attached to the bookstore. Originally from England, Gemma has a nose for details and, it seems, loves nothing better than sticking it into the business of the local police (sometimes unintentionally, sometimes not). That both annoys and pleases police detective, Ryan - a former lover who "dumped" her and left the area for another job. Now he's back and the attraction is there, but they've since been holding each other at arms' lengths. As this begins, the community is excited to learn that a well-known but aging stage actor, Sir Nigel Bellingham, will be in town to star in a local theater production of Holmes's The Hound of the Baskervilles. As rehearsals begin, organizers decide to hold a fund-raising English tea at the home of one of the well-heeled theater-loving ladies - and Jayne convinces Gemma that their shops should handle the catering. Gemma is less enthusiastic, but she agrees. After all, it's a private event for about a hundred local hoity-toits - what could possibly go wrong? Make that plenty - starting with the fact that Sir Nigel turns out to be a nasty old drunk. Still, everyone expects that his professionalism will surface long enough for him to get through the play; that is, until he's found quite dead at the bottom of a cliff on the property. To make matters even worse, if that's possible, the primary suspect is Jayne's mother Leslie. Gemma is certain Leslie is innocent, and of course, she sets out to prove it while trying to keep her poking nose out of the sight of law enforcement. That proves next to impossible most of the time, which strains the already fragile relationship between Gemma and Ryan (as well as with Ryan's partner, who has butted heads with Gemma on more than one occasion and isn't fond of her meddling). More details I must necessarily leave for other readers to discover, but I will say that anyone who enjoys an occasional respite from heavier reading (as I do) or simply the more lighthearted approach of an interesting cozy mystery won't go wrong by picking this one. Thoroughly enjoyable!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Wilhoite

    This was my favorite of Gemma Doyle's adventures so far. Vicky Delany makes it appear as if the crime is solved, but then a shocking twist and boom! Murderer and motive finally revealed. Add Moriarty, the cat who loves all but Gemma and a couple of love twists, this makes for a great third book in this series! I voluntarily reviewed this book on Netgalley.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    The Cat of the Baskervilles by Vicky Delany is the third installment of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series. The series pays homage to the great Sherlock Holmes and creatively entwines Sherlock facts throughout the books. As the series progresses and the author digs deeper into the lives, loves and murder in West London it keeps getting better! Delany’s writing style uniquely adds trivia, humor and love to each murder mystery. Gemma, the main character, is acutely observant, cognitively o The Cat of the Baskervilles by Vicky Delany is the third installment of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series. The series pays homage to the great Sherlock Holmes and creatively entwines Sherlock facts throughout the books. As the series progresses and the author digs deeper into the lives, loves and murder in West London it keeps getting better! Delany’s writing style uniquely adds trivia, humor and love to each murder mystery. Gemma, the main character, is acutely observant, cognitively on a different level and blunt, however those are exactly the traits that make her a great main character and amateur sleuth. Her sensible friend and usually unwilling accomplice, Jayne, is a good balance to Gemma, just like Holmes and Watson. This book introduces the reader to additional residents of West London and continues to develop the existing characters. Jayne’s family is a central focus which allows for a deeper understanding of her character and family. Gemma’s love triangle continues to blossom with a cliff hanger at the end that will leave the reader, especially this one anxiously awaiting book 4! I received an advance copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Reviewed for NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books Yet another cozy mystery to add to the list of great reads from Crooked Lane Books. Vicky Delaney has delivered a very charming, sometimes funny and intriguing mystery. I absolutely loved the English element, anything to do with England or the English is always a favourite. A well written and flowing storyline make for a pleasurable reading experience. Toward the end of the book I thought I had figured out what happened but as with most “who done it” Reviewed for NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books Yet another cozy mystery to add to the list of great reads from Crooked Lane Books. Vicky Delaney has delivered a very charming, sometimes funny and intriguing mystery. I absolutely loved the English element, anything to do with England or the English is always a favourite. A well written and flowing storyline make for a pleasurable reading experience. Toward the end of the book I thought I had figured out what happened but as with most “who done it” stories I was way off the mark. The twist at the end I did not see coming at all until it was revealed by the main character Gemma Doyle. Looking back I did remember the vital clue but dismissed it. All characters were extremely well written and came alive on the page there were just the right amount of suspects to keep me guessing. Too many and it gets confusing and not enough makes it easy to solve. The only thing that bothered me about the book is the title. Even though there is a cat in the story it had very little bearing on the actual story and the events that took place. I would recommend to fans of Cozy Mysteries and Sherlock Holmes.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kirsti

    Will add a review closer to the release date at request of the Publisher/Netgalley :) A big thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book! *Sheepish* I am going to admit something. I haven't ever read any Sherlock Holmes. Nor have I seen any movies, plays, television shows or anything like that. At one point Gemma states that the whole world knows the Baskerville story, but I don't. Did that effect a themed cozy for me? Not even a little! Such is this book with its fun c Will add a review closer to the release date at request of the Publisher/Netgalley :) A big thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book! *Sheepish* I am going to admit something. I haven't ever read any Sherlock Holmes. Nor have I seen any movies, plays, television shows or anything like that. At one point Gemma states that the whole world knows the Baskerville story, but I don't. Did that effect a themed cozy for me? Not even a little! Such is this book with its fun characters, great plot and fast paced writing that a lack of knowledge was no impediment. The book trots along comfortably, and we're revealed just enough hints that we keep up with the murder mystery with ease. Gemma herself is an excellent character, but she's supported by a brilliant cast of reoccurring characters that all add to the mystery. Add to that two fine animal companions and you're close to cozy perfection. I loved it of course, but I'll wait to post the review until closer to the release. This is a fun mystery series that I'd like to see more of. Five stars!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    The Cat of the Baskervilles by Vicki Delany is the third installment of this series. Gemma is a wonderful main character. She speaks her mind, interferes in police investigations and is a loyal friend. When her best friend and business partner falls for an actor, Gemma sees through his charade, but won't let it destroy her friendship. When a well known actor turns out to be a drunk and a scoundrel, Gemma fights to the end to protect her friend's mother. This book was a delight to read. I enjoy Gemma The Cat of the Baskervilles by Vicki Delany is the third installment of this series. Gemma is a wonderful main character. She speaks her mind, interferes in police investigations and is a loyal friend. When her best friend and business partner falls for an actor, Gemma sees through his charade, but won't let it destroy her friendship. When a well known actor turns out to be a drunk and a scoundrel, Gemma fights to the end to protect her friend's mother. This book was a delight to read. I enjoy Gemma's spunk and her bluntness. She brings an interesting twist to the series. The author has created a very likeable character and the cast of secondary characters are just as fun. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for choosing me to read an ARC of this book. Cozy mystery readers will be delighted to read this book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Peggy R

    This is another great installment in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery Series. I really enjoy the characters in this series. Gemma is a bit unique in her personality which I don't mind. It sets her apart from other main characters. The secondary cast of characters complete the story and I like how her friends try and soften her bluntness and outspokenness. The mystery was well done and I culprit was not on my radar. A full review will be posted closer to the release date in February 2018. I vo This is another great installment in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery Series. I really enjoy the characters in this series. Gemma is a bit unique in her personality which I don't mind. It sets her apart from other main characters. The secondary cast of characters complete the story and I like how her friends try and soften her bluntness and outspokenness. The mystery was well done and I culprit was not on my radar. A full review will be posted closer to the release date in February 2018. I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy provided by Netgalley, who is closing reviews and archiving this title on December 26th.

  29. 5 out of 5

    The Cozy Review

    Famous stage and movie star Sir Nigel Bellingham arrives in West London, Massachusetts to star in a stage production of The Hound of the Baskervilles put on by the West London Theater Festival. Before rehearsals can even start, Sir Nigel plunges to his death from the cliffs. Now it's a matter of whether it was suicide or murder. Before the play opens, Leslie Wilson, mother of Gemma’s best friend Jayne, arranges a fundraising afternoon tea to be catered by Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room. The tea is a hug Famous stage and movie star Sir Nigel Bellingham arrives in West London, Massachusetts to star in a stage production of The Hound of the Baskervilles put on by the West London Theater Festival. Before rehearsals can even start, Sir Nigel plunges to his death from the cliffs. Now it's a matter of whether it was suicide or murder. Before the play opens, Leslie Wilson, mother of Gemma’s best friend Jayne, arranges a fundraising afternoon tea to be catered by Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room. The tea is a huge success, but when it’s time to leave, Sir Nigel has gone missing, only to be found at the bottom of the rocky cliff, dead. Unfortunately, Gemma not only finds the body, but she also finds evidence incriminating Leslie Wilson. When the police, in the presence of handsome detective Ryan Ashburton and suspicious detective Louise Estrada, focus their attention on Leslie despite the numerous other suspects, the game is once again afoot. Its again up to the highly perceptive Gemma and the ever-confused but loyal Jayne to clear Leslie before she is arrested. -- Series: A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery - Book 3 Author: Vicki Delany Genre: Cozy Mystery Publisher: Crooked Lane Books Anyone who enjoys Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's, Sherlock Holmes series will devour The Cat of the Baskervilles. Ms. Delany has created a wonderful series in the vein of Mr. Doyle right down to the memorable characters and the methods Sherlock employs to deduce the villain. The setting of West London, Mass is picture perfect, and theatre is a fitting setting for murder and mystery. In today's world of formulaic stories, it is nice to come across one that is outside of the general cozy genre and which emphasizes the clues and deductions over simple romance and tired plots. The age of Doyle and Christie is alive and well, and readers will be drawn to stories that contain more than the average book. Gemma is a great detective who uses reason and observation as her tools. She isn’t the average everyday sleuth. Running her business, The Sherlock Holmes Bookshop, she has an advantage over her Homes obsessed customers and even the police. She can deduce clues and motives faster and better. Often, before the police even realize a crime has been committed Gemma is already investigating. Other characters such as Jayne and her mother, Leslie have personalities that compliment Gemma’s. Ryan and Grant are great love interests even though the reader will know from the beginning what Gemma’s heart wants. This is the third book in the series, but it is not necessary to read the previous installments to understand what is going on and who the players are. The story is fun and entertaining as well as though provoking, and can be read in one sitting. The Cat of the Baskervilles Is highly recommended to anyone who enjoys Doyle or Christie, and any reader who just wants a good book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Daniele

    3.5 stars THE CAT OF THE BASKERVILLES is the entertaining third entry in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series and can easily be read as a standalone book. Gemma makes for an unusual protagonist, but the Sherlock Holmes themed bookstore and adjoining Mrs. Hudson’s Tearoom in West London, Massachusetts, make for a delightful cozy setting. It is summer near Cape Cod, and the upcoming West London Theater Festival has the town abuzz. One time film and stage star Sir Nigel Bellingham is set to be 3.5 stars THE CAT OF THE BASKERVILLES is the entertaining third entry in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series and can easily be read as a standalone book. Gemma makes for an unusual protagonist, but the Sherlock Holmes themed bookstore and adjoining Mrs. Hudson’s Tearoom in West London, Massachusetts, make for a delightful cozy setting. It is summer near Cape Cod, and the upcoming West London Theater Festival has the town abuzz. One time film and stage star Sir Nigel Bellingham is set to be the headliner, but no one is quite prepared for the washed up elderly alcoholic who arrives. His performance at a fund raising tea does not go well, and he is soon found at the bottom of a cliff. Was his death the result of a tragic accident? Did he commit suicide? Or, did someone want the curtain to fall permanently? The mother of Gemma’s business partner Jayne quickly becomes the prime suspect, and Gemma is certain that Leslie is hiding something. Using her keen powers of observation, Gemma sets out to find out the truth. No one seems too upset about Sir Nigel’s death. Gemma has plenty of suspects to ferret through, and she unearths plenty of motives for murder along the way. She must deal with a local detective who very much dislikes her and another whose interest might be more than professional. She wants to help and protect Jayne, but her desire for the truth outweighs all. Even with the group of suspects and their agendas, I was never quite able to pin point the murderer until the last minute when a crucial clue was revealed. I felt a little short changed that this clue came so late and was deliberately withheld by the police. As I mentioned above, Gemma is not your normal likeable protagonist. She is obviously intelligent, ultra observant, prickly, and blunt. All of these things can make her a little hard to take, and she occasionally comes across as a know-it-all. Jayne is a little too naïve, and I fear that Gemma railroads her at times. Grant, Gemma’s friend and fellow bookseller, and detective Ryan are interesting and balance Gemma’s harshness. None of the theater people are particularly likable, and I did not feel invested in their fates. THE CAT OF THE BASKERVILLES is, overall, a nice, light read. It contains all of the ingredients needed to make a great cozy mystery. I will definitely read the other books in the series and cross my fingers that Gemma grows on me. Recommended for cozy fans and bibliophiles. I received a copy of this title from the publisher and voluntarily shared my thoughts here.

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