Monday, October 12, 2020

Murder on Cold Street - Historical Mystery Review

Goodreads:  Murder on Cold Street (Lady Sherlock #5) by Sherry Thomas

Source:  Publisher

Description:  Inspector Treadles, Charlotte Holmes’s friend and collaborator, has been found locked in a room with two dead men, both of whom worked with his wife at the great manufacturing enterprise she has recently inherited.

Rumors fly. Had Inspector Treadles killed the men because they had opposed his wife’s initiatives at every turn? Had he killed in a fit of jealous rage, because he suspected Mrs. Treadles of harboring deeper feelings for one of the men? To make matters worse, he refuses to speak on his own behalf, despite the overwhelming evidence against him.

Charlotte finds herself in a case strewn with lies and secrets. But which lies are to cover up small sins, and which secrets would flay open a past better left forgotten? Not to mention, how can she concentrate on these murders, when Lord Ingram, her oldest friend and sometime lover, at last dangles before her the one thing she has always wanted?

Genre: Mystery - Historical

Why I Picked This Book:  This is one of my favorite historical mystery series so I can't resist what happens next.

My Impression: This is such an entertaining series and I'm always so glad to spend more time with Charlotte, Lord Ingram, and especially Mrs. Watson. Over the course of the series I feel like I've really gotten to know and love them despite (or because of) their quirks and it feels very much like catching up with old friends.  

I especially enjoyed this one because for the first time Mrs. Treadles is front and center.  She's always been in the book but only on the very edges of the story and we've only really seen her through her husband's eyes and in relation to how he felt.  I really loved getting to know her and getting her take on their marital woes.  She's a likable and strong woman and made for a fantastic lead in this mystery.  As well I thoroughly enjoyed the team element of the investigation.  Charlotte has always been a good delegator but in this book the team element really seemed to flourish and Lord Ingram and Mrs. Watson really had their own space.    The mystery was intriguing with lots of twists and turns and kept me guessing until the very end.  

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?  Absolutely!  I can't wait until the next book!

Would I Recommend this Book?  If you enjoy historical mysteries this is a must read - though you may want to read at least the first book so you can know who is who and the whys.

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  As always my opinions and impressions are completely my own. *


  1. I admit, I was worried when I saw you hadn't added your rating..but I am so glad you loved it! Like you this is a favorite series.

  2. I want to read this series. I read the first one and am debating on whether or not to reread it again, but don't know if I have the patience. What do you think? Is it revisited in book two?

  3. I've been wanting to read this series. It sounds good.

  4. I love the cover of this one. I enjoyed the first book in the series and look forward to reading the rest. I am glad you enjoyed this one!

  5. I like this series - setting, characters, etc.

  6. Oo I will have to look this up, especially since we are delving into the world of Sherlock now. :)

  7. Does sound tempting as a series. I wish I could access it all on audio but I see only #4 is available to me.