Monday, October 29, 2018

The Hollow of Fear - Historical Mystery Review

Rating: Very Good
Source: Publisher

Under the cover of “Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective,” Charlotte Holmes puts her extraordinary powers of deduction to good use. Aided by the capable Mrs. Watson, Charlotte draws those in need to her and makes it her business to know what other people don’t.

Moriarty’s shadow looms large. First, Charlotte’s half brother disappears. Then, Lady Ingram, the estranged wife of Charlotte’s close friend Lord Ingram, turns up dead on his estate. And all signs point to Lord Ingram as the murderer.

With Scotland Yard closing in, Charlotte goes under disguise to seek out the truth. But uncovering the truth could mean getting too close to Lord Ingram—and a number of malevolent forces…

Genre: Mystery - Historical

Why I Picked This Book:
  I've really enjoyed the previous two books in this series and I'm excited to see where the series goes.

My Impression:
  This is a series that just keeps getting better.  Charlotte has found her footing and her confidence as Sherlock Holmes and her new hidden way of life.  This book starts off just where the previous book left off and we are smack I the middle of danger and intrigue fr  om the first page.

I was completely caught up in the investigation and couldn't wait to find out the next bit of information.  Charlotte is one of my absolute favorite investigators with her clear and logical mind and her immense fondness for baked goods.  I also find the relationship between Charlotte and Lord Ingram interesting.  It's more complex than a straightforward will they/won't they and I really enjoy their interactions.

While this is a solid mystery I don't think this is an ideal series to start in the middle.  There is a lot of character setup and background on the Marbles, Lady Ingram, and Moriarty in the previous books that would make this one much more enjoyable.

If you enjoy a good Sherlock Holmes retelling and love a smart and capable heroine as well as interesting side characters this is a series that should not be missed!

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?
  Absolutely!  I can't wait for more from Sherry Thomas.

Would I Recommend this Book?
  I would definitely recommend this series though I do recommend starting from the beginning.  

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


  1. It wouldn't be my kind of read but I like the idea of the two women as Holmes and Watson. I like seeing a different spin on a known tale. Sounds like you are really enjoying the series!

  2. Looks like a great book, I'm glad you enjoyed it!

  3. I am in line for this one at the library so good to know it is still keeping your interest.

  4. I liked the first two books so I'm really glad you liked this one! It's on my list.

  5. I just began listening to this book yesterday. Loved the first two books in the series. This one has started off very well. Yes, I laugh at Charlotte and her baked goods interest. LOL

  6. I am going to listen to the first three audios in November for a challenge. Do you remember if book one takes place in winter at all?

  7. I so glad you love this one. I can't wait to dive into this series.