Wednesday, October 23, 2019

The Art of Theft - Historical Mystery Review

Goodreads:  The Art of Theft (Lady Sherlock #4) by Sherry Thomas

Rating: Very Good
Source: Publisher

Description:  As "Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective," Charlotte Holmes has solved murders and found missing individuals. But she has never stolen a priceless artwork—or rather, made away with the secrets hidden behind a much-coveted canvas.
But Mrs. Watson is desperate to help her old friend recover those secrets and Charlotte finds herself involved in a fever-paced scheme to infiltrate a glamorous Yuletide ball where the painting is one handshake away from being sold and the secrets a bare breath from exposure.

Her dear friend Lord Ingram, her sister Livia, Livia's admirer Stephen Marbleton—everyone pitches in to help and everyone has a grand time. But nothing about this adventure is what it seems and disaster is biding time on the grounds of a glittering French chateau, waiting only for Charlotte to make a single mistake...

Genre: Mystery - Historical

Why I Picked This Book:  I've really enjoyed the previous books in this series so I couldn't pass this one up!

My Impression: I love this series and really it just keeps getting better with each new book as the series develops and we get to know the characters just a bit better.  Charlotte isn't the most open and easy get to know character so the more time I spend with the her the more I feel like I know her and the more I like her.  I really liked that we saw a bit more of Livia then we've seen in previous books.  She's unique and weird and completely different from Charlotte and I was so glad to be able to spend more time with her.

I was really impressed with just how different each of the mysteries in this series feel.  This isn't one of those books where the main character is continuously tripping over a body (not that I have a problem with those but this is a nice change) but instead Charlotte is drawn into a wide variety of mysteries connected to either her job as Sherlock Holmes or through her friends and acquaintances.  While I love this it does tend to make the books in this series start slow.  I thoroughly enjoy the setup and getting to revisit the characters but if you like your mysteries to start with a bang then you may get a bit frustrated.

This is a interesting, unique, and well done mystery series with characters unlike any other.  I look forward to seeing what happens for Mrs. Watson, Charlotte, and Livia next!  Because this series has such strong characters this is a series best read in order.   

Would I Read More of this Series/Author? 
Absolutely!  I love solving mysteries with Charlotte and the rest of the cast.

Would I Recommend this Book?  If you enjoy mysteries this is a fantastic series though I do recommend reading them in order so you can get to know the characters and the setup.

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


  1. Like the sound of this one. Thanks for the review.

  2. I love the sound of this series. I bought the audiobooks for the first two books in the series but haven't been able to start them yet. I am so glad you enjoyed this one, Katherine!

  3. Sounds like a series I could really enjoy. Good to know that they start slow, so I won't give up on them too fast!

  4. This is a series I want to read and to get to know the characters. Maybe 2020 is the year for me to begin it. I laughed at your " this is not a series where she is tripping all the time over bodies".