Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Miss Moriarty, I Presume? - Historical Mystery Review

Goodreads: Miss Moriarty, I Presume? (Lady Sherlock #6) by Sherry Thomas

Rating: Really Liked It!
Source:   Publisher

Description:  A most unexpected client shows up at Charlotte Holmes's doorstep: Moriarty himself. Moriarty fears that tragedy has befallen his daughter and wants Charlotte to find out the truth.

Charlotte and Mrs. Watson travel to a remote community of occult practitioners where Moriarty's daughter was last seen, a place full of lies and liars. Meanwhile, Charlotte's sister Livia tries to make sense of a mysterious message from her beau Mr. Marbleton. And Charlotte's longtime friend and ally Lord Ingram at last turns his seductive prowess on Charlotte--or is it the other way around?

But the more secrets Charlotte unravels about Miss Moriarty's disappearance, the more she wonders why Moriarty has entrusted this delicate matter to her of all people. Is it merely to test Charlotte's skills as an investigator, or has the man of shadows trapped her in a nest of vipers?

Genre: Mystery - Historical

Why I Picked This Book:  I have enjoyed previous books in this series and how could I resist that cover!

My Impression: I really enjoy the author's twist on the original Sherlock Holmes and Watson characters.  Charlotte is intelligent and logical to the extreme, devoted to her friends and sisters, and her taste for ridiculous dresses always makes me smile.  Mrs. Watson is a perfect foil for Charlotte.  She's warm and caring with plenty of good common sense and lots of connections.  Thomas excels at creating atmosphere and interesting, flawed, and complicated characters.  I enjoyed this book quite a lot - especially the second half.

However, I'm not a big fan of the nemesis style villain - especially when their villainy spans over several books - so I'm a bit tired of Mr. Moriarty.  Especially when I don't quite understand why Mrs. Watson in particular is so terrified of him.  As well, I found the beginning a bit slow to gain traction.  I enjoyed getting to check in with all the characters but it didn't really pull me in and make me not want to put the book down.  After the conclusion I do wonder where the series will go from here.  

Would I Read More of this Series/Author? Absolutely!  I enjoy this series and love Thomas as a writer.

Would I Recommend this Book? I would recommend this series but I would strongly recommend starting at the beginning.  This is not a series that I think one can really jump in mid series.

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


  1. I really need to get started with this series!

  2. I really enjoyed the delicious romance bits. I did find this more interesting, as the previous book, with seeing Moriarty "in the flesh" instead of just this shadowy figure. But I also wonder where things will go since the changes at the end.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  3. I'm still tempted but have some many books already on my Kindle 2,000+ unread...sigh

  4. Sounds good and I love the cover.

  5. I think I would like to really read this series, I like the sound of the characters more than anything. I need to make a plan for doing so!!

  6. I great to find a series you can get excited about. 📚

  7. I'm looking forward to reading this one after loving all the others. I do agree that a reader should really start at the beginning to get the whole 'turned on it's head' feel of the Lady Sherlock books.