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It's up to Gemma and Jayne to root out the killer in national bestselling author Vicki Delany's sixth Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery when the winner of a garden tour trophy is left pushing up daisies. "I am not a Consulting Detective," Gemma Doyle reluctantly tells 10-year-old Lauren Tierney, when the little girl comes to the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium to b It's up to Gemma and Jayne to root out the killer in national bestselling author Vicki Delany's sixth Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery when the winner of a garden tour trophy is left pushing up daisies. "I am not a Consulting Detective," Gemma Doyle reluctantly tells 10-year-old Lauren Tierney, when the little girl comes to the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium to beg Gemma to find her missing cat, Snowball. Gemma might not be able to follow the clues to find the cat, but her dog Violet follows her nose to locate the missing kitten in a neighbor's garden shed. Gemma and Violet proudly return Snowball to her grateful owner, and Gemma basks in praise for a job well done. But a few days later Lauren is back with ten dollars in hand, wanting to once again hire a consulting detective, and this time for a far bigger job: Her mother has been accused of murdering her garden club rival. Sheila Tierney's garden, which everyone said was the one to beat for the West London Garden Club trophy, had been vandalized the night before the club's early summer tour. Sheila confronted her former friend and gardening partner Anna Wentworth in a towering rage, and the women nearly came to blows. Later that night, after having won the trophy for best garden, Anna is found murdered and Sheila Tierney is the police's prime suspect. Despite herself, and despite the disapproval of her police detective boyfriend Ryan Ashburton, the game is once again afoot, and Gemma finds herself and Jayne Wilson using their powers of deduction to ponder yet another curious incident.


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It's up to Gemma and Jayne to root out the killer in national bestselling author Vicki Delany's sixth Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery when the winner of a garden tour trophy is left pushing up daisies. "I am not a Consulting Detective," Gemma Doyle reluctantly tells 10-year-old Lauren Tierney, when the little girl comes to the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium to b It's up to Gemma and Jayne to root out the killer in national bestselling author Vicki Delany's sixth Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery when the winner of a garden tour trophy is left pushing up daisies. "I am not a Consulting Detective," Gemma Doyle reluctantly tells 10-year-old Lauren Tierney, when the little girl comes to the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium to beg Gemma to find her missing cat, Snowball. Gemma might not be able to follow the clues to find the cat, but her dog Violet follows her nose to locate the missing kitten in a neighbor's garden shed. Gemma and Violet proudly return Snowball to her grateful owner, and Gemma basks in praise for a job well done. But a few days later Lauren is back with ten dollars in hand, wanting to once again hire a consulting detective, and this time for a far bigger job: Her mother has been accused of murdering her garden club rival. Sheila Tierney's garden, which everyone said was the one to beat for the West London Garden Club trophy, had been vandalized the night before the club's early summer tour. Sheila confronted her former friend and gardening partner Anna Wentworth in a towering rage, and the women nearly came to blows. Later that night, after having won the trophy for best garden, Anna is found murdered and Sheila Tierney is the police's prime suspect. Despite herself, and despite the disapproval of her police detective boyfriend Ryan Ashburton, the game is once again afoot, and Gemma finds herself and Jayne Wilson using their powers of deduction to ponder yet another curious incident.

30 review for A Curious Incident

  1. 5 out of 5

    James

    A Curious Incident is the sixth book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series written by Vicki Delany and set to be published in January 2021. I've read all the previous books and when the latest became available on NetGalley, I scooped it up. I always enjoy Delany's cozy mysteries and really like being able to stay current with a few of her series. This one is no exception. In A Curious Incident, Gemma and Jayne kick off the book with a missing persons... ummm... missing cat case. Poor pre A Curious Incident is the sixth book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series written by Vicki Delany and set to be published in January 2021. I've read all the previous books and when the latest became available on NetGalley, I scooped it up. I always enjoy Delany's cozy mysteries and really like being able to stay current with a few of her series. This one is no exception. In A Curious Incident, Gemma and Jayne kick off the book with a missing persons... ummm... missing cat case. Poor pre-teen Lauren has lost her kitten, the only thing in her life that seems to love her very much at all. Lauren's mother is a mess. Her father might be having an affair and is never home. Gemma refuses to get involved, as the police will arrest her if she ever does try to solve a case again. If you haven't read the series, just know she seems to thrust herself into every murder investigation around town -- not always intentionally. This is no exception! Gemma finds the cat, and then the next day, Lauren is back again. "I need your help. My mom might've killed someone." And the new mystery begins! Oh, what fun! Lauren is a great addition, and I had a curious notion that Gemma might need to adopt her. I won't give away any spoilers, but I will say her mother is a prime suspect in the death of a former friend / now enemy who might be the woman breaking up her marriage. There are also a few other garden club members, including an elderly neighbor who takes care of Gemma's garden. My vote was the hunky gardener in the beginning... then I decided on someone else. I won't spoil the surprise, but it has a wonderful side story and keeps you guessing til the end. Speaking of which... what a surprise we got at the end too! I can't wait to find out what happens in the next book. I do like this series a lot. Characters are very strongly written. Gemma is direct, and her arguments with the police are always amusing. I think she gets away with it because she's British, and her tone is often misunderstood. That said it might also be due to the fact that she's dating Ryan, a detective on the force in this small Massachusetts town. My only moment or two in this book where I struggled was in Ryan and Gemma's relationship. In the past, even with their banter, there was a spark between them. This time, I thought Ryan treated Gemma poorly. He didn't return her "I love you" and he often rushed around her while investigating. I wonder if a triangle might open in in the next book... I like him, but he wasn't as strong as usual, in this latest book. Nonetheless, I highly recommend this series. The mysteries are always well written and curious... a solid word for the book's title. Easy 4.5 stars and a bunch of sadness because I'll have to wait a year for the next one. Good thing I know the Christmas book in another of her series will be out soon too!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Phrynne

    Here I am again jumping into a series at book six instead of starting at the beginning. It was okay though as this book was just fine read as a stand alone. The characters were strong and understandable with the minimum of back story, and the story was complete within the book. The main character, Gemma Doyle, runs a book store, is a Sherlock Holmes tragic, and shares a number of characteristics with the famous detective. When a local citizen has her garden wrecked and another one is found murder Here I am again jumping into a series at book six instead of starting at the beginning. It was okay though as this book was just fine read as a stand alone. The characters were strong and understandable with the minimum of back story, and the story was complete within the book. The main character, Gemma Doyle, runs a book store, is a Sherlock Holmes tragic, and shares a number of characteristics with the famous detective. When a local citizen has her garden wrecked and another one is found murdered Gemma is always a step or two ahead of the police in solving the crimes. The content is all typical of a good cosy mystery plus it is well written, nicely paced and very readable. I enjoyed all the characters and their animals and the setting. Any book set in a bookshop has to be good! I will be looking out for more by this author. My thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    3.5 stars This review was first posted on Mystery and Suspense. Check it out for features, interviews, and reviews. https://www.mysteryandsuspense.com/re... In this 6th 'Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery', amateur sleuth Gemma Doyle investigates the murder of an avid gardener. The book work fines as a standalone. Englishwoman Gemma Doyle now lives in the town of West London in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. There she co-owns 'The Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium'..... .....with her Uncle Arthur Doyle 3.5 stars This review was first posted on Mystery and Suspense. Check it out for features, interviews, and reviews. https://www.mysteryandsuspense.com/re... In this 6th 'Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery', amateur sleuth Gemma Doyle investigates the murder of an avid gardener. The book work fines as a standalone. Englishwoman Gemma Doyle now lives in the town of West London in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. There she co-owns 'The Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium'..... .....with her Uncle Arthur Doyle - a spry nonagenarian who likes to travel and romance the ladies. Gemma also co-owns the adjoining shop, 'Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room', which is run by her best friend and business partner Jayne Wilson. Gemma has a reputation for solving mysteries, so when 11-year-old Lauren Tierney can't find her kitten Snowball she asks Gemma to help. Gemma serendipitously locates the feline while walking her cocker spaniel Violet, and cements herself as a heroine in Lauren's eyes. Afterwards, when Lauren's mother Sheila is suspected of murder, the girl asks Gemma for assistance once again. This puts Gemma on the horns of dilemma. The bookstore owner loves to investigate homicides, but she's been told to stop sticking her nose into police business by her boyfriend Detective Ryan Ashburton and his partner Detective Louise Estrada. Nevertheless, Gemma feels she can't let Lauren down, and snoops around anyway. Gemma learns that Lauren's mother Sheila Tierney and the victim Anna Wentworth were fellow members of the West London Garden Club. Both women were expert horticulturists whose yards were on the prestigious garden tour, and in competition for the best garden trophy. On the morning of the judging Sheila awoke to find her flowers and bushes destroyed. Completely distraught, Sheila rushed to Anna's house, accused her of sabotage, and loudly threatened her. Later that night Anna was killed while walking her dog Peony. The police find few clues at Anna's murder scene, but Sheila's previous behavior makes her a prime suspect. Moreover, whispers circulate that Anna was having an affair with Sheila's husband David. While the police make their inquiries, Gemma sneakily inspects the crime scene, surreptitiously snoops into the lives of the Tierneys and Wentworths, and mines the West London rumor mill for information. During the investigation, 11-year-old Lauren Tierney and her cat Snowball become temporary houseguests at Gemma's home. Since school is out for the summer, Lauren also helps out at the Sherlock Holmes' Bookshop and Emporium - where she assists customers, and at Mrs. Hudson's Tea Shop - where she learns to bake. Lauren is a sweet girl who hopes to clear her mother of suspicion and repair her parents' seemingly troubled marriage. When Gemma is busy outside the emporium, she leaves the bookstore in the capable hands of her twentysomething assistant Ashleigh, whose eccentric wardrobe reflects her mood. For instance, inspired by a garden club visit, Ashleigh wears a floppy straw hat and a gardening outfit. The emporium also gets occasional help from Gemma's friend Donald - a former lawyer turned Sherlock Holmes scholar - who likes to wear an inverness cape and deerstalker hat. In addition to running her business, Gemma has daily partners' meetings with Jayne in the tea shop. There the ladies enjoy the eatery's leftovers, which can be egg and salmon tea sandwiches, raspberry tarts, mini coconut cupcakes, and raspberry macarons. Gemma and Jayne also pursue their romantic interests, Gemma's being her cop boyfriend Ryan Ashburton, and Jayne's being her restaurateur beau Andy Whitehall. Gemma couldn't be happier about this, since she's been trying to get Jayne and Andy together for ages. Despite police objections, Gemma unearths clues that help solve the murder, which the astute reader may sniff out as well. This is an enjoyable cozy mystery with a pleasant New England setting and popular recurring characters. Thanks to Netgalley, Vicki Delany, and Crooked Lane Books for a copy of the book. You can follow my reviews at https://reviewsbybarbsaffer.blogspot.com

  4. 5 out of 5

    Apoorva

    A typical Sherlock Holmesy style detective novel that has you in splits. The tale told from the protagonist's POV has you as surprised, interested, and investigative as the central actor itself. Every episode is as gripping and exciting as the previous one, and the account only continues to get better and better. I literally couldn't hold myself from reading it on an asap basis; it is utterly captivating. The fast-paced narrative has you on your toes. I know I have made a straight jump into volum A typical Sherlock Holmesy style detective novel that has you in splits. The tale told from the protagonist's POV has you as surprised, interested, and investigative as the central actor itself. Every episode is as gripping and exciting as the previous one, and the account only continues to get better and better. I literally couldn't hold myself from reading it on an asap basis; it is utterly captivating. The fast-paced narrative has you on your toes. I know I have made a straight jump into volume six of the series; but, I don't think I must have missed anything from the past books, other than the character relations, as every story idea appeared to be different. The book has a perfect cozy ambiance wherein you sneak into your quilt with a cup of hot cocoa and solely delve into their environment. The book's name, cover, and blurb flawlessly blend with the overall end product. Appreciate NetGalley and Author Vicki Delany for the ARC of this book. I am voluntarily giving my review in exchange for this book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tahera

    This is the 6th book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery series but the first one I have read. Gemma Doyle, a British, owns the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium in a small New England town in Massachusetts and when she is not busy with her shop, it seems she is busy using her powers of deduction towards solving mysteries and crimes... in typical Sherlock Holmes style. This book finds Gemma solving two mysteries: the first, a teeny weeny one of locating the pet cat of a twelve year old g This is the 6th book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery series but the first one I have read. Gemma Doyle, a British, owns the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium in a small New England town in Massachusetts and when she is not busy with her shop, it seems she is busy using her powers of deduction towards solving mysteries and crimes... in typical Sherlock Holmes style. This book finds Gemma solving two mysteries: the first, a teeny weeny one of locating the pet cat of a twelve year old girl Lauren and the second and more serious one involving Lauren's mother who is accused of murdering a fellow garden club member Anna Wentworth. Even though I haven't read any of the previous books, I did manage to get the gist of who and what the main characters are like. The one thing that I was not sure about was Gemma and detective Ryan's relationship. Apparently, their romantic relationship is an on-off-on affair as hinted and going by how they interacted in this book, I don't seem to have much hope for them. I found it weird and hypocritical that Ryan is mostly aloof and indifferent towards Gemma and always telling her not to butt in the official investigation but is ever ready to get any information from her when she comes across any clues or leads. Not too sure about this pairing. My thanks to NetGalley, the publisher Crooked Lane Books and the author Vicki Delany for the e-Arc of the book. I just discovered that the author Vicki Delany also writes as Eva Gates. The book was published on 12th January 2021.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    3.75* Gemma Doyle insists that she's not a consulting detective, but the folks in her small town of West London know she's as close as. The proprietress of the Sherlock Holmes themed book store, she accidentally found the cat that 11 yr old Lauren said was missing. Then Lauren asked for help in proving her mother innocent of murder. She can't very well refuse, now can she? So we get this enjoyable, easy to read cozy mystery. I like the setting and the characters. Appreciate the dogs and cats tha 3.75* Gemma Doyle insists that she's not a consulting detective, but the folks in her small town of West London know she's as close as. The proprietress of the Sherlock Holmes themed book store, she accidentally found the cat that 11 yr old Lauren said was missing. Then Lauren asked for help in proving her mother innocent of murder. She can't very well refuse, now can she? So we get this enjoyable, easy to read cozy mystery. I like the setting and the characters. Appreciate the dogs and cats that our characters have too. While this is the 6th book in this series, it's only the 2nd one I've read. Don't think one really has to read it all in a row. It does reference some incident from months ago that I presumed was detailed in previous books. But it really has no bearing to what happens here. Recommended for Holmes-loving cozy fans.

  7. 5 out of 5

    ItaPixie

    Gemma Doyle owns a Sherlock Holmes themed bookshop, she often stumbles across the crimes of the town of West London on Cape Cod causing discontent among the police force. In this sixth installment of A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series Gemma decides to help a young girl, Lauren, to clear her mother of murder charges. The dead body of Anna, a great and well known gardener is found in the darkest part of the park. Without any witness and any evidences the detectives look in the victim’s life Gemma Doyle owns a Sherlock Holmes themed bookshop, she often stumbles across the crimes of the town of West London on Cape Cod causing discontent among the police force. In this sixth installment of A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series Gemma decides to help a young girl, Lauren, to clear her mother of murder charges. The dead body of Anna, a great and well known gardener is found in the darkest part of the park. Without any witness and any evidences the detectives look in the victim’s life and they find out that Anna has fought with a fellow gardener the morning of the murder so all suspicion falls on Sheila. Has Sheila really murdered her ex best friend? Will Gemma succeed to solve this intricate case? A Curious Incident was an enjoyable novel with a good mystery. I liked the setting and the plot and the characters. Gemma is a nice, witty character that made me smile throughout the book and the side characters also add depth to the story. The only thing I couldn't make up an opinion over is Gemma's love relationship with the detective Ryan Ashburton but I'm curious enough to know more about them to keep reading this series, cheering for their happily ever after. Don't worry if you haven't read the previous books in the series you can easily follow the story because a new mystery is solved at the end of every book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Micky Cox

    Gemma is keeping busy in the emporium when she is asked to "take on" a private case since she has had such good luck in the past helping solve cases. As much as she doesn't want to get involved, it seems she is destined to be dragged into this one too! The characters have really blossomed in this series and you find yourself not only wanting to like them, but actually connecting with them. Connecting with characters makes the plot that much better for the reader and I'm happy to say that this se Gemma is keeping busy in the emporium when she is asked to "take on" a private case since she has had such good luck in the past helping solve cases. As much as she doesn't want to get involved, it seems she is destined to be dragged into this one too! The characters have really blossomed in this series and you find yourself not only wanting to like them, but actually connecting with them. Connecting with characters makes the plot that much better for the reader and I'm happy to say that this series has gotten there! This is my favorite book of the series so far as you start to see Gemma as a human rather than a mechanical machine. Even the side characters are extremely well developed and you definitely either dislike/like as the author intends. I'm quite intrigued to see where the characters go next!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    My favorite book in this wonderful series! Loved the storyline with Gemma & Lauren(such a wonderful character...a mini-Gemma!).

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    This is my favorite book in the series so far. The book can be enjoyed as a stand-alone mystery. The characters have continued to develop and evolve over the series. Being a fan of Sherlock Holmes, Gemma is a fun modern spin on Sherlock. I like that Gemma embraces helping the little girl. Her relationship with this young girl gives Gemma a more relatable personality. The secondary characters are realistic, relatable, and entertaining. The mystery is well-developed with several well -lace red-her This is my favorite book in the series so far. The book can be enjoyed as a stand-alone mystery. The characters have continued to develop and evolve over the series. Being a fan of Sherlock Holmes, Gemma is a fun modern spin on Sherlock. I like that Gemma embraces helping the little girl. Her relationship with this young girl gives Gemma a more relatable personality. The secondary characters are realistic, relatable, and entertaining. The mystery is well-developed with several well -lace red-herrings to keep the reader engaged in the story. I recommend this book to fans of the series, Sherlock Holmes, and cozy mysteries. All thoughts and opinions are my own, and in no way have I been influenced by anyone.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    This is the sixth book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series by Vicki Delany set in West London on Cape Cod, Massachusetts featuring Gemma Doyle. Gemma Doyle manages Great Uncle Arthur's Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium. The shop is located at 222 Baker Street and is also the home of Violet, Gemma's cocker spaniel. In addition, Gemma co-owns the adjoining shop, 'Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room', which is run by her best friend and business partner Jayne Wilson. Gemma has a reputation for be This is the sixth book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series by Vicki Delany set in West London on Cape Cod, Massachusetts featuring Gemma Doyle. Gemma Doyle manages Great Uncle Arthur's Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium. The shop is located at 222 Baker Street and is also the home of Violet, Gemma's cocker spaniel. In addition, Gemma co-owns the adjoining shop, 'Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room', which is run by her best friend and business partner Jayne Wilson. Gemma has a reputation for being a bit of a mystery-solver, so when 11-year-old Lauren Tierney loses her kitten, Snowball, she asks Gemma for help. Gemma serendipitously locates Snowball whilst out walking Violet, much to Lauren's delight. When Lauren's mother, Sheila is accused of murdering garden club member Anna Wentworth, Lauren turns to Gemma for assistance for a second time. Once again I'm starting a series late to the party at book six! With her kindness, resourcefulness and sassy attitude, I was pleased to be in Gemma's company. Vicki Delany has surrounded Gemma with a great supporting cast and Jayne especially is easy to warm to. Gemma and Jayne are both in relationships; Gemma is with her detective boyfriend Ryan Ashburton, and Jayne's love interest is restaurateur Andy Whitehall. Of course, Violet, Gemma's lovable spaniel, deserves another mention. The author has written a very strong mystery here too. With its great plot, the pacing is comfortable and I enjoyed trying to unearth clues alongside Gemma despite police objections. Even though I was able to figure out the identity of the killer, there were enough misdirections to keep me guessing awhile. Vicki Delany's abundant humorous touches had me chuckling and helped to make A Curious Incident a really compelling, fun read. I was totally entertained from beginning to end so bring on book #7! I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Crooked Lane via NetGalley and this review is my unbiased opinion.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    A Curious Incident by Vicki Delany is the 6th A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery. It can be read as a standalone for those new to the series or if you have missed a book or two. I thought A Curious Incident was well-written with developed characters and steady pacing. Gemma Doyle is a unique protagonist. Gemma is an Englishwoman who lives in West London, Massachusetts where she manages the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium, which she co-owns with her uncle Arthur. Gemma has a keen eye for de A Curious Incident by Vicki Delany is the 6th A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery. It can be read as a standalone for those new to the series or if you have missed a book or two. I thought A Curious Incident was well-written with developed characters and steady pacing. Gemma Doyle is a unique protagonist. Gemma is an Englishwoman who lives in West London, Massachusetts where she manages the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium, which she co-owns with her uncle Arthur. Gemma has a keen eye for detail. She notices things and makes connections that others miss. I enjoyed the Sherlock Holmes references in the story as well. West London is a charming small town filled with quaint shops. There is a cast of residents that suit a small town (gossipy woman who compete against each other). Lauren was a great addition to the story. She is such a sweetie. I enjoyed the interactions between Lauren and Gemma. I also love Gemma’s sweet neighbor, Mrs. Ramsbatten. She has such an interesting past. The whodunit had several suspects, a red herring, and good clues. There was one aspect of the case that I found unique. I enjoyed following Gemma as she questioned people and discovered clues. It is fascinating how her mind works. The one thing I am not a fan of is the relationship between Ryan and Gemma. I do not feel any sparks between them in this book and I did not like how Ryan treated Gemma. I am hoping someone new will come to town who will be a better match for Gemma. A Curious Incident was a delight to read. I am eager for the next book in this engaging series. A Curious Incident is an entertaining cozy mystery with a missing moggy, a troubled tween, a clever canine, a disgruntled detective, a grouchy gardener, and a snoopy shop owner.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Peggy R

    A Curious Incident is the sixth book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series and an entertaining read. This time around, the competition between members of the garden club turns deadly, when a garden is destroyed and a member is murdered. This time around, Gemma is asked by a young girl to help prove her mother did not commit the murder. I very much enjoyed the introduction of Lauren, the niece of one of the secondary characters, and the bond that formed between her and Gemma. All of the A Curious Incident is the sixth book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series and an entertaining read. This time around, the competition between members of the garden club turns deadly, when a garden is destroyed and a member is murdered. This time around, Gemma is asked by a young girl to help prove her mother did not commit the murder. I very much enjoyed the introduction of Lauren, the niece of one of the secondary characters, and the bond that formed between her and Gemma. All of the secondary cast of characters make return appearances with some special things in store for the reader. What I found interesting is that this time around, Gemma actually tried not to investigate but rather leave the case to Ryan and Louise. However, the best-laid plans get derailed. The mystery kept me guessing because we really don't know all of the people involved in the murder. As always, I enjoyed following Gemma as she unraveled the clues in her very logical, and straightforward manner. She has an eye for detail and an ability to take in all she sees around her, process it, and then form logical conclusions based upon all the facts. She is a unique character, but I also enjoy that she is softening a bit and somewhat less obvious to social queues. If you are a fan of this series then I'm sure you are going to enjoy this latest mystery from author Vicki Delaney. I voluntarily read a digital advanced reader copy provided to me by the publisher, Crooked Lane Books, through Netgalley. The opinions and thoughts expressed are my own.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    This was a very good read. It would have been a five star read for me if not for a couple little things. I tend to forget how much I like Gemma and Jayne together and it was fun to be a part of their world again. I liked the story and how Gemma isn't directly involved in the mystery [to begin with and to be fair, she WAS hired. ;-) ]. I love the addition of several new animals, an adorable 11-year old [who desperately needs Gemma as much as Gemma needs her, whether she realizes it or not] and so This was a very good read. It would have been a five star read for me if not for a couple little things. I tend to forget how much I like Gemma and Jayne together and it was fun to be a part of their world again. I liked the story and how Gemma isn't directly involved in the mystery [to begin with and to be fair, she WAS hired. ;-) ]. I love the addition of several new animals, an adorable 11-year old [who desperately needs Gemma as much as Gemma needs her, whether she realizes it or not] and some lovely time spent with Mrs. Ramsbatten [who is a FANTASTIC character and one we need to see much more of]. The mystery itself was good and I learned stuff about plants and flowers that I didn't know [I am much like Gemma and can kill a plant by just looking at it]. And the reveal was very good and unexpected in the way it plays out. So, all-in-all, a really good read. So why not 5 stars right? 1. I knew who the killer was very early. V E R Y early. 2. Ryan. He was very problematic for me in this book. He was flat and one-dimensional [thanks Joy for that description - it works so well here] and V E R Y inconsistent. Any time he is in the story, the story just kind of goes flat and uninteresting. He is a good character and deserves more than what he was given in this book. It was rather disappointing. 3. Louise Estrada. Look, I get that she and Gemma are never going to be friends and that Louise is always going to be caustic and I don't think it is a stretch to say, obnoxious. But she is unacceptable snotty and mean in this book. Gemma goes out of her way to not antagonize her [even compliments her at one point] and Louise responds every time in a mean and obnoxious way. It would have have been a stretch to have her be somewhat kind. It was very off-putting and just made me dislike her even more than I typically do. All that said, it was still a very good read and I enjoyed it very much. This is absolutely one of my all-time favorite series [thanks again to Joy for shoving this at me...I mean asking me to read/start this series with her; it has been a very good one!! Thank you to NetGalley, Vicki Delany and Crooked Lane Books for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I just finished reading this book yesterday. I will be heading to the library to pick up the previous books shortly! It was that good! What did I like? First, the main character owns a bookstore, so that's definitely a plus. Second, there are cute dogs and cats which always make me happy. But most important I just couldn't stop reading it! The characters are imaginative and interesting and the story is easy to follow. Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for the opportunity to read and re I just finished reading this book yesterday. I will be heading to the library to pick up the previous books shortly! It was that good! What did I like? First, the main character owns a bookstore, so that's definitely a plus. Second, there are cute dogs and cats which always make me happy. But most important I just couldn't stop reading it! The characters are imaginative and interesting and the story is easy to follow. Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for the opportunity to read and review this cleverly written book!

  16. 4 out of 5

    K.A. Davis

    A CURIOUS INCIDENT is the sixth book in the Sherlock Bookshop Mysteries by Vicki Delany, and with this newest addition, confirms why this series is one of my favorites! Protagonist Gemma Doyle, may at times, be an abrupt quirky character and can be a bit off-putting to some. From my viewpoint though, I’ve found her to be a refreshing change from the typical amateur sleuth in cozy mysteries. And with the Sherlock Bookshop that she co-owns with her uncle, her personality fits into the character of A CURIOUS INCIDENT is the sixth book in the Sherlock Bookshop Mysteries by Vicki Delany, and with this newest addition, confirms why this series is one of my favorites! Protagonist Gemma Doyle, may at times, be an abrupt quirky character and can be a bit off-putting to some. From my viewpoint though, I’ve found her to be a refreshing change from the typical amateur sleuth in cozy mysteries. And with the Sherlock Bookshop that she co-owns with her uncle, her personality fits into the character of the great detective himself: hyper-observant, methodical analyzation of facts, and no hesitation in offering opinions. That said, in this newest book, the author has expanded Gemma’s personality and shown a softer, more caring side via her interaction with 10-year-old Lauren. Plus there’s a greater interjection of humor throughout the storyline. British Gemma’s misuse of American words had me laughing several times and overall the book has a cheerful feel, despite the murder. The story starts out with Lauren deciding she has to hire Gemma to find her cat, no matter that Gemma says she can’t do it. But Gemma’s dog, Violet, comes to the rescue and solves the case. Shortly thereafter, Lauren is back and hires Gemma to prove her mom’s innocence in a murder she’s been accused of committing. From there the reader is taken on an engaging page turner as Gemma struggles to do what’s best for Lauren and keep her detective boyfriend from getting angry over her investigations. Not only does Ms. Delany write a strong character-driven story, her well-plotted mystery is solid. With some twists and turns I didn’t see coming and plenty of suspects unearthed to keep me guessing, I was entertained with each turn of the page. I didn’t want to put it down even though I wanted to slowly savor the read since I’ll have to impatiently wait another year before the next book releases. I was provided with an advance copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Review to follow!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    4.5 stars This is the sixth book in the Sherlock Holmes mystery series by Vicki Delany. Gemma Doyle is known for her sleuthing ways. When she is hired by a young girl to prove her mother’s innocence, she finds herself perplexed. It would be an easy case for Sherlock, but her, not so much. This reminded me a little bit of Clue. Was it Sheila in the Garden with the Trophy? Only time will tell. This was a fun mystery to follow. You really don’t get bored with such a unique protagonist. And when you add 4.5 stars This is the sixth book in the Sherlock Holmes mystery series by Vicki Delany. Gemma Doyle is known for her sleuthing ways. When she is hired by a young girl to prove her mother’s innocence, she finds herself perplexed. It would be an easy case for Sherlock, but her, not so much. This reminded me a little bit of Clue. Was it Sheila in the Garden with the Trophy? Only time will tell. This was a fun mystery to follow. You really don’t get bored with such a unique protagonist. And when you add the Sherlock stuff, I am all in. Loving this series. Definitely time for a marathon! If you like cozy mysteries, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed. I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Vintagebooklvr

    3 1/2 stars. A fun mystery that keeps the reader satisfied. The reoccurring characters are engaging and you have probably met animal personalities similar to the ones in the book that will make you want to come back for more. While this the book is part of a series each can be read alone without any problem. I received an ARC from Netgalley and the publisher in return for a fair review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    A Curious Incident is the 6 th book in Vicki Delanys A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series, this is one of my absolute favorite series and this book didn’t disappoint. When the garden tour turns deadly, Gemma and Jayne once again put their sleuthing skills into action, trying to clear the a mother of a young girl of the murder. The well written storyline, and charming, relatable characters make for another entertaining read by Ms. Delany. I would like to thank Netgalley for the e-ARC which I A Curious Incident is the 6 th book in Vicki Delanys A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series, this is one of my absolute favorite series and this book didn’t disappoint. When the garden tour turns deadly, Gemma and Jayne once again put their sleuthing skills into action, trying to clear the a mother of a young girl of the murder. The well written storyline, and charming, relatable characters make for another entertaining read by Ms. Delany. I would like to thank Netgalley for the e-ARC which I voluntarily reviewed.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Almada

    I really enjoy this series, Gemma is a character that grows on you. I was fascinated by her in the first book but I didn't like her at all, as time has gone on and we get to know her better Gemma has become more likable. In this book we definitely see a softer side of Gemma as she ends up promising to help a young girl, first find her kitten and then clear her Mom of a murder charge. Logic still prevails but I liked that in several different situations we see a softer side to our Sherlocken sleu I really enjoy this series, Gemma is a character that grows on you. I was fascinated by her in the first book but I didn't like her at all, as time has gone on and we get to know her better Gemma has become more likable. In this book we definitely see a softer side of Gemma as she ends up promising to help a young girl, first find her kitten and then clear her Mom of a murder charge. Logic still prevails but I liked that in several different situations we see a softer side to our Sherlocken sleuth.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    Gemma and Jayne are already my favorite characters, and this book just proved my point. Even though I’m not a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes, I really enjoy this series and especially like Gemma and her crazy family. This story was quite good, and the mystery kept me guessing until the end. The friendship between Gemma and Jayne is sweet, and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next for Gemma and the gang.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lesa

    While I never had the chance to read about Gemma Doyle’s adventures in England in There’s a Murder Afoot, I didn’t really miss anything by moving straight to the sixth book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series. A Curious Incident just might be my favorite in Vicki Delany’s series. Gemma’s still quirky, but she shows a surprising side in this one. I never would have thought she’d like a child. When eleven-year-old Lauren shows up at Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium, asking for help in findi While I never had the chance to read about Gemma Doyle’s adventures in England in There’s a Murder Afoot, I didn’t really miss anything by moving straight to the sixth book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series. A Curious Incident just might be my favorite in Vicki Delany’s series. Gemma’s still quirky, but she shows a surprising side in this one. I never would have thought she’d like a child. When eleven-year-old Lauren shows up at Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium, asking for help in finding her lost cat, Snowball, Gemma insists she’s not a consulting detective. In fact, she didn’t even notice Snowball was white on the posters for the missing cat. But, that night Gemma’s dog Violet leads her to the neighbor’s gardening shed where she finds the cat. Violet might have found her, but Gemma basks in the glory. Unfortunately, Lauren shows up again. This time, she’s offering ten dollars for Gemma to prove Lauren’s mother, Sheila, isn’t a killer. Sheila’s obsessed with her garden, and hoped to win this year’s trophy from the West London Garden Club. But, the morning of judging, she woke to find her garden destroyed. She stormed over to Anna Wentworth’s house, and, in front of everyone in the garden, accused Anna of the vandalism and trying to steal Sheila’s husband. The resulting fight is the talk of the community until Anna is murdered that night. It’s only logical for the police to question Sheila. Lauren panics, even though Gemma assures her the police will find the killer. Gemma can’t stand Sheila, seeing her as self-centered and egotistical and neglectful of her daughter. But, Gemma’s had enough when Sheila abandons Lauren and the teary-eyed girl shows up at the bookshop. She takes Lauren in, and finally decides the girl needs help. It’s time for Gemma to use the intelligence that’s been compared to Sherlock Holmes. As I said, this is my favorite of the books in the series. Gemma seems a little kinder, a little more empathetic in this one. Even the bookshop cat, Moriarty, who is not a Gemma fan, approves her actions in this case. Best of all, Delany plays fair with the reader. It’s not her fault that I didn’t catch her most obvious clue in A Curious Incident.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kirsti

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book! This series just keeps getting better and better. Gemma and Jayne have the kind of friendship you can only envy, and always have each other's backs when tracking down mysteries, although it looks like Jayne may have some distraction in her future. Gemma also falls back on Donald a lot in this one, and interesting and unique character who I loved reading about. The mystery itself was really good, and the eventual culprit wa Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book! This series just keeps getting better and better. Gemma and Jayne have the kind of friendship you can only envy, and always have each other's backs when tracking down mysteries, although it looks like Jayne may have some distraction in her future. Gemma also falls back on Donald a lot in this one, and interesting and unique character who I loved reading about. The mystery itself was really good, and the eventual culprit was so obvious that I didn't see them at first. I had my suspicions on other characters for most of the novel, and this was exactly as the author intended. The very last reveal and tying up of the mystery was my favorite though! These are a fantastic cozy series with some great characters, unique settings and situations. If you're in the mood for a cozy, pick up one of these! Five stars.

  25. 4 out of 5

    M. [storme reads a lot]

    It was a good story, but it was simple to figure out the mystery. This took away from the interest for me. I liked this book, but it was not my favorite. I am not sure if I would pick up more from this author.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Brown

    Any book that involves saving animals is a win for me! I enjoyed this story and you get to see a mothering side of Gemma with Lauren. It was a little shocking that this kid's parents would just let her stay with a stranger, but I guess they had bigger issues. There were a few predictable parts (the lemonade) and I think I knew who the killer was going to be early on. Good story and I hope the series continues! Any book that involves saving animals is a win for me! I enjoyed this story and you get to see a mothering side of Gemma with Lauren. It was a little shocking that this kid's parents would just let her stay with a stranger, but I guess they had bigger issues. There were a few predictable parts (the lemonade) and I think I knew who the killer was going to be early on. Good story and I hope the series continues!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Miss W Book Reviews

    A Curious Incident is Book 6 in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery Series by Vicki Delaney. Gemma and Jayne have a murder to investigate when the winner of a garden tour contest is murdered. The characters are really fun and well developed over the course of the series. I really love the dogs and Moriarty the cat are written so fun that I picture them right here with me. A great deal of action and excellent story telling made this a book I could not and did not want to put down. This book can be A Curious Incident is Book 6 in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery Series by Vicki Delaney. Gemma and Jayne have a murder to investigate when the winner of a garden tour contest is murdered. The characters are really fun and well developed over the course of the series. I really love the dogs and Moriarty the cat are written so fun that I picture them right here with me. A great deal of action and excellent story telling made this a book I could not and did not want to put down. This book can be read as a standalone, but I would recommend reading this series from Book 1 to get more history and backstory on these wonderfully woven characters.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    A Curious Incident by Vicki Delany is the newest Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery where Gemma, a bookshop owner, is not a consulting detective, or so she tries to tell little Lauren when Lauren comes to her about her missing cat. She is not able to reinforce this statement with Lauren when she accidentally locates the kitten with the help of her friend and dog, Violet, the cocker spaniel owned by her great uncle Arthur but cared for by Gemma. So a couple of days later Lauren arrives again with a A Curious Incident by Vicki Delany is the newest Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery where Gemma, a bookshop owner, is not a consulting detective, or so she tries to tell little Lauren when Lauren comes to her about her missing cat. She is not able to reinforce this statement with Lauren when she accidentally locates the kitten with the help of her friend and dog, Violet, the cocker spaniel owned by her great uncle Arthur but cared for by Gemma. So a couple of days later Lauren arrives again with another simple request: keep her mother from being arrested. Gemma repeats that she is not a detective and urges Lauren to trust the police but indeed Gemma keeps getting drawn into the mystery of who killed Anna Wentworth. It got very convoluted, very quickly with quite a few suspects, including Gemma's little eighty- year-old neighbor, Mrs. Ramsbatten, although only momentarily. The more often Gemma repeated she was not a consulting detective, the more fate drew her into the whole mess, which appeared to be about who had the better garden. Anna won the competition but only because Sheila's garden had been destroyed the night before, removing her from the competition. Anna was killed while walking her dog, after Sheila had made threats. This is such a fun series with Gemma and her great uncle Arthur owning and Gemma running the Sherlock Homes Bookshop and Emporium and her best friend, Jayne, running Mrs. Hudson's Tearoom right next door. That made Jayne her Watson all too often. The garden club had not really been on Gemma's radar until this incident. She did not have a green thumb. Her garden was cared for by Mrs. Ramsbotten and several of her friends, as a favor to Arthur. This is a fun bunch of people with interesting lives and loves. It was a good plot and an interesting story, as always. I like this series and recommend this book. I was invited to read a free ARC of A Curious Incident by Netgalley. All opinions contained herein are solely my own. #netgalley #acuriousincident

  29. 4 out of 5

    Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)

    Gemma is back at it again! It starts off with a young girl asking her for help finding her missing cat because her aunt told her that Gemma was good at finding things. Lauren said she would even pay, but Gemma tells her she isn’t a consulting detective and she can’t promise her to look for her cat. Turns out she didn’t have to worry about disappointing the kid to much as Violet, Gemma’s dog, finds the kitten. So now Lauren thinks Gemma is just the coolest person ever! Gemma thought she had seen t Gemma is back at it again! It starts off with a young girl asking her for help finding her missing cat because her aunt told her that Gemma was good at finding things. Lauren said she would even pay, but Gemma tells her she isn’t a consulting detective and she can’t promise her to look for her cat. Turns out she didn’t have to worry about disappointing the kid to much as Violet, Gemma’s dog, finds the kitten. So now Lauren thinks Gemma is just the coolest person ever! Gemma thought she had seen the last of Lauren but it wasn’t but just a day later that Lauren comes asking for her help again, but this time it’s to prove her mom didn’t murder someone. Who would have thought gardening could be so dangerous and full of drama but Gemma is finding out they are a very competitive lot. Lauren’s mom doesn’t make herself look innocent either as she is a very cold individual and very vocal about how knows the victim is the one that ruined her garden, etc. Gemma has her work cut out for her in trying to solve this because not only does her boyfriend, Ryan, one of the detectives wants her to stay out of things but his partner seems out to get Gemma at every turn. I really like the main character, but I think the reason I enjoyed this one so much more than the others in this series was the young girl Lauren. She really looked up to Gemma after she found her kitten and the fact that she was doing her best to help her mom. Gemma is from England and the young girl was taking on all her British phrases and it was super cute. With Gemma it is so funny that she can spot a clue nobody else can but doesn’t even realize the girl was starting to talk like her and her friend Jayne had to point it out. I also thought the mystery was pretty decent, although I pretty much had it figured out. I do like to read and find out if I get it right or not! I think if you are a fan of cozy mysteries then you should pick up this series!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Aymee

    After being introduced to this series by an online book group, I immediately fell in love with Gemma and the gang.  They're such a fun and varied group of characters that they're easy to like.  Each new installment brings something new to the table and I'm constantly learning something about one of them.   One of my bigger annoyances with Gemma in the earlier books was her rigidity.  Once she got her teeth into a mystery, there was no stopping her, and it didn't matter who she upset int he proces After being introduced to this series by an online book group, I immediately fell in love with Gemma and the gang.  They're such a fun and varied group of characters that they're easy to like.  Each new installment brings something new to the table and I'm constantly learning something about one of them.   One of my bigger annoyances with Gemma in the earlier books was her rigidity.  Once she got her teeth into a mystery, there was no stopping her, and it didn't matter who she upset int he process.  She's come a long way over the series and although she still can't resist a good mystery, she's much better at thinking about how her actions affect others.  Gemma even went so far as to try her hardest to not investigate this time around.  I was shocked by how much restraint she showed, honestly, and it made her eventual caving more understandable.  If she keeps moving forward and learns how to even better balance her curiosity and snooping with being respectful, I think she'll be amazing. There was a bit more romance in this installment which was fun for me.  Not everyone feels that way, but it doesn't bother me much since the major focus was still on the mystery.  The addition of Snowball the cat was entertaining as well.  It was nice to see a cat not half as grouchy as Moriarty! I enjoyed the mystery and it kept me guessing right up until the end.  The author does a great job of giving you lots of suspects and supports why each might possibly be the murderer.  All the little tidbits and details that Gemma picks up on add interest for me and give the story a very Sherlock vibe, which is, of course the intention.  It was something that always amazed me with Sherlock as I'm not even close to being that observant.   Anxiously awaiting the next in the series.  They just keep getting better and better. Thanks to the author, publisher, and Netgalley for an advanced copy of the book in exchange for a fair review.

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