Synopsis and Details:
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?
Series: Lady Sherlock #5 | Genres: Historical, Mystery | Release Date: October 06, 2020 | Publisher: Berkley | Pages: 352 | ISBN: 978-0451492494 | ASIN: B082S2G4GQ | Format: ARC | Source: Netgalley
Review with Rating:
I have been dying to get my hands on this book, Murder on Cold Street, because I was very excited to see where things were going with Charlotte and Lord Ingram. Not just because I was interested in a romance, either. The last book, The Art of Theft, was a pivotal book for their relationship both personally and professionally. I was interested to know if Ingram was finally going to accept Charlotte as she was and partner with her in the cases she tends to involve herself in?! Luckily, this story jumped into a fast pace from the start and I did not have long to wait.
How exciting was it in this installment that they both had a personal interest in finding the truth behind what happened with Inspector Treadles?! One word – very! They both wanted to uncover the truth and working together was the only real choice, yay! Also, who doesn’t love a locked room mystery? How about a mystery that is mired with deceptions and half-truths? The mystery in this book was incredibly intriguing and handled with precision. I loved it. What’s more is that I loved Charlotte and Ingram working together and without all his usual angstiness that he tends to carry around. It was wonderful getting to know this new and improved Lord Ingram. Hopefully this wasn’t a one-off situation.
Now, in my last review for the prequel to this story, I had been questioning some of Charlotte’s actions. I had been considering if there was going to be secret reveal that was going to rock her and Lord Ingram’s world buuuutttt – long dramatic pause – I was off the mark, ha ha ha. Crafty writing Ms. Thomas, you had me going. Funny what the situation turned out to be, though. Overall, Murder on Cold Street was worth waiting for and I am very excited to see what happens next, especially concerning Olivia Holmes! I am wondering if her situation will really take years and years to work itself out. Such a gripping series!!
*Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group & NetGalley for this eARC of Murder on Cold Street*
This review is based on a complimentary book I received. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
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About the Author:
Sherry Thomas is one of the most acclaimed historical romance authors writing today, winning the RITA Award two years running, and appearing on innumerable “Best of the Year” lists, including those of Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, Dear Author, and All About Romance. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and sons.
Sherry Thomas is represented by Kristin Nelson of Nelson Literary Agency.