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A Study in Scarlet Women

(Lady Sherlock #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  24,039 ratings  ·  3,756 reviews
With her inquisitive mind, Charlotte Holmes has never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of the fairer sex in upper class society. But even she never thought that she would become a social pariah, an outcast fending for herself on the mean streets of London.

When the city is struck by a trio of unexpected deaths and suspicion falls on her sister and her father,
Paperback, 323 pages
Published October 18th 2016 by Berkley Books
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I fucking loved this book.

Like, hard.

Like, hard enough that the first time I read it, it cured my Goodreads slump and prompted me to come running back to this sometimes toxic wasteland of book drama to talk about it.

Before you get all excited and think, "MAYBE I TOO WILL LOVE THIS BOOK", you should know that for some reason I seem to be in the minority. Most of the popular reviews for this are negative, and I honestly didn't even read them, because I didn't want to, so I have no idea why.

Miranda Reads
May 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook
Do not undervalue what you are ultimately worth because you are at a momentary disadvantage.
In a time where women were were frequently told to sit down and shut up, Charlotte Holmes has always been...peculiar.

She's not dainty, delicate and definitely not demure. Her deeply inquisitive mind sets her at a disadvantage.

Her life will be miserable if she lets her parents have their way. So, she does the unthinkable.
Worrying about outcomes over which I have no control is punishing myself bef
Dec 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Study in Scarlet Women (Lady Sherlock #1) by Sherry Thomas (Author), Kate Reading (Narrator)

In a twist on the Sherlock Holmes stories, A Study in Scarlet Women has Charlotte Holmes solving crimes under the name of Sherlock Holmes, with the help of Mrs. Watson and Charlotte's married "don't touch, just look" love, Lord Ingram. Charlotte is determined to earn enough money solving crimes that she will be able to support herself and her two sisters for life, thus removing their dependence on any m
Simona B
I read this with my book fairies/partners in crime (I can rightfully say that, given the case) Vira (a simple "thank you" is not enough <3), Nastassja and Katerina.

"Do not undervalue what you are ultimately worth because you are at a momentary disadvantage."

•I am a fan of Sherlock Holmes if you've ever met one. I'm gravely obsessed. I read all the books (four) and all the short stories (fifty-six) and I die of excitement whenever I see (any version of) him on tv, whatever the series/movie. Then
To me, it had a really slow start. I almost DNF'd it after about an hour and a half of listening. Nothing of interest was happening and I didn't like any of the characters. In fact, I turned it off and planned to listen to something else but then...something happened. Maybe I didn't have another book so I ended up going back to this one? I don't remember.
Whatever. I turned this one back on and it got better.

So, Sherlock Holmes is actually Charlotte Holmes, but given the times she lives in, she p

Buddy-read with my partners in crime (I believe I can honestly admit now that we were planning to assassinate this book) Vira (special thanks to you, my book fairy godmother), Simona, Katerina.


I've been waiting for this book with a vigor of a seasoned fan; like a person dying of thirst and as if this book is the only water source for miles; like a chocolate addict who's waiting for her favorite sort of chocolate to be delivered... Okay, now you've got the picture? Add to this the fact I've

Christina ~ Brunette Reader
4,5 Stars

An artful and intriguing retelling, this time our Sherlock goes by the name of Charlotte, can't resist sweets and sports blond curls and a generous hourglass figure, but the discernment, intuition and genius are on par with the original counterpart. A brand-new mystery of its own with some devious twists leads the plot, while all the literary staples of the old formula are reinterpreted through a unique and fresh slant.
Superbly written, as usual with this author, in a narrative sty
K.J. Charles
I am very very late to this series because Victorian detective novels are both my life and my largest DNF pile. I get to 20% in and all too often the author is chucking around modern phrases, ignoring all the social issues for high and low, and, if American, bloody usually randomly inserting 'bloody' into bloody places no Brit would ever put bloody it. So even though this is Sherry Thomas, I had the fear.

I needn't have. This is a cracking read, with an interesting heroine, loads of background,
I've given this an A- at AAR, which is 4.5 stars rounded up.

I admit that when I heard that Sherry Thomas, one of my favourite and without doubt one of the finest authors of Historical Romance currently writing was going to be shifting genres and embarking on a series of Historical Mysteries, my first thought was to go and curl up in the corner with a box of Kleenex. That was a fairly fleeting thought, however, as I know I’d probably read Ms. Thomas’ shopping lists; and given that I adored her YA
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it

"The truth is I've no idea what on earth I could possibly do with my particular talent."

Mrs Jebediah leaned forward. "And what is your particular talent?" [..]

"Discernment, I suppose." Charlotte took a deep breath. "I can tell more about you, for instance, than you would want me to know."

Things we know about Sherlock Holmes....

a) His name is really Miss Charlotte Holmes
b) She really loves to eat....
c) She's twenty-five, the youngest of four sisters
d) ....plum cake being her favourite....
e) She h
Katerina  Kondrenko
2.5 out of 10

Ревью в моем блоге/This review on my blog
Living A Thousand Lives
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Genre: historical mystery, adult
Stuff: female Sherlock, 3 victims, investigation
Fail: plot-logic, story-structure, characters
POV: 3rd-person, multi
Love-Geometry: none (plus romance is very subtle)

"Such a tragedy. Such a waste. Such a shame."

DNFed at 35%

I was really exc
Nov 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: bayb-2018

In this story, set in late-1800s London, 'Sherlock Holmes' is the alias of a woman called Charlotte Holmes, who - because of society's strictures - has to do her sleuthing in the guise of a man. In this first book in the 'Lady Sherlock' series, we find out how Charlotte came to this pass.


Victorian England was a restrictive place for upper class British women, who were expected to marry, have children, run a household, and spend their free time calling on other ladies and doing good works.
Dannii Elle
Full of gender-swapping infamous fictional figures, a slew of thrilling and suspenseful crimes, and feisty female characters vying to overthrow the patriarchy - what is not to love?
3.5 worth-a-read stars!

Despite the differing periods (Regency vs. Victorian), this is the book that’s come closest—so far—to helping me achieve my quest to shore up the void left by Netflix’s Bridgerton.

What began as a lukewarm story evolved into something far more intricate and engrossing as the novel progressed. On the whole, it’s a little cluttered; there are so many characters, red herrings, details and subplots—making for an at-times tedious read that is hard to follow. As a result, Charlot
How had they managed to not realize, for so long, what they meant to one another? And why then must they see the light when it was too late, when they could possess no more than a few moments of ferocious mutual awareness?

With more historical mystery elements than romance, this new spin on an old classic character was immensely intriguing. The beginning was a bit schizophrenic to me and I had a little tougher time sliding into Thomas' world. Our main character Charlotte Holmes takes her time
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
2018-02: 4 stars. While waiting for an audio hold at the library, I decided to give the audio of a book I didn't particularly like a listen. Why? Because Kate Reading. I knew what to expect from the story and the characters, and figured I couldn't be more disappointed by the book this time through. Imagine my surprise when I ended up enjoying this audiobook. I found that its faults weren't as apparent, though I was still confused by some of the actions by the culprit(s), as well as who was Lady ...more
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: victorian

4.5 stars

What if Mr. Sherlock Homes was actually Miss Charlotte Homes - a young lady with inquiring mind, trying to find independence outside of the strictures of society?
With this exquisite Sherlock Holmes’ reimagining, Sherry Thomas conquers a completely new territory and proves that she is not only terrific historical romance writer but terrific writer-period.

I want to emphases right away that:

1. The story is not a romance , although the traces of it (forbidden for now) are there and I hope
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
I absolutely adored this gender-swapped Sherlock Holmes story featuring the odd duck Charlotte Holmes as the madame detective. I've read - and watched - a lot of Sherlock retellings over the years, but recently, they've just been outstanding. And they only keep getting better! From Cumberbatch's portrayal to Ellie Marney's EVERY series to William Ritter's Sherlock/Doctor Who mash-up...I just can't seem to get my fill.

But a retelling in which, gasp, the detective of the hour is female, albeit se
h o l l i s
I can't quite make myself round up on this one but it was a close call by the end of the story. I have to admit : for the first 45% of A STUDY IN SCARLET WOMEN, I was soooo bored. And I'm not sure why. I've read Thomas' historicals before (though it was YA fantasy, but still), found her writing to be even more wonderful than prior experiences, but I was just.. blah.

The latter half of the story, however, is fantastic. Especially as certain characters' history is teased, then unraveled, and then l
Laurie Anderson
This is everything I ever want in a cozy mystery. Please grant the author the power to write a book a day with the same quality as this one and I will devote my life to reading them and loving them.
4.5! Going to have to wait a LONG time for the next book!
For those into mystery, I would HIGHLY recommend this! The mystery is wonderful, taking the span throughout the entire book a little bit at a time. It's told through various POVs--not just Charlotte's, which came as a surprise! Major key characters aren't introduced immediately, but at intervals, which I found immensely creative! I loved all of the characters, which is quite rare for me. Each had their own faults and insecurities and it ma
Aug 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas
Book One of the Lady Sherlock series
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: October 18, 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

Summary (from Goodreads):

With her inquisitive mind, Charlotte Holmes has never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of the fairer sex in upper class society. But even she never thought that she would become a social pariah, an outcast fending for herself on the mean street
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Being an avid Sherlock fan, I couldn't miss the opportunity to read something different, something with a nice witty twist and Thomas's latest read is exactly that.

I can't even begin to tell you how much I loved this story. It was brilliant. All the right characters, in all the right roles with all the wit, humor, mystery, and danger that any Sherlock fan would adore right down to the classic 19th century London setting. Except of course, for one small difference with a very big impact, Sherloc
Gio Listmaker
Dec 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, tstl
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Spoilers Ahead!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 50% Questions Are All I Have

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Why Is The Heroine In The Background Of Her Own Book?
Why Are There Multiple Points Of View?
Where Is The Romance?
Where Is The Quirky Genius Prototype That Is Sherlock Holmes???
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Lady Wesley
Sherry Thomas is one of the best historical romance authors of the past decade, so I had no concerns that she could write a good historical mystery. But Sherlock Holmes? As a woman? Even though I am a long-time Sherlockian, I am not fanatical about the sanctity of Conan Doyle's canon -- so why not? I can enthusiastically report that Thomas has pulled off this challenge in a first-rate manner.

It is very easy to see Sherlock in Charlotte Holmes's personality, mannerisms, and intellect. Conan Doyl
The Lit Bitch
Original Rating: 1 stars
Take Two Review Rating: 3 stars

Take Two Review:
When I first picked up this book, I didn’t love it. I don’t even think I made it 20% of the way through before I sat it down, though I did force myself to finish it but I just didn’t love it.

I decided NOT to read any of the other books in the series but at the same time, I lamented the fact that I didn’t love this series. I mean it’s been everywhere and lots of people loved it but I just didn’t. But it started to bug me that
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've seen some reviews where people haven't been happy with the pace and style of this book, but let me assure you, dear readers, this is not the case for me. I loved A Study in Scarlet Women.

It's a gender-bending misfit of a book, it's awkward and slow, but there is just something about Charlotte and Co. I found irresistible.

The narration starts right in the middle of Charlotte's ruination. You see, Charlotte grew up learning everyone's secrets through her talent of discernment, but she ne
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
This is my third time reading A Study In Scarlet Women and my feelings and opinion remain the same: This is a marvelous historical fiction / mystery. Sherry Thomas is a gift.

A Study In Scarlet Women is the Victorian adaptation of popular Sherlock series but with a twist. Sherlock is a lady of High Society. To my delight, it didn't disappoint. It's a spectacular opening for a series.

cw: pedophilia, non-explicit history of incest csa.

Charlotte is a main character to behold. Like, all of her male
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
After reading A Conspiracy in Belgravia, the sequel to this book, did I just have to read A Scarlet Women to get to know Charlotte Holmes from the beginning, to learn more about what happened before the events in A Conspiracy in Belgravia. And, I just have to tell you that this book is fabulous, one of the best Sherlock Holmes series I have read besides the original stories and the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series by Laurie R. King.

I quite enjoyed getting to know more about Charlotte Holm
Al George
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Utter fricking perfection.


Not a single wasted word. Masterpiece.


Don't make me wait too long for the next book!
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USA Today-bestselling author Sherry Thomas decided years ago that her goal in life is to write every kind of book she enjoys reading. Thus far she has published romance, fantasy, mystery, young adult, and three books inspired by the martial arts epics she grew up devouring. Her books regularly receive starred reviews and best-of-the-year honors from trade publications, including such outlets as th ...more

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