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A Study In Scarlet Women
USA Today bestselling author Sherry Thomas turns the story of the renowned Sherlock Holmes upside down…
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 ...more
Another thing to think about is that this is a genre written by women for women. So this genre has women having agency, enjoying sex, being the center of the story. I like this quote:
"We are re-writing history with romance novels. Historicals create a narrative where a woman is empowered to choose her spouse or partner, where she consents to and enjoys sex. We are exploring history from the female viewpoint and creating fiction that is inclusive to women. In romance novels women are not silent; they are celebrated."
So if you like her writing style here, why not try one of her straight romance books? Start with the most recent ones, since early ones are usually authors finding their style. You might surprise yourself and like it.(less)
I fucking loved this book.
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.
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...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
I needn't have. This is a cracking read, with an interesting heroine, loads of background, ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
2.5 out of 10
Ревью в моем блоге/This review on my blog
Living A Thousand Lives (please use Chrome/Yandex browser or Android/IOS to see the page; otherwise, spoiler-tags I use to make my post compact may not work)
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
4.5 starsWhat 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 ...more
But a retelling in which, gasp, the detective of the hour is female, albeit se ...more
The latter half of the story, however, is fantastic. Especially as certain characters' history is teased, then unraveled, and then l ...more
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 ...more
A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas
Book One of the Lady Sherlock series
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 ...more
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 ...more
At 50% Questions Are All I Have
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???
(view spoiler)[If She Is A Genius Then Why Can't She Outwit Her Parents?
Why Would A Smart Girl Ruin Her Reputation With A Married Loser?
Why Is Some Random Dude Solving The Mystery?
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It is very easy to see Sherlock in Charlotte Holmes's personality, mannerisms, and intellect. Conan Doyl ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I quite enjoyed getting to know more about Charlotte Holm ...more
Wow. I can honestly say that after reading "Stalking Jack the Ripper" I was hesitant to read another historical. My big pet peeve is when authors write something taking place in the Regency or Victorian era and have their heroes and heroines pretty much come ripped out of modern times with their thinking and speech. Those worries quickly vanished as I started "A Study in Scarlet Women." Based on reviews Thomas is ...more
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