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A Conspiracy in Belgravia

(Lady Sherlock #2)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  10,415 ratings  ·  1,374 reviews
The game is afoot as Charlotte Holmes returns in the atmospheric second novel in New York Times bestseller Sherry Thomas's Victorian-set Lady Sherlock series.

Being shunned by Society gives Charlotte Holmes the time and freedom to put her extraordinary powers of deduction to good use. As “Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective,” aided by the capable Mrs. Watson, she’s had gr
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by Penguin Group (USA) LLC
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Erica I was left totally confused in the wrap-up.
Joe Slavinsky Absolutely not! It's a character driven, historical mystery, with a fairly significant romantic element.

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With this second installment, the Lady Sherlock series officially becomes my favorite historical fiction series of all time.

Nothing else even comes close. Five stars are NOT ENOUGH. <— I have literally never said that in a review before.

*deep breath*

Sherry Thomas is a goddess. She has literally given me everything I have ever wanted from this genre.

Interesting take on a retelling: ✔
Compelling romantic sub-plot: ✔
Accurate depiction of a time period: ✔
Whip-smart female lead: ✔
Plots within plots: ✔
Christina ~ Brunette Reader

Clever, devious and highly engaging sequel to A Study in Scarlet Women and picking the story up right after that one ended.
It would be impossible to discuss the plot without giving away too much of both book 1 and book 2, so I will only say that things get ever more tangled, layered and interesting and the unique female Sherlock spin Ms. Thomas offers on the original version staples is ever more convincing. And it is “technically” possible to read A Conspiracy in Belgravia without having read th
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: aar, mystery-thriller, arc
I've given this an A at AAR

Reviewing mysteries is always a challenge as anyone who’s tried it will know.  And with one of this calibre, it’s even more difficult, because I want to tell you just how GOOD this book is, but I can’t tell you too much for fear of giving too much away and spoiling your enjoyment.  I could just say a) “Sherry Thomas is a genius – go buy this book!”, or b) “Don’t waste time here - go buy this book!”,   but that isn’t much of a review, so I will attempt – somehow – to do
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-releases
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A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas
Book Two of the Lady Sherlock series
Publisher: Berkley Books
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

Summary (from Goodreads):

The game is afoot as Charlotte Holmes returns in the atmospheric second novel in New York Times bestseller Sherry Thomas's Victorian-set Lady Sherlock series.

Being shunned by Society gives Charlotte Holmes the time and freedom to put her extraordina
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
I totally love this book. Charlotte Holmes is such a fabulous character and I enjoyed the book so much that not even half-way through did I order the first book in the series. I had no problem whatsoever getting into this book. However, I'm deeply curious to learn more about Charlotte's past transgressions that made her being shunned by her family and society. And, most of all I want to know more about her "creating" Sherlock Holmes. And, the case she was involved in the first book.

The story sta
K.J. Charles
Another brilliant installment in this intensely enjoyable series. This is extremely character-led murder mystery, where a huge part of the pleasure and indeed plot hangs on the interactions of Charlotte Holmes and her close family and companions in detection.

It starts the day after book 1 ends and I'm glad I read them back to back as I suspect it might have been a tad hard to follow otherwise. These definitely need to be read in order to grasp the interwoven threads, which are done magnificently
Lady Wesley
I am breathless. Not to mention sleepless, as I had to stay up late to finish this amazing book. Sherry Thomas is simply a genius – twisting classic Sherlockian memes into complicated knots and then gradually untying them so that we’re left with a beautiful seamless ribbon of an adventure tinged with romance. A Conspiracy in Belgravia is most definitely going on my “playing chess not checkers” shelf.

This is the second Lady Sherlock book, and as we learned in the first, Miss Charlotte Holmes has
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: victorian
When I started the series, I was apprehensive of how successful my favorite HR writer is going to be navigating the uncharted territories of historical mystery. My fears were put to rest as I loved the first installment and this one even a tad better.

The story picks up right after book one ends. And rather than describing the plot which would be difficult to do without spoilers, I want to share what I felt navigating the story.

The best analogy I can come up with is viewing a painting by an Impr
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
It was so much fun diving back into the atmospheric and mysterious Victorian London world that Thomas has created in her Lady Sherlock series. Once again Charlotte and her friends were a treat to see and conspire with. As a mystery always rich in detail and curiosity slowly unfolds as Charlotte puts her deductive talents into play and figures it all out before anyone else and before the danger becomes too great to those she knows and loves. And she does it all while trying to keep it a secret as ...more
Feb 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Wow. I really enjoyed the first book and the second one was a disappointment compared to that. I think Thomas tried to bite off more than could be reasonably followed in this book. Maybe some of it could have been pushed to a third book. Having Charlotte Holmes and Mrs. Watson taking on cases, having Charlotte solving ciphers for Lord Bancroft, and the follow-up to Moriarty and the half-brother we heard about in the last book all thrown together didn't make for an engaging read. Don't even get m ...more
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it

“To be thought of as the perfect woman for a man isn’t a compliment to a woman, it’s more about how a man sees himself—and what he needs.”

It turns out that I’m really enjoying these Lady Sherlock stories! Thomas has created a singular version of the famous detective - not only a woman, but one that keeps surprising me - and this is not just due to her surprising love of food and taste in clothes! Add to this a powerful cast where women shine in a plethora of roles, and you get a novel that I
Solid and enjoyable, better than the first book.

For some reason this series, although there's nothing really wrong with it, has left me strangely unmoved. I remember the excitement of waiting for the release of the next Irene Adler by Carole Nelson Douglas or the new Mary Russell by Laurie R. King and this series just doesn't make me feel the same eager anticipation. I think back fondly of Elizabeth Peter's Amelia Peabody and Sharyn McCrumb's Elizabeth MacPherson as though they were old friends
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Not much to say here. Great book. Perhaps the mystery was a little scattered and unwieldy. I’m not sure I believe in the eventual villain, it was mighty convenient to the plot. And the way everything tied together with personal entanglements was also a wee bit to ‘nice’ to be true as they say.

But fantastic writing as always and great personal relationships. Loved the characters, and insights they delivered about each other.

It moved along at a clipping pace. And somehow had that sherlockian vene
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
I obviously loved the previous book -- I re-read it prior to starting this sequel. But I did not expect to love this second book even more. I mean, the second book is rarely as good as the first, but in this case, it is just. So. Unbelievably. Good! I love all of the relationships in this series -- the intrinsic ones and those with side characters that develop along the way -- and the banter and camaraderie just elevate them for me. Then you've got the mystery that ties them all together, but ev ...more
Cindy Burnett
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-to-read
3.5 stars

While I enjoyed Charlotte Holmes as “Sherlock Holmes”, I did not fully love the mystery at the heart of A Conspiracy in Belgravia. It took me about 50 pages to even fully follow the story line, and I found the mystery and its resolution to be more convoluted than necessary. Charlotte Holmes and Mrs. Watson saved the book for me; I enjoyed both characters immensely. Charlotte’s love triangle was intriguing also. Thanks to Penguin First to Read for a copy of the book; all opinions are my
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful book! I wish I’ve read it earlier. I still haven’t read the first book in this series starting with the second one that I required for some challenge. But it’s not big deal. I could still fully enjoy this story.

The idea of Sherlock Holmes being a woman is nothing new. There are some stories like this out there (however, to be totally honest, I haven’t read any of them somehow). But Charlotte Holmes is not just some female copy of Sherlock. No, she is a fully developed, complex
I've given this an A+ for narration and an A for content at AudioGals.

This second book in Sherry Thomas’ Lady Sherlock series is one of my most awaited releases of this year, and it fulfilled all my expectations. A Conspiracy in Belgravia picks up the day after the previous book, A Study in Scarlet Womenconcludes, and while might not be absolutely necessary to have read or listened to that in order to fully appreciate this latest instalment, I’d strongly recommend it, as one of the real delights
Joanna Loves Reading
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was everything I thought it could be and more. Thoroughly enjoyable!

To be perfectly honest, I did not go in expecting to love this book. The first I was lukewarm about. It had a lot of necessary premise setup and backstory and set the stage for a potentially great series, but I felt the promise was better than the story on its own. I walked away somewhat satisfied that I had gotten to read a new ST book, but also wishing she was still writing in my favorite genre, historical romance. But no
Laurie Anderson
Even better than the first one!!
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
I will state right off the bat that some of the 2 star rating might have to do with me being in the wrong mood for this when I read it; however, I can't imagine ever giving it higher than three stars, SO.

I went into this book with some trepidation, because there were things I didn't like about the first book in the series - how long it took to get going, how it required Holmes to be as stupid as a turnip, unable to predict simple cause and effect - but those were mostly tied up in the setup, and
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this mystery, with great narration by Kate Reading. We get a little more Moriarity information, but the best part of this series is the ever expanding set of women pulled into Charlotte's orbit as she expands her detective practice to assist people with a variety of personal puzzles and issues.
Inspector Treadles reappears, and has his head more firmly stuck up his posterior regarding 1) how Sherlock Holmes is actually a fallen women, Charlotte Holmes (how horrible!!), and 2) how his wif
Caffeinated Reasons to add A Conspiracy in Belgravia to your Bookshelf

Charlotte Holmes is brilliant and a character you won't be able to resist. Refusing to accept her place in society, she resides with Mrs. Watson and poses as the niece of Sherlock Holmes, famous detective who solves crimes and solve mysteries. I wish I was a resident on Baker Street and could join them for tea and biscuits or perhaps berries and cream?
Fans of Sherlock Holmes that like to explore retellings, will enjoy
May 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is a difficult book to review because I love Sherry Thomas, and I love the first book in this series. But my favorite elements from the first book were sadly lacking in this one. While this book was very well researched, Charlotte came to conclusions that were not clear to the reader, and it was very easy to get confused as to what was going on. Characters and situations from the first story were not well explained when they were reintroduced, and the plot really fizzled. I understand that ...more
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A Conspiracy in Belgravia, the second book in Sherry Thomas's Lady Sherlock series, picks up almost exactly where the first book left off. And what can I say, Sherry Thomas does a great job at building upon the foundation she laid out in the first book. If you enjoyed A Study in Scarlet Women, then you will definitely enjoy this one too. That said, for those who haven't read the first one, this is not the right book to enter the tale. If you find yourself curious about a different spin on t
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mysteries
This series is definitely not going to be my cup of tea.

I would describe the books as "Sherlock Holmes meets Agatha Christie". Given, I'm not particularly fond of either, it's not surprising that I don't care for this one. The writing gets sluggish at times. In the first book, the author was laying the ground work. But, the second book should have flowed more easily. This was so bogged down in details, there were times I actually forgot what mystery we were solving.

It took me more than two week
Welp, I don't know how to feel about this one. Starting it before vacay, putting it aside, and then picking it back up a week later might be to blame but who knows. There are so many elements of this series that I enjoy but I'm still a bit removed from them all. And as for that twist.. I just don't know how I feel about it.

I did love the final page, though. No, the whole final chapter, really. Probably my favourite part of the whole book.

Hoping I find the love in book three.
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
I love Sherry Thomas, and I love Sherlock Holmes. What I do not love however, is this series.

At first glance the concept of a genderswapped Holmes looks as though it could be fascinating, instead we're bogged down by a sluggish storyline, entirely too many obscure hints about nefarious deeds and characters which are simply too unlikeable to want to relate to. I struggled to get back into the world building and never quite got back into it before the novel ended.
Amber’s reading
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fabulous continuation to the 1st book. Listened to the audio and was very impressed with the narrator. Very descriptive writing with lots of characters, making this an audiobook you really have to pay attention to. The author makes the reader or listener solve the mystery along with Charlotte Holmes.

Charlotte is such a wonderful character. Highly intelligent, independent, adventurous, and fiercely loyal. I loved this quote from her:

“To be thought of as the perfect woman for a man isn’t a comp
Most definitely one of the best books I've read this year, though using a whiteboard and Sharpie wouldn't go amiss here in order to sort through the five seemingly separate mysteries juggled throughout this second book in the Lady Sherlock series. Though I hesitated to get fully on board with Sherry Thomas transitioning over to historical mystery writing given that she is one of my very favorite historical romance writers, it is my fervent hope now that this series continues indefinitely. Over t ...more
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Conspiracy in Belgravia was an excellent mystery that lives up to its predecessor and I really enjoyed it.

A Conspiracy in Belgravia picks up immediately following the conclusion of the first book, A Study in Scarlet Women. Charlotte Holmes, with the assistance of Mrs. Watson, helps solve a variety of mysteries from murder to a lost ring as the illustrious Sherlock Holmes. Upon becoming Sherlock, Charlotte did not anticipate one of her future clients to be Lady Ingram, the wife of a dear friend
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