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Body on Baker Street

(Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery #2)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  1,929 ratings  ·  322 reviews
Gemma Doyle and Jayne Wilson are busy managing the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium on Baker Street and adjoining Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room in anticipation of the store's upcoming book signing with the illustrious Renalta Van Markoff, author of the controversial Hudson and Holmes mystery series. But during the author Q&A session, dedicated Sherlockian Donald Morris verba ...more
Hardcover, 297 pages
Published September 12th 2017 by Crooked Lane Books
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Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
One of my favorite features of the cozy mystery genre is the ability to weave together multiple themes and story-lines that carry over throughout each successive book in the series. In 'A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery' series by Vicki Delany we have just that and so much more. I have read a couple of the author's series and find myself on a kick to catch up on them all in the next few months so that by 2019, I'm ready for the latest releases. I just finished Body on Baker Street and give it 4 ...more
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Vicki Delany, one of my favourite authors, has once again crafted an intricate tale that kept me hooked until its glamourous finale.

The setting of the Sherlock Holmes themed bookstore connected to the English Tearoom next door is absolutly charming and the characters are well drawn. Renalta Van Markoff is my favourite - such a diva! My feelings about Gemma are mixed. On one hand she is reliable and caring in her friendships but on the other hand sometimes quite off-putting when talking to suspec
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was even better then the last but not as much as Lighthouse Library Mystery by Eva Gates another pseudonym that the author uses. The reason I preferred this book over the first book in the series is that in book one Gemma the main character is a prime suspect, so everything she does is to clear her name, in this one she works just as hard trying to clear someone she has no great love for. The other nice thing about this series so far is that the focus is firmly on the mystery ...more
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Gemma Doyle and Jayne Wilson are back and again find themselves in the middle of another murder investigation. This time an author, Renalta Van Markoff, comes to the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium for a book signing and dies while signing a book. All eyes fall on the man, Donald Morris, that questioned her about her content during the Q & A Session. He is a huge fan of the original Sherlock Holmes and cannot abide by what she has done with the characters. Gemma knows h
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Along with her uncle, Arthur, Gemma Doyle is co-owner of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium. Their shop is connected to her friend Jayne’s Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room. Gemma is thrilled when she’s asked to host a popular mystery author in her shop for a book signing event. It’s very short notice, but that’s not going to stop Gemma. This is a chance to make her bookstore a success and she’s not going to let it slip by. With help from Jayne, they quickly get both shops ready to accommodate the e ...more
Didn't love it as much as the first but still a delightful installment to the series. To be perfectly honest, I deeply sympathized with the police in this one and felt Gemma had no business meddling. But there would be no mystery if she didn't, would there? ...more
***The Summer of Sherlock 2019***

3.5 stars

I realize that I’ve read volumes 1 & 2 of this series too close together for my complete enjoyment. This one feels very, very similar to the first volume and if I’d left more time between the two, that feeling wouldn’t be quite so strong. But that’s on me, not the author, for choosing to read them so close in time.

Each book has its own narrative arch, which should be the main draw, but for me, it’s the ongoing details, the relationships that drive my
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook-arc
I thought the best part of this one was seeing the interactions and affection between Gemma and her friends, like Jayne and Douglas. Gemma's character is one I really like, and I was glad to see her back in this second book in the series.

In this installment, a popular author of a fictional series about Sherlock Holmes wants to do an almost last minute book signing at Gemma's store. The author comes for a pre-visit, and she is one nasty individual. The day of the book signing, a murder occurs, a
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another excellent installment in this series. An "over-the-top" author with a somewhat controversial "take" on a more modern Sherlock Holmes decides to come to Gemma's bookshop in West London for an impromptu book signing with her meek publicist and bodyguard. But she doesn't leave alive and as the layers unravel, more suspects appear.

I like the series but Gemma is a bit too much of a "know-it-all" for me. I just think her character goes too far and is unlikeable for me.
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This sort of hovers between 3.5* and 4. It was a good mystery and def well written, but some little things bugged me. The break-in she planned was one; it was kind of out there. The overly angry and overbearing Detective Estrada was another. Hard-nosed is one thing; hateful is something totally different. There were a handful more here and there, but I powered through them. I do plan to give #3 a shot, however.
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Gemma Doyle runs the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium on Baker Street in West London, MA. Her best friend, Jayne, is next door at Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room. In this second book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series, Gemma and Jayne are excited (and stressed) about the last minute visit of famous author Renalta Van Markoff to the shop. Markoff writes the Hudson and Holmes book series. The books are a bit controversial (and definitely non-canon) because Holmes and Mrs. Hudson are lovers, with M ...more
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-reviews, 2017
Body on Baker Street by Vicki Delany is an excellent second installment in a thoroughly enjoyable cozy mystery series. It has all the elements of a good cozy: a likeable protagonist, a fun and quirky best friend, pets, a handsome member of law enforcement, a rival love interest, and, of course, a murder to solve. Our main character, Gemma Doyle, runs a Sherlock Holmes-themed bookshop. Like the great detective, Gemma is also incredibly observant and detail-oriented, which makes her quite competen ...more
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
**I voluntarily read this ARC**

I enjoyed this a lot more than the first book. Gemma was still obnoxious, but she seemed a little more aware of her attitude this time, and Jane was quick to scold her. The mystery was great, with some awesome twists. The reveal was surprising and very fitting for a Holmes inspired series.
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this series. I stayed up really late on Monday night to finish reading Body on Baker Street by Vicki Delany. I think this series is fantastic. Book two and I really enjoy this Sherlock style cozy mystery. Main character Gemma is even more on point in book two, with her trusty best friend Jayne and a whole heap of trouble in her "small book shop" is visited by a mega author in Body on Baker Street. As much as I enjoyed this mystery and story I was equally intrigued by Jaynes tea shop and m ...more
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Now I'm all caught up and ready for whenever the fourth book comes out! This one was really good and especially interesting since it had to do with an author being killed in Gemma's store.

Gemma had set up a last minute book signing at her store for a flamboyant but well-loved author. The woman wasn't so well-loved in the die-hard Sherlock community though because Donald Morris, local Sherlock expert and fancier of all things Sherlock had angry words with her just before she face planted into the
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, e-books, cozy
The second book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery. I found a spellbinding book with characters developed in depth. The location description will place you in a bookstore and tearoom. The actions of Moriarty are right on.
Gemma Doyle is amazed to receive a request to hold a book signing in two days for a best-selling author. She rushed to get enough books into the store and released the news. At the signing, the author is poisoned and Gemma is warned to stay out of the investigation, she sta
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
One of my favorite things about this series is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously. There is a lot of subtle humor going on – Moriarty the cat, Gemma’s quirks, her employee’s ever-changing style, the Benedict Cumberbatch lifesize cutout. All while honoring the Great Detective (in all his forms) at the same time.

Subtle wit, great characters, well-plotted mystery and nods galore to everyone’s favorite Baker Street detective – these are the qualities that make Body on Baker Street a must read
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Gemma Doyle returns for another adventure in Vicki Delaney's Body on Baker Street. The proprietor and half owner of The Sherlock Holmes Book Shop and Emporium, Gemma is delighted to receive a request to come do a book signing of her latest book from the best selling Renalta van Markoff. The author writes a bodice ripping series in which Sherlock Holmes and Mrs. Hudson are lovers, with the woman's being the real brain behind the detective. The excitement over Renalta's coming appearance rises, es ...more
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Full Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author through the Cozy Mystery Review Crew in exchange for an honest review.

Fuller Disclosure: I am an unabashed Sherlock Holmes nerd and have been since high school. My expository speech in high school speech competition was all about the Great Detective, my parents bought me a deerstalker cap for Christmas….well, you get the idea. So of course when I first learned about the Sherlock Homes Bookshop and Emporium series, I was jumping up a
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this series! Gemma is so observant and therefore a great one to be on your team to solve a crime. Gemma knows Donald did not commit the murder but works to find out who did so Donald can be cleared.
The story flows quite smoothly and kept my interest up. I loved the reference to The Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, I have been there a time or two. I really was confused by some of Gemma's conclusions in one area but it came out in the end, why she thought that way.
Gemma is still on De
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy, read-in-2019
I’m enjoying listening to this series while doing yard work. I liked the Eva Gates lighthouse library series and was happy to find this is the same author.
Johnna Hill
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I adore this series! Gemma is without a doubt more like sherlock Holmes than she will every realize.
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once I'm hooked, I can't get enough of a series. This is becoming one of my all time favorite series! ...more
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Gemma Doyle is having a regular day at the Sherlock Holmes Bookstore and Emporium in West London when she gets a phone call that throws off her day--can she host a book signing for an author, in two days time?
Gemma is about to refuse until she learns the author is Renalta Van Markoff, who writes the famous Hudson and Holmes books, a take on the Sherlock Holmes books that feature a romantic relationship between the famous detective and his landlord, Mrs. Hudson.
The author has a loyal following, a
I've been looking for a cozy book that I could sink my teeth into but I don't think this series is going to make it. I enjoy Gemma and her best friend Jayne, but Gemma was a bit too crazy in this book with her wanting to break into the police headquarters. I really disliked the police woman, Detective Estrada from book #1 but for some reason she really got on my nerves in book #2. Her snide remarks and mannerisms were too much. Enough is enough so this series is a goner for me now.

I enjoyed the second book in this series even more than the first.

I am still a bit perplexed that Gemma's personality doesn't bug me, but for whatever reason, I find her lack of social skills somehow endearing rather than irritating. Also, I feel like Gemma has settled down a little, AND she seems to at least recognize how some of her behaviour comes across to other people, which somehow makes it less annoying.

It is also only fair to acknowledge that while Gemma may irk people, she usually is th
Jane Irish Nelson
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, contemporary
Very quick, enjoyable, cozy mystery. When a murder occurs in Gemma's Sherlock Holmes Bookshop, she can't help but try to solve it, especially since it seems that her police are focused on her friend Donald. The victim, Renalta Van Markoff, is the author of a very popular series featuring Holmes and his landlady — as more than just his landlady. This upsets purists, like Donald. Renalta is giving a talk and book signing at Gemma's store when she collapses, after sipping a bottle of water Gemma pr ...more
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Body on Baker Street by Vicki Delany is the second book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series. The Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium hosts an appearance and book signing by the author of the controversial Hudson and Holmes mystery series, only to have her drop dead of cyanide poisoning during her appearance. I enjoyed this book very much and loved all the Sherlock Holmes references. Gemma Doyle makes an excellent female version of the great detective.
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This 2nd book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery was just as entertaining and enjoyable as the 1st! So many suspects, red herrings, and fun Sherlock Holmes facts, you won't want the story to end!

I voluntarily reviewed this book via NetGalley.
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
The game is afoot! Originally part of a quote from a play be Shakespeare, these words have a positive, if at times gleeful, meaning to followers of Sherlock Holmes. It also has meaning to some of Gemma’s customers at the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium. Vicki Delany packs a punch in another delightfully intellectual, logical mystery that doesn’t fail to baffle armchair Sherlocks, demonstrating her talent for combining mystery, humor, and suspense while celebrating the friendships of women. ...more
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