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Charlotte Holmes and the Locked Box

(Lady Sherlock #1.5)

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Sandra
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first story I read in the "Lady Sherlock" series and I really enjoyed it. A very short and clever little mystery. I'm looking forward to starting this series with book one! ...more
MarilynW
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Charlotte Holmes and the Locked Box  (Lady Sherlock #1.5)

After reading the first book in this series and before starting the next one, I was able to enjoy this single, simple case that was brought to Sherlock/Charlotte. The players involved in the story are just Charlotte, Mrs. Watson, the client, and the ever present Madeira cake. For as distant and aloof as Charlotte can seem, she has great insight into the heart of humans and that is what I like about these stories. 

This short story is availa
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Christina ~ Brunette Reader

A very short, chapter-like, peek into a lovely and sophisticated historical romantic mystery series showing a concentrate of our Miss Charlotte Holmes’s uncanny logical and deductive abilities.
Blackjack
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Clever mini-mystery (very mini at only 8 pages!) and sweet insight into Charlotte and Mrs. Watson's relationship. The only thing missing here is Ashburton.

I'm literally counting down the days now until October for Book 3!
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Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I absolutely love this series and love that the author gave us this short story to hold us over, I loved every page of it and can't wait for book three to be out! ...more
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
Short and sweet and yet I was still moved to tear up a bit. I love the greater mysteries Charlotte Holmes faces, but these little side ventures are just as appealing.
Jasmine
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-fiction
Very short story. Almost just a scene. I really enjoy a Holmes who is so literate of people and feelings. Not because it comes naturally— quite the reverse, to Holmes people are all odd and illogical— but because they have studied.

Also Watson continues to be the best.
Amy Leigh
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable short story written about Charlotte Holmes, Sherlock's sister. She has begun solving cases for clients due to his poor health. She has the keen and stunning acumen that her brother does and this story is delightful and refreshing!

This is a great quick read with a curious riddle. Great when you are in a reading slump or just need a break from a long book you're reading. I would highly recommend this story and it only takes a few minutes to read.
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Pamela Shropshire
Oct 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Very cute short story about Holmes and Watson.
Jess
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
A cute vignette, a moment of Charlotte-as-Sherlock Holmes helping a client. Charlotte might see all but she also knows how to read a room and is literate of feelings - the was a touching and encouraging scene which made the female Sherlock Holmes twist work so well. To be honest, this "story" so short that it was probably a scene cut from the first book but I don't mind a sweet freebie. ...more
Carolyn F.
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I wish it was a little longer. I love this series.
Snowleesi
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
More of a scene than a short story (deleted scene, maybe?), and if you love Charlotte Holmes already, you will delight in this snippet. The only thing missing is Ashburton!
Merry Jewelhound
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is just a few pages long. It shows the type of mystery that Holmes solves.
Spiderorchid
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
A nice glimpse into the world of Sherry Thomas' series but too short to be more than a two-star "okay" rating. I'm looking forward to reading the first novel in the series and see how it works when the author has time to really tell a story.

EDIT: I have now read all three books in the series and loved them. The plots and characters obviously need the time and space a full length novel provides to really develop and Thomas' worldbuilding and characterizations are great. I'm always skeptical when
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Jessica-Robyn
I have been waffling about whether I should pick up book two of this series. I read the first book in early 2018 and I liked it, but not enough to really motivate me to keep reading the series. Now almost two years later and I was wondering if I shouldn't just take it off the TBR altogether. This short story was a great reminder of what the series is about and how interesting the style of it was. Maybe it will finally get me reading book two in 2020. ...more
Sara
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute story. One scene only. I deducted a star for purely selfish reasons - that it was exceedingly brief and that i shall now have to wait until October to read the next installment in the series.
Navdha
Sep 07, 2018 rated it liked it
So short but still so satisfying! Definitely captures Charlotte's personality and the tone the actual books set. ...more
Penny Black
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very quick fun read
Susan Parks
Jun 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Quick little bite, an amuse bouche to whet your appetite
Anne - Books of My Heart
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Short novella which is sort of a locked room mystery.
Kaethe Douglas
Available online. Here is as good a time as any to record that interstitial stories are the jimmies of pure joy on the layer cake of a good series. This one is only one tiny vignette but it manages to incorporate many of the highlights: the Holmes/Watson friendship, the consulting detective business, some character quirks, and a firm historical grounding for the mystery and the resolution which is very much an aspect of women's lives of the era. Some authors use their historical periods as a sha ...more
Joyce
Apr 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-mysteries
I’m a bit confused about why the owner of the locked box had to deal with it as she did, even though Miss Holmes had the means to help her with an alternate solution.

This author’s “A Study in Scarlet Women” was mentioned in the previous book I read, “Body on Baker Street” by Vicky Delany. I was intrigued by the premise of a female Holmes ... and was delighted to see that this short story in the series was available online. And that Watson is Mrs. Watson.

It has whet my appetite for the rest of th
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Critterbee❇
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Pretty cute little snippet of an 'everyday' problem solved by Charlotte Holmes of the the Lady Sherlock series by Sherry Thomas. Because this is a short bit of writing, I am writing about the series overall instead of this soupçon.

I enjoyed Sherlock Holmes, and like to read those books written in the same style, or inspired by Holmes, or even different stories about alternate Sherlock types. I am hooked on this series, and have really liked what I have read so far.

The writing style is pretty u
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Steph
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am absolutely addicted to Charlotte Holmes, even in short-story form.

A young woman approaches "Sherlock" Holmes with a dilemma - a friend has sent her a mysterious box that she feels it is urgent to open. It comes with a clue, which Charlotte Holmes deftly solves, but the true solution to the puzzle lies in giving her new client confidence and determination.

Even though this story is only 8 pages, I'm always impressed by Thomas' ability to put the reader directly into a detailed scene with our
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JG
This is a short story that continues the mystery solving abilities of Charlotte Holmes of the Lady Sherlock series. It cements the Lady Sherlock series firmly on the mystery suspense solving genre while the full length novels clearly adds the character development aspects on top of it.

I love this series!
Sheila Melo
Oct 13, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a very short story of a mystery solved by "Sherlock" Holmes. The focus here is only on the little mystery which turns into a character moment. I enjoyed this knowing about the first book in the series, but I don't know if someone who hadn't read the first book in the series would find this story interesting. Rating: 3 stars. ...more
Cris
Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a short story that give everyone a taste of what to expect with the Lady Sherlock series. I really enjoy this series! I’m patiently (not) awaiting the next book to arrive!

In this story Charlotte has a guest who has received a birthday guest puzzle she needs assistance opening. I love puzzle boxes!
Kathryn Baron
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
This was an unexpected little treat. It is meant as a teaser, an introduction, a sample to get you to read the rest -- all of which means that it hits you on the head with its viewpoint and introduces nothing new. This does not make it bad, but I had hoped for more.
Claire
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A delightful short story featuring one of my favourite detectives! Also, a clever solution. I always enjoy the way that Charlotte helps women of her time empower themselves. It must have been a very difficult age in which to be a woman, but Charlotte takes it by the horns.
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