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A Curious Incident

(Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery #6)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  401 ratings  ·  159 reviews
It's up to Gemma and Jayne to root out the killer in national bestselling author Vicki Delany's sixth Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery when the winner of a garden tour trophy is left pushing up daisies.

"I am not a Consulting Detective," Gemma Doyle reluctantly tells 10-year-old Lauren Tierney, when the little girl comes to the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium to b
Kindle Edition, 296 pages
Published January 12th 2021 by Crooked Lane Books
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A Curious Incident is the sixth book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series written by Vicki Delany and set to be published in January 2021. I've read all the previous books and when the latest became available on NetGalley, I scooped it up. I always enjoy Delany's cozy mysteries and really like being able to stay current with a few of her series. This one is no exception.

In A Curious Incident, Gemma and Jayne kick off the book with a missing persons... ummm... missing cat case. Poor pre
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-2020
Here I am again jumping into a series at book six instead of starting at the beginning. It was okay though as this book was just fine read as a stand alone. The characters were strong and understandable with the minimum of back story, and the story was complete within the book.

The main character, Gemma Doyle, runs a book store, is a Sherlock Holmes tragic, and shares a number of characteristics with the famous detective. When a local citizen has her garden wrecked and another one is found murder

3.5 stars

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In this 6th 'Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery', amateur sleuth Gemma Doyle investigates the murder of an avid gardener. The book work fines as a standalone.

Englishwoman Gemma Doyle now lives in the town of West London in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. There she co-owns 'The Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium'.....

.....with her Uncle Arthur Doyle
Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A typical Sherlock Holmesy style detective novel that has you in splits. The tale told from the protagonist's POV has you as surprised, interested, and investigative as the central actor itself. Every episode is as gripping and exciting as the previous one, and the account only continues to get better and better. I literally couldn't hold myself from reading it on an asap basis; it is utterly captivating. The fast-paced narrative has you on your toes.

I know I have made a straight jump into volum
This is the 6th book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery series but the first one I have read. Gemma Doyle, a British, owns the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium in a small New England town in Massachusetts and when she is not busy with her shop, it seems she is busy using her powers of deduction towards solving mysteries and crimes... in typical Sherlock Holmes style. This book finds Gemma solving two mysteries: the first, a teeny weeny one of locating the pet cat of a twelve year old g ...more
Nov 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75* Gemma Doyle insists that she's not a consulting detective, but the folks in her small town of West London know she's as close as. The proprietress of the Sherlock Holmes themed book store, she accidentally found the cat that 11 yr old Lauren said was missing. Then Lauren asked for help in proving her mother innocent of murder. She can't very well refuse, now can she? So we get this enjoyable, easy to read cozy mystery. I like the setting and the characters. Appreciate the dogs and cats tha ...more
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars, netgalley

Gemma Doyle owns a Sherlock Holmes themed bookshop, she often stumbles across the crimes of the town of West London on Cape Cod causing discontent among the police force.

In this sixth installment of A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series Gemma decides to help a young girl, Lauren, to clear her mother of murder charges.
The dead body of Anna, a great and well known gardener is found in the darkest part of the park. Without any witness and any evidences the detectives look in the victim’s life

Micky Cox
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gemma is keeping busy in the emporium when she is asked to "take on" a private case since she has had such good luck in the past helping solve cases. As much as she doesn't want to get involved, it seems she is destined to be dragged into this one too! The characters have really blossomed in this series and you find yourself not only wanting to like them, but actually connecting with them. Connecting with characters makes the plot that much better for the reader and I'm happy to say that this se ...more
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite book in this wonderful series! Loved the storyline with Gemma & Lauren(such a wonderful character...a mini-Gemma!).
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite book in the series so far. The book can be enjoyed as a stand-alone mystery. The characters have continued to develop and evolve over the series. Being a fan of Sherlock Holmes, Gemma is a fun modern spin on Sherlock. I like that Gemma embraces helping the little girl. Her relationship with this young girl gives Gemma a more relatable personality. The secondary characters are realistic, relatable, and entertaining. The mystery is well-developed with several well -lace red-her ...more
This is the sixth book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series by Vicki Delany set in West London on Cape Cod, Massachusetts featuring Gemma Doyle.

Gemma Doyle manages Great Uncle Arthur's Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium. The shop is located at 222 Baker Street and is also the home of Violet, Gemma's cocker spaniel. In addition, Gemma co-owns the adjoining shop, 'Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room', which is run by her best friend and business partner Jayne Wilson. Gemma has a reputation for be
A Curious Incident by Vicki Delany is the 6th A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery. It can be read as a standalone for those new to the series or if you have missed a book or two. I thought A Curious Incident was well-written with developed characters and steady pacing. Gemma Doyle is a unique protagonist. Gemma is an Englishwoman who lives in West London, Massachusetts where she manages the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium, which she co-owns with her uncle Arthur. Gemma has a keen eye for de ...more
Peggy R
A Curious Incident is the sixth book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series and an entertaining read. This time around, the competition between members of the garden club turns deadly, when a garden is destroyed and a member is murdered. This time around, Gemma is asked by a young girl to help prove her mother did not commit the murder. I very much enjoyed the introduction of Lauren, the niece of one of the secondary characters, and the bond that formed between her and Gemma. All of the ...more
Dawn Michelle
This was a very good read. It would have been a five star read for me if not for a couple little things. I tend to forget how much I like Gemma and Jayne together and it was fun to be a part of their world again. I liked the story and how Gemma isn't directly involved in the mystery [to begin with and to be fair, she WAS hired. ;-) ]. I love the addition of several new animals, an adorable 11-year old [who desperately needs Gemma as much as Gemma needs her, whether she realizes it or not] and so ...more
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading this book yesterday. I will be heading to the library to pick up the previous books shortly! It was that good!

What did I like? First, the main character owns a bookstore, so that's definitely a plus. Second, there are cute dogs and cats which always make me happy. But most important I just couldn't stop reading it! The characters are imaginative and interesting and the story is easy to follow.

Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for the opportunity to read and re
K.A. Davis
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A CURIOUS INCIDENT is the sixth book in the Sherlock Bookshop Mysteries by Vicki Delany, and with this newest addition, confirms why this series is one of my favorites! Protagonist Gemma Doyle, may at times, be an abrupt quirky character and can be a bit off-putting to some. From my viewpoint though, I’ve found her to be a refreshing change from the typical amateur sleuth in cozy mysteries. And with the Sherlock Bookshop that she co-owns with her uncle, her personality fits into the character of ...more
Dec 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 15, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

This is the sixth book in the Sherlock Holmes mystery series by Vicki Delany.

Gemma Doyle is known for her sleuthing ways. When she is hired by a young girl to prove her mother’s innocence, she finds herself perplexed. It would be an easy case for Sherlock, but her, not so much.

This reminded me a little bit of Clue. Was it Sheila in the Garden with the Trophy? Only time will tell.

This was a fun mystery to follow. You really don’t get bored with such a unique protagonist. And when you add
Aug 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
3 1/2 stars. A fun mystery that keeps the reader satisfied. The reoccurring characters are engaging and you have probably met animal personalities similar to the ones in the book that will make you want to come back for more. While this the book is part of a series each can be read alone without any problem.

I received an ARC from Netgalley and the publisher in return for a fair review.
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Curious Incident is the 6 th book in Vicki Delanys A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series, this is one of my absolute favorite series and this book didn’t disappoint. When the garden tour turns deadly, Gemma and Jayne once again put their sleuthing skills into action, trying to clear the a mother of a young girl of the murder. The well written storyline, and charming, relatable characters make for another entertaining read by Ms. Delany.
I would like to thank Netgalley for the e-ARC which I
Deborah Almada
Jan 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy this series, Gemma is a character that grows on you. I was fascinated by her in the first book but I didn't like her at all, as time has gone on and we get to know her better Gemma has become more likable. In this book we definitely see a softer side of Gemma as she ends up promising to help a young girl, first find her kitten and then clear her Mom of a murder charge. Logic still prevails but I liked that in several different situations we see a softer side to our Sherlocken sleu ...more
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
A Curious Incident is the sixth book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series. Although, I haven’t read all the books in this series, I have thoroughly enjoyed the ones I’ve read. Gemma is the co-owner of the bookshop along. I love the Sherlock Holmes theme. While Sherlock and Arthur Conan Doyle are mentioned, the Sherlock theme is not overbearing. Gemma is dating a detective named Ryan. I appreciated the fact that when Gemma does find out information, she does pass it along to him. Gemma’ ...more
Lisa Morin
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gemma and Jayne are already my favorite characters, and this book just proved my point.
Even though I’m not a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes, I really enjoy this series and especially like Gemma and her crazy family.
This story was quite good, and the mystery kept me guessing until the end.
The friendship between Gemma and Jayne is sweet, and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next for Gemma and the gang.
While I never had the chance to read about Gemma Doyle’s adventures in England in There’s a Murder Afoot, I didn’t really miss anything by moving straight to the sixth book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series. A Curious Incident just might be my favorite in Vicki Delany’s series. Gemma’s still quirky, but she shows a surprising side in this one. I never would have thought she’d like a child.

When eleven-year-old Lauren shows up at Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium, asking for help in findi
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

This series just keeps getting better and better. Gemma and Jayne have the kind of friendship you can only envy, and always have each other's backs when tracking down mysteries, although it looks like Jayne may have some distraction in her future. Gemma also falls back on Donald a lot in this one, and interesting and unique character who I loved reading about.

The mystery itself was really good, and the eventual culprit wa
M.  [storme reads a lot]
It was a good story, but it was simple to figure out the mystery. This took away from the interest for me. I liked this book, but it was not my favorite. I am not sure if I would pick up more from this author.
Jennifer Brown
Feb 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Any book that involves saving animals is a win for me! I enjoyed this story and you get to see a mothering side of Gemma with Lauren. It was a little shocking that this kid's parents would just let her stay with a stranger, but I guess they had bigger issues. There were a few predictable parts (the lemonade) and I think I knew who the killer was going to be early on. Good story and I hope the series continues! ...more
Miss W Book Reviews
A Curious Incident is Book 6 in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery Series by Vicki Delaney.
Gemma and Jayne have a murder to investigate when the winner of a garden tour contest is murdered.

The characters are really fun and well developed over the course of the series. I really love the dogs and Moriarty the cat are written so fun that I picture them right here with me.

A great deal of action and excellent story telling made this a book I could not and did not want to put down.

This book can be
A Curious Incident by Vicki Delany is the newest Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery where Gemma, a bookshop owner, is not a consulting detective, or so she tries to tell little Lauren when Lauren comes to her about her missing cat. She is not able to reinforce this statement with Lauren when she accidentally locates the kitten with the help of her friend and dog, Violet, the cocker spaniel owned by her great uncle Arthur but cared for by Gemma. So a couple of days later Lauren arrives again with a ...more
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
Gemma is back at it again! It starts off with a young girl asking her for help finding her missing cat because her aunt told her that Gemma was good at finding things. Lauren said she would even pay, but Gemma tells her she isn’t a consulting detective and she can’t promise her to look for her cat. Turns out she didn’t have to worry about disappointing the kid to much as Violet, Gemma’s dog, finds the kitten. So now Lauren thinks Gemma is just the coolest person ever!

Gemma thought she had seen t
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She is the author of four cozy mystery series: The Tea by the Sea series from Kensington Books, the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series from Crooked Lane and the Year Round Christmas series from Penguin. Under the pen name of Eva Gates she writes the Lighthouse Libr

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