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A Study in Scarlet Women

The Lady Sherlock Series, Book 1
Auteur(s): Sherry Thomas
Narrateur(s): Kate Reading
Durée: 11 h
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USA Today best-selling 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 mean streets of London.

When the city is struck by a trio of unexpected deaths and suspicion falls on her sister and her father, Charlotte is desperate to find the true culprits and clear the family name. She'll have help from friends new and old, but in the end, it will be up to Charlotte, under the assumed name Sherlock Holmes, to challenge society's expectations and match wits against an unseen mastermind.

©2016 Sherry Thomas (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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"Narrator Kate Reading is masterful in her portrayals in this clever historical mystery with a fabulous twist.... Reading's aristocratic British voices are spot-on, and her acting is outstanding.... This is an exceptionally fine audio experience, with a story that will grab listeners from the get-go." ( AudioFile)

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A feminine twist

A clever re-imagining of Sherlock Holmes with a female protagonist. More than that, it is a voice of protest throughout against the blatant double standard women have faced historically regarding sexual conduct . Well devised characters, and an intriguing mystery. The solving of the crime, with laborious interviews was a tiny bit too long-winded for me, but it didn't stop me from enjoying the book overall. #Audible1

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Surprisingly good.

I quite enjoyed this book. The story was not a complete rehash of the original stories.

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Great Story...Loved the Concept

There are more of these books in my future. No I did not guess the ending. So well done and it all pulls together perfectly.

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Loved this book...

Will definitely get the series. This twist on the Sherlock Holmes story has me in love with Charlotte Holmes!!

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Just loved it.

A look back in time at the struggles women faced rolled up on captivating story.

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The narration was a delight

This book was a pleasure to listen to. The cadence and tone of the narration gave life to the characters and put color into the story.

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Loved it!

I really love Sherlock Holmes so was equally sceptical and excited when I saw this book. Having finished it I have to say I love the twist on the classic. It is a unique book all together with old friends made new.

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yuck

found the book very hard to listen to, pay attention to and for most parts even understand it at all

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Sherlock Holmes a Woman

What an audacious idea but very effective, the start at the Holmes residence begins with four sisters all quite different . One is engaged to be married, Charlotte helps her sister Livia to run away to go to find a new existence in London not knowing what she’s getting herself into...
Once she isn’t settled in a young ladies home she is shocked to find there are lots of expenditures she had taken for granted at home.
Then strange deaths start to begin with people beginning with Lady Shrewsbury and to Livia it seems strange that she had died of a brain aneurysm when she had been fit and able....
Thus begins the adventure of Sherlock Holmes..
An excellent well written and executed I loved all the plot twists and turns! you were left wondering what was going to happen to Livia in the city of London when it seems like she will loose everything...
Miss Thomas has written an intricate story which parallels the life of women of gentle means and measures versus the life of the upper classes are immeasurable. It made me sad and fearful when Livia had a purse and funds stolen by a young ‘beggar girl’. At that time I cried!
There is lots to say but I cannot say as it would ruin the plot.
Read and enjoy this an other stories of the ‘female Sherlock Holmes ‘

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  • Lady Wesley
  • 2017-03-25

First-rate author and first-rate narrator

I wrote the following review for the Kindle version of this book, so I will simply add that Kate Reading's narration makes the story even better. She has such a wonderfully wide repetoire of male and female voices and accents that it's easy to forget that you're listening to just one person.

Sherry Thomas is one of the best historical romance authors of the past decade, so I had no concerns that she could write a good historical mystery. But Sherlock Holmes? As a woman? Even though I am a long-time Sherlockian, I am not fanatical about the sanctity of Conan Doyle's canon -- so why not? I can enthusiastically report that Thomas has pulled off this challenge in a first-rate manner.

It is very easy to see Sherlock in Charlotte Holmes's personality, mannerisms, and intellect. Conan Doyle never showed us the very young Sherlock, so Thomas is free to experiment here. Charlotte is the youngest of four daughters born to the unhappily-wed Sir Henry and Lady Holmes. Henrietta, the eldest, has modeled herself after her unpleasant mother, and is married to a Mr. Cumberland. It remains to be seen whether she has adopted her mother's habit of slapping hapless servants and unruly daughters. The next sister, Bernadine, is so withdrawn that she is no longer taken out in society; today we probably would diagnose her as autistic, perhaps epileptic, and anorexic to boot. Sister Livia, Charlotte's only friend, has had eight unsuccessful Seasons and is prone to depression. She at least takes pleasure from writing incessantly in her journal. One other member of the family is Mrs. Gladwell, the widow of Sir Henry's cousin, whom Charlotte has figured out is also Sir Henry's mistress.

Charlotte is her father's pet and her mother's despair. She is sharply intelligent and blessed with an amazing memory as well as powers of observation and deduction. She is forthright to the point of rudeness and so completely uninterested getting married that she has turned down several proposals. She is quite beautiful and has allowed her mother to dress her in the height of fashion, but underneath the veneer Charlotte is a determined non-conformist.

Although they play relatively minor roles in the book's plot, I mention Charlotte's family because Thomas paints a particularly affecting portrait of them in the first few chapters. It wasn't really necessary, but it sets up the story so nicely. Such is the mark of an extraordinary writer. Moreover, this part of the story is written from Livia's point of view and suggests that Livia may be the chronicler, i.e., a sort of Watson to Charlotte's Sherlock.

Charlotte's ambition is to become headmistress of a girls' school, which is really quite silly, as she has never been to school, but that seems to be the only professional option available to a gently-bred young lady. Her father encourages Charlotte's aspiration, but as the book opens Charlotte is infuriated to see that he is succumbing to his wife's pressure to marry her off.

Although Charlotte is supposedly very smart, she embarks on a farcical scheme to get herself ruined (by a carefully selected married man) and thus made ineligible for marriage. The scheme goes spectacularly awry, and Charlotte flees her home and reckons she can find some type of respectable employment. With no references and no experience, she is finding it rough going. Until, that is, she meets and instantly feels an affinity for a colorful, older lady whose army officer husband died in Afghanistan. This Mrs. Watson is a comfortably-wealthy but lonely former actress who has unsuccessfully been looking for a paid companion. She is intrigued by Charlotte's special talent for solving mysteries, and when she offers Charlotte the position as her companion, the reader can see that she envisions them as partners in adventure.

Aside from her sweet sister Livia, Charlotte has one other friend: Lord Ingram Ashburton, to whom she has been close since childhood. Indeed, when Lord Ingram enters the plot, it is clear that he and Charlotte are in love with one another. Not that they would admit it, for he is unhappily married and far too honorable to act upon his improper feelings. Lord Ingram, a gentleman archeologist, has served as a go-between for Charlotte and Scotland Yard's Inspector Treadles (ah, we have our Lestrade) where Charlotte's talent has helped solve a few cases. Treadles, however, does not know that Charlotte is Sherlock; he thinks she is Sherlock's sister.

This, then, is the set-up for the mysteries that confront Inspector Treadles when Sherlock Holmes publishes a letter connecting three, apparently unrelated and apparently natural, deaths:

"It has come to my attention that Mr. Harrington Sackville’s death, by apparent overdose of chloral, may not be an isolated incident: Lady Amelia Drummond preceded him in death by a week and a half; the Dowager Baroness Shrewsbury followed a mere twenty-four hours later. Lady Amelia was first cousin to Mr. Sackville’s elder brother by the same father, Lord Sheridan, and godmother to one of Baroness Shrewsbury’s children."

With this shocking announcement – and how could I resist saying it? – the game is afoot. I found this book to be quite as good as any Conan Doyle mystery (and I have read them all many times). The characters are intriguing and well-drawn, and the pacing is excellent. As with any mystery, not everyone is completely honest, but neither did I notice anything so misleading as to be considered unfair. Although this book is not a historical romance like many of Sherry Thomas's other books, I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who enjoys mysteries in a historical setting. I can't wait for the next book, A Conspiracy in Belgravia, due out in September 2017, where Charlotte's client is looking for her missing lover. And that client is none other than Lord Ingram's wife!

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  • Eddie Lynn
  • 2016-11-22

Sherlock in a skirt and corset?

I am a huge Sherlock Holmes fan and try to read or listen to all of the iterations of Mr. Holmes. This is a great twist on the traditional character. So many plot lines within the telling of the tale, that if I had been given a test on the characters half-way through the book, I would probably have failed.
This was pure entertainment for me. I am eager to start on Book 2.
If you enjoy the path of a Sherlock Holmes story, give this a try. Excellent narration helps any story, Ms. Reading did an outstanding job, as usual.

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  • Tegan A Beechey
  • 2018-07-07

A Study in Scattered Storytelling

I love most anything Holmes, and as a rather outspoken woman myself, I adore a sturdy female protagonist. Unfortunately, this novel lacks a solid "hook" in the opening chapters. The narrative structure is nonlinear, which can be a powerful storytelling tool when properly applied- unfortunately, there was no purpose for leaps around the timeline, and flashbacks seem to be used to provide a backstory that justifies an unlikable and uninteresting protagonist. It is not enough to have a female Holmes, we need to see her wit, curiosity, and intuition. Instead, we have little more than a series of clever deductions without motivation or a spark of a character we want to follow into chaos. Disappointing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-12-21

Nice premise but...

I like the twist on Sherlock Holmes and Watson. I'm also a fan of other Sherry Thomas's books. However, I found it difficult to follow the plot. The story felt cluttered with too many characters and threads, leaving the ending muddy anti-climatic. I'm not sure I'm willing to use another credit for the next story, which is a shame.

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  • Maggie Magoo
  • 2016-11-02

Wonderful Narration

Enjoyed this book. The narrator did a great job separating the various (and easy-to-confuse) characters without going overboard with accents. Nicely done.

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  • LW09
  • 2017-01-23

Fun Idea with Unnecessary Twists and Subplots

Would you recommend A Study in Scarlet Women to your friends? Why or why not?

The main characters were interesting and fun to follow, but the writer intentionally misleads the reader in certain places and over complicates the storyline to create unnecessary twists and subplots. I would be more excited for the next installment if this story was a little more straight forward.

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  • Rashima
  • 2017-03-28

Fast moving?

Fast moving? If you call a snails pace fast, then yes it is. Almost four hours in and you wondering when it'll get somewhere.

Veronica Speedwell is fast moving. Beginning to end.

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  • M. A. Jones
  • 2017-10-19

This is really a romance novel

After a befuddling beginning, the story settled into one narrative line, which was better for my understanding. When the other storylines were brought back in, I had a better time following what was happening. It took more than half of the book for the story to really hit its stride. I think the author just loves to write a lot of explanation and back story, leaving little if anything to the imagination. This makes it seem ponderous and slow-going. It could be classified as a "cosy" story, I think, because, with all the descriptive writing, you really get a feel for the place and characters. It's not a fast-moving exciting story. It is a comfortable read, and I liked the protagonist, especially when she was "given her head" to be in the starring role. However, at the end, it resolved into a romance story, which I found a little disappointing for something which hinted at a tale of a very independent woman, well ahead of her time.

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  • S. Sarabasha
  • 2016-10-26

Excellent twist.

Fast moving. Complex. And full of historical details. Looking forward to the next installment. Hopefully as Charlotte gathers more experience she will need less male assistance.

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  • MxH
  • 2017-01-05

More Clever Than Expected

Clean writing, tight plot, and enjoyable. I was afraid this book would be another mediocre retelling, but the author adds a hint of freshness by touching on women's and children's issues on the eve of the 20th century. There are small parts that are over heavy on the character development, but that's to be expected in the first of a series. Kate Reading gives an impeccable performance. I'm not waiting impatiently for the next book, but I will certainly read it.

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