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A Conspiracy in Belgravia

Written by: Sherry Thomas
Narrated by: Kate Reading
Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (39 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The game is afoot as Charlotte Holmes returns in USA Today best-selling author Sherry Thomas' 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 has had great success helping with all manner of inquiries, but she is not prepared for the new client who arrives at her Upper Baker Street office.

Lady Ingram, wife of Charlotte's dear friend and benefactor, wants Sherlock Holmes to find her first love, who failed to show up at their annual rendezvous. Matters of loyalty and discretion aside, the case becomes even more personal for Charlotte as the missing man is none other than Myron Finch, her illegitimate half-brother.

In the meanwhile, Charlotte wrestles with a surprising proposal of marriage, a mysterious stranger woos her sister Livia, and an unidentified body surfaces where least expected. Charlotte's investigative prowess is challenged as never before: Can she find her brother in time - or will he, too, end up as a nameless corpse somewhere in the belly of London?

©2017 Sherry Thomas (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the critics say

"The second in the Lady Sherlock series is a delight, especially as performed by the extraordinary Kate Reading.... Reading doesn't miss the story's subtlety. Her voice slides over innuendo into sarcasm, smoothly capturing Thomas's sparkling wit.... Brilliant listening." (AudioFile)

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I was wary but ultimately a great read.

I dont like romance novels and have no interest in sex scenes, so I was hesitant after looking at the covers of this authors other books, which seem to be "bodice rippers". This is the second Lady Sherlock book Ive read, and yet again it was a well written, fresh take on the Sherlock meme. The heroine is a heroic and many of the main characters are female. The women in this book are full characters, not just wall paper. The men are also real, but make great supporting characters.

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Lost in translationI like this series-

This is the second book of the Charlotte Holmes series, an alternative take on the Sherlock stories. I like the series, suitable for Readers who enjoy historical mysteries (think ann perry). The characters are strongly drawn and engaging. In this particular book, there is far far too much emphasis on word cyphers - they read on an audio book like paint drying and would be no better in print (Dorothy sayers made the same mistake in one of hers so, good company). I found the story somewhat hard to follow (of course I was driving) but I will definitely give the third one a try.

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Satisfying <br />

I cannot wait to hear and enjoy the next instalment in this wonderful Holmes series.

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Amazing narrative

I absolutely fell in love with this story and they chose a perfect person to narrate!!!

Will be purchasing the rest of the series. I love the detailed writing. Keeps you in suspense till the very end!

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  • mary hohman
  • 2017-10-30

Excellent story awesome characters superb narrator

I had trouble putting it down! I originally became interested in this series because anything narrated by Kate Reading is worth the listen. Then I had to get this book because of the writing.
Sherry Thomas is excellent at weaving an entirely original story from a classic piece of fiction. I love variations, especially of Pride and Prejudice. What if stories are sometimes disappointing; that was not the case with tis book. I'd give it 6 stars, if only I could.
Although this mystery is a stand alone novel, I would strongly recommend listening to the first book. It not only introduces all the major players and their relationship to one another, but gives you a better understanding of their motivations.

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  • bluestategirl
  • 2018-01-24

Be the change you want to see in the world!


If you like the idea of a brilliant young (Victorian) woman who doesn't let society dictate her path in life, this series is for you!

Sherry Thomas has written some really good HRs, and I own many of them, but with this series, she elevates her writing to a whole new level of WOW! In the character of Charlotte Holmes, she gives insight into the Victorian era through the eyes of a young woman who bucks all convention, not because she is a rebel, but because there is simply no place for an intellect like hers in a patriarchal society.

Despite Charlotte's determination to live life on her own terms, whatever the cost, she still has to negotiate her way around the laws of a country that counts a woman as mere chattel. I knew I was hooked when I found those limitations infuriating, but realized that Charlotte did not. She simply ignores them when she can, and works around any constrictions -- almost as if they don't exist -- when she can't. I thought we invented female empowerment in the modern era, but Thomas has invented a character that uses her power as if she knows it's all going to change someday anyway, so why not be the change she want's to see in the world, today? Amazing!

The supporting cast is suitably brilliant, and the villains are as creepily evil as one would wish, providing Charlotte with lots of puzzles to solve. The mysteries are layered and just complex enough to allow the romance to sizzle in the background.

This series is an auto-buy for me, and I don't have many of those.

Kate Reading is, of course, perfect and brilliant, and worthy of this series. She deserves an Emmy for her acting skills!


HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: To anyone and everyone. (Note: This will be a TV series someday.)

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  • Tatiana Christiansen
  • 2017-10-25

Loved every minute of this book.

I love this series and am anxiously awaiting the next. I thoroughly enjoy that the
main character and her coterie of investigators are multidimensional and not cliche. This book (second in the series) is far more complicated than the first.

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  • Sunshine Daisy
  • 2017-09-17

Nesquik

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I feel like the Nesquik bunny drinking chocolate milk...you drink it so fast and you wish you would have slowed down. I listened to it it two days. It was so good I wish I would have stretched it out but it was too good not to keep listening. Now if only Sherry Thomas would write another one as quick as I can make chocolate milk. :)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-10-26

Brilliant

Sherry Thomas proves a woman can do it better. (No offense, Arthur.) I adore everything about this series. Can hardly wait for Book 3. I hope this series continues indefinitely.

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  • Calliope
  • 2019-01-21

Surprising enjoyable second installment

I was for some reason not expecting to like this second installment as much as I did the first, but I shouldn't have worried.....I didn't like the plot as much as previously, but I liked the greater character development. I think my favourite quote is when Charolotte was sitting in front of her vanity mirror "pinning up her hair and counting her chins"

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  • Victoria
  • 2017-09-11

Excellent Series

What did you love best about A Conspiracy in Belgravia?

Great characters and story telling.

What did you like best about this story?

It kept me guessing up to the end.

What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

Everything - she is the perfect narrator.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did and have the dark eye-circles to show for it.

Any additional comments?

When does the next one come out?

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  • Gary L. Richardson
  • 2019-01-22

Not Up To The First Installment

I thought the first installment in this series was an all out hit. This one struggled out of the gate and stayed confusing up until the final third of the book. Even as the author brought the story together at the end it was hard to be happy given the journey it took to get there. I will read the third installment in the hopes it captures the thrill of the first. This one....well, not as well thought out....It needed a little more story and a little less digression for my taste.

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  • Hilary M.
  • 2018-08-10

Too confusing!

I listened to this book on audible. I made the mistake of listening to the second book in the series without having listen to or read the first. I was almost utterly confused from beginning to end

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  • Coffee Lover
  • 2018-04-15

More, more, more!

This is the 2nd in this series and was as good as the first. Of course,Kate Reading's narration is also a major plus. I'm hoping Sherry Thomas will add more to this particular series.

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