Wednesday, October 27, 2021

ARC Review: Miss Moriarty, I Presume? by Sherry Thomas

Miss Moriarty, I Presume?

Sherry Thomas
Series: Lady Sherlock (Book 6)
Publication: Berkley (November 2, 2021)

Description: Charlotte Holmes comes face to face with her enemy when Moriarty turns to her in his hour of need, in the USA Today bestselling series set in Victorian England.

A most unexpected client shows up at Charlotte Holmes's doorstep: Moriarty himself. Moriarty fears that tragedy has befallen his daughter and wants Charlotte to find out the truth

Charlotte and Mrs. Watson travel to a remote community of occult practitioners where Moriarty's daughter was last seen, a place full of lies and liars. Meanwhile, Charlotte’s sister Livia tries to make sense of a mysterious message from her beau Mr. Marbleton. And Charlotte’s longtime friend and ally Lord Ingram at last turns his seductive prowess on Charlotte—or is it the other way around?

But the more secrets Charlotte unravels about Miss Moriarty’s disappearance, the more she wonders why Moriarty has entrusted this delicate matter to her of all people. Is it merely to test Charlotte's skills as an investigator, or has the man of shadows trapped her in a nest of vipers?

My Thoughts: The sixth Lady Sherlock mystery begins when Charlotte is hired by a most unusual client - Moriarty himself. He wants her to investigate a religious center on the Cornwall coast that has been his daughter's home for a number of years. He has reason to believe that something has happened to her.

Moriarty is not a client that Charlotte can refuse. So she and Mrs. Watson, along with Lord Ingram, make a visit and uncover a number of secrets. 

Secrets abound in this episode. Mr. Marbleton is leaving secret messages that require deciphering and then investigation. Charlotte's half-brother Myron Finch is on the run from Moriarty too and hasn't left a message for a while which causes Charlotte to worry.

Charlotte and Lord Ingram's romance is proceeding in a typical Charlotte sort of way. Ingram's divorce is nearing finality and he's worrying about how to tell his two young children about it. And Charlotte is sending him racy letters...

This was an entertaining and engaging episode of this series with lots of twists and turns. New readers would likely be lost, but fans of the series will enjoy this addition. 

Favorite Quote:
Lord Ingram and Miss Charlotte suited each other both very well and not at all. She wanted to picture a lovely future for them, but she could just as easily imagine a slow, soul-crushing disaster.
I received this one in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.

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