As “Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective,” Charlotte Holmes has solved murders and found missing individuals. But she has never stolen a priceless artwork—or rather, made away with the secrets hidden behind a much-coveted canvas.
But Mrs. Watson is desperate to help her old friend recover those secrets and Charlotte finds herself involved in a fever-paced scheme to infiltrate a glamorous Yuletide ball where the painting is one handshake away from being sold and the secrets a bare breath from exposure.
Her dear friend Lord Ingram, her sister Livia, Livia’s admirer Stephen Marbleton—everyone pitches in to help and everyone has a grand time. But nothing about this adventure is what it seems and disaster is biding time on the grounds of a glittering French chateau, waiting only for Charlotte to make a single mistake…. (Goodreads)
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These books are very character-driven, not to say the plot is bad. But I often find myself caring less about the mystery of the book and more about what’s going on between the characters, especially Charlotte and Lord Ingram. Theirs is the most infuriating slow burn romance that existed.
As I said, the plot is wonderful, and it certainly takes a turn that I was not expecting. The mysteries in this series are great, but in typical Holmes fashion, probably not something you would be able to figure out on your own, but that isn’t the point really.
Charlotte has grown so much since the first book, and I love seeing her and the other characters evolve. I cannot wait for the next book in this series, which is set up quite nicely at the end of this book.
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