Murder on Cold Street by Sherry Thomas
Book 5 in the Lady Sherlock series
Mystery/Thriller, Historical Fiction
Inspector Treadles, Charlotte Holmes’s friend and collaborator, has been found locked in a room with two dead men, both of whom worked with his wife at the great manufacturing enterprise she has recently inherited.
Rumors fly. Had Inspector Treadles killed the men because they had opposed his wife’s initiatives at every turn? Had he killed in a fit of jealous rage, because he suspected Mrs. Treadles of harboring deeper feelings for one of the men? To make matters worse, he refuses to speak on his own behalf, despite the overwhelming evidence against him.
Charlotte finds herself in a case strewn with lies and secrets. But which lies are to cover up small sins, and which secrets would flay open a past better left forgotten? Not to mention, how can she concentrate on these murders, when Lord Ingram, her oldest friend and sometime lover, at last dangles before her the one thing she has always wanted?Goodreads
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I love The Lady Sherlock series by Sherry Thomas, but I think Murder on Cold Street is my favorite. Not only was this mystery one of the more interesting ones, but there were also some wonderful Holmes and Ingram scenes.
I really enjoy these novels. The shed light on the gender and class inequalities in history, which even took on racial inequality. But it does it in such an interesting way. Murder on Cold Street, especially so since Inspector Treadles, a man who was horrified to learn that Sherlock was actually a woman, had to rely on that same woman to free him. I enjoy seeing characters in a series grow, as Treadles does.
Speaking of character growth, this book brought with a complete turn around from Lord Ingram. I absolutely loved it. He was always supportive of Holmes, and I think his change of heart concerning his own happiness was one of my favorite things about this book. Holmes and Ingram were the main focus of this book, though my old favorites were present, they were mostly relegated to the sidelines. I found myself missing Livia and Mrs. Watson, and hope they are more prominent in the next book (I am making an assumption there will be a next book).
The mystery in this one is very intricate. This is not a book to read to try to solve the mystery along with Holmes. I dare say some could do it, but I am not one of them, at least not the why. While the mystery is important and keeps the story moving, the characters are the real stars.
If you’ve read the other books in this series you will love this one!