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Read & Download A Conspiracy in Belgravia á PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ [Reading] ➶ A Conspiracy in Belgravia By Sherry Thomas – Helpyouantib.co.uk The game is afoot as Charlotte Holmes returns in the atmospheric second novel in New York Times bestseller Sherry Thomas's Victorian set Lady Sherlock serieThe game is afoot as Charlotte Holmes returns in the atmospheric second novel in New York Times bestseller Sherry Thomas's Victorian set Lady Sherlock seriesBeing 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 A Conspiracy MOBI #207 by the capable Mrs Watson she’s had great. I've given this an A at AARReviewing mysteries is always a challenge as anyone who’s tried it will know  And with one of this calibre it’s even difficult because I want to tell you just how GOOD this book is but I can’t tell you too much for fear of giving too much away and spoiling your enjoyment  I could just say a “Sherry Thomas is a genius – go buy this book” or b “Don’t waste time here go buy this book”   but that isn’t much of a review so I will attempt – somehow – to do justice to this terrific story and author and will no doubt fail miserably at which juncture you should simply heed the advice given in points a and bNote I think it would be possible to enjoy this as a standalone but I really would recommend reading A Study in Scarlet Women first There are spoilers for that book in this reviewA Conspiracy in Belgravia picks up on the day after the events that concluded the previous book  Charlotte Holmes ably assisted by her closest friend Lord Ingram Ashburton and Inspector Treadles of Scotland Yard has solved the Sackville murder case and learned of the existence of an infamous criminal mastermind by the name of Moriarty  In addition Charlotte worked out that that Lord Ingram – Ash to his friends – had pulled strings behind the scenes in order to make sure she wasn’t left alone on the streets after she ran from her father’s house and orchestrated her meeting with the army widow and former actress with whom Charlotte now resides Mrs John Watson  Charlotte doesn’t like being beholden to Ash especially not as their friendship while generally strong has been sometimes strained since his ill advised marriage six years earlierCharlotte and Mrs Watson have formed a working partnership as investigators using the identity of Sherlock Holmes as a front for their operation  Holmes suffers from a debilitating illness so clients meet with his ‘sister’ – Charlotte – while the detective listens to the conversation from the next room  It’s with some surprise that Charlotte identifies their latest prospective client Mrs Finch as Lady Ingram Ash’s wife  Mrs Watson is concerned about accepting the lady as a client given their friendship with her husband but Charlotte believes her need must be very pressing if it has driven her to seek Holmes’ help and agrees to the meeting – although as Charlotte cannot afford to be recognised the part of Sherlock’s sister will be taken by Mrs Watson’s niece Penelope Redmayne  ‘Mrs Finch’ explains that she is seeking information regarding the man she fell in love with before she married Lord Ingram a young man deemed unsuitable by her parents whose financial situation demanded she marry someone wealthyWhile she and her erstwhile love agreed not to meet or write to each other once she was married they planned a yearly assignation – on the Sunday before his birthday they would both take a walk past the Albert Memorial at 3 pm so they could each see that the other was alive and well This year however her sweetheart did not keep the appointment and she wants Sherlock Holmes to find out why Penelope asks Lady Ingram for as many details as she can provide but when she identifies the man in uestion as Myron Finch Charlotte is stunned Myron Finch is her illegitimate half brotherWhile Charlotte and Mrs Watson set about looking into the disappearance of Mr Finch Charlotte is also mulling over the proposal of marriage she has received – the second one in fact – from Lord Bancroft Ashburton Lord Ingram’s older brother Charlotte is fully cognizant of the benefits marriage to him would bring It would rehabilitate her – to an extent – in the eyes of society and would soften her father’s stance towards her; she could care for her sister Bernadette who has some sort of mental disability and could openly spend time with her other sister Livia and generally return to the life to which she had been born But even though Bancroft recognises and respects Charlotte’s keen intellect he clearly expects her to discontinue her investigations as Sherlock Holmes and she’s not sure that’s something she’s willing to give upAs an inducement Bancroft gifts Charlotte with a set of puzzles which includes a message encoded using a Vignère cipher a fiendishly difficult code that takes Charlotte some days to decipher Once decoded the message leads her to an address in Hounslow North West of London where she and Lord Ingram unexpectedly encounter Inspector Treadles A man has been murdered – and appears to have named his killer before he died Could he perhaps be the missing Mr Finch Or could he somehow be tied to Finch’s disappearance Or worse still are Finch and the murder victim somehow tied to the mysterious Moriarty a name which seems to inspire fear in those who know it and someone of whom even the unflappable Bancroft seems to be waryWell I’m not saying As is clear though there’s a lot going on in this book and I admit that I sometimes had to refer to the numerous highlights I’d made on my Kindle to refresh my memory about something but for the most part the story rattles along famously as Sherry Thomas skillfully pulls the disparate mystery threads together and then unravels them bringing events to a climax I most certainly didn’t see coming Just as impressive as her plotting is the way in which she continues to explore and develop her characters and the relationships between them building on what we know of them from the previous book and rounding them out even We don’t see as much of Treadles in this story but it’s clear that he’s been upset by the discovery of the deceit practiced by his good friend Lord Ingram over Holmes’ true identity and isn’t sure what to make of Charlotte any longer There’s a romance in the offing for Livia who is charmed by a mysterious young man who seems to see and appreciate her for who she is and doesn’t talk down to her or dismiss her interests; and we get to know a little of the circumstances which led to Ash’s marriage to a society beauty he later learned had married him only for his moneyAnyone with any knowledge of this author’s work will already know that her work is highly creative and imaginative; she fashions strong well developed and engaging characters crafts complex interweaving plots and her historical romances are among the best in the genre I should however warn anyone hoping for romantic developments between Charlotte and Ash that things between them don’t progress a great deal if at all The author sheds light on Ash’s feelings towards Charlotte showing he knows her better than anyone and there’s a nice touch at the end where Charlotte both acknowledges this and admits she’s glad it’s Ash who knows her so well and Charlotte well she doesn’t necessarily wish Ash had married her she would just prefer he hadn’t married at all She’s someone who relies on observation and logic and doesn’t have room for sentiment; yet in the face of all the logical reasons she should marry Bancroft a small part of her can’t ignore the fact that she doesn’t find him attractive while his brother is a different matter entirelyThere’s so much to A Conspiracy in Belgravia than I can possibly say here The characters the relationships the mystery all are richly detailed and superbly constructed making this a truly compelling un put downable read I stand by my original points a and b Just go and buy it

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Success helping with all manner of inuiries but she’s 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 personal for Charlotte as the missing man is none ot. Review posted on The Eater of Books blogA Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry ThomasBook Two of the Lady Sherlock seriesPublisher Berkley BooksPublication Date September 5 2017Rating 4 starsSource eARC from NetGalleySummary from GoodreadsThe game is afoot as Charlotte Holmes returns in the atmospheric second novel in New York Times bestseller Sherry Thomas's Victorian set Lady Sherlock seriesBeing 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’s had great success helping with all manner of inuiries but she’s not prepared for the new client who arrives at her Upper Baker Street officeLady 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 personal for Charlotte as the missing man is none other than Myron Finch her illegitimate half brotherIn the meanwhile Charlotte wrestles with a surprising proposal of marriage a mysterious stranger woos her sister Livia and an unidentified body that 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 LondonWhat I LikedThis seuel novel was incredible uite possibly even better than A Study in Scarlet Women I don't read nearly enough mystery fiction novels but I'm glad I started reading this one Clearly Sherry Thomas can write anything and I'd enjoy itIn this second book Charlotte Holmes has a new set of cases that are puzzling and strange Lady Ingram has sent a reuest for Sherlock Holmes to find her childhood love who did not meet her at their annual rendezvous There is something peculiar about this reuest and Charlotte knows it's not just the case of a missing man especially when Lady Ingram cites that the man is Myron Finch Charlotte's half brother Throw in a dead man and some business from the previous novel and it is clear that this is no ordinary situation Charlotte and Mrs Watson must find Myron Finch before any unpleasant business catches up to him or themThere are so many moving parts to this story which was fantastic Charlotte takes on several cases and some of them intersect The primary one is that of Lady Ingram but there is also a woman who believes her housekeeper is trying to poison her There is the matter of the dead man whom Charlotte happens upon by chance in some ways In the end all of these plots come together except one I thought it was so neat how everything connected As you're reading the story you wonder about each individual case But then as the climax draws near it becomes obvious that many things are connectedThomas had me guessing about everything right up until 98% of the book when all is revealed Don't get me wrong the author drops information here and there enough to make you think you understand what the mystery is But the big reveal is nothing like I would have expected I must applaud Thomas for how she set up the crime and the mysteryCharlotte is so so clever I can't imagine writing such a clever character being easy She is so perceptive and intelligent nothing gets past her She is so formidable when using her brain Thomas did an amazing job of writing CharlotteThe other characters were eually as well developed and likable I enjoyed reading scenes from Mrs Watson's POV she is a very kind and intelligent woman Most of the book is written from Charlotte's POV but all is from third person so the author had the freedom to have scenes from different characters' POVs It was mostly Charlotte and Mrs Watson Mrs Watson is a fantastic sidekick and I liked seeing her friendship with Charlotte grow and solidify Lord Ingram is a big part of this story though he plays less of a big role as he did in the first book His presence is always noticed even though he is barely in the book in terms of being in the same space as Charlotte He is as honorable and clever as always though of course not nearly as clever as Charlotte He is a good manWe also got to read from Livia's POV and I liked that Livia is a sweet girl and her part of the story was fun to read Fun and sometimes a little wistful but also hopeful She has begun writing the tales of Sherlock Holmes and I think it's obvious that she loves it In terms of romance there is even less of it than there was in book one at least for Charlotte She does get a proposal but not from who we as readers would want that couldn't happen anyway However this proposal thing is dealt with by the end of the book Fret notI won't say too much especially in terms of the mystery Suffice it to say Thomas has written a really good mystery that will be difficult for most readers to crack until the end What I Did Not LikeI would say the only thing I would complain about is the lack of romance I understand why but I want romance between Charlotte and her man I think it'll be possible in the next book but still The setup of the possible romance is so strange But I guess it might move in a good direction in book three Maybe I don't knowWould I Recommend ItI highly recommend these books to fans of mystery novels This is a historical fiction novel that is purely mystery based And if you hadn't noticed yet it's a gender swapped Sherlock Holmes story It's great for adults or young adults even though it is published under an adult imprint I kept guessing at the mystery until the very end which is the mark of a great mystery novel to meRating4 stars I can't wait to see what is in store for Charlotte next I do hope certain things proceed you know what I'm talking about but I also hope certain things are addressed and brought to light in book three Basically I have a lot of expectations for book threeI just added the cover to Goodreads Isn't it lovely Expanded cover 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A Conspiracy in BelgraviaHer 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 that 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 Lond. When I started the series I was apprehensive of how successful my favorite HR writer is going to be navigating the uncharted territories of historical mystery My fears were put to rest as I loved the first installment and this one even a tad betterThe story picks up right after book one ends And rather than describing the plot which would be difficult to do without spoilers I want to share what I felt navigating the story The best analogy I can come up with is viewing a painting by an Impressionist At the beginning if staying too close to the painting all you see is small broken vivid brush strokes of oil paint They appear to be randomly selected unorganized going in different directions and in no way related to each other Take a few steps back and your eyes will have to adjust to its blurriness you start to see the purpose of these strokes They start making sense Take steps back and you reach the perfect end distance where it all comes together and you can truly appreciate the shimmering effect of these not so random strokes marvel at the whole picture they present and you want to see That’s exactly the experiences I had while reading the story And the best part of the story Miss Charlotte Homes herself of course Oh if I can hug a fictional character I would hug her Although on the second thought since she would prefer not to be touched I would bake a delicious pastry to satisfy her ever present sweet tooth The pastry would be light enough so she wouldn’t have to worry about reaching the maximum number of tolerable chinsCharlotte's superb mental abilities and lack of emotional empathy to other are the most fascinating aspects of her character It seems there is a proliferation of stories with female detective set in Regency or Victorian times These women are smart capable andtoo anachronistic of the times Not Charlotte In Charlotte’s characterization Sherry Thomas's talent shines through Charlotte has a brilliant mind amazing ability of deduction She solves almost impossible problems able to connect what appears to be random things and events and does it better than any man around her but is able to do all of this within the boundaries of Victorian England female and not just any Victorian female but unmarried and socially ruined oneThe author didn’t just insert Charlotte into Sherlock’s area of expertise she made a character completely different from the well known man Charlotte has to be creative in her investigation in order to preserve the illusion of Sherlock Holmes to the man on the street and the policeAnd although the mystery is solved at the end there is so much of family and relationship dynamic left to explore Can’t wait for the next installment