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Gemma Doyle and Jayne Wilson are busy managing the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium on Baker Street and adjoining Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room in anticipation of the store's upcoming book signing with the illustrious Renalta Van Markoff, author of the controversial Hudson and Holmes mystery series. But during the author Q&A session, dedicated Sherlockian Donald Morris vGemma Doyle and Jayne Wilson are busy managing the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium on Baker Street and adjoining Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room in anticipation of the store's upcoming book signing with the illustrious Renalta Van Markoff, author of the controversial Hudson and Holmes mystery series. But during the author Q&A session, dedicated Sherlockian Donald Morris verbally attacks Renalta and her series for disgracing Sherlock's legacy, only to be publicly humiliated when the author triumphantly lashes back and gains the upper hand. That is until Renalta collapses on the table--dead. Donald insists he didn't do it and pleads to his friends to clear his name. Fortunately, Gemma and Jayne have no shortage of suspects between author's bullied personal assistant, her frustrated publicist, the hapless publisher, a handsome rare book dealer, an obsessively rabid fan, and a world of other Sherlock enthusiasts with strong objections to Renalta's depiction of the Great Detective. It's up to the shrewd sleuthing duo to eliminate the impossible and deduce the truth before the West London police arrest an innocent man in Body on Baker Street, the second Sherlock Homes Bookshop mystery perfect for fans of Miranda James and Kate Carlisle....

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Body on Baker Street Reviews

  • Sabine
    2019-03-31 17:26

    Vicki Delany, one of my favourite authors, has once again crafted an intricate tale that kept me hooked until its glamourous finale.The setting of the Sherlock Holmes themed bookstore connected to the English Tearoom next door is absolutly charming and the characters are well drawn. Renalta Van Markoff is my favourite - such a diva! My feelings about Gemma are mixed. On one hand she is reliable and caring in her friendships but on the other hand sometimes quite off-putting when talking to suspects or the police.A very well written, enjoyable mystery with an abundance of information on Sherlock Holmes related books.I requested this book from NetGalley and am thankful that Crooked Lane Books and the author provided me with a copy.

  • Yvonne
    2019-04-05 22:36

    Along with her uncle, Arthur, Gemma Doyle is co-owner of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium. Their shop is connected to her friend Jayne’s Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room. Gemma is thrilled when she’s asked to host a popular mystery author in her shop for a book signing event. It’s very short notice, but that’s not going to stop Gemma. This is a chance to make her bookstore a success and she’s not going to let it slip by. With help from Jayne, they quickly get both shops ready to accommodate the event.Bestselling author Renalta Van Markoff has a huge following for her Hudson and Holmes mystery series. It doesn’t take long for word to get out about the book signing. The day of the event, Gemma finds herself with a packed house including all kinds of people - from obsessive fans to handsome book collectors. There’s also a devoted Sherlock fan who publicly attacks Renalta for ruining the Sherlock legacy. Plus, another person making wild accusations against Renalta. All of this leads to Renalta’s untimely death and possible murder.With quite a few suspects in the mix, Gemma fears the police are going in the wrong direction in their investigation. So, she lends a helping hand, whether they want it or not.This is the second book in the “A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery” series. I didn’t read the first one, but I don’t feel as if I missed anything. There is enough information in this book so readers don’t feel lost at all. The characters are strong, well-developed and intriguing. There is even a cute cat named Moriarity. This felt like a classic cozy murder mystery. The perfect setting in a Sherlock Holmes bookstore in a small town. Vicki Delany gets your attention from page one and doesn’t let you go. It’s a quick read and an enjoyable way to spend a few hours. I’ve read other series by this author and she certainly knows how to write clever cozy mystery series. She’s a proven expert at bringing mysteries to life. I'm already looking forward to book three and, yes, I'll be going back to read the first one.FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  • Kevin
    2019-04-02 23:39

    I thought this book was even better then the last but not as much as Lighthouse Library Mystery by Eva Gates another pseudonym that the author uses. The reason I preferred this book over the first book in the series is that in book one Gemma the main character is a prime suspect, so everything she does is to clear her name, in this one she works just as hard trying to clear someone she has no great love for. The other nice thing about this series so far is that the focus is firmly on the mystery and not so much Gemma's private life.

  • Juli
    2019-03-31 22:46

    Gemma Doyle runs the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium on Baker Street in West London, MA. Her best friend, Jayne, is next door at Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room. In this second book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series, Gemma and Jayne are excited (and stressed) about the last minute visit of famous author Renalta Van Markoff to the shop. Markoff writes the Hudson and Holmes book series. The books are a bit controversial (and definitely non-canon) because Holmes and Mrs. Hudson are lovers, with Mrs. Hudson being the real genius instead of Sherlock. With only a day or so to prepare a huge signing event, Gemma and Jayne are stressed and worried that something will go wrong. And, of course it does. At the signing a local Sherlock fan who hates Markoff's books makes a huge scene, accusing her of disgracing the beloved classic characters. The author gives as much as she gets, and ends up winning the argument......but, then she promptly drops dead. After his huge public fight with the author, Donald Morris is immediately the number one suspect -- but he swears he didn't do it. Markoff was a difficult person. Gemma and Jayne have no limit on suspects who might have wanted her dead. Can they investigate and deduce the truth before Donald faces murder charges?I am a big Sherlock Holmes fan. So for me, this cozy series by Vicki Delany is just a joy to read. I love the facts and tidbits about Sherlock and Arthur Conan Doyle sprinkled throughout the books. I like Gemma as a main character, and all of the supporting characters are interesting, quirky and delightful. I catch myself wishing the bookshop and tea room were real. I would SO love to have lunch there and browse the shop after! :) The books are a nice mix of mystery and background theme. And there are always enough suspects to keep the reader guessing til the end. Lots of humor, too!I will definitely be reading more of this series! Vicki Delany is the author of several mystery series. For more information on her books, check out her website:**I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**

  • Christa
    2019-04-09 15:47

    I thought the best part of this one was seeing the interactions and affection between Gemma and her friends, like Jayne and Douglas. Gemma's character is one I really like, and I was glad to see her back in this second book in the series. In this installment, a popular author of a fictional series about Sherlock Holmes wants to do an almost last minute book signing at Gemma's store. The author comes for a pre-visit, and she is one nasty individual. The day of the book signing, a murder occurs, and Gemma is soon investigating so that one of her friends will not be falsely charged.I really enjoyed seeing the familiar characters from the first book, and enjoyed some of the new ones. There were also a few of those that readers love to hate! I thought this book moved along at a very nice pace, and the storyline held my attention from start to finish. It was a very enjoyable book, and I'll be looking forward to the next one!Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing a copy of the book in return for an honest review.

  • Amy
    2019-04-07 23:36

    Another excellent installment in this series. An "over-the-top" author with a somewhat controversial "take" on a more modern Sherlock Holmes decides to come to Gemma's bookshop in West London for an impromptu book signing with her meek publicist and bodyguard. But she doesn't leave alive and as the layers unravel, more suspects appear. I like the series but Gemma is a bit too much of a "know-it-all" for me. I just think her character goes too far and is unlikeable for me.

  • Karen
    2019-04-10 20:49

    I love this series. I stayed up really late on Monday night to finish reading Body on Baker Street by Vicki Delany. I think this series is fantastic. Book two and I really enjoy this Sherlock style cozy mystery. Main character Gemma is even more on point in book two, with her trusty best friend Jayne and a whole heap of trouble in her "small book shop" is visited by a mega author in Body on Baker Street. As much as I enjoyed this mystery and story I was equally intrigued by Jaynes tea shop and menu, I had the worst craving for cream tea at 11 pm! This book was a delight to read and felt quite indulgent to stay up late to finish it! This is a great summer read and will be out at the beginning of September for you to enjoy!

  • Betty
    2019-04-16 22:45

    The second book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery. I found a spellbinding book with characters developed in depth. The location description will place you in a bookstore and tearoom. The actions of Moriarty are right on.Gemma Doyle is amazed to receive a request to hold a book signing in two days for a best-selling author. She rushed to get enough books into the store and released the news. At the signing, the author is poisoned and Gemma is warned to stay out of the investigation, she starts looking into the affair. The tale will fasten your attention until the end stuns you. I highly recommend this book.Disclosure: I received a free copy from Crooked Lane Books through NetGalley for an honest review. I would like to thank them for this opportunity to read and review the book. The opinions expressed are my own.

  • Christina
    2019-04-16 23:35

    This was a nice second installment to this series.  I enjoyed the characters best, that seems to be the make or break it for me. I will put up with a lot if the camraderie is good. And this book tested me.  It implied that police wouldn't know that the value of an autographed book would go up if the author died. As the MC explained, they do not know the business side of things. This... No. Just no.  I do not believe they would be ignorant of this fact. I did NOT buy into this and I knocked it a star just for suggesting it. Don't know why that bugged me so but it did.  This aside, I did enjoy the rest of the book, the characters were strong and the mystery had enough red herrings to keep me guessing.  Overall, recommend.  I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.  

  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    2019-04-09 16:46

    One of my favorite things about this series is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously. There is a lot of subtle humor going on – Moriarty the cat, Gemma’s quirks, her employee’s ever-changing style, the Benedict Cumberbatch lifesize cutout. All while honoring the Great Detective (in all his forms) at the same time.Subtle wit, great characters, well-plotted mystery and nods galore to everyone’s favorite Baker Street detective – these are the qualities that make Body on Baker Street a must read. Gemma is relatable, even in her social awkwardness, and the book store is stocked with items and books that will have bookworms twitching for a visit. Even though this is the second book in the series, it can easily be read as a standalone.first seen at Reading Is My SuperPower

  • Kimmie
    2019-04-16 15:31

    Body on Baker Street by Vicki Delany is an excellent second installment in a thoroughly enjoyable cozy mystery series. It has all the elements of a good cozy: a likeable protagonist, a fun and quirky best friend, pets, a handsome member of law enforcement, a rival love interest, and, of course, a murder to solve. Our main character, Gemma Doyle, runs a Sherlock Holmes-themed bookshop. Like the great detective, Gemma is also incredibly observant and detail-oriented, which makes her quite competent at investigating when a series of events leaves a renowned visiting author dead and one of her friends accused of the crime. The story flows well, with plenty of clues for the reader to unravel alongside Gemma. Some readers dislike Gemma because she is a very direct person, and can come across as superior and rude. However, I'm willing to forgive her social eccentricities to enjoy her incredibly detail-oriented mind. I very much enjoyed the first two books in this series, and am eagerly awaiting Gemma's next adventure!

  • FangirlNation
    2019-04-03 21:34

    Gemma Doyle returns for another adventure in Vicki Delaney's Body on Baker Street. The proprietor and half owner of The Sherlock Holmes Book Shop and Emporium, Gemma is delighted to receive a request to come do a book signing of her latest book from the best selling Renalta van Markoff. The author writes a bodice ripping series in which Sherlock Holmes and Mrs. Hudson are lovers, with the woman's being the real brain behind the detective. The excitement over Renalta's coming appearance rises, especially when Renalta shows up the Thursday before her Saturday book signing and charms all her fans, though Gemma sees another side of the author as self-centered and petulant. Read the rest of this review and other fun, geeky articles at Fangirl Nation

  • Autumn
    2019-04-18 21:36

    Full Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author through the Cozy Mystery Review Crew in exchange for an honest review.Fuller Disclosure: I am an unabashed Sherlock Holmes nerd and have been since high school. My expository speech in high school speech competition was all about the Great Detective, my parents bought me a deerstalker cap for Christmas….well, you get the idea. So of course when I first learned about the Sherlock Homes Bookshop and Emporium series, I was jumping up and down in anticipation.The series, and particularly this book, does not disappoint. Gemma Doyle is the proprietress of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium, (she co owns the shop with her great Uncle Arthur), and is part owner of the business next door, Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room, with her best friend, Jayne Wilson. The shop is located in West London, Massachusetts. In this second book in the series, Gemma is surprised by a last minute request to host a popular author, Renalta Van Markoff, at her shop. Renalta writes a “Holmes and Hudson” series that are controversial among many Sherlock Holmes fans. Right after Renalta is questioned by Donald Morris, a regular customer of Gemma’s, the author collapses and dies. When Donald is subsequently charged with the murder, Gemma is drawn into the investigation.There are a lot of things to like about this installment in the series. Gemma is an extremely appealing protagonist; she shares Holmes’ powers of observation and is also a strong, intelligent independent woman. The supporting characters, particularly Jayne and the-as-yet-unseen Uncle Arthur are interesting in their own right. And finally, Vicki Delaney sneaks in references to Sherlock Holmes stories (for us Holmes nerds).The mystery is nicely balanced with details of Gemma’s life and nice little factoids concerning publishing and bookselling. There are enough suspects and clues provided that it is not easy to guess the identity of the murderer. Perhaps best of all, the author includes scenes of Gemma recommending Sherlock Holmes pastiches to her customers that are actual books. So, you get a bonus reading list with this book. I also was delighted to read on Vicki Delaney’s Facebook page that she is working on Book 3. I am really looking forward to it!

  • Elaine
    2019-04-05 22:37

    I love this series! Gemma is so observant and therefore a great one to be on your team to solve a crime. Gemma knows Donald did not commit the murder but works to find out who did so Donald can be cleared. The story flows quite smoothly and kept my interest up. I loved the reference to The Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, I have been there a time or two. I really was confused by some of Gemma's conclusions in one area but it came out in the end, why she thought that way.Gemma is still on Detective Estrada's bad side but maybe there will be some break through coming. Moriarty still has some explaining to do.I look forward to Gemma's next adventure!

  • Kelly
    2019-04-09 19:55

    **I voluntarily read this ARC**I enjoyed this a lot more than the first book. Gemma was still obnoxious, but she seemed a little more aware of her attitude this time, and Jane was quick to scold her. The mystery was great, with some awesome twists. The reveal was surprising and very fitting for a Holmes inspired series.

  • Laura
    2019-03-30 16:35

    Gemma Doyle is having a regular day at the Sherlock Holmes Bookstore and Emporium in West London when she gets a phone call that throws off her day--can she host a book signing for an author, in two days time?Gemma is about to refuse until she learns the author is Renalta Van Markoff, who writes the famous Hudson and Holmes books, a take on the Sherlock Holmes books that feature a romantic relationship between the famous detective and his landlord, Mrs. Hudson.The author has a loyal following, and Gemma agrees to the signing. But not everyone is taken with the famous author. When West London resident and Sherlockian Donald Morris, tells Van Markoff she must stop besmirching the name of Sherlock Holmes, and she drops dead, the cops point the finger at him first.Donald asks Gemma to help prove his innocence and she enlists the help of her Watson, Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room owner Jayne Wilson, to do just that.Body on Baker Street is a great sophomore effort in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series. Gemma is a perfect protagonist for this series. Like Sherlock, she notices things people don't normally see. Sometimes that ability sets people on edge, but Gemma continues to work the puzzle until she comes up with the right solution.The puzzle in this mystery is intriguing, and I love the characters Vicki Delany created to tell her tale. Even those you are supposed to dislike, for instance the detective who doesn't like Gemma poking her nose into the case, adds to the flavor of the book. There are plenty of clues, but I still found myself changing my mind as to whodunit as the book progressed. I loved the first book in this series, and the second one pins this series as one of my new favorites. I eagerly await the next book in this series.I received a copy of this book from the publisher.

  • Jeanie
    2019-04-24 19:41

    The game is afoot! Originally part of a quote from a play be Shakespeare, these words have a positive, if at times gleeful, meaning to followers of Sherlock Holmes. It also has meaning to some of Gemma’s customers at the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium. Vicki Delany packs a punch in another delightfully intellectual, logical mystery that doesn’t fail to baffle armchair Sherlocks, demonstrating her talent for combining mystery, humor, and suspense while celebrating the friendships of women.Gemma was startled to be asked if Renalta Van Markoff, a best-selling author, could have a book signing at her shop with a scant two-day notice. Renalta writes novels about Sherlock Holmes and his landlady, Mrs. Hudson in a light that Doyle certainly did not ever intend. Women loved them. True Sherlockians did not, and wanted the series ended. Including Donald, the local Holmes scholar, who threatened to get Renalta to end the series.Renalta and her entourage of her personal assistant, Linda, and her publicist Kevin, arrived at the appointed time. Many, many books awaited her autograph and there was standing room only in the bookshop and the adjacent Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room. Renalta finished her speech, and Donald made what sounded to many to be a threat. Renalta opened her third bottle of a specially-requested bottle of water, took a huge swig – and collapsed. Within a short time, she was dead. Donald’s threat came back to haunt him quickly. Gemma, who had unsealed the special bottles of water before the signing for Renalta, had a possible opportunity, also. The unsealed bottles had been left untended several minutes before Renalta’s talk began. Donald asks Gemma to please clear his name, so Gemma is on the trail of another killer. I like the assorted characters in this series! Gemma is secretly a romantic, but her intelligence most often shows her as pragmatic and a bit too straightforward and tactless. The eclectic group of people who are closely in Gemma’s life share various things: Jayne, best friend and romantic, gives her mothering when needed and sometimes is Ethel to Gemma’s Lucy, Grant shares friendship and as a fellow bookseller and would-be suitor, Ryan…continues to give mixed signals. Moriarty, the shop cat, adores almost everyone except Gemma, so going home to sweet pawsonality pup, Violet, is a wonderful treat. The people specific to this mystery, Renalta, Linda, Kevin, Robert, Paige, and Nancy, bring their own dimension of eccentric to the mix.This is a very well-written, challenging mystery. Each plot twist provides a change to the number of suspects – either adding or eliminating them. The clues are masterfully placed to continually challenge Gemma and the reader. While I sometimes shake my head at Gemma’s determination to follow the clues in spite of the risks, I do admire her loyalty to her friends and desire for justice to be done. I did figure out who the culprit is, but didn’t have the right motive so there were still surprises. A couple plot twists almost changed my mind as the new clues presented were so compelling! What a great mystery! I highly recommend Vicki Delany’s newest offering in her Sherlock Holmes Mystery series. Well worth the read!From a grateful heart: I received this eBook from the publisher and NetGalley, and this is my honest review.

  • Lisa Gillette-Martin
    2019-04-14 21:26

    While I’ve read and loved Vicki Delany’s delightful Year-Round Christmas mysteries, I was not familiar with the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series. However, now that I’ve read “Body on Baker Street,” I will definitely go back and read the first book, “Elementary, She Read."It would be tempting, from the book jacket description, to think the premise a bit cute: a Holmes-focused bookstore located at 222 Baker Street in a town called New London. But the book is so well written (especially the dialogue; nothing spoils a cozy for me faster than clumsy dialogue!) and the characters and setting so charming, I bought into it immediately once I started reading.The author quickly sets up the crime: the suspicious death of an imperious author who writes (or does she?) a highly popular series of Holmes-ian mysteries. There is no shortage of suspects, and a number of red herrings kept me guessing each time I thought I knew the identity of the perpetrator.I enjoyed the book a great deal. Gemma Doyle, the owner of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium, has a Monk-like ability to quickly and accurately assess details – for example, the number of books in a display or where customers were standing in her store. She is highly analytical and always certain about things, and this, combined with her dry British sense of humor, makes her quite entertaining. She and her American business partner Jayne, who runs the adjoining tearoom, play off each other well because their personalities are so different. And I loved Moriarty, the bookstore’s resident black cat who likes everyone except Gemma!One small nit: I am no expert on Sherlock Holmes, by any stretch, but I did notice a typo near the end. When Gemma invokes the title of a classic Holmes story, “The Sign of Four,” she calls it “The Sign of the Four.” As I said, it’s a nit, but also a mistake she would never make. :) NOTE: I received an advance copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  • Lesa
    2019-03-31 18:52

    Vicki Delany follows up the first fun Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery, Elementary, She Read, with the equally delightful Body on Baker Street. Gemma Doyle is becoming one of my favorite amateur sleuths, although I don't think I'd want to live with her.As owner/manager of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium on Baker Street in West London, Massachusetts, Gemma is a smart enough businesswoman to agree with author Renalta Van Markoff wants to appear at the bookshop. Renalta may be a little over-the-top and demanding, but her controversial Holmes and Watson books are bestsellers. When the day of the book signing arrives, over a hundred show up at the bookstore. The majority are excited to hear Renalta in person, but after she slaps down a confrontational customer, she keels over dead. With the police already in attendance for crowd control, it only takes minutes for Gemma to suggest that Renalta was murdered.While one police officer is always suspicious of Gemma's methods, the detective she once dated knows she has an uncanny grasp of mysteries. While Gemma lacks social skills, she has a Sherlockian ability to analyze situations and find the truth. While she sidesteps around the police, she questions Renalta's entourage and several wacky characters who pursued the author. Even when she's in danger herself, Gemma is determined to find the truth.Gemma Doyle. She's probably an exasperating person to deal with, but she's as perceptive as Holmes himself, and she lacks the same ability to understand people. It's her friends and dog who make her human, while her antagonistic relationship with Moriarty, the bookshop cat, adds humor.Vicki Delany's modern interpretation of Sherlock Holmes, combined with a bookshop, is charming and fun. Body on Baker Street can easily stand on its own. Even if you haven't yet read Elementary, She Read, this book will introduce you to Gemma, her friends and her foil.

  • Kristen
    2019-04-15 19:51

    I enjoyed the second book in this series even more than the first.I am still a bit perplexed that Gemma's personality doesn't bug me, but for whatever reason, I find her lack of social skills somehow endearing rather than irritating. Also, I feel like Gemma has settled down a little, AND she seems to at least recognize how some of her behaviour comes across to other people, which somehow makes it less annoying.It is also only fair to acknowledge that while Gemma may irk people, she usually is the person who gets things others don't, so while she may annoy people with her comments and insights, they are usually right, so you can only be *so* annoyed with her.The supporting characters in this mystery were fun and the murder and the investigation I found very interesting and it kept me reading right to the end to find out who did it [which I did not figure out]. I am enjoying this series a lot, and look forward to future books!Format note: I listened to this and the first book on audio format, and the narrator does a terrific job. A good choice if you like audio books.

  • Allison Collins
    2019-04-21 17:31

    Body on Baker Street is the second book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series, and it definitely lived up to my expectations. Gemma Doyle and her partner-in-solving-crimes Jayne Doyle are tasked with clearing their friend’s name when he is accused of murdering a famous author. The now-deceased author wrote books based on the concept that Sherlock Holmes and Mrs. Hudson were actually lovers, and true Sherlockian that he is, Donald Morris berates her publicly for the scandalous and ridiculous theory. I loved the concept of an author (in the book) putting the “real” Sherlock Holmes and Mrs. Hudson in Romantic Suspense books. I found it very creative of author Vicki Delany to come up with the idea for this novel. The victim is an over-the-top drama queen author, but thanks to Gemma’s keen observational eye, she sees the cracks in her persona, and realizes there’s more going on that what appears. There are several twists, turns, and surprises that I don’t want to give away, but for Cozy Mystery lovers who like well-constructed mysteries, this is definitely a must-read. The characters are well-crafted, fully-formed, and perfect for this series. Ms. Delany added some great red-herrings, so I never saw several things coming, and it was a great ending. It’s a very interesting plot that takes the reader on a fun ride. I’m very much looking forward to more in this series!I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  • Jessica Wilhoite
    2019-04-07 15:38

    The follow up to "Elementary She Read" was funny, entertaining, and the murderer was a shocker!Gemma is busy running her bookshop, "The Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium" when she gets a call for an author signing. The signing is for a very famous author, Renalta Van Markoff, and the booking is very last minute. Gemma makes the signing happen and during the event, the author is killed. The murder was set up in such a way that ANYONE who was present during the book signing could have been the murderer; now it's up to Gemma to solve the case. Of course, the local PD, including Ryan Ashburton and Louise Estrada, do not want her help in solving the crime, but Gemma gets involved anyway. I can't wait to read book #3 in this series! I voluntarily reviewed this book on Netgalley.

  • Anastasia
    2019-04-04 21:28

    Body on Baker Street by Vicki Delany is the second book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series. The Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium hosts an appearance and book signing by the author of the controversial Hudson and Holmes mystery series, only to have her drop dead of cyanide poisoning during her appearance. I enjoyed this book very much and loved all the Sherlock Holmes references. Gemma Doyle makes an excellent female version of the great detective.

  • Joann
    2019-04-13 19:28

    I've been looking for a cozy book that I could sink my teeth into but I don't think this series is going to make it. I enjoy Gemma and her best friend Jayne, but Gemma was a bit too crazy in this book with her wanting to break into the police headquarters. I really disliked the police woman, Detective Estrada from book #1 but for some reason she really got on my nerves in book #2. Her snide remarks and mannerisms were too much. Enough is enough so this series is a goner for me now.

  • Bree
    2019-03-26 15:48

    How can I not be thrilled to have read this novel? It is seriously the best definition of what a cozy mystery should be. It was like visiting a dear friend, whom I haven't seen in awhile. It was filled with descriptive moments, characters that will become your dear friends and a mystery that rivals Sir Conan Doyle's writing.

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    2019-03-31 19:44

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  • Jenni Schell
    2019-03-30 20:31

    Once again this author has masterfully created a wonderful book. My biggest question is how on earth did I miss the first book in this series? Gemma and Jayne are endearing main characters and the writing is superb. I for one will not be missing another one of their adventures.

  • Susan
    2019-04-22 15:39

    Gemma and her Uncle Arthur run the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium, a place I would love to get lost in. Her friend Jayne runs the adjoining tea room, the well named Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room.There is constant disagreement in the mystery world between those who are Sherlock Holmes purists and those who, while they love him in the original stories, more of him is better. Gemma is offered a signing with an author, Renalta van Markoff, who has quite a following writing lots more about Sherlock Holmes. But, really now, is that any reason to bump her off? Somebody sure thought so and Gemma decides to pull out her magnifying glass, put on her deerstalker cap and investigate. I love the setting and the characters, the plot and the writing move right along at a nice pace - all in all, Body on Baker Street has all of the needed ingredients for a very proper cozy.

  • Nicole
    2019-04-09 17:43

    Body on Baker Street by author Vicki Delany is the second book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery Series. This cozy mystery was so well-written that I stayed up way past my bedtime to finish it - not something I do very often! Gemma Doyle and her Uncle Arthur Doyle (possibly related to the great Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) own the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop in West London, Massachusetts. Whilst Uncle Arthur is travelling down the East Coast in his vintage Triumph, Gemma is left at home running the bookshop and emporium, as well as their half interest in the adjoining Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room (which they co-own with Gemma's best friend, Jayne). Celebrated bestselling author Renalta Van Markoff (love the name!!!) is unfortunately murdered during her book signing at the shop, and West London resident and dedicated Sherlockian Donald is arrested for the crime. It's up to Gemma, once again, to discover the murderer and clear Donald's name. I really liked the first book in this series - Elementary, She Read, but I think that I enjoyed this follow up even more. It was very well-written, fast-paced, suspenseful, and as I mentioned it kept me up reading until the wee hours of the morning. Very highly recommend this book, and I'm looking forward to future installments in this series. Nicely done, Ms. Delany! :-)

  • Patty
    2019-03-29 20:51

    Body on Baker Street by author Vicki Delany is the 2nd book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery Series, and my first book by this author. This book has more twists and turns, that kept me reading page after page. I love the quirky people and situations in this book. I found this book to be a quick read, with a well developed plot and characters. I am looking forward to reading the next and first book in the series. If you love cozy mysteries, I strongly recommend this book.This review is based on the ARC provided by the author and/or the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.