A Study in Scarlet Women

A Study in Scarlet Women is the first book in the Lady Sherlock series by Sherry Thomas.


With her inquisitive mind, Charlotte Holmes has never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of the fairer sex in upper class society. But even she never thought that she would become a social pariah, an outcast fending for herself on the mean streets of London. 

When the city is struck by a trio of unexpected deaths and suspicion falls on her sister and her father, Charlotte is desperate to find the true culprits and clear the family name. She’ll have help from friends new and old—a kind-hearted widow, a police inspector, and a man who has long loved her.

But in the end, it will be up to Charlotte, under the assumed name Sherlock Holmes, to challenge society’s expectations and match wits against an unseen mastermind.


This book was such an amazing start to the Lady Sherlock series, where we met Charlotte Holmes who doesn’t want to conform to the societal standards for women. This book is definitely a slow burn mystery that not everyone will enjoy.

I loved the sisters and Thomas does an amazing job creating a female Sherlock and kept the deductions and mystery solving true to the Sherlock Holmes stories.

Charlotte Holmes had some character growth and humbling as she adapts to her ever changing situation away from her family. I’m really looking forward to the rest of the series.

This book taught about the strength that comes from within to follow your own path. Charlotte didn’t give up when obstacles were thrown in her path. I recommend this book to lovers of the Stalking Jack the Ripper series and Charlotte Holmes series.

4/5 stars

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