Book Review: A Scandal in Scarlet by Vicki Delany

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A Scandal in Scarlet (A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery, #4)A Scandal in Scarlet by Vicki Delany

My rating: 4+ of 5 stars

A Scandal in Scarlet is the 4th book in the ‘A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery’ series by Vicki Delany. I was introduced to this cozy after reading a different series written by the author (Christmas All Year Round) and am very glad I checked it out. Delany is a wonderful writer whose characters, plots, and settings are a prime example of why I love cozy mysteries.

In this book, Gemma notices a fire in a nearby museum while out walking the dog. To help pay for repairs, she and Jayne host the museum’s auction, but one of the members is killed just before it begins. Was it a rival member who didn’t like the poor woman’s success? Her husband or his previous wife and kids? The nasty shop owner Gemma knows? A burglary gone wrong? Lots of angles for the two Sherlock-wannabees to investigate all the while dating a local cop, chef, old friend, and rare book dealer. Then we must not forget running the tea room, fighting with the store owner across the street who just likes to be mean, and taking care of the cat and dog.

All-in-all, the setting is my favorite in this series. While many of the characters are good, it’s reading about many Sherlock Holmes items that keeps me coming back for more. Delany builds the best descriptions into her plot, effortlessly, so you feel transported into the story. I’m even thrilled when it’s a few pages of narrative or description without much action. It’s just that kind of a book to immerse yourself into.

The mystery was good. Not the best she’s written, but full of red herrings and a clear reason why someone was killed. The second murder threw me for a loop, but that’s just icing on the cake for solving the first one, right? :O Looking forward to the next edition!

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For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My stand-alone novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. The debut book, Academic Curveball, in my new mystery series, Braxton Campus Mysteries will fit those who love cozy mysteries and crime investigations. I read, write, and blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge –and multiple Readathons. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.


16 thoughts on “Book Review: A Scandal in Scarlet by Vicki Delany

    Jacquie Biggar said:
    February 15, 2019 at 6:15 PM

    This sounds interesting. Thanks for the recommendation!

    Liked by 2 people

    The Cozy Pages said:
    February 15, 2019 at 8:18 PM

    Sounds good. I’ve seen some very positive reviews for Delaney’s books.

    Liked by 2 people

    lghiggins said:
    February 15, 2019 at 8:50 PM

    Anything related to Sherlock Holmes screams “Read Me!”

    Liked by 2 people

    devouringbooks2017 said:
    February 15, 2019 at 10:32 PM

    This sounds great! I just recently started reading cozy mysteries and have found that I really like them!

    Liked by 2 people

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      February 15, 2019 at 10:47 PM

      That’s great. I love them. It’s why I decided to focus on writing them for a bit.

      Liked by 1 person

    Shalini said:
    February 15, 2019 at 11:16 PM

    Yayy… Checked Amazon when you wrote the earlier review. Too expensive… Ah well

    Liked by 1 person

    carhicks said:
    February 17, 2019 at 12:51 PM

    So glad you are still enjoying this series. It is such fun and I love the whole Sherlock Holmes angle as well.

    Liked by 2 people

    Aislynn d'Merricksson said:
    February 18, 2019 at 6:37 AM

    Great review! I really want to check this series out.

    Liked by 2 people

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