A Conspiracy in Belgravia

Sherry Thomas
A Conspiracy in Belgravia
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Release Date
September 2017
Book 2 of Lady Sherlock
Historical Romance

Being 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 inquiries, 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 more personal for Charlotte as the missing man is none other 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 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 London?

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Aug 18, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
95 people found the following review helpful
A CONSPIRACY IN BELGRAVIA continues right where A Study of Scarlet Women left off. Here, seemingly random events coalesced into a surprising twist of events at a grand finale that left me reeling.

I'm not sure why, but this book for me is a bit boring when compared to the first book. There was a lack of emotions from Charlotte, but then she isn't really a woman given to emotions, or if she does feel them, it's not very...intense. Or perhaps we haven't seen it yet. She sees things very clearly--like for example how Inspector Treadles views women like her--and I believe it could be rather disconcerting to a normal, average individual like myself. One thing I like about her though is her love for her sisters Livia and Bernardine, and how she sought to protect them.

One thing I have to say is that the secondary characters here are interesting in their flawed and human ways. One example is Inspector Treadles. I'm very interested to see how his character arc plays out. Livia's situation also seems to be looking up, and that she's the author of the Sherlock Holmes novels? Fascinating!

Re the secondary villain in the story (the ultimate being Moriarty), the one who was "caught" by the end of the book, I have to say I was surprised. Or maybe I shouldn't be? But when Lord Ingram mentioned 3 agents being killed because of this villain's actions, I was disoriented. Where did it say that agents were killed? I was thinking that perhaps this could be mentioned somewhere in Charlotte's conversations with either Ingram or Bancroft earlier in the book, but then on second thought, there was really no way either could mention this because it was Crown's business and Charlotte wasn't an agent and she shouldn't be privy to such information. Still... it could serve as a foreshadow, so maybe she could've heard it unintentionally or while eavesdropping?

That said, I'm excited to read the next books, hoping still for a change in the romantic situation of Charlotte and Lord Ingram. Not that there was any romance here in this book, because it wasn't appropriate. Still, there was that kiss in book #1, so I'm hopeful.
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