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 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 London?
Worldbuilding: Ah, the misogynistic and suffocating Victorian London! How it was missed! The true good part of returning via the Lady Sherlock series though is that I always but always hear the theme of BBC’s Sherlock whenever Charlotte does something fun.
Characters: Charlotte is my absolute favorite, a very complex and deliciously built character. Her logic and deductive powers are more and more layered with feelings. I really love how she enjoyed the simpler pleasures of life without a sense of guilt. Her loyalty and love for her sisters is touching and makes her more human and easier to identify with for sure, though I kind of find quite a bit of myself in her views on society in general, lol. Charlotte keeps the secrets of her heat well-guarded, and I find that adorable. Though she seems unfeeling at times, she hides her disappointment behind a mask of detachment.
Livia was so easy to related to for a good part of the novel that it was scary, from the name, to her love of books, aspirations of writing, night owl tendencies, and her somewhat hopeless outlook on life. I have high hopes for her future and am sure great things will come to her, because she has waited. But then again, I might be partial, lol.
Mrs Watson was a sweetheart as always, romantic, fun, and protective of her let’s call them adoptive children.
I enjoyed taking a closer look at Lord and Lady Ingram’s marriage, and was happy to see that my general dislike of her was well-founded, mwahahaha.
But the smoldering tension between Charlotte and Lord Ingram is killing me dead.
Plot: The mysteries that Sherlock investigated were varied and curious. I loved the pace of events and the riddles that evolved and entwined. The romance arc is a torturous slow burn that has yet to reach the point I’m sure we all want it to. The ending was deliciously promising to that end, and I will say no more on the matter xD
Writing: Third person, past tense narrative, multiple POVs. I really enjoy Charlotte’s voice, Livia is always a sweet/sour POV, and Mrs. Watson is a riot in her own right. I really love the writing style, rich, but light and flowy, and full of subtle humor.
Curb Appeal: Gorgeous cover, hooking blurb, autobuy series for my Sherlock addiction.
I recommend A Conspiracy in Belgravia to fans of Sherlock stories ofc, of historical mystery with a dash of romance and memorable, charismatic characters that will make you lol while the plot will make you OMG quite a lot.