Runner-up, Best Historical Mystery. A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas. This Sherlock Holmes-inspired mystery is a perfect example of a frustrating book for a reviewer because almost any plot summary will be filled with spoilers for the reader. However, one can say that Thomas presents several innovative twists while keeping all the major elements of Conan Doyle’s world: Holmes, Watson, Scotland Yard, and Baker Street. There is more emphasis on Victorian morals than normal and missing are the Irregulars, but the mystery is sufficiently twisted and the use of deductive logic highly visible. I am not certain that there is enough substance to keep a series going, but it’s a good debut story worthy of consideration by Holmes’ fans looking for something a bit different.
For all my previous “books of the year” lists, see my dedicated page for these titles.