Gemma Doyle and her friends have traveled to London to attend a Sherlock Holmes convention. Gemma has to make a speech and accept an award for her Uncle Arthur, and since it's the slowest time of year for the bookshop, she felt she could leave the business in the hands of Uncle Arthur and her assistant.
Gemma gets to visit her parents, Jayne wants to see all there is to see in the city, Ryan wants to spend time with Gemma, Grant is there for his rare books business, and if it has the tiniest connection to Sherlock Holmes, Donald wants to see it. Will everyone get their wish?
It's difficult to say because not long into the convention, Gemma's father is arrested in connection to the murder of his brother-in-law. It's all hands on deck to prove Henry Doyle's innocence-- and that includes Gemma's older (and rather mysterious) sister, Phillipa.
Author Vicki Delany has created a delightful mystery to solve and the perfect way to meet Gemma Doyle's family in There's a Murder Afoot. The mystery kept me guessing while I was enjoying all the humor. Once Gemma gets the quiet go-ahead to investigate and prove her father's innocence, it's so much fun to watch her try to keep all her travel companions occupied and entertained. Then there are the check-ins from the bookshop. Let me just say that Gemma may never leave Cape Cod again. And while we're (sort of) on that subject, I loved the Doyles' dog, Horace, and I'm still saying Moriarty the cat needs to get the boot.
Yes, this is a book (and a series) where readers can have strong feelings about a cat. And a bookshop. And a tea room. And the characters. I hope Vicki Delany has half as much fun writing this series as I have in reading it-- and I hope there are many more mysteries to come for Gemma to solve. This series is so much fun!
There's a Murder Afoot by Vicki Delany
Crooked Lane Books © 2020
eBook, 336 pages
Cozy Mystery, #5 Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery
Source: Net Galley