Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Release Date: October 6, 2020
Publisher: Berkley Books
Genre: Romance / Historical / Mystery
Charlotte Holmes, Lady Sherlock, investigates a puzzling new murder case that implicates Scotland Yard inspector Robert Treadles in the USA Today bestselling series set in Victorian England.
Inspector Treadles, Charlotte Holmes’s friend and collaborator, has been found locked in a room with two dead men, both of whom worked with his wife at the great manufacturing enterprise she has recently inherited.
Rumors fly. Had Inspector Treadles killed the men because they had opposed his wife’s initiatives at every turn? Had he killed in a fit of jealous rage, because he suspected Mrs. Treadles of harboring deeper feelings for one of the men? To make matters worse, he refuses to speak on his own behalf, despite the overwhelming evidence against him.
Charlotte finds herself in a case strewn with lies and secrets. But which lies are to cover up small sins, and which secrets would flay open a past better left forgotten? Not to mention, how can she concentrate on these murders, when Lord Ingram, her oldest friend and sometime lover, at last dangles before her the one thing she has always wanted?
Murder on Cold Street is the Fifth installment in author Sherry Thomas' Lady Sherlock series. The story picks up immediately where the previous book (The Art of Theft) left off. Charlotte, Lord Ingram, Mrs. Watson, and Livia Holmes have returned from their latest escapades in France having saved Lord Ingram in the process. A buoyant Lord Ingram, who has finally resolved his feelings for Charlotte, finds that life once again hits two close to home when his friend, Inspector Robert Treadles (who he grew apart from because of Charlotte), has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
Charlotte agrees to meet with Mrs Alice Treadles, who took over ownership of Cousin's Manufacturing from her brother, as a favor to the Scotland yard Inspector even though hedidn't care for the fact that Charlotte is the brains of the operation. But, in this case, something is amiss. Inspector Treadles is suspected of the murder of none other than two of his wife's business partners in a home on Cold Street. Alice Treadles is worth a small fortune and could hire any defense barrister she wants. But Charlotte has caused a stir among England's elite by solving twisted cases.
Meanwhile, Inspector Brighton, who oversees the investigation, believes that Treadles is guilty, and it isn’t going to take much to convict him by Christmas Day. Charlotte, of course, takes on the case, but considering the locked room that Mr. Treadles is found in along with the two dead bodies, the mystery posed is quite a stumper. Charlotte adds Miss Penelope Redmayne to her team of investigators. As she wades through the various clues, more and more questions arise with regards to the Treadles themselves, as well as with Cousin's Manufacturing.
This series has stepped deeply into making Moriarty the ghost in the shell as with the original Sherlock Holmes series. Although he has yet to make an actual appearance, he's made plenty of people's lives miserable, including Olivia Holmes who lost her one true love, Stephen Marbleton. Charlotte and gang have already learned a few tricks that Moriarty is playing, including leaving codes in the newspaper. Charlotte's relationship with Ash evolves in this book along with the twists and turns of what Inspector Treadles was doing in the home that he was found along with two dead men.
I'm thankful that Charlotte and Ash are resolving their hesitancy of growing closer now that Ash's marriage is working towards an ending. I am hoping that Olivia finds her own form of happiness away from her parents who are the absolute worst. I am eager to see what happens next, especially if Moriarty finally makes his long-awaited appearance.