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AHHH October is so far away 3 6 GET READY KIDS COVER ART AND SYNOPSIS The Lady Sherlock series has been a loved series from the very beginning In fact, I would even go as far as to say it is one of my most, if not my most, favorite series in the genre It is just so much fun, always entertaining, so well written and I love the growth and mystery of all the characters The mystery is always center stage but the relationships and love interest are a close second and I love that, especially after book three were we get just a little bitof it all And with the The Lady Sherlock series has been a loved series from the very beginning In fact, I would even go as far as to say it is one of my most, if not my most, favorite series in the genre It is just so much fun, always entertaining, so well written and I love the growth and mystery of all the characters The mystery is always center stage but the relationships and love interest are a close second and I love that, especially after book three were we get just a little bitof it all And with the way book three went, I was honestly expecting this one to run along the same lines relationship wise and sadly, it just didn t It seemed for every step forward the characters made with each other there was always two steps back that lead them even further away from one another, which was disheartening and honestly, made the story seem less some how I was really looking forward to the romance becomingand in almost all cases, it didn t.However, the mystery and characters themselves were outstanding and once again Thomas writing is enchanting and you can t help but get sucked right into the story and left wantingI can only hope with that ending, that we will getof that little extra something so many of us are rooting and hoping for in book five ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review happy sigh There are few things you can count on in life For me, one of those things is this series I know that whenever I pick up the latest release in it, I m in for a five star worthy read.This installment only serves to reinforce this as my favorite ongoing series If you re worried that this makes me a biased reader, fear not Kate Daniels is another of my favorite series, and I one starred one of the books in it Because WTF, Curran In The Art of Theft, Sherry Thomas takes all the chara happy sigh There are few things you can count on in life For me, one of those things is this series I know that whenever I pick up the latest release in it, I m in for a five star worthy read.This installment only serves to reinforce this as my favorite ongoing series If you re worried that this makes me a biased reader, fear not Kate Daniels is another of my favorite series, and I one starred one of the books in it Because WTF, Curran In The Art of Theft, Sherry Thomas takes all the characters we ve grown to know and love and places them in immense danger One of the chief complaints from other readers of this series is that it s too slow Which, fine, I get that In this day and age of 80k books with zero downtime, I can understand why a book with longer sentences and a sharper focus on the minutiae of the time period it s set in might seem a little long winded.Not so much with this installment Thomas has already set the scene for us The past worldbuilding is expansive Now, she sheds some of the scenes others thought extraneous and gets down to the fine art of terrifying her devoted readers.Seriously Sherry, you trying to kill me There were scenes in this that were nothing short of hair raising The danger to these characters I ve grown so fond of was palpable throughout.By now you re probably wondering about the plot, and while I can t get into too much because of the spoilers for the rest of the series, I can instead give you an overviewHere is the summary of our taskA blackmailed Maharani Letters hidden in the back of a priceless Van Dyck A breathless race across the continent An ominous mansion rud to contain a den unspoken sins And, at the very heart of everything, their greatest enemy lurks, unseen.Aaaaaand that s about all I can tell you.One of the things I love most about this series is that I never really know what the hell is going on Oh, I think I do But Thomas plots are like onions They are so layered that by the time you get to the bottom of it you realize that everyone is in way over their heads and no one remembered to pack the life raft.Paired with this masterful plotting is a cast of characters that only growsdiverse and nuanced with each installment This is my very favorite kind of retelling One that expands upon the foundation of the original tales Addsdepth Makes it feminist.The thing about most historical romances that I have trouble stomaching these days is that a lot of the authors in the genre skip over thetroubling aspects of the time periods they set their books in They don t talk about slavery Or the fact that women were basically treated as chattel.And while this series is definitelyin the realm of historical fiction, there are several central romances unfolding within it Sherry Thomas looks a lot of the truths I just mentioned in the eye and writes about them in a way that is still sadly so relevant todayfundamentally, this is about the imbalance of power between the sexes As long as women s primary access to power is via access to men, and as long as men value women primarily as either carriers of their bloodline or vessels for their carnal desires, both men and women will be commenting on women s youth and beauty or lack thereof ad naseum, the former group as they would appraise any other interchangeable commodity, and the latter as assessment of competitive advantages and disadvantagesSo, again, I cannot recommend this series enough for anyone with a longer attention span who loves a well researched, well written retelling.And now my long wait begins for the next installment.That cliffhanger Blog FB Twitter IG Pinterest Tumblr YouTube I think I expected way too much from this book And that s a me problem.I ve had a pretty up and down experience with this series but it had all really started to turn around by book three However I should ve known that the things I wanted from this series, particular after that last installment, wouldn t happen so soon Or the way I wanted.I didn t mind the mystery of the week, and there was both an appropriate amount of character growth and or realization, as well as reluctance, both of thing I think I expected way too much from this book And that s a me problem.I ve had a pretty up and down experience with this series but it had all really started to turn around by book three However I should ve known that the things I wanted from this series, particular after that last installment, wouldn t happen so soon Or the way I wanted.I didn t mind the mystery of the week, and there was both an appropriate amount of character growth and or realization, as well as reluctance, both of things I can t really disclose this far into the series, but I guess I still expected things to come to a head Which they almost did Just to get foiled at the very last paragraph literally That said, the way the conflict tied into the bigger picture, even though it meant reuniting us with certain characters I would ve preferred not to see again, was pretty clever.Also, I m happy that the rest of this plucky ensemble Scooby Doo cast getsandspotlight each book It isn t just the Charlotte Sherlock show Even if their own storylines didn t get quite the HEA wrap up that they deserved But there s stillhow many books to go, so Maybe.I will continue to read on but I m sad this didn t overtake my love for book three I guess here s hoping, once again, for book five I received a ARC from Edelweiss and the publisher thank you in exchange for an honest review This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities 18 October 2019Brava Sherry Thomas Brava Kate Reading 18 August 2019Huzzah I got an ARC from Edelweiss I shall wait, however, until I read it to give it five stars.I must take a moment to share my pleasure at finding that this quote from my review of A Conspiracy in Belgravia Lady Sherlock 2 was selected by the publisher to appear at the front of this book.I am breathless Not to mention sleepless Sherry Thomas is simply a genius twisting classic Sherlockian memes into complicat 18 October 2019Brava Sherry Thomas Brava Kate Reading 18 August 2019Huzzah I got an ARC from Edelweiss I shall wait, however, until I read it to give it five stars.I must take a moment to share my pleasure at finding that this quote from my review of A Conspiracy in Belgravia Lady Sherlock 2 was selected by the publisher to appear at the front of this book.I am breathless Not to mention sleepless Sherry Thomas is simply a genius twisting classic Sherlockian memes into complicated knots and then gradually untying them so that we re left with a beautiful seamless ribbon of an adventure tinged with romance I haven t the talent or imagination to be a published author, but at least somebody found merit in my Goodreads review 18 October 2019Sherry Thomas s Lady Sherlock series just keeps getting better This volume sees Charlotte and the gang in Paris to steal some letters being used for blackmail After getting us all excited in the last book, there was a bit less romance than I had hoped for, but that just means there isto come in the next installment So who stole Sherry Thomas s wonderful craftsmanship when she was writing this fourth installment of her Lady Sherlock series Where s the superb writing Where s the great character development Where s the sparkling, interesting dialogue Where s the clever interaction among the characters Where, oh, where I dunno Not here in this book, for sure.If you like capers or heists, you will like this story I much prefer my stories to revolve around the characters and their relationships and inter So who stole Sherry Thomas s wonderful craftsmanship when she was writing this fourth installment of her Lady Sherlock series Where s the superb writing Where s the great character development Where s the sparkling, interesting dialogue Where s the clever interaction among the characters Where, oh, where I dunno Not here in this book, for sure.If you like capers or heists, you will like this story I much prefer my stories to revolve around the characters and their relationships and interactions, rather than on an Ocean s Eleven type plot, with chasing around here and there, putting on disguises, infiltrating a chateau, planning theft of artwork, or breaking into safes.This book could have been written by any competent author imaginative enough to think up a good, ensemble cast caper adventure, with most emphasis on the action and very little on the characters So I guess you can tell that I m disappointed I looked in vain to find Thomas s creative genius, excellent writing, and clever characters This was just an okay read Nothing wowed me As a matter of fact, I was looking forward to being done with it all.The basic plot here has Charlotte et al that would be Mrs Watson, Olivia Holmes, Lord Ingram, Stephen Marbleton, and a cohort of Lord Ingram off to a chateau in France in aid of an old friend of Mrs Watson the maharani of a minor Indian kingdom who is being blackmailed The terms of this blackmail require the theft of a large Van Dyck painting which is one of several works of art to be auctioned off during a large house party at this chateau.Naturally Charlotte intuits muchabout the case than any reasonable human could and it all makes for a reasonably interesting heist story, but it is not an inspired or inspiring read, just a rather prosaic account of events If you read THE HOLLOW OF FEAR and then follow it up with this one, you may feel disappointment Personal relationships had started moving ahead well in that book In this one, I felt as if we were taking a few steps back Nothing new here There s some reference to Charlotte and Ash s romance, also to that of Livia and Stephen Lady Ingram makes an appearance There s reference to Moriarty, but really nothing much that s new or advances the series story arc.About the only bits in this that were not part of the caper but rather attempts at human interaction were just some moments when characters in the book school Livia and, hence, Thomas schools her readers about certain social issues or problems 1 Who you love does not alter who you are One s sexual orientation should not matter in a friendship 2 Don t allow yourself to be bullied Never let others make you feel less than you are 3 Do worthwhile things such as writing Sherlock stories for yourself, not to impress others 4 Women have it tougher in life than men, always having to prove themselves 5 Colonialism, not good.Yeah, yeah Thanks for the lessons, Ms Thomas Words to live by, but just tossed into a book incidentally and superficially, they don t mean that much I would have preferredof an in depth look at the characters and their relationships And talking about Charlotte s chins does not count I really enjoy this series Fast paced with characters full of eccentricities, this series is full of romantic clean tension and twists and turns Another fun installment, and already looking forward to her next. One of the best aspects of my 2019 summer reading list The Summer of Sherlock was the discovery of this charming series, the Lady Sherlock series I m really enjoying a lot of these feminist revisionist Victorian adventures The Victorian age as it should have been.I love Charlotte Holmes as a character and I relate to her when she would rather be at home with a cup of tea and a pastry than out in the world pursuing criminals I rather favour coffee and popcorn, but it s the same idea I have One of the best aspects of my 2019 summer reading list The Summer of Sherlock was the discovery of this charming series, the Lady Sherlock series I m really enjoying a lot of these feminist revisionist Victorian adventures The Victorian age as it should have been.I love Charlotte Holmes as a character and I relate to her when she would rather be at home with a cup of tea and a pastry than out in the world pursuing criminals I rather favour coffee and popcorn, but it s the same idea I have to laugh at her concept of Maximum Tolerable Chins, which is the point at which she restricts her pastry consumption until her clothing fitscomfortably Been there, done that, my dear Charlotte My only disappointment with this book was that it did not deal with the Treadles plot line until the very last pages I really want to know what happens between Inspector and his wife, but it seems that I must wait for the next book.In the meanwhile, I have to applaud the author for being able to bring Charlotte and Lord Ingram together and then separate them so skillfully, retaining the romantic pursuit and it s accompanying plot tension into the fourth book of the series Of course I am also interested in the Livia and Stephen Marbleton situation, but it is Charlotte Ash who command my attention in terms of relationships Ms Thomas also uses the Maharani s character deftly as a way to explore colonialism and to introduce a person of colour into the very white, upper class world that the main characters inhabit All in all, I will be very excited when Book 5 is published, hopefully next year I ve given this an A at AAR, so that s 4.5 stars rounded up.The Art of Theft is the eagerly awaited fourth book in Sherry Thomas superb series of historical mysteries starring Charlotte Holmes, a most unusual young woman whose keen, logical mind and incredible deductive skills would have been completely disregarded in Victorian England had she not invented the infirm but brilliant brother Sherlock who is in name only of course the greatest detective the nation has ever seen While each bo I ve given this an A at AAR, so that s 4.5 stars rounded up.The Art of Theft is the eagerly awaited fourth book in Sherry Thomas superb series of historical mysteries starring Charlotte Holmes, a most unusual young woman whose keen, logical mind and incredible deductive skills would have been completely disregarded in Victorian England had she not invented the infirm but brilliant brother Sherlock who is in name only of course the greatest detective the nation has ever seen While each book in the series has a central mystery that is solved by the end, there are a number of overarching plot threads and recurring characters which mean it s probably not the best idea to pick up The Art of Theft without having read the other novels in the series readers will get muchout of the wonderfully intricate characterisation and the various relationships between the characters by starting at the beginning with book one, A Study in Scarlet Women Because of the way the books are interlinked, there will be spoilers for the rest of the series in this review.The aftermath of the tumultuous events of The Hollow of Fear sees Lord Ingram Ashburton in the country looking after his children, Mrs Watson in Paris with her niece, Miss Olivia Holmes nearing the completion of her Sherlock Holmes story, and Miss Charlotte Holmes helping to settle her eldest sister, Bernadette, whom she removed from a home, into her new surroundings It s a brief period of quiet that is broken when Charlotte receives a request for help from someone identifying themselves only as A Traveler from Distant Lands.Deciding she needs a distraction from caring for her sister and from pondering the shifting nature of her relationship with her long time friend and now, former lover Lord Ingram Charlotte arranges to meet this traveler, correctly assuming the request for help to have come from a woman in need Her visitor proves to be none other than an Indian maharani, who also turns out to be the first client ever to decline to use Sherlock Holmes services Charlotte immediately deduces that this is because the maharani needs someone who is able to dothan investigate and her supposition is borne out not long afterwards when she and Mrs Watson who has confessed to Charlotte that she and the maharani had been lovers once upon a time visit the maharani at her hotel to offer their assistance.The lady is still resistant, but when Charlotte most ably demonstrates that she does indeed possess the skills the maharani needs to help with her current predicament, she explains that she is being blackmailed, and that she has been given specific instructions as to what to do in order to receive a packet of letters she does not wish seen by unfriendly eyes Every yuletide, an exclusive and extravagant art sale is held at Ch teau Vaudrieu, just outside Paris The cream of French society flocks there, as do art connoisseurs, manufacturers, millionaires and princes from around the world and the maharani s letters are hidden in the back of a painting by Van Dyck She needs someone to steal the painting in order to retrieve the letters and given the ch teau s location and the amount of security that surrounds the event, it will be no easy task.Charlotte is certain that the maharani has not told them everything, but even so, she enlists the help of Lord Ingram and Mr Stephen Marbleton, and soon they, together with Mrs Watson and Olivia are crossing the channel and travelling to Paris, where they will meet up with one of Lord Ingram s friends and allies, Lieutenant Attwood An initial reconnaissance mission of the ch teau undertaken by Mr Marbleton and Lord Ingram reveals that there Is muchgoing on there than preparations for a masquerade ball and grand art sale Before long our intrepid band is plunged into something that goes far beyond simple blackmail and which will once again see them pitting their wits against the mysterious Moriarty, the shadowy criminal mastermind whose very existence has slowly become irrevocably intertwined with that of our protagonists.If you ve followed the series and have followed my reviews of it you may be asking yourself why I ve not graded this book quite as highly as the last couple I did struggle with the grading because this whole series isthan a head and shoulders above almost every other similar series out there, and Sherry Thomas writing is so wonderfully clever and precise I liked pretty much everything about the book the developments in the relationship between Stephen Marbleton and Olivia, which is plagued by seemingly insurmountable difficulties the inclusion of a past, lesbian love affair for Mrs Watson and the subtle discussions of colonialism and the British Raj and I was pleased to see Charlotte starting to face up to the truth of her feelings for Lord Ingram, and the uncertainty she s feeling as to how they can return to their old, comfortable association now they ve been albeit very briefly lovers The mystery is as detailed, complex and well executed as ever, and I enjoyed the ensemble nature of the story including the appearance of Lieutenant Leighton Attwood from the author s My Beautiful Enemy and a nice nod to that novel s heroine But after the drama of The Hollow of Fear and its late book revelations about Lord Ingram s soon to be ex wife, his brother s betrayal, and the steps forward and steps back in the complicated relationship between Lord Ingram and Charlotte, The Art of Theft sometimes felt as though it was treading water somewhat The characters face physical danger, for sure, but the stakes simply don t seem as high for them personally as in the previous book and I wasn t as completely gripped by this story as I was by previous instalments I suspect Ms Thomas is keeping her powder dry, though Looking at the bigger picture with the middle book The Hollow of Fear of a five book series reaching a high point in the story arc, it makes sense that following book The Art of Theft would be a kind of interlude or transition before heading into the finale, which I am sure is going to be a corker, given the cliffhanger at the end of the last chapter of this one Still, with all that said, The Art of Theft is a cracking tale, a sophisticated, fantastically well conceived mystery featuring richly detailed settings and fully rounded, multi faceted characters whose relationship are drawn with considerable skill and insight It may not be my favourite of the series, but it s still a terrific read, and one I mthan happy to recommend Note Since this review was posted, the author has informed me that she has plans forthan five books in total, and that book 3 isn t the middle of the arc, butlike the turning point at the end of act 1 `Download Book ☔ The Art of Theft ☔ Charlotte Holmes, Lady Sherlock, is back solving new cases in the Victorian set mystery series from the USA Today bestselling author of The Hollow of FearAs Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective, Charlotte Holmes has solved murders and found missing individuals But she has never stolen a priceless artwork or rather, made away with the secrets hidden behind a much coveted canvas But Mrs Watson is desperate to help her old friend recover those secrets and Charlotte finds herself involved in a fever paced scheme to infiltrate a glamorous Yuletide ball where the painting is one handshake away from being sold and the secrets a bare breath from exposure Her dear friend Lord Ingram, her sister Livia, Livia s admirer Stephen Marbleton everyone pitches in to help and everyone has a grand time But nothing about this adventure is what it seems and disaster is biding time on the grounds of a glittering French chateau, waiting only for Charlotte to make a single mistake