By Detective Ryan Ashburton from the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series by Vicki Delany
She has got to be the world’s most exasperating woman!
She won’t keep her cute little nose out of police business in general and my cases in particular.
Okay, I’ll admit that when I decided to leave the Boston PD to return to my home town on Cape Cod to take the position of detective, the idea of seeing Gemma Doyle might have played some small part in my decision.
Things between us didn’t exactly end on a comfortable note. I mean, how could they? Not many guys could live with a woman who seemed to be able to read their minds. I know I couldn’t. I can’t. And, so I left. Ran away, really and took the job in Boston.
But I couldn’t stay away, and now, I’m back.
She’s still here, still owning the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium at 222 Baker Street, West London along with Great Uncle Arthur Doyle. They’ve added a restaurant next door at number 220. Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room, they call it. Nice place, as is the woman in charge, Jayne Wilson. I remember Jayne from back in school.
Gemma’s still here, and still interfering in police cases. Someone left something of value in her shop. Did Gemma hand it over to the police? Of course not. She had a better idea of trying to track down the owner and found herself wrapped up in a murder. Will she step back and let the police handle the investigation? Of course not.
What did Sherlock Holmes say? I shall be my own police. (The Five Orange Pips)
Don’t tell Louise Estrada, my new partner, this or my chief, but have to say Gemma sometimes does seem to have a point. I mean, she just knows things that others do not.
I can only be glad she didn’t take up a life of crime.
Elementary, She Read, the first in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series will be published by Crooked Lane on March 14. It’s now available for pre-order in ebook and hardcover formats.
Contest time! The Sherock Holmes bookshop series is set on Cape Cod, and Vicki picked up a few things on her spring visit. If you'd like to win this lovely Cape Cod recipe book and the little magnet with a painting the beach AND an Elementary, She Read Fridge magnet, please leave a comment. Vicki will give five runner-up winners an Elementary, She Read fridge magnet. Please leave your email (so we can contact the winner) for a chance to win. Contest closes Thursday am. Open to Canada and US residents.
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