By Jayne Wilson from the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series by Vicki Delany
Sometimes I just want to kill her. That’s when I’m not wanting to hug her and hold her close and thank her for being my friend.
My name is Jayne Wilson and I am part owner and head baker at Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room, located at 222 Baker Street, West London Massachusetts. My business partner is Gemma Doyle, who owns and runs the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium, next door at number 220 Baker Street.
I adore Gemma. When I don’t want to strangle her.
She’s totally exasperating, can’t keep a common-sense thought in her head, doesn’t seem to know perfectly obvious things that everyone else knows, but has this uncanny way of seeming to understand exactly what I am thinking at any given moment. She has total recall of every item in her shop and every penny in the cash register and can read the tiniest clues in a person’s dress or demeanor.
Her memory (for things she wants to remember) is uncanny. Such as the exact value, at auction, of the exceedingly rare copy of Beeton’s Christmas Annual, December 1887, that someone left hidden in the shop.
In short, Gemma seems to sometimes make it her business to know things that others do not.
About that Beeton’s Christmas Annual. I hope we can get it back to it’s owner without much trouble.
Oh, oh, I don’t like that calculating look in Gemma’s eye one little bit.
Elementary She Read, the first in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series by Vicki Delany will be published by Crooked Lane Books on March 14. The paper version of the book is now available for pre-order and the ebook will be shortly.