Saturday, November 30, 2019

A Visit to London in the Winter


By Gemma Doyle from the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series by Vicki Delany


Vicki and Alex Delany enjoying afternoon tea at National Portrait Gallery

For many people winter isn’t the best time of the year to visit London, but when I go there I like to do it in December or January. Mainly because the tourist crowds aren’t out in force.

Skating Rink next to V&A Museum
It helps of course, that that’s the only time I can go. I own and manage the Sherlock Homes Bookshop and Emporium in West London Massachusetts. West London is on Cape Cod and that means summer tourist season.  It’s hard enough finding time to take an afternoon off, never mind go on vacation. My best friend, Jayne Wilson, runs Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room, next door at 220 Baker Street, and she gets even less of a break than I do.


Vicki meets Paddington Bear

At British Library

An excellent breakfast

Of Interest to Donald Morris
When the opportunity to go to the Sherlock Holmes in the Modern Wold Convention in London in January came up, the timing was right. I could leave the shop in the (dare I hope) capable hands of my great uncle Arthur Doyle and my assistant Ashleigh. What’s a vacation without friends, so I managed to talk Jayne and Ryan Ashburton into coming with me. Sherlockian-extraordinaire Donald Morris and rare book dealer Grant Thompson were happy to tag along.

As well as conference things, I plan to spend time visiting my parents Henry and Anne Doyle and maybe even see my older sister Pippa. I’m not entirely sure what Pippa does for a living. She says she’s a ‘minor functionary’ in the British government. I suspect she’s a lot more than that, but I’m not going to ask.

Anyway, we’re off for a few days of fun in the world’s greatest city. I can only hope nothing will happen to spoil our vacation.


There’s a Murder Afoot is the fifth Sherlock Holmes bookshop mystery by Vicki Delany. It will be released on January 7 by Crooked Lane Books. For Seasons Readings, Vicki has an advance review copy (ARC) for one lucky reader. Please leave a comment below to enter. For Gemma Doyle, London is The World’s Greatest City. What’s your idea of the best city to visit?



49 comments:

  1. My idea of "the best city to visit" would be a city with many things to see and do, good restaurants and friendly people. I haven't done a lot of traveling so I can't nominate a particular city at this time. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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  2. My best city to visit would be New Orleans - fun, friendly people, fabulous food, Southern pace and style! "Way down yonder in New Orleans!"

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  3. San Francisco is one of my very favorite cities! Cable cars, Lombard St (the crookedest street in the world), Chinatown, Golden Gate Park, Golden Gate Bridge, and Pier 39 to name a few things. What's not to love? Just remember to dress in warm layers in the summer because it is windy and gets very chilly at night. suemngirl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  4. I agree with Gemma that London is the best city to visit -- to me it is magcal. bobandcelia(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  5. I would love to visit New Orleans. It will be an amazing visit.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  6. I'm not sure it's considered a "city", but it's a long bigger than most cities - Yellowstone National Park. We've had the good fortunate to visit it twice and honestly I can't wait for the opportunity to go again. You see hubby and I love photography so when we plan a vacation it's to someplace that we can hopefully get some great photographs. In Yellowstone, we can get both landscapes, animals and people all in the same place. There are tons of fellow vacationers, most of whom love to have their photograph taken, a wide assortment of landscape shots to pick from and a wide array of animals in their natural environment to photograph all within a short days exploration drive. Then there is the change of how everything looks and acts according to the season or even the weather for that particular day. For a break in the day, there are loads of little shops to check out along the way. Come evening there is a vast selection of eateries to choose from from the grab and go to the must have a reservation fine restaurant. I love that there are no TVs and no cell phone or internet access for the most part which closes out the outside world allowing your senses to come alive and actually communicate with those with you. If you ever get a chance, I would highly recommend seeing Yellowstone as well as the other great parks this nation has to offer.

    Can't wait for the opportunity to read "There’s a Murder Afoot" and read more of Gemma Doyle's crime solving adventures!
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  7. We visited London 20 years ago and were there over the New Year's holiday. We arrived on Boxing Day. It was the best trip I've ever taken. I want to go back and see how it's changed. Looking forward to the new book!

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  8. NYC- window displays on 5th Ave, tree at Rockefeller, & shoppes at Union Square

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  9. I would say London or Sydney, Australia. These are both places I would love to visit. Thanks for the chance to win. Can't wait to read the book!! mcastor07(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  10. There's so many places I want to visit. London, Ireland, Scotland, France, Italy. But until I get to physically visit these places, I'll be grateful for taking an adventure there through the books I read. bnharris6218(at)outlook(dot)com

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  11. London at that time of year would definitely suits me fine. Think ‘foggy, damp & mysterious’.

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  12. My husband and I love New York City. So much to see, so much to do ... history, shopping, and food!! London is on our bucket list though!

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  13. I haven't traveled much but would like to visit any city or towns in Scotland, Ireland, and Italy. I would love to see their restaurants, history, and activities.

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  14. It would be delightful to get an ARC to read.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  15. I love to search out the very old towns to see the buildings desins of long ago eras.

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  16. I love visiting cities that have a lot of historic attractions and things to see and do. Charleston SC is one of my favorite cities and London is on my list of places to visit.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. I love visiting cities with history! Thanks for a chance to win. ljbonkoski@yahoo.com

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  18. I had a lot of fun when I went on an exchange trip to Germany in high school and would love to go back. Hamburg was my favorite stop. New Orleans is also on my travel wish list.
    Love this series!
    kozo8989(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  19. England is where my paternal ancestor's are from. My paternal grandmother came through Ellis Island. It is on my bucket list to visit England and Wales someday. robeader53(at)yahoo.com

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  20. New Orleans the atmosphere sounds intriguing and the buildings and streets sound like fun to explore. Lots of character. Good food and music.

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  21. The kids and I want to visit New York City one day...so many wonderful things to see and do.
    Thanks for the chance!!!

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  22. NYC is great would love to see Chicago again. Cheers. At. Marjimmanor. Dot com

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  23. I enjoy visiting Chicago, IL and Dublin Ireland. London is great too and I suppose I should add Washington DC for the museums since I live in MD!

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  24. My favorite city to visit would be Key West. So much natural beauty and so much history. Gorgeous! Kkcochran (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  25. Would love to visit London one day.
    xzjh04(at) gmail(dot)xxon

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  26. Hong Kong - family, great food and shopping

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  27. Love to visit Rome. Thanks for the chance
    Jess
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  28. I’ve been to London twice and I enjoyed it both times. So much to see and do! I could go again!

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  29. I’d love to visit London, Rome and Paris. Legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

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  30. I haven't yet visited London but it's on my travel list. I like exploring different cities so I can see the world. We visited Paris, for the second time, this past October. Thanks for the chance.
    ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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  31. My favorite city is Singapore. Lived there for many years and still go back often. An amazing city! Thanks for the chance to win!
    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

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    1. I’d love to go to Singapore some day. I have beeN to Kuala Lumpur and I hear they are similar

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  32. I love Traverse City in Michigan! tWarner419@aol.com

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  33. Montreal seems the best to me. I like it cold!
    browninggloria(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. I went to Quebec City one year just before Christmas. It was cold, and the Christmas decorations were incredible

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  34. Actually visited London at Christmas in the very late 1970s & saw Yul Brynner performing live in The King & I on Christmas Eve. But the Tower of London was closed. I think the most beautiful city I've seen was Florence, Italy. schmokercarol(at)gmail(dot)com

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  35. I don't have a favorite = I love London, Paris, and New York. I live a lot closer to New York so I go there more often. Renee - rwilson@ws4r.com

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  36. I am not a big fan of cities, I prefer villages and towns, lol. I do love Gatlinburg but only to get to a cabin in the woods. I love Driedorf, Renerod and Herborn in Germany. Actually any village in Germany would be my favorite. Thanks for the chance to win. kayt18 (at) comcast (dot) net

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  37. Sounds like a great read. I would love to visit London and time of the year. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  38. My best city to visit would be New York City, the Big Apple. There are all the shows on Broadway plus the Statue of Liberty, FAO Schwartz, Ellis Island, and so many other things. As long as you don't have to drive there, you have it made. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  39. I agree with you London is the best for a large city and small villages like Exmouth for the rest of the trip. I love England.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  40. I recently took the trip of a lifetime to Poland. Krakow gets my vote as the best city to visit!

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

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    1. That’s an unusual choice. I bet it’s fascinating

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  41. Would love to visit United Kingdom someday lindalou64(at)live(dot)com

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  42. London or Honolulu. I'm a big Sherlock Holmes fan. Paris or Rome would be great too. I don't think I'd want to go to Venice. I'm sure it's a great place but it's sometimes under water.

    catbooks72(at)gmail(dot)com

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  43. I have not had the opportunity to travel except in books. I would love to visit London, Dublin, Venice, and so many more places. I am looking forward to reading There's a Murder Afoot. Doodlesink(at)hotmail(dot)com

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