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A Ruse of Shadows de Sherry Thomas

de Sherry Thomas - Género: English
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Charlotte Holmes is accustomed to solving crimes, not being accused of them, but she finds herself in a dreadfully precarious position as the bestselling Lady Sherlock series continues.
Charlotte’s success on the RMS Provence has afforded her a certain measure of time and assurance. Taking advantage of that, she has been busy, plotting to prise the man her sister loves from Moriarty’s iron grip.
Disruption, however, comes from an unexpected quarter. Lord Bancroft Ashburton, disgraced and imprisoned as a result of Charlotte’s prior investigations, nevertheless manages to press Charlotte into service: Underwood, his most loyal henchman, is missing and Lord Bancroft wants Charlotte to find Underwood, dead or alive.
But then Lord Bancroft himself turns up dead and Charlotte, more than anyone else, meets the trifecta criteria of motive, means, and opportunity. Never mind rescuing anyone else, with the law breathing down her neck, can...M.F


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A Ruse of Shadows by Sherry Thomas is hands down one of the most epic reads I've stumbled upon lately! I mean, seriously, from the moment I cracked open the cover, I was whisked away into this world of intrigue, deception, and pulse-pounding mystery!

Let's talk about Charlotte Holmes for a sec. She's back in action, and let me tell you, she's just as brilliant and captivating as ever. Eight books deep into the series, and she still manages to feel fresh and utterly fascinating. She's Sherlock Holmes, but with this whole new level of depth and relatability that just draws you in.

And then there's her relationship with Lord Ingram – I love them together so much! I was practically cheering them on from the sidelines as they navigated through all the twists and turns of their romance. Plus, the chemistry between them is amazing!

But of course, it wouldn't be a Lady Sherlock mystery without, well, a mystery! And let me tell you, the one in this book had me on the edge of my seat the entire time! Charlotte and her crew are faced with their most dangerous challenge yet, and watching them piece together the clues and outsmart the bad guys was seriously thrilling.

And can we just take a moment to appreciate Sherry Thomas's talent for historical mystery? The way she brings Victorian London to life is nothing short of magical. I could practically smell the fog and hear the clip-clop of horse hooves on the cobblestones. It's stepping back in time!

So yeah, if you're a fan of historical mysteries or just love a good story with awesome characters and a plot that'll keep you guessing until the very end, you absolutely have to check out A Ruse of Shadows. Highly recommended!netgalley uno-202455 s7 comments Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)3,090 395

This series is so well written. so thought out, and just so well done that I think Ms. Thomas would make Sir Conan Doyle proud with her take on Sherlock Holmes. This series truly is un any other I have read. From the lovable quirky characters to the completely captivating mysteries that truly are worthy of the classic Sherlock, it is just so entertaining and truly, hard to put down. And I can say with confidence, that after eight books, it is still getting better and better. I can't recommend this series enough.

*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.* arc-book-read24 s4 comments Brandy1,095 45

I have loved every single moment in every book of this series, but this is the first one that has brought me to tears. Charlotte and Mrs. Watson and Lord Ingram are juggling plots and deceipts and sleight of hands better than any magician I have seen. With her sister having been kidnapped by mercenaries, Charlotte must now play Bancroft's dangerous game on his terms. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time!

Also? Johnny and Mumble and Jessie. Brilliant characters!!13 s3 comments Kalie141 33 Read

Look, anyone that knows me knows I don’t read a ton of mysteries. It’s not a genre I typically gravitate to but I will pick up one every now and then. Eight books in and this remains one of my favorite continuing series that keeps being fresh, wonderfully plotted, and includes the slowest of slow burns that makes me yearn whenever they’re on the page. The last chapter had me kicking and giggling my feet and I will gladly continue to read more Charlotte Holmes mysteries if they keep being this absorbing.historical mystery retellings8 s ☕️Kimberly (Caffeinated Reviewer)3,254 724

Squee! I love Thomas’s take on Sherlock and love Scarlett and her motley crew of friends. After the events on board RMS Provence, Charlotte’s back on dry land and growing out her locks. She has also been looking for ways to foil Moriarty plans.

Charlotte, alas, is pressed into service by none other than Lord Bancroft Ashburton. Bancroft remains behind prison walls, thanks to Scarlett. However, his man, Underwood, has gone missing, and she’s tasked with finding him. Lord Bancroft won’t take no for an answer. Unfortunately, he is very persuasive.

The tale that unfolds held me captive from interviewing Underwood’s girlfriend to murders from long ago. When Lord Bancroft ends up dead, the police detective believes Charlotte guilty of the crime. The mystery was well done with clever twists, danger and pulse-pounding action that kept me listening.

We had a little page time with Lord Ingram, Charlotte’s love interest. While not as much as I would have d, each moment was delicious with sweet confessions.

I was delighted by the way Thomas brought the threads together and revealed the events as they actually happened. A clever tale that left me eager for the next book. Perfect for fans of clever protagonists, fans of Sherlock Holmes and murder mysteries. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer2024audio6 s Elizabeth McFarland 408 51

Simply amazing! This series just keeps getting better and better with each one. Sherry Thomas has done a phenomenal job writing these books and bringing these characters to life. I loved everything about A Ruse of Shadows!

Charlotte, Mrs. Watson and Lord Ingram have so much going on. They're in the middle of several plots and deceipts, with Charlotte always one step ahead. She is being forced to help Lord Bancroft, searching for a missing person and solving an old murder case.

I loved the addition of some new characters in this book. I also loved the way peices of this story fit into past investigations, and as always, I adored Charlotte and Lord Ingam's ongoing relationship.

I was invested in this mystery all the way through and truly enjoyed seeing how everything fell into place. This is an absolutely brilliant series, and I am eagerly anticipating the next installment.

Thank you, Netgalley, and the publisher for allowing me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.6 s SophiaAuthor 5 books369 Read

In this latest of the Victorian era Lady Sherlock mysteries with a gender-bending Sherlock Holmes’ cast, Charlotte Holmes finds herself in the hot seat, but anyone who has followed this series knows that somehow the person sweating it out won’t be Miss Charlotte. Sherry Thomas has created an original cast of characters and set them in a series of mysteries with the most delectable tangle of plots that the Great Detective himself would be impressed.

My full review will post at The Quill Ink TBA.2024-coyer 2024-coyer-community historical-mystery-suspense ...more4 s2 comments Rivka958 252

Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley Pub for this earc

Sigh. I knew it after reading previous book but it’s official. I’m very much done with this series. It just lost everything that kept me reading for all these years

One thing I’ll give it is the writing is still good. But the plot and the romance? Just not the same. I spaced out for most of this story because I couldn’t care less about the story.
Holmes and Ash? Feel more detective partners than lovers. It would be okay in a different story but after all the build up, I kind of wanted more.

I’m sad to say, I just don’t care to read any upcoming books. 3 s Shelley5,380 483

*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Historical, Romance, Mystery
*Rating* 3.5

*Thoughts*

A Ruse of Shadows is the Eighth installment in Sherry Thomas's Lady Sherlock series. Charlotte Holmes is accustomed to solving crimes, not being accused of them, but she finds herself in a dreadfully precarious position as Chief Inspector Talbot from Scotland Yard, along with Inspector Robert Treadles, arrives to interrogate Charlotte for suspicion of the death of Lord Bancroft Ashburton. Charlotte’s success on the RMS Provence has afforded her a certain measure of time and assurance.


*Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews*

https://gizmos.blogspot.com/20...2024-release arc-netgalley2 s Paige Turner3

I've loved most the other books in this series and was so excited for this one to come out. Maybe, it deserves another go though and I might enjoy it more, but I was just confused for the entirety of the story.

Alas, I still love the characters, but they felt a tad flat in this, the 8th book of the series.2 s Caz2,927 1,103 Read

Review to follow.aar arc historical-fiction ...more2 s Rachel Gable114 7

I'm a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes, I will watch or read pretty much any adaptation or retelling! I gobbled up the first books of the Lady Sherlock series and loved them but after that my high opinions of the books started to dwindle. It's been years since I read from this series and I missed the last two books but when I saw the newest installment on NetGalley, I decided to give it one more go. I couldn't remember what made me put them down in the first place, apart from the excessive descriptions of what Charlotte s to eat and wear, so I went into it with an open mind. It didn't make me want to read the two books I've missed or continue with the series. It's not a bad book but I feel the series has gone on too long and Thomas is now over complicating little things and adding more and more characters in an attempt to keep things fresh. She does do a good job of bringing the reader up to speed with the events of past stories, which I found very helpful, but I don't particularly that in series if I have been keeping up to date on all the installments. I feel it means the author doesn't trust the reader's intelligence to figure it out for themselves or even they can't keep it straight cause they have so much going on. All in all, I'm glad I read this book to catch up with the characters but I won't be reading any more from this series.

Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for this ARC in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.2 s Rach502 7

WHO IS ON THESE COVVVVVVVVVERSSSSSSSSS

anyway

Sherry Thomas is so effing smart y’all. I knew that with book one but she only gets smarter and writes more complex plots. I think she is outpacing me. I don’t think I know how to read. I think I just memorized a lot of words.

She is writing the next Hercule Poirot and she’s succeeding. My literal one qualm is that you do have to start from the very beginning to know what the heck is going on; you can’t pick one up at random you can with Poirot. I think she’s trying to write these books you could, but that’s because she doesn’t realize how smart she is. I read all these books and I’m barely keeping up.

Here’s the thing. Sherry. You’re a genius. You are certifiably brilliant. This book was written with the most convoluted time/POV structure I’ve ever encountered. It laughed in the face of linear storytelling. It chortled at the mention of structured split-time. I understood 10% of everything that happened. You don’t need to impress me, Sherry. You proved you were smarter than me 7 books ago. I am here til the blissful end. You just keep writing ‘em!!

Thank you NetGalley, you are the backbone of the publishing industry, and we don't deserve you.

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I’ve only read the first Lady Sherlock book but I always meant to go back to the series. I was asked to review Ruse of Shadow and I’m so glad I did. I think I never read past book 1 because the will they/won’t they seemed too firmly in the won’t they, so I waited to see what happened with Lord Ingram.

Ruse of Shadows has strong characters and a well-plotted mystery. This really isn’t a standalone and I know I’m missing all the depth behind these character relationships by jumping in now. I think fans of the series will be thrilled with it and it makes me want to go back and read 2-7.

I received an arc from NetGalley mystery net-galley2 s2 comments Meg1,485 62

Genre: historical mystery
England, 1887

A Ruse of Shadows opens with Charlotte Holmes accused of the murder of Lord Bancroft, older brother to beloved Lord Ingram, and man who had twice asked Charlotte to marry him. Charlotte confides that she has no part in his murder, but the Chief Inspector sees a lot of motive and possible evidence for her to have carried out the crime. The setup has investigation into multiple mysteries going on at once including a cold case murder from 15 years prior and this much more recent one.

As usual, Charlotte Holmes and company are trying to keep one step ahead of Moriarty and company, but this time Charlotte herself is under interrogation by the Chief Inspector and wanted for murder. Unfolding in dual timeline between Charlotte’s interrogation and the direct events leading up to it, this has a more sinister and desperate air about it than the others. Charlotte has the outward appearance of calm, but let’s be honest I’ve never once trusted Sherry Thomas on outward appearances.

Never fear, this has a few ridiculous antics and the typical barrel of red herrings. It draws a lot on characters we've met before throughout the series- so if you were considering a reread, I recommend it! That said, Sherry gives us enough detail in case you don't remember the blind woman from book one who steals a pound off Charlotte. The mysteries in this book don't rely heavily on the previous ones, but as always the overall character arc continues.

We all know that a Lady Sherlock book is always better the second or third time through. I find my first time through each of these books that I never know quite what to pay attention to. (The answer is: never try to solve the mystery!) I’m already looking forward to a reread, upon which I’ll be able to pay more attention to the character details than the plot. The progression of character development in this series is unmatched, sometimes subtle and sometimes heart-wrenchingly overt.

Thank you to Berkley and NetGalley for an eARC for review. A Ruse of Shadows is out 6/25/24.

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Holmes Sweet (sometimes) Holmes! Sherry Thomas has created a Gordian knot of a plot or cascading series of plots, for Charlotte’s latest outing, which is presented in various timelines and flashbacks. It also covers a decades old dead-end murder, as well as a very recent one, that of imprisoned and disgraced Lord Bancroft Ashburton, which Charlotte is being framed for. To solve it she must pick apart many layers of Ashburton’s enterprises, as well as deal with a kidnapping and a hostile takeover of a place (and persons) that Charlotte holds dear. She also holds Lord Bancroft’s brother, Lord Ingram, very dear and very steamily close and their love scenes provide a lot of propulsion for the book. Yet, the most interesting figure is the enigmatic Moriarty, he spins his stratagems from afar, and never appears in the center stage, so although his threat is always in the background, the menace often is weakened; some of the other characters seem enervated as well. While past and present narrative arcs whoosh by, adding layer upon layer of subterfuge, it often feels that the plotline for Charlotte’s sister, the lonely and besotted Livia, is moving at the pace of a snail crawling through a saucer of crushed Xanax. Livia is a beguiling character, but is forever relegated to hand wringing and pining for the captive Mr. Marbleton who is being held somewhere in France by his father, you know who, I mean Mr. Moriarty. The plots intricately tangle and reform in intriguing detail, though it is easy to lose your footing as a reader, and familiarity with the other books in this series is a must. Still, one of Charlotte’s coveted pastries, one bite is never enough, especially such an entertaining one. My thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for an advance reader’s copy.action-packed mystery whodunit-cozy1 TrixieB661 10

We finished reading this last night, yet I still don't have words that do it justice.

I have read thousands of books in my life. I have read thousands of books in the last couple years! This is hands down the most well-crafted, enjoyable, multi-layered book I have ever read.

Some of the threads in this book were planted in book one. That's incredible to me. Sherry Thomas was thinking years ahead in these various arcs. We have the end of some of the character story arcs, but not necessarily in the way I thought we would. It's hard to describe this book without spoilers and I really don't want to give any. It's fantastic and mind-blowing. You really should experience for yourself. This is definitely a book that I think can only be truly appreciated if you have read all of the books from the beginning in order. Because so many of these plot elements are scattered throughout the series.

I that we have so much time on Ash and Livia. And I believe this is the first time we are inside the head of Miss Redmayne. I that; I that a lot.

If you have not read the series recently it's worth the time (I reread the entire thing), to familiarize yourself with it once again because there are so many characters that come back. They're introduced and explained but there's so many of them and I think it's a better experience if you remember who they are. Or maybe you're not me, maybe you always remember characters' names!

We listened to this on audio and as usual Kate Reading does her fantastic best. She's a wonderful narrator. Already I'm listening to it again. Once I heard all the reveals at the end, I wanted to loop back around and experience the nudges along the way.

There's a lot of evolution in characters in this book, and character evolution is right up there with mystery for the things I enjoy most in a book. And they're both superlative. Anyways enough circling around the things that I'm actually not going to say because I don't want to spoil anything. Enthusiastic thumbs up all the way around and you should read it!!1 Kathy Martin3,721 97

This is an episode filled with plots and schemes. Charlotte has managed to gain some protection from Lord Remington which has kept Moriarty temporarily at bay. However, Lord Bancroft is still a threat. And when he winds up dead, Charlotte is the prime suspect for his murder.

The story is told in a series of flashbacks since it begins with her under investigation for Lord Bancroft's murder. We see Charlotte and Mrs. Watson investigating a 25-year-old murder for Treadles. We see Livia staking out a house in Aix-en-Provence which might be the house where her Mr. Marbleton is being held by Moriarty. We see Paris where Charlotte and Livia's sister Bernadine is being held prisoner to guarantee that Charlotte does what Lord Bancroft demands.

We also see Charlotte and many other characters investigating the disappearance of Mr. Underwood who is Lord Bancroft's long-time assistant. This investigation sees the return of Mrs. Farr who lost her younger sister in one of Charlotte's earlier cases and who has been looking for revenge ever since.

I enjoyed this twisty tale very much. It was filled with intriguing characters.1 Janereads10427 4

Thank you, NetGalley and Berkley, for my free E-book for review.

"A Ruse of Shadows," the 8th installment in the Lady Sherlock series by Sherry Thomas, presents a refreshing and feminine perspective on the iconic sleuth, Sherlock Holmes.

From the very first pages, the novel throws the reader into the intriguing world of Charlotte Holmes, who finds herself under suspicion for the murder of Lord Bancroft. This immediately signals an adventure that I couldn't wait to embark on.

In this novel, Charlotte Holmes reveals more than just her astuteness; she also displays a tender affection for her sister and Lord Ingram. The inclusion of her love story provides a welcome respite from the investigations while also serving as a crucial element in the plot, making her character more relatable and multifaceted.

Moving on to the mysteries at hand, I was captivated by the intricate way Sherry Thomas connected them all. Admittedly, the abundance of characters initially overwhelmed me, requiring a moment to orient myself. Once I grasped who was who, the narrative flowed seamlessly. Witnessing the pieces fall into place, a complex puzzle, was a delight. I found myself effortlessly following along with Charlotte and Mrs. Watson, reveling in their disguises and deductions. The trail of clues left me pleasantly bewildered, in a manner that only a true mystery can achieve. The conclusion was truly satisfying—a brilliant puzzle masterfully pieced together!


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I know it's just me, but we are now 8 books in and I have completely lost the plot. And the plot is absolutely necessary because it is going on... and on... and on. I love how Charlotte has grown through this series, but I've realized that except for that and the burning romance, I almost nothing else, because it has grown increasing convoluted. And this book - my gosh - it was just so hard. So very hard. Every character has an alter-ego, every character has four names, new characters are introduced in every story (and stay forever), and Thomas does very little to bring us up to speed or remind us of the many many (many) backstories we are supposed to be juggling for each and all. As far as I can discern there are no fewer than three stories going on in this one book, and as it has been in other books, we are just plunked down mid-plot and left to feel our way in the dark. I hate to hate it. But I hated it and after about 100 pages I just gave it up. It is TOO. HARD. to be fun. But I'm sure it's just me. 1 Louisa7,783 84

This was another amazing read, I loved being back with these characters and this latest mystery was so fantastic!1 Lori74 2

This was so good. I took a day off of work to read it as soon as it was released and it was definitely worth it. I can’t wait for the next one. 1 Victoria31 1 follower

Omg Sherry Thomas’ BEST work yet!! Wow the twists and turns
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