The seventh installment in a “fast, fun” cozy mystery series “full of Sherlockian lore” and starring “a charming, intelligent heroine as observant as The Great Detective Himself” (Carolyn Hart, New York Times–bestselling author) Sherlockian bookshop manager and frequent amateur sleuth Gemma Doyle is back on the case when a poisoned dart ends in demise . . .
It’s a crisp, early October weekend, and business is slowing down as fall descends at the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium and adjacent Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room. Wealthy philanthropist and prominent Sherlockian David Masterson has rented Suffolk Gardens House, where he plans to entertain his friends in a traditional English country house weekend.
As the chosen caterers, Jayne Wilson and Gemma Doyle get to work preparing lavish meals and setting up Sherlockian books and props for entertainment. Meanwhile, police detective Ryan Ashburton has taken time away from his duties to assist in the kitchen. It quickly becomes apparent that David’s guests don't like each other—or their host. Plus, some of them aren't even acquainted with the adventures of the Great Detective.
Before Gemma can ponder their relationships a poisoned dart sails through the window of the library, presenting Gemma Doyle with a three-book problem.
About the Author
Vicki Delany is a bestselling author of more than thirty novels/novellas in several of mystery's subgenres. Born in Manitoba and raised in Ontario, she is the former president of the Crime Writers of Canada, a member of Capital Crime Writers, and a member of Sisters in Crime.
Praise for A Three Book Problem: “Plenty of Sherlock-ian lore and local color make for an enjoyable read.” —Kirkus Reviews
“[Captures] the feel and discourse of a gathering of Sherlockians. This is her best series entry to date.” —Publishers Weekly
“[An] entertaining follow-up to A Curious Incident.” —Library Journal, starred review
“[For] cozy-friendly fans of The Great Detective [Sherlock Holmes] and his creator.” —Booklist
“An extraordinarily fun read from cover to cover.” —Midwest Book Review
“A great book to curl up with on a cold day . . . [recommended] for anyone who enjoys cozies, mysteries, and Sherlock Holmes.” —Manhattan Book Review
“Delany keeps readers on the edge of their seat.” —Cozy Mystery Book Reviews
Praise for the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mysteries: “I enjoyed every well-crafted word of this Sherlock Holmes infused tale. A must read for lovers of all things Sherlock Holmes.” —Jenn McKinlay, New York Times and USA Today–bestselling author of Better Late Than Never
“Vicki Delany is one of my favorite mystery authors and with Elementary, She Read, she has outdone herself. This first book in her intriguing new series features Gemma Doyle, a wonderfully appealing protagonist who runs the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium, where delightfully quirky characters and fascinating old books flourish. I loved everything about this story! The Cape Cod setting was enchanting and the intricate mystery kept me turning pages late into the night. Easily one of the best new mystery series on the market.” —Kate Carlisle, New York Times–bestselling author of the Bibliophile mysteries
“A delight, fast, fun, and full of Sherlockian lore. Cheers for a charming, intelligent heroine as observant as The Great Detective himself.” —Carolyn Hart, New York Times–bestselling author
“Thoroughly delightful.” —Laura DiSilverio, bestselling author of the Readaholics Book Club Mysteries
“Huzzah for Vicki Delany who’s created vivid characters, a setting that will whet the appetite of mystery readers, and a who-dun-it well worth investigating.” —Kylie Logan, nationally bestselling author of the League of Literary Ladies mysteries
“A treat for Holmes fans with plenty of twists and turns in the best Sherlock-ian style.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Each new entry in this series has been better than the last.” —Kirkus Reviews
"Well-plotted... Delany’s liberal sprinkling of references to real pastiche novels and reference books makes this cozy a treat for Holmes buffs.” —Publishers Weekly
“Not only will this latest in the series delight Holmes fans, it will also engage armchair travelers as the group visits many of London’s best-known tourist sites.” —Booklist
“Delightful...sure to please fans of Holmes pastiches and bookstore mysteries.” —Library Journal
“An enjoyable and clever cozy mystery...a great summer or beach read.” —San Francisco Book Review