by Sherry Thomas
Lady Sherlock #5
I’ve been flying through this series, absolutely absorbed and in love with everything. Honestly, it’s one of the best series I’ve ever read. For every moment that I’m in this world, alongside these characters, I’ve been engrossed.
Murder on Cold Street has a slightly different feel to it than the previous books in the series. As we learned at the end of the last book, Inspector Treadles has been arrested on suspicion of murder. Look, Inspector Treadles has been on my shit-list for a while. His intractable views and attitudes were annoying and almost on my last nerve by the time it seemed he turned it around.
I was still sure that he was innocent. So, when everyone began refusing to talk about what actually happened I became intensely curious. What could there really be to hide when your reputation and very life were on the line?
The Art of Theft was almost breakneck pace and fraught with tension. In contrast, Murder on Cold Street feels more intimate, building relationships, and less plot tension.
Murder on Cold Street definitely feels like a build-up book, it’s putting everyone in place, getting these beloved characters in sync, and – for me – that brings a huge sense of foreboding. I feel like it’s building to some really bad stuff happening.
What I loved intensely in this book is the relationship changes between Charlotte and Lord Ingram, in particular. Choices made and how that actually affects the landscape of their interactions is *chefs kiss*.
I’ve also come to expect a certain level of explicitness in regards to societal issues that are often much less explicitly confronted in other media. Sherry Thomas continues to not pull punches, examining things that are as relevant today as they were in the time these books are placed. I appreciate so much the way these are confronted by the characters not only in the context of the world, but in their own minds.
This series continues to be a favorite, and now I desperately want to read book six, Miss Moriarty, I Presume? And that title has me very intrigued!!