"Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Brash Blonde" is the first book in the Marty Hudson Mystery series. It stars Martha "Marty" Hudson, a poor barista who has trouble making ends meets, until her long-lost aunt leaves her a Victorian house. With things starting to look up for Marty, she’s happy until finds out her aunt’s death might not have been so natural at all.
This cozy mystery book had a slight dry start for me. I wasn’t totally in love with it, but once I passed chapter two, things started to improve and pick up.
Marty was a very independent character, which was the one thing I really liked about her. She was barely getting by, but she never thought of giving up. Some of the other characters were very delightful, while others were slightly forgettable.
The mystery itself was really fun, and compelling. I sort of guessed the ending before the end of the book, which wasn’t in this case because it was just a really good guess. I didn’t get much of a Sherlock Holmes vibe either, but that didn’t bother me at all.
Overall, this was a good start to a new cozy series. It had great characters, a gripping mystery, an interesting supporting cast, and a really cool setting.
From New York Times, USA Today and #1 Kindle bestselling author Gemma Halliday comes a modern new take on the legend of Sherlock Holmes...
Martha "Marty" Hudson has it all...almost. While her best friend, Irene Adler, is a dot-com millionaire many times over, Marty's days are filled with working as a barista at a Stanford University coffee bar, crashing various courses and lectures, and dodging the rent collector at her crummy apartment. But when Marty suddenly finds out that a long-lost aunt has left her a Victorian home at 221 Baker Street in the heart of San Francisco, she's hopeful her luck is about to turn around! Okay, so the Victorian is run down and probably in need of more repairs than Marty could ever afford, but at least it's a link to family. However when Marty starts sifting through the contents of the dilapidated home, she realizes her aunt's death may not have been natural...and might have been a case of murder! Taking her suspicions to the grumpy Detective Lastrade and the uber-hot medical examiner, Dr. John Watson, only gets her a pair of doors slammed in her face. But Marty and Irene don't give up that easily. Instead, they invent fictitious private investigator, Sherlock Holmes, to open those doors for them! Between Marty's eclectic class-crashing knowledge and Irene's tech know-how, "Sherlock Holmes" investigates an over-the-hill yoga teacher, mob shops in Chinatown, pot dispensaries in the East Bay, and a slew of suspicious characters. But when the killer returns—this time with Marty in sight!—even the great Holmes may not be able to save her...at least not without a little help from the girls.