It’s Elementary My Dear Winifred by Miss Mae
Publisher: Class Act Books
Genre: Mystery, Historical
Length: Full (174 pages)
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Orange Blossom
Schoolmarm Winifred Merryweather guards her identity as the daughter of one of London's most notorious villains. To separate her life from his, she spends her lonely existence with her cat, Theodore, and meets twice monthly at the estate of Lord Nelson Chatham. Losing herself in the pages of a mystery story shivers Winifred's spine – until the day that she’s forced to live through one.
Kidnapped and thrown together into a chaotic adventure, newspaper reporter Remington Hawthorne’s flirtatious charm thaws Winifred’s icy reserve. But can they uncover the meaning of the clues and survive before the tale reaches the page that reads, The End?
If you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes & Professor Moriarty then you can't miss this book. It should be just your cup of tea.
Miss Mae certainly knows how to spin a mystery and drop the clues in exactly the right place at the right time. Outstanding! She throws you directly into the story and before you can catch your breath you're introduced to the hero as he works with the heroine to figure out what's happened to them.
The author's prose is engaging from the first page to the last. It's a real whodunit right from page one. None of the characters know what is going on so the reader is encouraged to come along for the ride as the heroine tries to sort it out.
Winifred really is delightful and Remington dashing. Their interaction is thrilling as you go along to solve the mystery and see if these two will end up together at the conclusion.
I am a total Sherlock Holmes fan and I love that he is referred to as a living person just as Dr. Watson wrote about him. Wait until you find out a certain secret about them. Don't look at me. I'm not telling.
My one complaint is that it seemed as if the hero and heroine fell in love a bit too fast. Almost like love at first sight but not quite. Because the book takes place over such a short period of time there was no build up to the romance. It is a Sherlock Holmes type mystery told in great style. There are several romantic threads, but the mystery was first and foremost.
All the characters are so distinct. I could almost hear the intonation of their voices. I definitely had a visual in my head from the word picture presented by the author. Miss Mae is definitely becoming one of my MUST READ authors. The whole thing was like one of those fun houses at the circus except it wasn't so fun for the characters as doors slide shut, rooms disappear, etc, etc... Who knows what puzzle they’ll have to solve to move on to the conclusion?
Absolutely charming. A must read.