The Cat of the Baskervilles

The Cat of the Baskervilles - Vicki Delany When the West London Theater Festival decides to put on a production of The Hound of the Baskervilles and casts well-known British actor Sir Nigel Bellingham to play Holmes. No one is more excited then Gemma Doyle co-owner of The Sherlock Emporium and Mrs. Hudson's Tea Shop. Not everyone is happy about the casting of Nigel because of his being past his prime and his drinking problem that makes him difficult to work with. All of that quickly becomes a moot point when he is found dead at the bottom of a cliff after an afternoon tea catered by Gemma and her business partner Jayne Wilson. Understudy Eddie Baker steps into the role, and is wooing Jayne on the side. Jayne is preoccupied by the fact that her mother Leslie has a secret to hide and is being questioned by the police. With the police only focusing on Leslie for Nigel's death Gemma with the help of Jayne is determined to uncover the real culprit. Also while trying to solve the murder Gemma is dealing with her feelings toward former love, Detective Ryan Ashburton, while being pursued by close friend and fellow book aficionado, Grant. This is a mystery with enough suspects and red herrings to keep the reader guessing until the solution is revealed at the end, along with a nice touch of humor and the ever present romance, makes a good combination for a very enjoyable story. I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley and Crooked Lane Books.