Friday, June 22, 2012

Friday Memes: Secret Letters by Leah Scheier

Happy Friday everybody!!
Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Rose City Reader. The Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice. Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week.

Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

Secret Letters by Leah Scheier has reached the top of my review stack. I got this one from Disney Hyperion via NetGalley. I was intrigued by the Sherlock Holmes connection. Here is the description:
Inquisitive and observant, Dora dreams of escaping her aristocratic country life to solve mysteries alongside Sherlock Holmes. So when she learns that the legendary detective might be her biological father, Dora jumps on the opportunity to travel to London and enlist his help in solving the mystery of her cousin’s ransomed love letters. But Dora arrives in London to devastating news: Sherlock Holmes is dead. Her dreams dashed, Dora is left to rely on her wits—and the assistance of an attractive yet enigmatic young detective—to save her cousin’s reputation and help rescue a kidnapped heiress along the way.

Steeped in Victorian atmosphere and intrigue, this gripping novel heralds the arrival of a fresh new voice in young adult literature. 

Cousin Adelaide and I were traveling to London to choose from the latest fashions of the season.
Friday 56:
"One more thing," remarked Cartwright as Lord Hartfield gathered his cloak and hat. "It would be helpful if you could send us the names of your household staff, along with their dates of hire, agency, or reference. And also, please leave your daughter's portrait behind."
What I have read so far makes me very glad to be living in the 21st Century. I would hate to be bound by the restrictions Victorian women faced. I can clearly understand Dora's frustration with the limitations society places on her.


  1. Sounds like a good book. I'll look out for it!

  2. I really love the sound of this book and put it on my wishlist when I saw it earlier! It sounds like a fun read

    Here's my Friday Meme Post

  3. leave my daughter portrait behind. I don't think so... I like the book cover and title.

  4. The Friday 56 sounds like a typical dialogue in a mystery like this. In fact, it's a necessary dialogue.

    Here's my Book Beginnings.

  5. Hard to fathom Sherlock Holmes being dead. I mean he's been around forever and hasn't died yet...

  6. It's Like Laurie King's Mary Russell series, but with Sherlock's daughter instead of young wife. Interesting.


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