by Leah Scheier
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. (Description from Amazon.com)
I really enjoyed this historical mystery. Dora has characteristics that make her very similar to her father, Sherlock Holmes, his analytic mind, an astute observational sense... but, she's much easier to relate to as a main character. She's charmingly flawed, but still smart. I loved her interactions with the other investigators she meets and watching her walk the line between her station and the career path she'd like to pursue. I hope that more books come out featuring Dora. I'm sure other historical mystery fans (those that like Y.S. Lee's books, especially) will also enjoy this one.
Full disclosure: Borrowed from my Library