Secret Letters 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."- summary from Amazon
I will say I was a bit apprehensive when starting this book because I'm not much of a fan of historical fiction. Then when I started reading, I wasn't totally into the story and considered putting it down. But I kept on plugging and REALLY got into it, having trouble putting it down.
I really enjoyed reading Dora's journey as an amateur detective and seeing her relationship develop with Peter. I LOVED Peter as a romantic interest and Scheier did a great job providing depth to the characters and their backstories that caused obstacles on their path to each other. This was not a insta-love, they're together right away type of situation.
The mysteries were fantastic and the twists and turns were great and paced well. Dora is a well-rounded character too- she is both sassy and reserved and it made her so realistic. She's not afraid to break expectations and rules, but she does keep them in mind at times.
Overall, a really great book and I'd love to see more of these characters or, if not, just another novel from Scheier. She's a writer to keep your eye on!
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