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Reviewed by Peggy Jo Wipf for Readers' Favorite
A Study in Murder brings a lot to the table as this husband and wife team displays their different writing styles and narrations within this novel. As Debra Snow gives a voice to Sheryl Homes, you'll find her character creative, inquisitive, and aggressive. Author Arjay Lewis reveals his character, Mark Watkins, as lonely, resourceful, and protective. Together Homes and Watkins make a great team as detectives, but they really don't have a choice as they are being framed for murder. As someone kills more people, the evidence keeps piling up. Will they uncover the true killer before the Sherlock Holmes Conference has ended and the many suspects go their separate ways? Will the attraction they are both experiencing come to light, though they are both feeling unsure of themselves in a relationship?
Debra Snow and Arjay Lewis make an exceptional writing team. A Study in Murder keeps with the spirit and mystique of the Sherlock Holmes series written by Conan Doyle. The humorous play on words of the characters' last names adds a unique twist throughout this novel. There is a depth within the narrative as the reader sees a blend of both the male and female writing tone when Sheryl Homes tells her side and Mark Watkins recounts his. Homes is the more dominant one here, as is Sherlock in the original books. Expect many twists and deductions because these Sherlock Holmes writers are excellent students of the beloved detective. I highly recommend this well-written mysterious romance and look forward to reading more from this writing team.