Set against the background of 1930s England, Jewel of the Thames introduces Portia Adams, a budding detective with an interesting — and somewhat mysterious — heritage.
Nineteen-year-old Portia Adams has always been inquisitive. There’s nothing she likes better than working her way through a mystery. When her mother dies, Portia puzzles over why she was left in the care of the extravagant Mrs. Jones but doesn’t have long to dwell on it before she is promptly whisked from Toronto to London by her new guardian. Once there Portia discovers that she has inherited 221 Baker Street — the former offices of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.
Portia settles into her new home and gets to know her downstairs tenants, including the handsome and charming Brian Dawes. She also finds herself entangled in three cases: the first involving stolen jewelry, the second a sick judge and the final case revolving around a kidnapped child. But the greatest mystery of all is her own. How did she come to inherit this townhouse? And why did her mother keep her heritage from her? Portia has a feeling Mrs. Jones knows more than she is letting on. In fact, she thinks her new guardian may be the biggest clue of all.
JEWEL OF THE THAMES is the first book in Angela Misri’s Portia Adams Adventures series. Mystery isn’t a genre I usually gravitate towards nor do I watch the new Sherlock Holmes series that everyone is talking about. I have a mind to tweak my reading/TV schedule though after reading this book.
It’s the 1930’s and Portia Adams loses her mother. A mysterious woman, now her guardian, takes her from Canada to London where her world is turned upside down when she learns who her grandfather is. I don’t want to say more because I don’t want the surprise – you’ll just have to read the book.
I wholly recommend this book. Not only is it an easy read that flows well, but the cast of characters really help bring the story alive, starting with the witty Portia. I really love the character and cannot wait for the adventure to continue because, in my opinion, she is the true jewel of the book. She’s a smart character and thinking back, I don’t remember if she was a pretty character. It doesn’t matter. I’m tired of beautiful princess types on the pages of my books. Portia has a brain and knows how to use it. I think girls of different ages should read it and I know they’d enjoy it.
Many thanks to Colleen from Fierce Ink Press Co-op Ltd for contacting me about the blog tour and sending me the book in exchange for my honest review.