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Comparing Covers #42: A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

by Aleen @ Lampshade Reader
by Sherry Thomas

Welcome to Comparing Covers where I showcase a book title that has multiple covers; from first editions, re-releases, and international releases.


For me, 2019 has been the year of mysteries and suspense. Of note, Sherlock Holmes variations have been the highlight for me. The Lady Sherlock series by Sherry Thomas is an interesting take on Sherlock. Actually making him female instead of male, and Watson female as well. It’s such a fun series that I’ve been sort of binge reading/listening to via audiobook. On this Comparing Covers, I’m featuring the first book in the series, A Study in Scarlet Women.


With her inquisitive mind, Charlotte Holmes has never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of the fairer sex in upper class society. But even she never thought that she would become a social pariah, an outcast fending for herself on the mean streets of London.

When the city is struck by a trio of unexpected deaths and suspicion falls on her sister and her father, Charlotte is desperate to find the true culprits and clear the family name. She’ll have help from friends new and old—a kind-hearted widow, a police inspector, and a man who has long loved her. But in the end, it will be up to Charlotte, under the assumed name Sherlock Holmes, to challenge society’s expectations and match wits against an unseen mastermind.


a study in scarlet women paperback

Paperback Edition

a study in scarlet women kindle

Kindle Edition

a study in scarlet women hardcover large print

Hardcover Large Print Edition












a study in scarlet women chinese

Chinese Edition


I’m really partial to the paperback edition, although the Chinese edition captures the theme very well too.


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Which cover of A Study in Scarlet Women did you vote for and why?


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Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

I always enjoy this feature, Aleen. 🙂 I actually like all of the different editions this time (a first, I think!) but the paperback version is probably my favorite.


I went with the paperback edition – that’s the cover I have and I just really like it. I still need to read the book though! LOL



I love the english editions, those are so pretty


I like the first one best, though the Chinese is a close second. I think the scale and composition is what is working for me with both those covers.


Oooh this one is tough! I would like the Chinese edition best, but she isn’t wearing red? Because of that I have to go with the paperback version.

Mary Kirkland

I like the paperback edition most.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

I like the Kindle edition. I have the paperback cover on Audible but I love the red outfit and seeing her face.

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