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The Missing Maid, by Holly Hepburn

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Harriet ‘Harry’ White is demoted to a role in the post room where she has to respond to letters addressedto Sherlock Holmes. Most letters are met with polite declines of further involvement but one catches Harry’s eye and she decides to investigate…
The Missing Maid is the first book in a new series of amateur sleuth mysteries set in the 1930s.
Mildred Longstaff’s family are concerned when she is accused of theft and dismissed from her position as a maid with a prominent London family. Now she is missing and Harry accepts the request for Sherlock Holmes to investigate. Except Sherlock is a fictional character so she is the one investigating!
Poor Harry is sexually harrassed by her boss and then demoted when she refuses his advances. She comes from a good family so has many opportunities in life and this is demonstrated when she decides to investigate the maid’s disappearance. Harry is smart and resourceful with quite a modern outlook on life.
I liked the premise of this book and the 1930s class and gender details that constrain the characters felt authentic and well researched. The pace of the mystery was just right in balance with the introduction to Harriet and there is a light tone despite some big topics being covered (e.g. sexual harrassment, shoplifting).
The Missing Maid is an enjoyable mystery with an easy to like main character and I look forward to seeing what happens to Harry next.

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The Missing Maid
London, 1932.
When Harriet White rebuffs the advances of her boss at the Baker Street building society where she works, she finds herself demoted to a new position… a very unusual position. Deep in the postal department beneath the bank, she is tasked with working her way through a mountain of correspondence addressed to Baker Street’s most famous resident: Mr Sherlock Holmes.
Seemingly undeterred by the fact that Sherlock Holmes doesn’t exist, letter after letter arrives, beseeching him to help solve mysteries, and Harry diligently replies to each writer with the same response: Mr Holmes has retired from detective work and now lives in Sussex, keeping bees.
Until one entreaty catches her eye. It’s from a village around five miles from Harry’s family estate, about a young woman who went to London to work as a domestic, then disappeared soon afterwards in strange circumstances. Intrigued, Harry decides, just this once, to take matters into her own hands.
And so, the case of the missing maid is opened…
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Author Bio –
Holly Hepburn has wanted to write books for as long she can remember but she was too scared to try. One day she decided to be brave and dipped a toe into the bubble bath of romantic fiction with her first novella, Cupidity, and she’s never looked back. She often tries to be funny to be funny, except for when faced with traffic wardens and border control staff. Her favourite things are making people smile and Aidan Turner.
She’s tried many jobs over the years, from barmaid to market researcher and she even had a brief flirtation with modelling. These days she is mostly found writing.
She lives near London with her grey tabby cat, Portia. They both have an unhealthy obsession with Marmite.
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