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The Game is a Footnote: 02/10/23
The Game is a Footnote by Vicki Delany (2023) is the eighth book in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery series. Someone is haunting the Scarlet House and after Gemma is reluctantly brought on board to investigate, the historical society's vet dies under suspicious circumstances.
Scarlet House's main problem isn't a supernatural one. It's a financial one. The historical society which owns and runs the house has suffered an income shortfall during the COVID years. Now there is talk among some of the board members to sell the home to save the society.
I am currently on a board of a similar scale nonprofit — except we don't even own the building we use. COVID has been brutal financially to us as well, so the set up to this book rings true.
It's also clear that the "ghost" is looking for something. What's missing or hidden is a big part of the mystery, and remains unspoken until the back third of the book. Gemma, of course, puts it together and if you're an observant reader, you might too. The MacGuffin for this book makes it thematically similar to another mystery I recently finished, The Ghost and the Stolen Tears by Cleo Coyle (2022).