Ooh, this is right up my alley. I adore Sherlock Holmes and Victorian murders, and I found the demo greatly enjoyable. Some small issues I have with it:
It would be wonderful if each of the romance options was gender selectable - for now, even if one picks the “men and women” option, the characters’ genders are predetermined, and I also think that even if someone were to play a character exclusively attracted to men or women, they should still have the option to prevent a “harem”.
I know the character creator was optional, but I still wished it had been implemented in a smoother, more organic way, if eye colour or facial features were to come up in a particular scene.
Lestrade referring to the MC as “Sherlock” broke the immersion for me - first names were usually reserved for family members, very close friends, or “social inferiors” such as some servants among the Victorian middle classes.
Another tidbit that pulled me out of the game was how… respectful the police was, I guess? Obviously, I’m not saying they should display period-typical attitudes like, say, unconcealed scorn for the “working girl witness”, but offering witnesses shock blankets was definitely not a fixture of the London police in the late 19th century, and this scene just felt lifted from the BBC show.
Aside from these slight complaints, I think the demo has great potential, and I eagerly await the next update
Regarding the other questions, I would definitely appreciate some nods to Victorian sexism, homophobia, and other unpleasant societal issues - obviously, you’re not obliged to implement them, but removing them from a society as divided and class-oriented as that of Victorian England would, again, break the immersion for me.
So yes, LGBT characters probably being closeted to most people they know, but also the fact that a female detective would raise some eyebrows and that a middle-class man and woman who weren’t closely related or married sharing a room being seen as scandalous.