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A Study in Silks

Holloway, Emma Jane (Book - 2013)
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A Study in Silks
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Evelina Cooper, the niece of the great Sherlock Holmes, is poised to enjoy her first Season in London Society. But there's a murderer to deal with, not to mention missing automatons, a sorcerer, and a talking mouse. In a Victorian era ruled by a council of ruthless steam barons, mechanical power is the real monarch and sorcery the demon enemy of the Empire. Nevertheless, the most coveted weapon is magic that can run machines -- something Evelina has secretly mastered. But rather than making her fortune, her special talents could mean death or an eternity as a guest of Her Majesty's secret laboratories. What's a polite young lady to do but mind her manners and pray she's never found out?
Authors: Holloway, Emma Jane
Title: A study in silks
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Del Rey, 2013
Edition: Dell Rey mass market ed
Characteristics: 549 p. ;,18 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Emma Jane Holloway
Summary: Evelina Cooper, the niece of the great Sherlock Holmes, is poised to enjoy her first Season in London Society. But there's a murderer to deal with, not to mention missing automatons, a sorcerer, and a talking mouse. In a Victorian era ruled by a council of ruthless steam barons, mechanical power is the real monarch and sorcery the demon enemy of the Empire. Nevertheless, the most coveted weapon is magic that can run machines -- something Evelina has secretly mastered. But rather than making her fortune, her special talents could mean death or an eternity as a guest of Her Majesty's secret laboratories. What's a polite young lady to do but mind her manners and pray she's never found out?
ISBN: 9780345537188
0345537181
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY HOLLOWAY 2013
Subject Headings: Magic Fiction Murder Fiction Great Britain History 19th century Fiction
Genre/Form: Detective and mystery stories
Steampunk fiction
Mystery fiction
Topical Term: Magic
Murder
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Evelina Cooper, the niece of the great Sherlock Holmes, is poised to enjoy her first Season in London Society. But there's a murderer to deal with, not to mention missing automatons, a sorcerer, and a talking mouse.


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Sep 27, 2014
  • sbryant124 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Book would have been better with some ruthless editing. It was far too long with nothing much happening.

Really? This idea is so old and it has already been perfectly executed elsewhere; anyone remember The Adventures of Shirley Holmes? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Adventures_of_Shirley_Holmes
They are still watching it in Kenya!

I havn't read this book, and I'm not a fan of steam punk, but I can't imagine it's better than Shirley Holmes.

Oct 28, 2013
  • emerge rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This an inventive, entertaining read for fans of steampunk. Evie is a smart, progressive woman for her time & niece to Sherlock Holmes. The plot is complex, full of great characters & all the cool gizmos you'd expect from a book in this genre. I'm particularly fond of Mouse & Bird, her tiny mechanical sidekicks.
It takes a little time to get going as the author introduces a raft of characters & builds her world but hang in there.
I have read the second one, A Study In Darkness, and it's even better so now I'm waiting for the third in this entertaining, well written trilogy.

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