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A Study in Silks

Holloway, Emma Jane (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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
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: 9780345545640
9780345537188
0345537181
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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.

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  • 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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