September 24, 2013

A Study in Silks by Emma Jane HollowayEvelina 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.  

astudyinsilks2In 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?

But then there’s that murder. As Sherlock Holmes’s niece, Evelina should be able to find the answers, but she has a lot to learn. And the first decision she has to make is whether to trust the handsome, clever rake who makes her breath come faster, or the dashing trick rider who would dare anything for her if she would only just ask.

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Much like her uncle, Sherlock Holmes, Evelina is one very smart and canny young woman. Her only problem is being stuck in a world where her brains and abilities are more likely to get her condemned than complimented. I love how she maneuvers herself in this world of men with poise and grace, yet she never hesitates to get her hands dirty when the need arises. At the moment, she may be a little battered and bruised emotionally, but I have no doubt she will continue to fight just as hard and smart to right whatever wrongs are coming her way.

Lototy

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