Friday, April 25, 2014

A Study In Silks by Emma Jane Holloway

A coworker recommended A Study In Silks to me. She knows I love steampunk. While this was a mystery (one of my least favorite genres), I did enjoy A Study In Silks.

Evelina Cooper has finally found a place in Society. The niece of Sherlock Holmes and the bastard daughter of a member of the ton and a solider, Evelina hasn't always been living in luxury. Her grandmother, Sherlock Holmes' mother, retrieved her from the circus many years ago. Evelina's friendship with Imogene Bancroft has helped her tremendously. Now as the two girls start their Season, a murder occurs in the Bancroft household. Evelina decides she's going to channel her famous uncle and solve the case.

I really liked Evelina. She's smart, got a level head, and knows when to rely on her friends. She's also got some magic flowing through her blood. Plus she enjoys tinkering her mechanical trinkets. I enjoyed learning about her and the London she inhabits. Her friend, Imogene, is a sweetheart and tries to help Evelina where she can. Of course there's some romance in it. I favored Tobias over Nick but both have their redeeming qualities. I really enjoyed the villain. He reminded me of those old time villains who tied up women to railroad tracks.

A Study In Silks was a great first book in a series. I look forward to reading the rest of the series. Others who shared their thoughts on A Study In Silks: Fangs For Fantasy, Parajunkee, and Ageless Pages Review.

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