Baskerville Affair #1
by: Emma Jane Holloway
$7.99 mass market paperback
Del Ray Spectra Books
Historical Fantasy / Steampunk
Released: October 2013
On the cusp of her first Season, Evelina must not only navigate balls and drawing rooms, but secrets that, if exposed, will see her cast out and possibly executed. For her blood harbors magic, which is illegal to wield. The ruthless Steam Barons rule all of London with an iron fist, and won't allow anything to get in the way of their profits.
Staying with a childhood friend, Evelina is shocked to come across a specter of her past, a man she grew up with and loved as a child, but was forced to turn away from in order to keep him safe. On the heels of her turbulent emotional reunion is a murder most foul--a servant found dead in the house. While the family rushes to keep the news from spreading, Evelina jumps at the chance to put her detective skills to the test. She is the niece of the great Sherlock Holmes, after all. But there are those that don't want the murder solved, nor do they want to run the risk of the great detective himself joining the case. Joining forces with her friend's older brother, together they search for clues to solve this heinous crime, all the while denying the feelings that are starting to bloom between them.
What's a young lady to do but follow her instincts, and hope her heart will make the right choice between the two men who both mean the world to her.
I would have to say that if anyone is wanting to dabble in the steampunk genre, this book would be an excellent place to start. It embraces the spirit of steampunk without overwhelming the reader with too many fancy new terms. This book is more to do with solving mysteries and navigating the choppy waters that a Season in London entails. I found myself swept into the story from the very beginning, and sailed with Evelina through the preparations for her first Season. It gave me a better idea of what young women went through. But that's not all this book was about, not by a long shot. There's also a beautifully woven intricate web of treachery, betrayal and murder that puts Evelina's detective skills to the test. I loved seeing her uncle, Sherlock Holmes, as a secondary character in this book. It was fun to see his deduction skills in action. All in all, this was a wonderful first book to what I'm pretty sure will be an amazing series, full of twists and turns and surprises I never saw coming.
Carla gives this book a