Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Review: A Study in Darkness by Emma Jane Holloway

A Study in Darkness
Baskerville Affair #2
by: Emma Jane Holloway
$7.99 mass market paperback
Del Ray Publishing
Historical Fantasy / Steampunk
Released: October 2013

When a bomb goes off at 221B Baker Street, Evelina Cooper is thrown into her uncle Sherlock’s world of mystery and murder. But just when she thought it was safe to return to the ballroom, old, new, and even dead enemies are clamoring for a place on her dance card.

Before Evelina’s even unpacked her gowns for a country house party, an indiscretion puts her in the power of the ruthless Gold King, who recruits her as his spy. He knows her disreputable past and exiles her to the rank alleyways of Whitechapel with orders to unmask his foe.

As danger mounts, Evelina struggles between hiding her illegal magic and succumbing to the darker aspects of her power. One path keeps her secure; the other keeps her alive. For rebellion is brewing, a sorcerer wants her soul, and no one can protect her in the hunting grounds of Jack the Ripper.

In the second book of the series we find Evelina up to her eyeballs in mystery and danger once again.  This time though, she is facing danger all on her own.  This is such a great series because the plots are so complex and harrowing, and you never know what's around the bend.  With most books, you can kind of guess where the story's going, or who the bad guy is.  That is not the case in these books.  The plots and mystery keep you turning the pages until the end, wondering who will reveal themselves as the monster this time.  This book follows not only Evelina, but a whole host of secondary characters that have a voice as well.  In the first book, it was a bit overwhelming trying to learn all the characters and keep their path in mind, since all the characters' stories are interwoven together.  If you're looking for a great in-depth mystery series with a touch of steampunk and magic, this is a great series for you to try.

Carla gives this book a


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