The Clockwork Scarab: A Stoker & Holmes Novel

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Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes never meant to get into the family business. But when you're the sister of Bram and the niece of Sherlock, vampire hunting and mystery solving are in your blood, so to speak. And when two young society girls disappear?one dead, one missing?there's no one more qualified to investigate. Now fierce Evaline and logical Mina must resolve their rivalry, navigate the advances of not just one but three mysterious gentlemen, and solve a murder with only one clue: a strange Egyptian scarab. ...
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The Clockwork Scarab (Stoker and Holmes Series #1)

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Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes never meant to get into the family business. But when you're the sister of Bram and the niece of Sherlock, vampire hunting and mystery solving are in your blood, so to speak. And when two young society girls disappear—one dead, one missing—there's no one more qualified to investigate. Now fierce Evaline and logical Mina must resolve their rivalry, navigate the advances of not just one but three mysterious gentlemen, and solve a murder with only one clue: a strange Egyptian scarab. The pressure is on and the stakes are high—if Stoker and Holmes don't figure out why London's finest sixteen-year-old women are in danger, they'll become the next victims.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Adult author Gleason (the Gardella Vampire Chronicles) brings the same penchant for mixing the historical, paranormal, and romantic to this first book in the Stoker & Holmes series. The narrative switches between two young women living in 1889 London: observant and cerebral Alvermina Holmes (she goes by Mina for obvious reasons), the niece of Sherlock Holmes; and Evaline Stoker, the headstrong (and physically strong) younger sister to Bram, and member of a proud line of vampire hunters. The girls’ differing temperaments make for some bristly interactions as they investigate the connection between the disappearance of a young woman and several recent murders. Gleason’s premise should be “too much”—in addition to the literary conceit involving the Holmes and Stoker families, the story rapidly expands to include steampunk, alternate history, time travel, and Egyptian mythology—and yet it all works. Few answers are offered in this outing, but the author’s writing exudes energy, romance, and humor, and she gives her heroines strong, vibrant personalities as they puzzle out the expansive mystery unfolding before them. Ages 12–up. Agent: Maura Kye-Casella, Don Congdon Associates. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
"Colleen Gleason manages to twine together steampunk, Holmesian mystery, Egyptian mythology, and even time travel into a seamless and fun read."—Leah Cypess, author of Nightspell

"Charming, addicting, and oh-so-much-fun! I absolutely couldn't put it down!"-Kristi Cook, author of Haven

"A captivating, amusing crossover tale."—Library Media Connection

School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—This book has it all: plot, setting, character development. An alternate, steampunk version of 19th-century London is the setting for this first title of a proposed series. Reluctantly at first, Mina Holmes, the teenage niece of Sherlock Holmes, and Evaline Stoker, the teenage sister of Bram Stoker, combine their sleuthing and hand-to-hand combat talents to find out why society girls are turning up dead. As the pair infiltrates opium dens, pubs, society balls, and seedy criminal lairs, they discover that a secret society based on Egyptology is at the heart of the bad business. As the teens get closer to the truth, they get closer to being counted among those killed. Holmes, highly logical and serious, comes across as aloof, even a bit of a snob. However, readers come to discover that she uses her snobbishness as protection. At heart, she is insecure about her looks and worries about what guys think of her. Stoker, a pretty and vivacious vampire hunter, is brave and strong, but she, too, has her vulnerabilities. Throughout their adventure, they have the help (and admiration) of mysterious, possibly criminal, Pix; intelligent Inspector Grayling; and accidental time-traveler Dylan. Sherlock Holmes and Bram Stoker add familiar excitement with their cameo appearances. All in all, the vivid setting and the finely drawn, compelling heroines make this a fine choice for readers who like their stories with steampunk spice and smart, strong women.—Jennifer Prince, Buncombe County Public Libraries, NC
Kirkus Reviews
A vampire slayer and a great detective (-in-training) fight baddies in a steam-powered London. Alvermina "Mina" Holmes is thrilled when she's invited to a secret rendezvous at the British Museum; she'll finally prove herself a fitting successor to her famous uncle Sherlock. The mystery she finds is every bit as fascinating as she could have hoped: bloody murders, a secret society, even a time traveler. Along with pesky vampire slayer Evaline Stoker, Mina investigates the mysterious Society of Sekhmet. Mina deduces, while Evaline (ever ladylike in her split skirts) does violence to their enemies. Between attacking villains and questioning her own prowess, elegant Evaline develops warm feelings for a common thief named Pix. Meanwhile, Mina is troubled by her attraction to the almost-as-clever-as-she-is Inspector Grayling. Some elements fall flat: The time traveler's Nikes and "egg mick-muffins" clash with the tone, and Pix's over-the-top guttersnipe dialect--"No' all of 'em 're true"--is pure distraction. Nonetheless, the budding friendship between the bickering girls brings heart into this gadget-laden mystery. While Pix and Inspector Grayling will clearly provide romantic interest in forthcoming volumes, it's the snarky bromance between Stoker and Holmes that stands out. The mishmash of popular tropes (steampunk! vampires! Sherlock Holmes!) will bring readers in, but it's the friendship between the two girls that will keep them. (Steampunk/mystery. 12-16)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452128733
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 10/7/2014
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 144,262
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 880L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Colleen Gleason
Colleen Gleason is the author of the Gardella Vampire Chronicles, a paranormal romance series, and the Regency Draculia, a postapocalyptic romance series. Stoker & Holmes is her first series for young adults. She lives in Michigan.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2014

    Two young women who happens to be related to two famous people i

    Two young women who happens to be related to two famous people in history. Did you figure it out? Hint, read the book cover. Steam punk at its best with the flair of the past of dreary. Quirky, fun and exciting read. Mina Holmes and Evaline Stoker merged their talents and by doing so this story delightfully entertained you. Here you have two polar opposites but they complement each other when they are on the hunt for answers. I was thrown through the travel of time unraveling things that was shelved ions ago. The characters were so believable and downright compelling. Historically accurate, eye opening events. Solve a murder with only one clue; a strange Egyptian scarab. The pressure is on as stated in the book. This part I found funny and there were many but this one stood out, Dylan said, "Stoker? As in . . . Bram Stoker? Didn't he write Dracula?" Evaline Stoker, her eyes widened. "He is writing a book. About a vampire. Do you mean to say you know the book? From your time?" "Oh, um . . .crap." Hey even Scooby -Doo was mentioned in this story. All in all, very good, lessons of sleuth investigations, crushes, and their human sides. There is more to the story but I'll leave it for you to read the book. You should get it I know you will be entertained because I certainly was. The author's writing style caused my anxious mind to prematurely guess the outcome and that took someone who has the talent of distinctive writing. I won this book on Goodreads First Read Giveaway. Thank you, Darlene Cruz

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