A Study in Silks (Baskerville Affair Series #1)

A Study in Silks (Baskerville Affair Series #1)

by Emma Jane Holloway
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A Study in Silks (Baskerville Affair Series #1) by Emma Jane Holloway

Evelina 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.
In 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.

Praise for A Study in Silks
“This book has just about everything: magic, machines, mystery, mayhem, and all the danger one expects when people’s loves and fears collide. I can’t wait to return to the world of Evelina Cooper!”—Kevin Hearne, New York Times bestselling author of The Iron Druid Chronicles
“As Sherlock Holmes’s niece, investigating murder while navigating the complicated shoals of Society—and romance—in an alternate Victorian England, Evelina Cooper is a charming addition to the canon.”—Jacqueline Carey, New York Times bestselling author of the Kushiel’s Legacy series
“Holloway takes us for quite a ride, as her plot snakes through an alternate Victorian England full of intrigue, romance, murder, and tiny sandwiches. Full of both thrills and frills.”—Nicole Peeler, author of the Jane True series
A Study in Silks is a charming, adventurous ride with a heroine who is both clever and talented. The brushes with the Sherlock Holmes mythos only add to the fun of this tale, and readers are bound to fall in love with Evelina and the London she inhabits.”—Philippa Ballantine, author of Geist
“In A Study in Silks, Emma Jane Holloway has created a wonderful reimagining of the Sherlock Holmes mythos set in a late-Victorian Britain ruled by nefarious industrial titans called steam barons. Holloway’s clever writing, attention to detail, and sublime characters forge a fascinating world that combines brass-plated steampunk technology with magic. By turns a coming-of-age story, a gas-lamp thriller, and a whimsical magical fantasy, A Study in Silks is the premiere novel of an author to watch.”—Susan Griffith, author of the Vampire Empire series
“Holloway stuffs her adventure with an abundance of characters and ideas and fills her heroine with talents and graces, all within a fun, brisk narrative.”Publishers Weekly
“Splendid . . . The characters are thoroughly charming and the worldbuilding is first-rate.”RT Book Reviews (four stars)

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345545640
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/24/2013
Series: Baskerville Affair Series , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 79,599
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Ever since childhood, Emma Jane Holloway refused to accept that history was nothing but facts imprisoned behind the closed door of time. Why waste a perfectly good playground coloring within the time lines? Accordingly, her novels are filled with whimsical impossibilities and the occasional eye-blinking impertinence—but always in the service of grand adventure.
An award-winning author of both historical and urban-fantasy romance, Holloway has an honors degree in English literature. Writing as Sharon Ashwood, she won the RITA award for paranormal romance for the third book of her Dark Forgotten series. She lives in the Pacific Northwest and is owned by the Demon Lord of Kitty Badness.

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A Study in Silks 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I admit, I was hesitant to pick up what the description implied was essentially Sherlock Holmes fan-fiction. I am glad I did, however. While Sherlock does pop in every now and then the story is entirely Evelina's. The steampunk and magic elements really lend themselves to the plot favorably and I quite enjoyed working out the various twists and turns they threw in. It is well written and the characters develop wonderfully and in sometimes unexpected ways. For me the ability of a novel to surprise me is something I value. No, this isn't a piece of literary history that will change your world, but reading for pleasure isn't about that. I definitely recommend this.
Berls More than 1 year ago
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Wow. A Study in Silks took me FOREVER to read! I started it April 21, shortly after y'all selected it for My TBR List, and didn't finish until May 24 (meaning I didn't get it read in time for my TBR List Review). That's probably the longest it's taken me to read a book in years - but here's the thing: I never wanted to quit reading it. A Study in Silks had great characters, a compelling plot, and a solid mystery. It just came at a point in my life where I fell asleep every time I tried to read. Bad luck:/  I'm particularly interested in the world Emma Jane Holloway created in A Study in Silks. It's very steam punk - filled with mechanical devices of all kinds - but it also has this fascinating magical element that is very different from anything I've read. There's these nature spirits -air, earth, plant, etc- called devas and it's a magic users connection with them (I think) that gives them power. I would have liked to see it a little more fleshed out - I have questions about what's unique to the main character and what's "normal".  Which brings me to the characters - I love them all, even the ones I love to hate. They're so fully developed and complicated - each and every one of them. There's a bit of a love triangle - but for me it was a but different because I equally liked and had problems with both guys making it really hard to see a clear choice. I was really happy with how it was dealt with by the end as well.  For those reading this for it's connection to Sherlock Holmes - I have no idea if it will satisfy you. I wasn't reading it for that, but I was very happy with his role in the story. For one, the mystery was a convoluted and fixed on tiny details as I remember Sherlock Holmes's stories being, which is both cool and frustrating. And he's in it a good amount - but not so much that Holloway took many liberties with his character, which I thought was appropriate.  All in all, really good and worth your time. I gave it 34 days and I don't regret it, so I suspect you won't regret the much shorter time it's likely to take you to read :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got it from a friend! Loved it! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing! I loved everything about this book! It's full of murder, mystery, magic, steampunk, and some romance. I highly recommend it! I cannot wait to read the next book in the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not really related to Sherlock Holmes, but still an imaginative, enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading over 100 pages of this book, I still wasn't invested in it. I just couldn' t bring myself to care about the mystery or the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book started out well, with a good premise. Sherlock Holmes' niece, with a magical talent, working on supernatural crimes. Unfortunately, after the first chapter, it went down hill quickly. The author felt in necessary to provide her entire world view in the next few chapters, with each chapter presented in centered on a different character. I enjoy being presented with the nuances of a new world, but not being bludgeoned with it. By the fourth chapter I had had 'steam-barons' pounded in four to six times, and the threat of society ouster about a dozen times. I was unable to progress past this point. The author can produce a sound sentence, and an interesting heroine, but then allows her need to stress, yet again, the evils of the steam-barons and of the elite society, to destroy any momentum developed.
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Himmel More than 1 year ago
Wonderful well written start to a series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brilliant! This novel dives right in. Of course Holmes neice would be as dynamic a character as he is. So many elements to her personality and to the plot. She spends part of her childhood in a circus, the other groomed and educated as a lady. But her life isn't slated for ballrooms and early marriage. Nuff said. You have to read the rest.
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SmokeDancer More than 1 year ago
A well written book that kept me turning the pages. Sherlock Holmes niece and steampunk. Fun. Liked it well enough that I'm on the third book of the trilogy. I recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some of it works and some of it does not but since I am a fan of Sherlock Holmes, steampunk and fantasy it is a passable way to spend an afternoon.
Schwannsee2 More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful steampunk take on Sherlock Holmes. I enjoyed this one tremendously. :)
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Great pacing with a complex, delightfully original plot.
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Really great book
starcrazy More than 1 year ago
to be in a constant state of angst, then this book is for you. I couldn't get even half way through it. The main character, who's a niece of the famous Sherlock Holmes, constantly comments that she should be able to solve this mystery, yet doesn't do much of any kind of investigation. She's too caught up in her love life - trying to decide which man she really loves. The story line has no light moments to help the plot along. Too much doom and gloom for my taste.
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