The girls are back! Evaline Stoker (sister of Bram) and Mina Holmes (niece of Sherlock) return in the fourth volume of the steampunk adventure series set in an alternate Victorian London.
Ever since the debacle of the Chess Queen Enigma, Mina Holmes and Evaline Stoker have laid low, trying to settle back into their quiet lives as young ladies of London. But the Holmesian deductive abilities won't remain dormant for long, and when Mina receives a strange package from a winged, midnight visitor, she is catapulted into a new, dangerous adventure: the search for The Carnelian Crow.
Meanwhile, Evaline has received some very disturbing news--news that will change her life forever. Along with that unpleasant knowledge is the strange disappearance of her nemesis, the disreputable pickpocket Pix.
When it becomes clear the arch-villainess the Ankh has made her next move, it will take all of Mina's Holmesian ingenuity and Evaline's courage and determination to stop the criminal from executing her boldest and most dangerous plan yet!
PRAISE FOR STOKER & HOLMES
"This book has it all...the vivid setting and the finely drawn, compelling heorines make this a fine choice for reaaders who like their stories with steampunk spice and smart, strong women." -- School Library Journal
"There's lots of fun to be had from this odd-couple investigative team's snarky banter, the well-imagined setting's steampunk details, and Gleason's flashes of satiric humor." --The Horn Book
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is another exciting installment in the Stoker and Holmes series where Mina Holmes and Evaline Stoker continue to track down their nemesis, the Ankh, and stake the ever-increasing number of vampires in steampunk Victorian London. While there was still plenty of action, I thought this book focused more on the girls' relationships with the men in their lives. Mina and Inspector Grayling started working more as a team, and the attraction between those two just keeps getting stronger! Unfortunately, Evaline had some tough choices to make, since her family was pushing her to choose a husband. She knows having a husband will seriously curtail her vampire hunting, so she'd just rather not get married, even if the leading candidate is rather handsome and rich. And with Pix missing, her heart is rather confused by the whole process. I also like that there was more actual detecting involved in following the clues to find out who or what the Carnelian Crow was. Since the girls were more on their own this time around, it really showed off their detecting skills and their abilities to get out of a jam. There were a lot of surprises at the very end, and the resolution was really only postponed, so I'm looking forward to the next book to wrap everything up.