Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason

The Clockwork Scarab
(Stoker & Holmes #1)
by Colleen Gleason

Find out more about this book and author:
Teacher's Guide
Twitter @colleengleason

Published: 2013
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Genre: Mystery, Romance, Steampunk, YA
Hardback: 356 pages
Rating: 5

Stoker & Holmes series:
The Clockwork Scarab
The Spiritglass Charade

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.

My two-bits:

This was a fun one with Victorian fashion and etiquette along with steampunk gadgets to make this world colorful. As the title suggests, there are also Egyptian history and references.

Loved how the main characters, Miss Stoker (feisty) and Miss Holmes (geeky), team up and get to know each other in their first mystery solving adventure.

Each young lady meet romantic interests that suit them well and create just enough romance, flirting and humor that keeps us wondering and hoping they hook up.


* added this to my Bookish Bingo challenge - square: Super Powers

* part of my Steampunk Reading challenge

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