Review: A Study in Silks (The Baskerville Affair #1)

Title: A Study in Silks (The Baskerville Affair #1)
Author: Emma Jane Holloway
Publisher: Del Ray
Published: September 24, 2013
Ebook, ARC
ISBN13: 9780345537188
Genre: Steampunk, Mystery
Source: Edelweiss

Goodreads Summary:
Evelina Cooper, niece of Sherlock Holmes, is ready for her first London Season - except for a murderer, missing automatons, a sorcerer, and a talking mouse. In a Victorian era ruled by a ruthless steam baron council, mechanical power is the real monarch, and sorcery the demon enemy of the empire. Evelina has secretly mastered a coveted weapon - magic that can run machines. Should she trust the handsome, clever rake who speeds her breath, or the dashing trick rider who would dare anything she would ask?

My thoughts:
After reading the summary for this book, I knew it was for me. After all, who can resist a Sherlockian-type book set in a steampunk society?
Evelina Cooper is the niece of Sherlock Holmes. There's a bit of scandal in her family history, other than being the niece of the famous sleuth, Holmes. Evelina is staying with her bff, Imogen. Imogen's family is very wealthy and her father is one of the Baron's who run the city. Of course as with all good mysteries, this one starts off with a murder. A murder that has happened in Imogen's house. Evelina immediately starts to investigate, but is thrown off when Mr. Roth wants her no where near this case. Being the niece of Homes, Evelina is naturally drawn to the case. But Evelina just wants to prove Roth innocent, but instead she uncovers so much more!
A Study in Silks was an unputdownable read. From the very beginning I was intrigued by the story line. I love the fact that it's set in a magical steampunk society. If you can call it magical when magic is outlawed and people are hung if found guilty. There's also the most odious antagonist, Dr. Magnus. If you looked up sinister in the dictionary, you'd find his picture next to it. Holloway has created some very interesting characters in this book. She makes you curious to find out more about them, as well as what will happen next in the story. And of course, there's the appearance of Sherlock and Watson. Who can resist this duo? Overall it's a great beginning to this new series. I can't wait to read the next book, A Study in Darkness. It promises to be just as delicious as this book.

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