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Publisher's Summary

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' 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.
©2013 Naomi Lester (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Hope on 11-17-13

well written steampunk with a real plot

Where does A Study in Silks rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Certainly not among the very best, but really worth a listen for steampunk fans. Holloway does lean on the world building of previous steampunk novels, which makes it useful to have read in the genre already. (She also includes a magical component to her world, which isn't the general rule.) Many steampunk novels so far are so taken up with the technology that the story itself is sometimes rather thin and often short. Holloway instead has a complex plot and real character development; there are real villains, but the heros/heroines are flawed and do evolve over the course of the book. Evelina Cooper, the heroine of the book is the niece of Sherlock Holmes, not a terribly original concept but which gave her a (fairly absent) mentor of a sort and a grounding in the times. She has a mixed background, raised in a circus family, but also the daughter of a society woman of good enough standing that she is able to be on the edges of the aristocracy. There are two romantic threads in the story, but they are not the focus of the story, and it is not at all a typical romance. There are two more books following up on this story line; the book itself is long enough that it doesn't feel like an arbitrary way to sell more books. A Study in Silks is truly finished, but I do want to read more about these characters. (Neither sequel is available in audio yet.)

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Study in Silks?

Pretty well the whole book; a few slow moments but mostly the book moved forward consistently quickly. A few repetitions in scenes that could have been helped by better editing.

Which character – as performed by Angele Masters – was your favorite?

She did well with all of them.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not really that kind of book. More of a thriller/adventure.

Any additional comments?

I'm giving this book 5 stars because I think it is a really good addition to the steampunk genre. I don't think it's a book that I will reread, at least not soon.a

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3 out of 5 stars
By w. kelsch on 11-30-14

Too much of a bad thing

Is there anything you would change about this book?

First of all, the story had zero humor. I liked the core storyline, but the author spent far too much time on the whole love triangle, with zero humor between any of the characters. I am used to some of the other steampunk authors like Pip Ballantine, and Gail Carriger who add a lot of humor along with a good story. This book was like listening to a teen girl whining about two boys she liked. The book could have been great with about fifty percent of the love triangle junk removed, and some humor added.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I doubt I'll listen to the rest of the series, since it was just to drab and slow moving. As a man, I don't think I can listen to all the confused love triangle stuff either. I need to listen to one of the other steam punk authors to get back to sanity.

What does Angele Masters bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Angele is a great reader, which was one of the only reasons I continued to listen, since the story seemed to drag on and on throughout. Her change of voice for characters is good, and she keeps you hooked well enough to keep the play button going.

Did A Study in Silks inspire you to do anything?

Yes, make sure a book isn't mostly a love story, instead of an adventurous steam punk story I was expecting.

Any additional comments?

Don't bother if you are expecting a fun adventure with steam punk. The story just drags and drags, with zero humor, and far too much "oh I love him, or no i love that guy, oh wait I love this guy again." At the end of the story the main character ends up looking like a foolish girl, while the guys are all jerks.Now I don't mind a love triangle, but it seemed as though the book was saturated with confusing little girl thoughts of who she liked or disliked.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Cornelia on 01-10-15

Horray for even this book ending!

This book is so annoying it wouldn't even let me fall asleep because I got so upset with it.
Evalina is a girl who grew up in a circus until her grandmother rescued her and put her in a fancy school where she told everyone where she came from. Until she got bullied for it. The she kept it as a secret and apparantly that's enough for everyone to conveniently forget it.
Wait, what?
Ranting:
Oh yes, and when she isn't pondering why she can't do this and she can't do that and why she loves him, and why that is so awful, and oh, there is that other guy that she surely would have married she is sulking, bitching, moaning, doing nothing and rejecting everything the world offers her.
Roundabout seven hours of your life, dear reader, will have passed until the story is set up. 30 Minutes would have sufficed. It has the worst similes (and the most similes, at that) I have encountered since, um, well, I can't remember. A light exhalation like a gloating smile? Yeah, right!

She is revolted by a corpse, then nauseated, then she bends down to inspect it closer, she shivers, sweats, trembles, retrieves stuff from inside a dress without touching the body, stares at it, can't even look at it and ON AND ON IT GOES!

sorry for shouting, rant over.

The story is much too much drawn out, the plotlines have a tendency to disappear and the construction of this steampunk world is neither logical nor appealing.

And if you like Sherlock Holmes, please don't even consider this book. He isn't like the Sherlock I know, neither the original nor one of the modern adaptations.


All in all: don't buy, don't listen to it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By susan on 09-09-14

Strong Willed Steampunk Heroine Perfection

What made the experience of listening to A Study in Silks the most enjoyable?

The mixture of magic, technology & the alternative victorian timeline were a facinating backdrop to the book which was in itself a brilliant addition to the strong willed female detective with hidden magic trope (pretty much everything I read).
I loved that, whilst the novel was writen in from a limited third person view point it kept switching between characters meaning that you missed nothing of what was going on. It often meant that you knew more than the characters & it was a very interesting position to be in as a reader.

What other book might you compare A Study in Silks to, and why?

Obviously this reminded me of Sherlock Holmes (as he turns up) but it also reminded me of Gail Carriger novels & obviously all the urban fantasy in the 'strong willed female detective with hidden magic' trope.

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