After the Affair of the Clockwork Scarab, Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes are eager to help Princess Alix with a new case. Seventeen-year-old Willa Aston is obsessed with spiritual mediums, convinced she is speaking with her mother from beyond the grave. What seems like a case of spiritualist fraud quickly devolves into something far more menacing: Someone is trying to make Willa "appear lunatic", using an innocent-looking spiritglass to control her. The list of clues piles up: an unexpected murder, a gang of pickpockets, and the return of vampires to London. But are these events connected? As Uncle Sherlock would say, "there are no coincidences." It will take all of Mina's wit and Evaline's muscle to keep London's sinister underground at bay.
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When Mina Holmes and Evaline Stoker get called to the British Museum at midnight, they never could’ve imagined the mystery they would be asked to solve. With the help of Irene Adler, the ones person ever to outsmart Mina’s uncle, the two have been called to solve a case for Princess Alixandra, sister-in-law of Queen Victoria. Young girls across London are showing up dead, reportedly from suicides, but have really been murdered. All the murders can be linked to a secret society known as the Society of Sekhmet. Whoever is in charge of the society is sacrificing young women to bring back the goddess Sekhmet to life for unknown reasons. His/her only barrier is finding four objects that are supposedly linked to the legendary goddess. Things appear hopeless until Dylan Ekhart, a time traveler from 2016, arrives with answers, or at least clues, to where the objects may be hiding. Time is running out, however, and the mysterious head of the society is elusive to say the least. Can Mina, Dylan, and Evaline figure out who the murderer is before they, too, are his/her victims?
This engaging historical mystery is well-written and easily draws the reader into the imaginary world of Mina an Evaline. The characters were likable and easy to relate to. Their well-rounded personalities are complemented and brought to life by the unique narrative style of Jayne Entwistle. Her fun accent is befitting of the London setting and she easily navigates the many plot twists and turns smoothly.
- Kira "My name is Kira and I work as a librarian in utah. I love all kinds of books, but especially like fantasy and mystery."
Vampires, Betrayal, and steampunk!
I'm on the fence with regard to the author, and it would have to be the "right book" for me to consider the narrator. I really had a difficult time listening to the audio and not getting mixed up with who was talking and other details. I finally downloaded the book, then read and listened at the same time, which provided the continuity I needed to follow the story.
After listening to the first book, I thought this was a promising series and was hoping the writing would "get better" or develop a maturity; and it is mostly the same. So perhaps the target audience is suppose to stay in the preteen arena? The vampire portion of this tale fell flat and didn't get developed in a way that mattered until the end, and I feel that it was a missed opportunity. Also why not reveal who Pix is, and why the mystery around him, when he is integral to the pace and plot. Frustrating.
The narrators voice is so beautiful and lovely to listen to, but not enough differentiation between Ms Holmes & Ms. Watson..or anyone else for that matter; which maybe an editing choice? Either way, I am leaving this series behind