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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2014 Colleen Gleason (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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By Mary on 10-16-17

Excellent book with narration of JayneEntwhistle

I am so disappointed that the last Stocker and Holmes books are not narrated! I drive long distances and have enjoyed the narration by Jayne Entwhistle.

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By Amazon Customer on 06-07-17

Best of the Post Sherlock Holmes Novels Genre

What made the experience of listening to The Spiritglass Charade the most enjoyable?

There are many novels copying the Sherlock Holmes genre and some are quite good; such as the Mary Rusell series. Colleen Gleason's books are of the best of the genre. I have read the 2 in the series and will check weekly in hopes of another. I have literally listened to over a thousand audiobooks in the past 2 decades (back to the cassettes of Recorded Books) and it was clearly among the most fun....even for a late sixty curmudgeon.

What did you like best about this story?

The period description of the London background of the novel. The fun inherent in listening to it. This is a book meant to be enjoyed lightly but very much enjoyed and the narration is part of that.

What about Jayne Entwhistle’s performance did you like?

She sounds just like an intelligent woman in that period of London would seem to me accurate...sassy, factual, irreverent towards the mores of the times regarding "women"; >ie: "a strange foreign creature who knows her own mind". This a lighthearted novel that Ms. Entwhistle conveys excellently.

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

No - because it was the flow of the fun of the book, not any point, that made it so enjoyable.

Any additional comments?

The Spirit Glass Charade contains a number of superstitions of the period; including "Spirit Talking" and "Vampires".

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