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A Study in Darkness (The Baskerville Affair #2)

3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  988 Ratings  ·  140 Reviews
When a bomb goes off at 221B Baker Street, Evelina Cooper is thrown into her Uncle Sherlock’s world of mystery and murder. But just when she thought it was safe to return to the ballroom, old, new, and even dead enemies are clamoring for a place on her dance card.

Before Evelina’s even unpacked her gowns for a country house party, an indiscretion puts her in the power of th
Mass Market Paperback, 513 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 2013)
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Cora Tea Party Princess
Oct 05, 2013 Cora Tea Party Princess rated it really liked it
I freaking love this series. I only wish there was longer between the books to give a sense of... I dunno, tension, suspense, anticipation? It doesn't seem right publishing them one after another over just a few months.

But on to the book itself.

The start of this book is so incredibly different from the start of the first one. And the ending? GIVE ME THE NEXT ONE NOW! You're dragged in by Steampunk pirates and a story that flows different from the first in the series - the writer has matured. The
Dark Faerie Tales
Jun 17, 2014 Dark Faerie Tales rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Sherlock Holmes’ niece finds herself in the midst of another investigation, having to work for the Gold King in order to protect her uncle. While the story had some dragging moments, it is still a good follow up to book one and leaves the reader eager for book 3.

Opening Sentence: What if the skies never cleared and his quarry slipped past, swathed in cloud like a bride beneath her veil?

The Review:

I enjoyed the first book in this series featu
If you liked Emma Holloway’s A Study in Silks, book two of The Baskerville Affair series, A Study in Darkness is going to burst your corset as we head back into Evelina’s alternate Victorian world. The political battles still rage, growing darker by the minute as the niece of Sherlock Holmes gets ensnared in the world of dark magic and must decide where her loyalties will take her. Will she survive the call of dark magic as she goes undercover for Uncle Sherlock? What evil villain has her in the ...more
Oct 11, 2013 Sophia rated it really liked it
This second installment of the Baskerville Affair picks up a few months after the first story ends. It leaped right in giving a check in with each plot thread and each of them more exciting and intriguing that the one that came before it. As with the first story, there are a multitude of perspectives and storylines that just left me reeling. Apparently I've gotten used to it and learned to appreciate the storytelling style because I was enthralled with the zinging here and there I did in this bo ...more
Jul 10, 2014 Hilary rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, steampunk
A Study in Darkness takes magical steampunk to a new level. Holloway's descriptions left me breathless, horrified, apprehensive, worried, relieved and distraught. Nick and Evelina's precarious relationship may stand a chance, now that Tobias has promised himself to Alice, but what of Nick's wild magic? Where is the middle ground where a Gypsy and an almost-lady could meet?

There are some hard truths revealed here, and some hard lessons learned as tempting offers prove to be nothing but a lure, bu
Nov 18, 2013 Jaylia3 rated it it was amazing
A rich steampunk world to get lost in, part two

In a steampunk version of London Evelina Cooper is forced to work for one of the city’s tyrannical steam barons after a broken heart leads her into a compromising situation. A Study in Darkness is book two of The Baskerville Affair trilogy, and while just as long and lush with detail as its predecessor, it is grimmer.

In spite of her mistake Evelina has brains, mechanical aptitude, and a touch of magical ability, no surprise since she’s a former cir
All Things Urban Fantasy
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A STUDY IN DARKNESS has a much darker and more gruesome tone than its predecesor, A STUDY IN SILKS. While I liked the lighter tone in the previous book I enjoyed the fact that Holloway ramped up the danger since that meant more fun battle scenes with steampunk technology and thrilling chases. I was also amazed at just how dark and gory this book gets with the murders done by Ripper explained in stark detail. The worldbuilding continues to be amazing and
I have liked the first book in the Baskerville Affair, and was happy when the publisher kindly offered the Arc for A Study in Darkness.

I knew from experience that the pace would not be action-like. But I guess I wasn't prepared to the excruciatingly slow-motion feel of it.
Around midway there still nothing happening, oh you get a glimpse of things, you already know the truth of many others (including the supposed mystery of the "dead" sister). But the plot hasn't moved from the beginning.

Dec 13, 2013 Ruth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Following her role in uncovering the forgery scandal that implicated the patriarch of the Roth family, under advice from the steam baron Jasper Keating, Evelina Cooper shuns the continuation of her longed-for Season and retires to the country and the (maddening) ministrations of her Grandmother Holmes. As the months pass and rumors dissipate, she returns to London, determined to make an attempt to reclaim something of the life and future her previous investigations imperiled. But when she arrive ...more
Jan 02, 2014 Barbara rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent second book in the Baskerville Affair series, with the further adventures of Evelina Cooper and friends. The story is definitely darker, with a brutal killer preying on women loose in the city and Evelina, as well as her uncle Sherlock Holmes, trying to put a stop to the murders by finding the killer. Evelina’s friend Imogene has a role to play in the mystery, as well as the two men she loves, Tobias and Nick. Evelina has been forced by one of the steam barons to act as a s ...more
Sep 19, 2013 Beth rated it it was amazing
Evalina Cooper has recently returned to London after a stint at her grandmothers. She is recuperating from a near disastrous first season. But trouble quickly finds Evalina, when a bomb is set in Uncle Sherlock's apartment. Sherlock requests Evalina's help by attending an event thrown by Jasper Keating.

Evalina is a smart young woman but quickly finds herself entrapped in Jasper Keating's plans. She is sent on a secret mission into the impoverished realm of the Blue King. Traversing the life of a
Marta Cox
Nov 05, 2013 Marta Cox rated it it was amazing
Second instalment in The Baskerville Affair series and an explosive episode! These books are best read in order starting with A Study in Silks but this second offering was very easy to follow.
Evalina is the niece of Sherlock Holmes and just like her famous uncle possesses an incredibly curious mind. A smart woman constrained by Victorian attitudes she nevertheless refuses to be downtrodden. Having experienced a less than auspicious childhood she's grown up to be a loyal and courageous young woma
Oct 17, 2013 Karissa rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the Baskerville Affair series by Holloway I really enjoyed the first book in this series and this book was even better than the first. It is an excellent steampunk mystery read, with a fascinating world and wonderful characters. The third book, A Study in Ashes, is set to release in December 2013.

Evelina is barred from Imogen’s house and presence following the events in A Study of Silks. She finds herself living with her Uncle Sherlock and contemplating finally making
Nov 04, 2013 Melliane rated it it was amazing

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My English review

I confess that I haven’t read the summary of the book before starting it and I discover it now that I’m doing my post. Indeed, after the first volume, I was so curious about the further adventures of our dear Evelina that I got into it as soon as possible.

With the first book I got used to the sudden changes of perspectives in the story. It was so much easier this time to figure out who we were talking about. And at the contrary of the previous story, I w
Lynsey   • The Demon Librarian
A Study in Steampunk.

Back with the fantastically entertaining Evelina Cooper, niece to Sherlock Holmes, in this second instalment of the Steampunk mysteries - The Baskerville Affair. This time we start with the main characters all scattered hither and thither after the events at the end of the last book. It's fair to say I was bitterly, bitterly disappointed in Tobias' character in A study in Silks. Not all the way through, of course. Just the spineless move he pulled at the end. He let me dow
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Genre* Historical Fantasy, Steampunk
*Rating* 3-3.5

*My Thoughts*

A Study in Darkness is the second installment in The Baskerville Affair series by Emma Jane Holloway and takes place between the months of August and November 1888. This is a world where steam barons run the utility companies, the railways, dockyards, and most factories that product weapons of mass destruction. The use of magic is severely punished in the United Kingdom and anyone claiming to use real magic is subjected to jail and
Talk Supe
Dec 27, 2014 Talk Supe rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
The end doesn't justify the means.

A STUDY IN DARKNESS concluded smashingly but it took a long time to get there. Although I liked that the love triangle was finally resolved however it felt like the parties involved are settling because they can't have who they want. The business involving Keating and his clever manipulations took the longest to come into fruition and the return of Magnus the evil sorcerer was conflicting at first, fell flat midway, then ended in a cliffhanger of some sort. Mag
Susan (susayq ~)
Nov 03, 2013 Susan (susayq ~) marked it as flounced
DNF at 40%


Having not read the first one in the series, I was lost in the overall plot of the story and with the relationships between the characters. Yes, the author did give a sort of recap, but it didn't work enough for me. And honestly, I did not like Tobias AT ALL for what he did to Evelina in book one and then came back "just to see her one more time" in this one.

Will I pick this up again? Yes, but I'll make sure to read book one first because the
Nov 25, 2015 jammastere rated it liked it
This series really draws you in!

I picked up book #1 because it was steampunk and had a reference to Sherlock Holmes. I will say that this series is an excellent steampunk-mystery series with magic thrown in but it doesn't have much to do with Holmes. I think these books are well worth the read on their own merit.

This book picks up a few months after book #1 ends. Evelina is back in London from spending the summer at her Grandmother Holmes house in the country. She has not been able to see her fr
J.L. Dobias
Sep 28, 2015 J.L. Dobias rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: SFF Steampunk GasLamp Romance lovers
Shelves: book-shelf-08
A Study in Darkness (The Baskerville Affair Book 2)by Emma Jane Holloway

Following up from the first book is the long awaited (I was waiting for the paper copy to show up in the mail) sequel. This one is no disappointment. But be prepared this is for lovers of epic tales who have the time for an epic book that makes the reader turn each page with anticipation.

We return to the world of Evelina Cooper, niece to Sherlock Holmes. Her lover from the circus, Nick, has stolen Athena, the air spirit, and
Amandy Q
Jul 11, 2014 Amandy Q rated it liked it
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Leah Speller
The continuation of this story arch did not disappoint me in the least in fact it kept me on the edge of my seat. Between answering questions from the first book and opening new ones. Usually in trilogies I have always had a difficulty with the middle book because it is the bridge. The midst between the beginning and the end. Either the story gets lost, or you can barely trude through it but you do just to get through the last. But that is not what happens here.

Our author does so much
Kristin Taggart
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(Description nicked from B&

“When a bomb goes off at 221B Baker Street, Evelina Cooper is thrown into her uncle Sherlock’s world of mystery and murder. But just when she thought it was safe to return to the ballroom, old, new, and even dead enemies are clamoring for a place on her dance card.

Before Evelina’s even unpacked her gowns for a country house party, an indiscretion puts her in the power of the ruthless Gold King, who recruits
Feb 12, 2014 D rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, fantasy
I read the last book in this trilogy (so far?) before this one, and I'm actually glad because nothing good ever happened and life is a vale of tears.

Seriously, though, what I like about Ms Holloway's books is that she doesn't even try to give her characters an easy time of it. If something bad can happen, something probably would. And her characters always rise to occasion. And I think that's what's really admirable.

I don't think I've ever been a fan of novels that 'add' to the Sherlock Holmes
Lisa Cobb Sabatini
May 05, 2015 Lisa Cobb Sabatini rated it it was amazing
In her novel A Study in Darkness, Emma Jane Holloway has created an alternate Victorian England that is fascinating to read, a group of characters whose stories are compelling, and a mystery that is captivating.
I had won from Goodreads the first novel in this trilogy, A Study in Silks, and, having enjoyed that novel immensely, I looked forward to reading the next in the series. This second novel continues the story of "The Baskerville Affair."
Protagonist Evelina Cooper, niece to detective Sherlo
Nov 28, 2013 Kara-karina rated it it was amazing
I remember that I had a slight complaint after the first book. It was to do with too many inner monologues to explain the world building to the reader. Well, it's all gone now. A Study in Darkness is extremely intense and utterly awesome. There, I said it. Wonderful steampunk read, and I even didn't mind a unique spin on Jack The Ripper. Wholly recommended, what an adventure!

Jan 26, 2015 Megan rated it really liked it
Evelina has such a hard time toeing the line between darkness and light when she has to deal with Magnus. She is smart enough to try to keep from falling into his promises of power but she is still drug deeper into his creepy little world of darkness. The story of Jack the Ripper is one of the quintessential mysteries of the Victorian Era and I love it when authors and creators can bring that mystery into their work because it makes the world seem that much more real. The events in Whitechapel p ...more
Jun 25, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it
One word: wordy. This book got my interior editor completely frustrated. Page after page, I felt like there was so much information and very little action, but I just couldn't find that many elements that I would cut. So I understand why the 500+ pages are there, but I can't help thinking that a leaner offering would be more palatable to most readers. Basically, the MC spends the whole book wandering around. Not much HAPPENS in this book. Lots of intrigue and setting up. And the Jack-the-Ripper ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this trilogy. The first book wrapped up enough that it felt like a good end to a segment, but left enough unsolved to pique the reader's interest in the next book.

Book two begins four months after the end of the first book, and for those who read the excerpt of book two at the end of book one, that is NOT the beginning of book two. Book two is far more action-packed. The action scenes are written really well, and it keeps you turning pages like none other,
Adrianna Scibor
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 11, 2015 09:48AM  
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  • A Clockwork Heart (The Chronicle of Light and Shadow, #2)
  • The Red Plague Affair (Bannon & Clare, #2)
  • Corroded (The St. Croix Chronicles, #3)
  • The Diamond Conspiracy (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, #4)
  • The Moonstone and Miss Jones (Paranormal Investigator, #2)
  • Touch of Steel (Clockwork Agents, #2)
  • Heart of Iron (London Steampunk, #2)
  • What a Lady Most Desires (Temberlay, #3)
  • His Clockwork Canary (The Glorious Victorious Darcys, #2)
  • Gossamer Wing (Steam and Seduction, #1)
  • A Lady of Spirit (Magnificent Devices, #6)
  • The Queen Is Dead (The Immortal Empire, #2)
Ever since childhood, Emma Jane Holloway refused to accept that history was nothing but facts prisoned behind the closed door of time. Why waste a perfectly good playground coloring within the timelines? Accordingly, her novels are filled with whimsical impossibilities and the occasional eye-blinking impertinence—but always in the service of grand adventure.

Struggling between the practical and the
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The Baskerville Affair (4 books)
  • A Study in Silks (The Baskerville Affair, #1)
  • A Study in Ashes (The Baskerville Affair, #3)
  • The Baskerville Affair Complete Series 3-Book Bundle: A Study in Silks, A Study in Darkness, A Study in Ashes (plus three short stories)

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