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A Study in Silks

(The Baskerville Affair #1)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  2,844 ratings  ·  548 reviews
London, April 4, 1888 ~ 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 - magi ...more
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Published September 24th 2013 by Del Rey
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
I'm a somewhat impatient reader. I don't mind a long book, but it has to be worth the investment, and I felt that this very, very long book was not worth the time and effort that I have devoted to it.

This book has the feel of Anne Perry's Charlotte & Thomas Pitt series, without the sensible plot development, without the complex character portrayal, with a largely forgettable cast. What it does have (to its detriment), is a predictable and stupid love triangle, a boring main character---who, I mu
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Victorian historical mystery/romance lovers who don't mind magic and steampunk in the mix.
Recommended to Allison by: Goodreads
Re-posting review to coincide with book publication on September 24th, 2013.

A Study in Silks is still lingering in my mind. It ended up having depths to it that I really didn't expect from a historical mystery/romance. Often even when I enjoy a book, it's easy to move right on to the next one, but this is making me pause for a moment to absorb it all. I'm so thankful that I don't have to wait a year for the next two books, since they are all being released this year.

Maria V. Snyder
Mar 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book isn't out yet, but the editor sent me a copy to read and give a cover quote if I liked it. Well, I didn't read it fast enough to give a quote, but I did enjoy it.

The setting is very similar to the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger - Victorian England with steampunk and magic. While Gail's book has vampires and werewolves as part of the story, A Study in Silks has a different magic system. Also the main character, Evelina is younger and on the verge of her debutante season.

***The Summer of Sherlock 2019***

3.5 stars

A very steampunk story, with an indirect connection to Sherlock Holmes. The author gives the great detective a sister, who has produced this niece before dying. The niece has been retrieved from her father’s side of the family, a circus family. That’s as in trapezes, not in family hysterics!

So it’s way out there, Holmes-wise. I can’t help but think that the author could have made up a famous detective of her own to fill in for the detective uncle and
Jacob Proffitt
Sep 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Through most of this book, I couldn't make up my mind if I liked it or not. There were so many elements that could break badly so the jury remained out, even as the story was gripping enough to keep me going. Fortunately, my worst fears were never realized and Holloway even managed a deeply satisfying ending (though not in ways you'd think).

There are three elements that niggled at me the most. First was the love triangle. I hate these things and wish authors would just stop. And this one felt as
Mogsy (MMOGC)
A Study in Silks was a book I won from a Goodreads giveaway. Part steampunk historical mystery and part fantasy paranormal romance, I was initially drawn to the story's setting as well as its description of the main character Evelina Cooper as being the niece of the great Sherlock Holmes.

Eveline, however, is not solely defined by her famous uncle, and I liked how Emma Jane Holloway has given her character an exceptional background with which to distinguish herself. Thanks to her Granny Holmes,
First off, let me declare that I strongly disapprove of fanfiction.

That being said, if we uprooted the fanfiction from this book, I could like it. It would still have its flaws, but it would be likeable.
As it is, it's been a dreadful experience.

When I picked up this from Netgalley, I was blinded by the cover and the words “steampunk”, “murder”, “sorcery” and “mystery”. So what if the heroine is supposed to be Sherlock Holmes’ niece? It will be just a little mention here and there…

That wretched k
2 September 2015: $0.99 on Kindle

2.7 stars is where I think I end up.

I expected a lot from this book when I started it - it's hard not to when the author puts Sherlock Holmes in the mix, even if we are dealing with his niece. While in some aspects it didn't disappoint, in others it sorely left me wanting.

See my full review on my blog or booklikes

The last 15% of this book were what I was hoping for from the entire thing. I need to write my review to figure out where I stand all together though.

Cora Tea Party Princess
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
From the very start I was hooked. This is steampunk world building at it's best. The writing is great, the characters are great and the sense of mystery is entrancing.

A superb, complex and believable Steampunk world comes to life on these pages. The technologies are inspiring, the world a dark, dark place, especially if you fall foul of the steam barons. The author has taken inspiration from Sherlock Holmes and really made it work, weaving it wonderfully into this story - the result is quite spl
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

This could have been a lovely book, if it weren't for the characters.

From the start, I disliked the love triangle between Evelina, Nick and Tobias. I normally don't mind love triangles but I hated Evelina's crush on Tobias. I couldn't understand what she found attractive in him.

Was it his drinking, gambling or sleeping around ways? The slightest favourable thing about him was his ability to make things. But even that paled a lot next to his fickle character and his character
Buddy read with Ange

After really enjoying the prequel short story The Adventure of the Woolaston Ritual (you can read that for free on the author's website) I was really looking forward to reading A Study in Silks. Unfortunately although I liked the story it failed to live up to expectations and I didn't enjoy it as much as I expected to. I think my main issues were to do with the pacing, this is a long book (over 500 pages) and at times it really struggled to hold my interest. I think the main
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If I have a literary guilty pleasure, it's steampunk. I'm not a huge fan of science fiction, but there is something about the sub-genre that appeals to me in a way I can't explain. It's fun, it's imaginative and I get a kick seeing what authors are capable of when allowed to play in an alternative time period littered with retro-futuristic gadgets.

Generally speaking, I gravitate toward adult titles like Steampunk Darcy or H
Trigger warnings: murder, death of a family member, creepy af robot doll things?

I've been wanting to read this book for YEARS, but for some reason it was never available in the Australian Kindle store. And then the other day, it mysteriously WAS available. So I bought it. And perhaps I've been building it up in my mind too much over the past few years, but this was...meh.

It was almost like it was trying to be one too many things? was a steampunk book. But it was also a crime book. But
May 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was really pleasurable steampunk fiction, ladies and gents. Not steampunk-ish which is pretty popular these days, but something that was full of delightful cogs and gadgets, and with a whole empire running on steam. Loved it!

Steven Harper, Meljean Brook and Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris come to mind. So if you enjoyed their books, you shouldn't have a problem liking A Study in Silks.

There are three elements which made this book for me.

First of all, British Empire is ruled by a council of
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A Study in Silks has many readers as its intended target:
-Fans of Sherlock Holmes will appreciate the many hints to the classic works of Conan Doyle (starting from the title) and his cameos
-Fans of steampunk will cheer the alternate world Ms Holloway has created.
-Fans of UF will love the mix of magic and technology it entails.

The mix of steampunk and UF was well blended and created a world-building in which I was elated to sink my teeth into. You will find a historical mystery, a touch o
Evelina, the niece of Sherlock Holmes, is trying to make her way in the Victorian era's society. Joining her friend for their coming out, she is caught in a murder mystery...a young maid has been murdered with magical traces left behind. Trying to save the reputation of the kind family that has taken her in for the season, Evelina slowly uncovers truths that can destroy all she cares about.

There might be a Queen of England but the “steam barons” are ruling the country by monopolizing the utilit
Gwynn White
I love stumbling upon books which leave me longing for the next in the series. A Study in Silks is definitely one of those. Happily, I don't have to wait to long because the next two books will be out before the end of the year. I will definitely be reading them.

I saw A Study in Silks on Netgalley and was beguiled by the premise. . .

In this steampunk whodunit, Emma Jane Holloway weaves an imaginative story around Sherlock Holmes's niece, Evelina Cooper. Evelina is a girl caught between two wor
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

The story revolves around Evelina Cooper, Sherlock Holmes’s niece. With her rather unusual upbringing (she grew up in a circus, no less), Evelina doesn’t fit in with London’s high society. Her interest in various steam-powered trinkets and her penchant for magic only make things worse. However, as an outsider with inside connections, she is uniquely qualified to solve mysteries, even though no one else seems to think so.

A Study in Silks occasionally tries to do too much, but still drags a bit du
Chris N
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I have read some steampunk book and have enjoyed the ones that I have read. This is the first steampunk/magic one that I have read and even though I am only 75% through it I am enjoying it so much I wanted to write a review now.

I love the interaction of the characters and the sprinkling of Sherlock Holmes in there as well. The one thing that struck me was the attention to detail and the use of language in the story. Eveline is a strong and gutsy woman who doesn't back down. You can feel the tens
May 16, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
The sheer length of this novel sucked all life from the characters and the plot. I gave up half-way through because I was getting absolutely nowhere.
It was bad enough the author kept jumping the narrative from character to character but when she stared to mess with the timeline too! It was beyond annoying. One moment we're late at night with Evelina discovering the body. Next chapter, new character, earlier in the evening. Next chapter, new character, present time, police have arrived. Next chap
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-books, 2013-reads
A good start into a new series.
There are steampunk elements combined with dark arts, detective story, romance and a look behind the scene of the Victorian nobility.

Romance is not my cup of tea. Therefore I skimmed over the romance passages.
The main character Evelina Cooper is the niece of Sherlock Holmes. But from my point of view it was not really necessary to involve him and Dr. Watson.

Anyway I will read the following two books
- A Study in Darkness and A Study in Ashes
May 01, 2013 rated it liked it
This didn't really hold my attention and no character stood out to me either. It was just way too long and no fun what so ever! Overall 2.5*'s from me! ...more
Benjamin Thomas
A very pleasant surprise. This first novel in the “Baskerville Affair” series was quite a surprise, combining a number of sub genres together including Victorian mystery, gaslight fantasy, steampunk and a healthy dash of romance. All well-balanced and cohesive.

Evelina Coper is the niece of Sherlock Holmes. She grew up in the circus and also happens to be of “the blood” meaning she has some level of magical abilities. For example, she can create small objects like a toy mouse and entice a being c
I loved this to pieces. I really did. I made the mistake of looking at others' reviews, and I really shouldn't do that, and I'm not going to let it affect my opinion or my rating (and will do my best not to make this an out–and–out rebuttal of some of those reviews, despite some things said in them which baffled me): I enjoyed reading A Study in Silks, I enjoyed the characters and the plot and the writing, and I even, to my surprise, enjoyed the involvement of his serene consultingness Sherlock ...more
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of steampunk; if you enjoy a mystery
When I initially picked up this book and saw the leading female, Evelina, was the niece of Sherlock Holmes, I thought it would be in the same vein as a Holmes mystery except with a female in the detective shoes with an obvious steampunk tone. But the more I read, I found myself pleasantly surprised at how Emma Jane Holloway wrote a story combining mystery, intrigue, romance, magic and steampunk with such depth that made A Study In Silks a creative and engaging read.

I was really impressed with Ho
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Complicated with a touch of sci-fi. Can’t wait to read the next one.
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
I got a copy of this book to review through NetGalley(dot)com. I love steampunk books and thought the idea of following a character around that was Sherlock Holme’s neice was a good one. This book has two more books planned in the series. The second book will be titled, A Study in Darkness, and is planned to have an October 2013 release. The third book will be titled, A Study in Ashes, and is planned to release in November 2013. I really enjoyed this book a lot.

Evelina was raised by her grandmot
Dark Faerie Tales
Nov 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: Evelina Cooper is a girl on a mission in this entertaining, hilarious tale. A mystery tale with betrayals, tension, and new questions at every turn!

Opening Sentence: Evelina froze, a breath half taken catching in her throat, nerves tingling down every limb.

The Review:

Evelina Cooper, the niece of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes, uses magic. She can talk to devas, spirits of certain elements, and she also has a few other special talents up h
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Like Clockwork 

This was a great read. In fact, the more time that passes since I finished it, with the details and characters still swirling around in my brain, the more impressed I am. It really was another one those sneaky stealth books that begin kind of "hmm...", then before you know it, you've had your head buried in it for hours, the room has gone dark, and your family has given up trying to get your attention and gone out without you.

That happens with surprising frequency in my house!
A Study in Silks is a steampunk mystery from debut author, Emma Jane Holloway. Holloway creates a Victorian London that explores the Industrial Age with steam. In Silks, London is essentially ruled by the steam barons that control the power to various sectors of the city. The peerage is rather immobilized in this Steam Age because they do not have the financial backing that the steam barons have claimed. In this society the steam barons rule with an iron fists, making sure that no one poses a th ...more
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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.

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