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A Study in Darkness (The Baskerville Affair #2)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  1,188 Ratings  ·  157 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
Sep 19, 2013 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 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
Sep 05, 2013 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
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
If you read my review of the first book of the series, A Study in Silks, you’d get a good idea of why I was taken in with the first book and in turn the series, to the point that I wanted to continue the series immediately. I had a feeling I would be best served if I were to just continue on with the next book, A Study in Darkness, while all the plotting and subterfuge was still fresh in my mind.

All the things that I mentioned in the A Study in Silks review were still (happily) present in this i
Nov 24, 2013 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
Marta Cox
Nov 05, 2013 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 12, 2013 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
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Mon avis en Français

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
*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
Fangs for the Fantasy
Nov 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Evelina Cooper has lost everything that is important for her. Forced to remove herself from society to endure her grandmother's attempts to find her a husband, Evelina still aches over the separation from her best friend, and the loss of the two men that she loves. Little does she know that soon she will be drawn back into the world of intrigue when a bomb goes off at her uncle Sherlock's flat. Evelina will soon find herself forced to work for the nefarious gold king as all around her, ladies of ...more
Jul 01, 2013 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
May 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: steampunk
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Lynsey   (A Bookish Life)
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
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.

Nov 18, 2013 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
Jun 18, 2014 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 16, 2013 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
Talk Supe
Aug 29, 2013 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 ~)
Oct 31, 2013 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 23, 2013 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!

May 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In really getting into her characters.
Ian Wood
This is the complete review as it appears on my blog. Links in the blog review are not reproduced here, nor will any modifications or updates to the blog review be replicated here.

I rated this novel warty.

Note: spoilers!

Yes, I know I said I was just starting this one! I did start it, but I had to put it on a hasty hold when I discovered, much to my dismay, that several books I have for review for Net Galley were showing "three weeks" deadlines in the reader: read it by then or lose it forever! I
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An intriguing second instalment in this series. With appearances by Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick, the ultimate cast of whores, guttersnipes and malingerers, the return of evil sorcerer Magnus, as well as the "truth" behind the identity of Jack the Ripper (it's certainly not someone that's been guessed before!!) this book is crammed with characters to bring alive the story. It's utterly engrossing, and certainly keeps you hooked - I couldn't stop from page 1 to the very end, and the au ...more
I would like to thank NetGalley for offering me access to works published by Del Rey, and Del Rey for granting me the chance to read this ARC all in exchange for an honest review. Though I received the e-book for free that in no way influences this review.

NOTE: If you have not yet read the first book in this series, "A Study in Silks," I strongly urge you to stop reading right here, and return only after you have read the first book. Unlike some series the individual books in this series do not
May 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-books
This second installment lives up to its title, very dark story with the Jack the Ripper murders woven throughout the story. All the main characters have disturbing events and dark portents in their lives. We see Nick as he morphs into an air pirate, Tobias going into the Gold King's service and his arranged marriage. Uncle Sherlock is threatened at his home, Imogen begins to suffer nightmares again and Evelina makes a big mistake that she pays dearly for. Also great steampunk devices and airship ...more
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
I definitely didn't enjoy this book as much as the first one. I had to keep forcing myself to come back to it, and I think it's because there's no balance of light and dark, but it's pretty much all dark and depressing. I have the third book of the trilogy ready to read, I'm just not sure I care enough anymore about these characters to read it. I thought Evelina was so much smarter than she actually is and I keep being disappointed by her as a heroine. She reminds me of Bella Swan (definitely no ...more
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I didn't love this second installment quite as much as the first, because I felt Evelina's character shifted a bit between books. I found the romance triangle off-putting in this one, while I thought it was crafted so carefully in the first one. But I did enjoy the read!
First of all, I still really love Holloway's writing!

However in this book there was a pattern... A terrible pattern of slow-fast-slow-fast. It started off with what most people would consider a lot of action, something you would think to be attention grabbing, but to me this action was not interesting. Why? It did involve a main character, yes, but not the main character, so that was quite off-putting. Also, I don't think it was absolutely necessary for that particular section of the story to b
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 2 Feb 11, 2015 09:48AM  
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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.

Struggling between the practical and the
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Other Books in the Series

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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