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A Study in Darkness (The Baskerville Affair #2)

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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
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
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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
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
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
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.

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
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
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
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
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

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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
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
Amandy Q
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Kristin Taggart
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“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
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
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
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!

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
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,
Cheryl M-M
I am in two minds about this second book in the A Study in Silks series.
The first half is extremely drawn out. Every movement and scene moves along at what seems to be a snails pace. It is a shame because the second half has twice as much as what the first part lacks. It is also much better than the first book from a plot and character perspective.
Tobias was a huge turn ff in the first book. Snotty, selfish and used to getting his own way. He was never the perfect fit for Evalina anyway. I enjoy
Keith Beasley-topliffe
If there was any doubt that "The Baskerville Affair" should be considered a three volume novel (rather than three novels in a series), this second book dispelled it. It opened up the world of "A Study in Silks", deepened character development, thickened plots, and reconsidered matters that seemed settled. And it ended in the sort of terrible catastrophes typical of middle books in trilogies (or, consider the end of The Empire Strikes Back with Han in carbonite, Luke missing a hand, etc.). I like ...more
I'm going to file this under "life is too short to waste on reading this book in its entirety" - skimmed the last two hundred pages and have no desire to read book three. Evelina is a combination of naive-stupid that I can't tolerate. And not just in her personal life, but in politics, professional, etc. The author writes with no subtlety, everything is explained as it happens, there are no lingering suspicions, and there is not a single character I feel the need to know more about. The steampun ...more
Yet another unexpected genius!! Miss Holloway comes across as an element of surprise careening the unpredictable prowess that the fairer sex can portray now n then by dishing out such wondrous recipes of adventure and action.
I would appreciate this one better than the "study in silks" with respect to both plot and pace.
The only condition for criticism being, Miss Holloway tends to end her books in some apocalyptic haste. Like the final trails of sand slipping through one's fingers. Pray do you r
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 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)
A Study in Silks (The Baskerville Affair, #1) A Study in Ashes (The Baskerville Affair, #3) The Adventure of the Wollaston Ritual (The Baskerville Affair, #0.5) The Strange and Alarming Courtship of Miss Imogen Roth (The Baskerville Affair, #1.5) The Steamspinner Mutiny (Baskerville Affair, #2.5)

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