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The Spiritglass Charade

(Stoker & Holmes #2)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  2,832 ratings  ·  413 reviews
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 ...more
Kindle Edition, 362 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Chronicle Books LLC
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Colleen Gleason This is the second book. The first book is The Clockwork Scarab. There will be five books in the series total. The third book will come out in Oct 201…moreThis is the second book. The first book is The Clockwork Scarab. There will be five books in the series total. The third book will come out in Oct 2015, and it's tentatively titled The Chess Queen Enigma.(less)
Kortnee Branum It is like Harry Potter, in that each book has a separate problem to solve but ultimately it leads to one big story.
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Beth Roberts
I am not sure how Colleen Gleason pulls these books off, but she does.
First of all, they are such an impractical hodgepodge of genres and ideas. In one book, we have Victoriana, historical fiction, steampunk, paranormal, fantasy, mystery, time travel and a little romance. You would think that would be clunky as hell and overall crap, kind of like if you just took all the random stuff in a kitchen and threw it together. Only rarely does that ever work. But it definitely works here.

Both books in t
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Liked it, the story was pretty entertaining and most of the secondary characters were good, the main characters weren't all that endearing though. It still didn't have all the greatness, romance, and humour of Gleason's adult Gardella Vampire Hunters series.

-Didn't like the dual POV much. Mina and Evaline's narration were mostly similar, even when Mina was deducing and observing things and Evaline was chatting about vampires and killing, they still sounded the same. They both had kind of
Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Sherlock Holmes, Vampires, Steampunk, crime.

What a twist at the end!

Full review to come.
I continue to adore the atmosphere of the books and the writing, which reads like I always imagined London in the 19th century would look and feel like, with the addition of the steampunk aspect. Additionally, in this installment I liked the case, or at least the last part of it, far more than I did in The Clockwork Scarab. Ultimately though, the downfall of this series is the fact that between the two girls, there are three gentlemen that they either have kissed, are kissing, or wish to kiss. T ...more
Mary ♥
5/5 stars

“Wha--huh? You've made a mistake? You? Wait... The world isn't ending. Big Ben's Infinity Day Clock has stopped. You can't have made a mistake. It's simply not... possible. It's a day just like any other day.”

If I loved Clockwork Scarab once, I loved this ten times more.


I loved how Mina, Evaline and Dylan grew as a group and started to have fun and get to know each other better, and I absolutely loved Mina and Dylan as a couple (there was a special scene and my shipper heart died).
Mar 22, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second in the series, and the second time I've wished Miss Stoker were the only narrator. There's no denying my bias here, since I love the Gardella Vampire series and Eva is a direct descendent of Victoria.

With that said, Miss Holmes' narration is just a bit too arrogant for me. I get that she's the niece of Sherlock and is super smart, but she's truly not a pleasant girl to be around. And her detailed, sometimes unnecessary descriptions... sadly they just annoy me. I think the spli
Oda Renate
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic read. Original,fun,fast paced and loved the wo kiss scenes this one had.
Also that twist on the last page OMG!
so happy there are 3 more in the series.
I think I'm coming to fall in love with Stoker & Holmes.

This book was not as exciting as the first and sadly, it was more predictable as well. But I simply cannot deny that I had so much fun reading it.

I love it. I love the mish-mash of genres and characters. I love the fact that it isn't entirely accurate to the time or history or the lore. I love that Mina and Evaline are not immediately the best of friends, but grudgingly learn to respect each other. I love the hint of romance that is burgeon
Amanda Bradburn
2.5 stars. I just always think, because of this gorgeous cover, that I will love these books, but something about them fails to catch my imagination.
Nov 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With awesome clockwork, a multi-level steampunk London I wish I could inhabit, and two tenacious but mismatched female main characters, The Spriritglass Charade has twice its share of fun. Gawky analytical Mina Holmes, niece of Sherlock, and impulsive vampire-hunting Evaline Stocker, half sister to Bram, have an uneasy crime-solving partnership. It’s observation, deduction, and carefully laid plans vs. strength, speed, and plunging right on in at the hint of danger.

Irene Adler, known to Mina’s
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
3.5 stars

This series is SO MUCH FUN. Like, how can I not totally adore a lady power steampunk fantasy romance extravaganza? There’s just so much to love about that.

One of my favorite things is when historical novels focus on people ignored by history, like women. Instead of Sherlock Holmes, we have his equally as logical and observant niece Mina Holmes. Then there’s the vampire-killing Miss Stoker, inspiration (in this series) for the only good part of Dracula (personal opinion), which is in the
Cait Brown
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*The following text is an honest, spoiler free review. Please enjoy*

WARNING: Expect fangirling, romance, steampunky stuff, Twilight reference (I love the author for this one), and plot twists. That is as spoilery as I go which really isn’t because if you have read the first book this is generally what these books are about so… yeah.

In an alternate version of our past Evaline Stoker (sister of Bram Stoker author of Dracula) and Mina Holmes (niece of Sherlock Holmes) have been paired up to solv
**I received this book for free from Chronicle Books/Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

*Genre* Steampunk, Historical, Paranormal, Young Adult
*Rating* 3.5-4

*MY Thoughts*

Set in 1889 London, The Spiritglass Charade (Stoker & Holmes #2) brings back our dynamic duo of Evaline Stoker (sister to Bram Stoker) and Mina Holmes (niece of Sherlock Holmes). This time out, Princess Alexander asks the girls to help
Brianna Harmon (Maiden’s Blush)
ADORE this series -- I usually don't care for multiple POVs but I can dig it with Mina & Evaline. The steampunk elements I truly enjoy and all the literary references (varying from classics to mythology to the contemporary). I love the polar opposite personalities of the MCs -- I FELL IN LOVE with Colleen Gleason when I first read "A Clockwork Scarab" and consequently flew thru this book super fast. (Now onto #3!) I think what stopped me from giving this five stars was this:

Too many "suspect ch
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Mandy C.
Cover Story: Look Into My Crystal Ball
BFF Charm: Heck Yes x 2
Swoonworthy Scale: 5
Talky Talk: Victoriana
Bonus Factors: Séances, Inventive Bars
Relationship Status: The Watson to Your Holmes (and Stoker)

Read the full book report here.
“Coincidence? Uncle Sherlock claimed that was impossible, but for once I wasn’t certain."

Second book in the Stoker & Holmes series, an urban fantasy time travel vampire mystery steampunk series. Yeah, that’s really how I would describe. But hey, it’s fun. Messy, but certainly fun.

A month after their first adventure together and the encounter with the mysterious Ankh, Mina Holmes and Evaline Stoker are once again summoned by Irene Adler, to assist in the case of young Willa Ashton, an associa
Marnie Ava
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This series follows the adventures of two young and intelligent women in the parallel world of steam bunk Victorian England. The two main characters are the bright and intuitive Mina Holmes (the niece of Sherlock Holmes and daughter of Mycroft), and Evaline Stoker (the younger sister of Bram Stoker, an acclaimed vampire hunter) who is fiesty and brave. In the second book of the series, we continue to follow the two girls as they discover who is trying to trick a royal family member and whether v ...more
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I quite enjoyed this second entry in the series. Mina Holmes (Sherlock's niece) and Evaline Stoker (Bram Stoker's much younger sister) are given their second assignment for the Princess by Irene Adler. They are to investigate a young woman who is increasingly interested in the occult to attempt to find her missing younger brother.

We again are introduced to the mysterious Pix (just what is his background?) as well as the time-traveling Dylan, and the intriguing young inspector from Scotland Yard.
Rebecca Morales
This is the second book following Evaline Stoker, the vampire hunter and Mina Holmes niece of Sherlock Holmes. This time the girls are asked to help investigate Willa Ashton’s obsession with a spiritual medium. Willa had just lost her mother and her brother suddenly goes missing. He is one of many boys going missing.

I want to love this series. It is a Victorian steampunk mystery with the descendants of Sherlock Holmes and Bram Stroker.

But there is something so aggravating about Evaline’s POV.
Nov 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Andrea Wright
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this second book in the series and got more character development so that I enjoyed all the characters more than in the first book. I will be looking for the next book for sure.
Dianne C.
Jun 18, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This book is wonderfull,terrific and well written.
Stacie  Haden
Fantasy, steampunk, Historical, mystery, a time travel element yet unexplored, a touch of romance. What an entertaining hodgepodge.

Alternate London, 1889
Kimberly-Dawn Quinn
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book...I have both the Kindle and Audible versions so I was able to sync them. The Narrator is excellent and absolutely added to the well written story. I love reading anything that is Holmesian, Steampunk or has vampires—this mashup of all three with STRONG women protagonists is wonderful. I almost forgot time travel—who can forget time travel??

This is a very well written book that reveals the cynicism of spiritualism and seances of Victorian England all the while it
Christianna Marks
You can read this and many other reviews on my YA book blog The White Unicorn!

An Open Letter To The Spiritglass Charade,

Every single time you're story wraps me up in it's pretty words and mesmerizes me. I have to admit that I enjoyed myself completely while I was shoving my face into your pages. It's books like you and your predecessor that prove that a well written mystery is always something to make time for. The setting and characters that you house have become some of my favorites and they
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Spiritglass Charade is stunning. Everything I look for in a wonderful book and more.

Once again the crown has need of someone who can easily go unnoticed so Miss Holmes and Miss Stoker are called upon by the Princess Bertie to help her dear friend Willa avoid being locked away for hallucinations of her dead mother and missing brother.

In typical Holmes fashion Miss Holmes is determined to use science to debunk the mystery of Willa receiving messages from her deceased mother and missing brother
I liked this book well enough, but it wasn't anything great that left me breathless and wanting more. There's something missing from the story. Something feels off, but I can't put my finger on it.
Mina, unfortunately, still bothers me. It isn't because she's intelligent, but that she comes across as snobby. I know she must be impatient and frustrated because people don't make deductions as quickly as she does (outside of Inspector Grayling), but she doesn't have to sound so smug and superior abo
First Reads Review - The Spritglass Charade by Colleen Gleason

I must say, I liked this more than I was expecting to. I suppose should run down my fears and hopes first, and also mention that I did not read the first book. I had wanted to, then read reviews and got a little scared away. I like steampunk, and I like some gothic horror and like Holmes in general so I figured this was up my alley. And it is. It's fun and rather cute, though there are part that give me a bit of pause. Really, though,
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Award-winning, NEW YORK TIMES and USA Today bestselling author Colleen Gleason has written more than twenty books for major publishers such as Penguin Group, Harlequin Enterprises, Chronicle Books, and HarperCollins (as Joss Ware). Her books have been translated into seven different languages.

Colleen lives in the Midwest United States where she is fortunate enough to be working on her next book.


Other books in the series

Stoker & Holmes (5 books)
  • The Clockwork Scarab (Stoker & Holmes, #1)
  • The Chess Queen Enigma (Stoker & Holmes, #3)
  • The Carnelian Crow (Stoker & Holmes, #4)
  • The Zeppelin Deception (Stoker & Holmes, #5)

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