A Study in Ashes : The Baskerville Affair

  • by Emma Jane Holloway
  • Narrated by Angele Masters
  • Series: The Baskerville Affair
  • 26 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

As part of her devil's bargain with the industrial steam barons, Evelina Cooper is finally enrolled in the Ladies' College of London. However, she's attending as the Gold King's pet magician, handcuffed and forbidden contact with even her closest relation, the detective Sherlock Holmes.
But Evelina's problems are only part of a larger war. The Baskerville affair is finally coming to light, and the rebels are making their move to wrest power from the barons and restore it to Queen Victoria. Missing heirs and nightmare hounds are the order of the day-or at least that's what Dr. Watson is telling the press.
But their plans are doomed unless Evelina escapes to unite her magic with the rebels' machines-and even then her powers aren't what they used to be. A sorcerer has awakened a dark hunger in Evelina's soul, and only he can keep her from endangering them all. The only problem is . . . he's dead.

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A fine conclusion that just begs for more!

I have been absorbed by Ms Holloway's world and characters for just under 69 hours, and I am bereft, starting another book after an epic like this is always a problem for me - I usually return to an old favourite so I can shake off the loss in comfort!

This trilogy of books have been criticised by some for being slow, and to be sure the author doesn't rush through her complex and many stranded plot, and this isn't a wham-bam-whizz-pop breathless OMG sort of book - the author must have had her whole plot line drawn out before she started, I can't see how she kept a track of things otherwise. Little things in book one become important in book three, and everything matters - there are no red herrings here to mislead or trick the reader. Whilst this is essentially Evalina's story, there's a large cast of supporting characters who all get their own chapters and storylines. A lot happens in this, the last of the trilogy. It starts with the aftermath of a death, and the consequences of bargains made in book two, rolls along quite briskly I thought, to the extent that the final denouement is all over rather quickly! If I'd been reading a physical book, I'd have gone back and reread that chapter, but I was on a roll by that point with the end in sight so I ploughed on!

The various strands are brought together to a, for some, satisfactory conclusion, but for others... Let me just say there's another book or three needed here.

Consistently well read, with the many principle characters individually drawn, this is a good trilogy, just be prepared to go along at the author's pace - it's well worth it.
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- DebB

Book Details

  • Release Date: 31-12-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios