A Study in Silks : The Baskerville Affair

  • by Emma Jane Holloway
  • Narrated by Angele Masters
  • Series: The Baskerville Affair
  • 21 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Evelina Cooper, the niece of the great Sherlock Holmes, is poised to enjoy her first Season in London Society. But there's a murderer to deal with - not to mention missing automatons, a sorcerer, and a talking mouse.
In a Victorian era ruled by a council of ruthless steam barons, mechanical power is the real monarch and sorcery the demon enemy of the Empire. Nevertheless, the most coveted weapon is magic that can run machines - something Evelina has secretly mastered. But rather than making her fortune, her special talents could mean death or an eternity as a guest of Her Majesty's secret laboratories. What's a polite young lady to do but mind her manners and pray she's never found out?
But then there's that murder. As Sherlock Holmes' niece, Evelina should be able to find the answers, but she has a lot to learn. And the first decision she has to make is whether to trust the handsome, clever rake who makes her breath come faster, or the dashing trick rider who would dare anything for her if she would only just ask.


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Horray for even this book ending!

This book is so annoying it wouldn't even let me fall asleep because I got so upset with it.
Evalina is a girl who grew up in a circus until her grandmother rescued her and put her in a fancy school where she told everyone where she came from. Until she got bullied for it. The she kept it as a secret and apparantly that's enough for everyone to conveniently forget it.
Wait, what?
Oh yes, and when she isn't pondering why she can't do this and she can't do that and why she loves him, and why that is so awful, and oh, there is that other guy that she surely would have married she is sulking, bitching, moaning, doing nothing and rejecting everything the world offers her.
Roundabout seven hours of your life, dear reader, will have passed until the story is set up. 30 Minutes would have sufficed. It has the worst similes (and the most similes, at that) I have encountered since, um, well, I can't remember. A light exhalation like a gloating smile? Yeah, right!

She is revolted by a corpse, then nauseated, then she bends down to inspect it closer, she shivers, sweats, trembles, retrieves stuff from inside a dress without touching the body, stares at it, can't even look at it and ON AND ON IT GOES!

sorry for shouting, rant over.

The story is much too much drawn out, the plotlines have a tendency to disappear and the construction of this steampunk world is neither logical nor appealing.

And if you like Sherlock Holmes, please don't even consider this book. He isn't like the Sherlock I know, neither the original nor one of the modern adaptations.

All in all: don't buy, don't listen to it.

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- Cornelia

Strong Willed Steampunk Heroine Perfection

What made the experience of listening to A Study in Silks the most enjoyable?

The mixture of magic, technology & the alternative victorian timeline were a facinating backdrop to the book which was in itself a brilliant addition to the strong willed female detective with hidden magic trope (pretty much everything I read).
I loved that, whilst the novel was writen in from a limited third person view point it kept switching between characters meaning that you missed nothing of what was going on. It often meant that you knew more than the characters & it was a very interesting position to be in as a reader.

What other book might you compare A Study in Silks to, and why?

Obviously this reminded me of Sherlock Holmes (as he turns up) but it also reminded me of Gail Carriger novels & obviously all the urban fantasy in the 'strong willed female detective with hidden magic' trope.

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- susan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-11-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios