Image of A Study in Darkness: Book Two in The Baskerville Affair


Image of A Study in Darkness: Book Two in The Baskerville Affair

Holloway’s second in her Baskerville Affair series is both a riveting steampunk adventure and a master class in characterization. The villains and scoundrels continue to be wonderfully complex, and heroine Evelina only grows more interesting as she explores the fearsome and fascinating darker side of her Blood magic. The story, however, often feels crowded by convoluted and shifting alliances and a too-large cast of secondary and tertiary characters. But the novel truly shines when Holloway lets her brilliant and flawed heroes and anti-heroes reflect on the people they’ve been and the people they want to become.

After a bomb goes off at 221B Baker Street, nearly killing Sherlock Holmes, his niece Evelina Cooper begins to fear for his safety. But this isn’t the only challenge Evie faces: Her erstwhile love interest, Tobias Roth, is marrying the daughter of powerful steam baron Jasper Keating. When Tobias confesses he still loves Evie and the two are caught in a passionate clinch, Keating coerces Evelina into his service. Tasked with sussing out the mysterious “maker” of automatons employed by a rival steam baron, Evelina stumbles on a familiar — and formidable — figure from her past. (DEL REY, Nov., 544 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Regina Small