Series: A Stocker and Holmes Novel #1
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: October 7, 2014
Source:Librarything Early Reviewers Program in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this book in no way effects my opinion or review.
Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes never meant to get into the family business. But when you’re the sister of Bram and the niece of Sherlock, vampire hunting and mystery solving are in your blood. And when two society girls go missing, there’s no one more qualified to investigate.
Now fierce Evaline and logical Mina must resolve their rivalry, navigate the advances of not just one but three mysterious gentlemen, and solve murder with only one clue: a strange Egyptian scarab. The stakes are high. If Stoker and Holmes don’t unravel why the belles of London society are in such danger, they’ll become the next victims.
I have been waiting to read this book for a long time and I am so glad I got it from the early reviewers program. I had first seen this book at BEA in 2013 and I got a car with a code to read the first chapter and it was amazing. The idea of taking the niece of the famous Sherlock Holmes and the sister of Bram Stocker was were the most appeal came from. After the first 30 or so pages there had already been 3 deaths, tidbits into the stories of Holmes and Dracula and two strong female leads - both strong in very different ways.
I absolutely loved this plot and the overall idea of the story. Missing men and women, dead women, a secret society that is enthralled with ancient Egyptian artifacts, oh so good. While there wasn't a whole lot of character development throughout the book, Holmes and Stocker do learn a lot about themselves from one another and forge a strange friendship.
I think this was a great starting point for the series. The girls both have their talents that they will need to use together much like Sherlock and Watson, they are more stable with one another present. I loved the references to the classics that the book made throughout and I really liked that they incorporated some steampunk elements into it.
The book left me with questions as most mystery series do, many involving the case they were working on, but there was enough closure that the ending was not frustrating. I am definitely going to pick up book 2.