Book Two in the Baskerville Affair
I thoroughly enjoyed A Study in Silks by Holloway and was pleased to have the opportunity to read more about Evelina Cooper, niece of Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes and her adventures.
I enjoyed this one as well, but in my review of Silks, I mentioned I'd like more of Imogene and Bucky, secondary characters who added greatly to the first novel. Unfortunately, there was much less of these two characters in Darkness.
The title is appropriate; there is less humor in this second installment. The focus is more exclusive on Emma and on Nick. Emma is caught in a compromising situation that leads to forced compliance to the steam baron known as the Gold King and leading her to an area of London full of crime and poverty.
Nick has taken to air piracy, with some sympathy for the rebel contingent. Tobias is unhappily engaged to the Gold King's daughter. Both men are still in love with Emma. Magnus and his automatons have a place in one of several conspiracies. Sherlock and Mycroft have plans of their own.
This second version loses some of its appeal with a more serious tone, but is still a fun steam-punk mystery/thriller.
NetGalley/Random House, Del Rey Spectra
Steampunk/Mystery. Oct. 29, 2013. Print version: 544 pages.