December 23, 2013

The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , at 1:43 am by suebe2

The Clockwork Scarab
by Colleen Gleason
Chronicle Books

Neither Mina Holmes or Evaline Stoker is sure what to think when the pair are summoned to the British Museum.  There the pair are charged with the task of uncovering what is happening among the young nobel ladies of London.  Two have disappeared — one of them turning up murdered inside the Museum itself.  And both were found with an elaborate clockwork scarab.

Before they can solve the mystery the two girls must learn to work together.  Mina Holmes is the niece of Sherlock Holmes and is every bit as observant and brilliant, or she thinks she is.  She’s never truly had the opportunity to pit her incredible intellect against a criminal mastermind.  Still, she knows she is brilliant and has problems dealing with anyone of lesser intelligence including Evaline Stoker.

Evaline Stolker is the sister of Bram Stoker who is writing Dracula as this story takes place.  She is also the most recent in a long line of vampire hunters, a tricky profession when you get queasy at the sight of blood.  Add to this the fact that vampires are all but extinct.  Evaline has supernatural dexterity and strength although she too is largely untried.

The pair has been chosen not because of their vast experience but because of their potential and because they are both female.  Who better to negotiate the salons and balls of society to uncover a murderer than two girls.  Girls, as everyone believe, aren’t capable of either great intellect or great strength so it is hoped that the evil doers will over look this pair.  The more you get to know them, the harder this is to believe.

They quickly discover that the girls have been taken by the Society of Sekhmet, the Egyptian goddess with the head of a lion, a goddess known for her strength, ruthless cunning and violence.  A mysterious leader named the Ankh is behind the societies attempts to use four ancient artifacts to bring Sekhmet to life no matter how many girls must be sacrificed for this to happen.

Gleason has brought to life two amazing heroines, and three handsome, dashing heroes, in a steam punk novel that will keep you reading from beginning to end.  Pick this one up for the young lady in your life who loves history, fantasy, steam punk or a touch of romance.  This is a page turner that would make an excellent holiday read.

–SueBE

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