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The Clockwork Scarab

Gleason, Colleen (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Clockwork Scarab
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In 1889 London young women are turning up dead, and Evaline Stoker, relative of Bram, and Mina Holmes, niece of Sherlock, are summoned to investigate the clue of the not-so-ancient Egyptian scarabs--but where does a time traveler fit in?
Authors: Gleason, Colleen
Title: The clockwork scarab
Publisher: San Francisco :, Chronicle Books,, [2013]
Characteristics: 350 pages ;,22 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: "A Stoker & Holmes novel."
Summary: In 1889 London young women are turning up dead, and Evaline Stoker, relative of Bram, and Mina Holmes, niece of Sherlock, are summoned to investigate the clue of the not-so-ancient Egyptian scarabs--but where does a time traveler fit in?
ISBN: 1452110700
9781452110707
Statement of Responsibility: Colleen Gleason
Subject Headings: Mystery and detective stories. Great Britain History 1837-1901 Fiction. London (England) History 19th century Fiction. Secret societies Fiction. Time travel Fiction. Scarabs Fiction. London (England) History 19th century Juvenile fiction. Secret societies Juvenile fiction. Time travel Juvenile fiction. Scarabs Juvenile fiction.
Genre/Form: Young adult fiction.
Mystery fiction.
Topical Term: Mystery and detective stories.
Secret societies
Time travel
Scarabs
Secret societies
Time travel
Scarabs
LCCN: 2012036578
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May 21, 2014
  • joywolf83 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The book begins with lavish details that I actually appreciated. Too often a book will start off and I'm like "What do these people look like, what year is it, how old are they? Here you're given a very clear visual. The book switches from one viewpoint to the others in a very smooth way, alternating chapters. Fans of Steampunk should be happy with this book. Whoever loves the book The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross would also looove this book. They are extremely similar in genre and style. The girl is the niece of Sherlock Holmes which is an interesting premise. But then it slowly disappoints, there's a woman who is smarter then her uncle and yet asking for her and another young girls help. Paint me suspicious. The other girl whose family is famed for killing vampires; can't stand the sight of blood. Then upon meeting a young man in the dark she swoons for him. And Ms. Holmes upon meeting a time traveling young man from the future and a detective from her own time is also predictably infatuated with both. Oh and the girls don't get along.......... I don't know ......for a book so determined to show that females are amazing they are sure giving in to every single stereotype in the world. The only thing that I found to not be stereotypical is that one of the girls can't lie. When I hit page 250 and they were nowhere closing to solving the mystery, I just rolled my eyes and kept going. The ending was satisfying and throughall. There is room for the sequels, but it did wrap up pretty well. Despite all the aggravating, irritating, blatant stereotypes it was an easy, exciting read.

Feb 20, 2014
  • Pitbulldogsrule rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

LOVED IT!!!! Can't wait for the next!!!

Feb 05, 2014
  • carptbc rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I was intrigued to see how the young female relatives of Bram Stoker and Sherlock Holmes would pair up. Unfortunately, I ended up confused (by the invented steampunk devices in 1889 London), bored with the main characters (had to keep checking back to see which girl was narrating the chapter) and hugely disappointed that most of the main mysteries were not resolved by book's end. Won't be looking for any more in the series.

Jan 02, 2014
  • ABenoit rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I am very impressed. i've always been interested in Sherlock Holmes and this book was very fun to read. i hope Mrs. Gleason writes more novels such as this one in the future.

Dec 11, 2013
  • steven7 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a fast paced murder mystery. The author has cleverly incorporated steam punk into late 19th century London. In this novel you will meet relatives of Bram Stoker and Sherlock Holmes. And, a surprising visitor. The author's rich details adds to the atmosphere of London as new technologies were being used. This original novel is ready made for a Hollywood movie.

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Dec 11, 2013
  • steven7 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

steven7 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 15 and 14

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Dec 11, 2013
  • steven7 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A fast pace murder mystery in 19th century London. On the heels to investigate are the relatives of Holmes and Stoker and a surprising friend.

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Dec 11, 2013
  • steven7 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Average

Dec 11, 2013
  • steven7 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Mild

Dec 11, 2013
  • steven7 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Violence: The violence is mild to strong.

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Dec 04, 2013
  • steven7 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Eliminate all other factors and the one which remains must be the truth." Sherlock Holmes. The Sign of Four.

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