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The Clockwork Scarab: A Stoker & Holmes Novel, Book 1 | [Colleen Gleason]

The Clockwork Scarab: A Stoker & Holmes Novel, Book 1

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 so, when two society girls go missing, there's no one more qualified to investigate. Now, the fierce Evaline and the logical Mina must resolve their rivalry, in order to navigate the advances of not just one, but three mysterious gentlemen, and solve a murder with only one clue: the strange Egyptian scarab.
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Publisher's Summary

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 so, when two society girls go missing, there's no one more qualified to investigate. Now, the fierce Evaline and the logical Mina must resolve their rivalry, in order to navigate the advances of not just one, but three mysterious gentlemen, and solve a murder with only one clue: the 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…

©2013 Colleen Gleason (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The mishmash of popular tropes (steampunk! vampires! Sherlock Holmes!) will bring readers in, but it's the friendship between the two girls that will keep them." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Wesley New Britain, CT, United States 10-05-13
    Wesley New Britain, CT, United States 10-05-13 Member Since 2012

    I love to read and since 2011 I have been mostly listening to audiobooks because oftentimes there is nothing like a good narrator.

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    "Enjoyable but should have been labeled a teen book"

    I like the genre, the sherlock holms like sleuthing and the british narrators, and this book did deliver that but it is clearly not geared towards adults. Many of the plot developments are obvious to an adult and if anyone had read Sir Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes novels, one particular development would have stood out like a sore thumb. I'll not say more because I don't want to spoil the story for anyone but as I said, to anyone who has read the original Sherlock Holmes it would be obvious. Even at the end, there would have been a blaringly obvious development being setup for the next book(s) in this series.

    That said, I did enjoy the book to a degree, enough that I don't regret purchasing it but I do wish it was properly labeled. This should be in the teen or pre-teen sections.
    Fair warning.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lauren Northbrook, IL, United States 12-24-13
    Lauren Northbrook, IL, United States 12-24-13
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    "I Can't Wait for Book 2!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Clockwork Scarab to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I love to listen to books while I make my long drive to and from work.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved that this book had two young ladies as crime-solvers and the fact that it took place in a steampunk past.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was amazing and kept me interested!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Elise Johnson Pittsburgh 09-28-13
    Elise Johnson Pittsburgh 09-28-13 Member Since 2011

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    "A book for a teenage girl, period."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better narrator. Faster pace. More believable dialog. Characters that took actions in character.


    Would you recommend The Clockwork Scarab to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. My friends are all adults.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jayne Entwhistle?

    No. Nor would I read a book by this author again.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Clockwork Scarab?

    I would eliminate a character. The boy from the future. Not needed. Not utilized. He didn't belong there. Anything he added could be gotten by other means.


    Any additional comments?

    This was not marked as a juvenile book. The idea was intriguing. For a reader with less of an idea of how the world/people/emotions works, in other words what reality is, this would be a good book. A book for teens. This might be a good choice for a pre to early teen. But the dialog is period true and there for stilted. I felt the action was slow at times the story crawled. I have reviewed this book as an adult. This is not on the level of Harry Potter, which an adult can appreciate.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    W. Jones Los Angeles 01-15-14
    W. Jones Los Angeles 01-15-14 Member Since 2011

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    "I need Book 2 NOW!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Clockwork Scarab the most enjoyable?

    Other reviewers complained about this book being for teens only. Trash! A good story is a good story… and one that's smart and fun, even better! I am not ready to leave Steampuke London, or Mina & Evaline just yet… so I guess I'll be listening to this again, soon!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Clockwork Scarab?

    Not wanting to give anything away, I just loved the way Mina & Evaline butted heads in their efforts to work together. I loved the way the author let us be in both their heads, seeing through their eyes.


    What does Jayne Entwhistle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    EVERYTHING!!! I've listened to Jayne before, as Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce (amazing books!) I have never read this author before, and gave it a try mostly because of Jayne Entwhistle! Great narration, great story!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If only I could, but I am sure that would be grounds for divorce.


    Any additional comments?

    What great characters Mina Holmes and Evaline Stoker are, and putting them in a Steampunk version of 1890's London, inspired! Now, where is Book 2!!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susie Santa Cruz, CA, United States 10-10-13
    Susie Santa Cruz, CA, United States 10-10-13 Member Since 2012

    I'm Audible's first Editor-at-Large, the host of In Bed with Susie Bright -- and a longtime author, editor, journo, and bookworm. I listen to audio when I'm cooking, playing cards, knitting, going to bed, waking up, driving, and putting other people's kids to bed! My favorite audiobooks, ever, are: "True Grit" and "The Dog of the South."

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    "Holmes Has the Logic—Stoker the Passion"

    Strong young-women heroines, friendship, bravery, mystery-solving, and romance in Steampunk Victorian England? Yes, please!

    Colleen Gleason takes several well-established tropes and blends them together to get something fresh and kick-ass.

    Sherlock Holmes's niece, Mina and the Bram Stoker’s sister, Eveline are brought together to solve a mystery involving a Steampunk Egyptian mechanized scarab. Holmes has the logic, Stoker has the passion. They must overcome their rivalry and learn to trust each other to save the day.

    The set up is genious, but it's the friendship at the heart of this story, as dynamic as any love affair, that keeps you listening.

    Narrator Jayne Entwhistle makes me drool. I happily spent hours in her audio-company.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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