After the Affair of the Clockwork Scarab, Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes are eager to help Princess Alix with a new case. Seventeen-year-old Willa Aston is obsessed with spiritual mediums, convinced she is speaking with her mother from beyond the grave. What seems like a case of spiritualist fraud quickly devolves into something far more menacing: Someone is trying to make Willa "appear lunatic", using an innocent-looking spiritglass to control her. The list of clues piles up: an unexpected murder, a gang of pickpockets, and the return of vampires to London. But are these events connected? As Uncle Sherlock would say, "there are no coincidences." It will take all of Mina's wit and Evaline's muscle to keep London's sinister underground at bay.
I am so disappointed that the last Stocker and Holmes books are not narrated! I drive long distances and have enjoyed the narration by Jayne Entwhistle.
What made the experience of listening to The Spiritglass Charade the most enjoyable?
There are many novels copying the Sherlock Holmes genre and some are quite good; such as the Mary Rusell series. Colleen Gleason's books are of the best of the genre. I have read the 2 in the series and will check weekly in hopes of another. I have literally listened to over a thousand audiobooks in the past 2 decades (back to the cassettes of Recorded Books) and it was clearly among the most fun....even for a late sixty curmudgeon.
What did you like best about this story?
The period description of the London background of the novel. The fun inherent in listening to it. This is a book meant to be enjoyed lightly but very much enjoyed and the narration is part of that.
What about Jayne Entwhistle’s performance did you like?
She sounds just like an intelligent woman in that period of London would seem to me accurate...sassy, factual, irreverent towards the mores of the times regarding "women"; >ie: "a strange foreign creature who knows her own mind". This a lighthearted novel that Ms. Entwhistle conveys excellently.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
No - because it was the flow of the fun of the book, not any point, that made it so enjoyable.
Any additional comments?
The Spirit Glass Charade contains a number of superstitions of the period; including "Spirit Talking" and "Vampires".
this was a great fallow up to the first . I am all so sad that I can't buy the next book from audiable right now. :( other than that this was a great fallow up to the first one the way everything tied up in the end was very interesting.
Would you try another book from Colleen Gleason and/or Jayne Entwhistle?
I'm on the fence with regard to the author, and it would have to be the "right book" for me to consider the narrator. I really had a difficult time listening to the audio and not getting mixed up with who was talking and other details. I finally downloaded the book, then read and listened at the same time, which provided the continuity I needed to follow the story.
After listening to the first book, I thought this was a promising series and was hoping the writing would "get better" or develop a maturity; and it is mostly the same. So perhaps the target audience is suppose to stay in the preteen arena? The vampire portion of this tale fell flat and didn't get developed in a way that mattered until the end, and I feel that it was a missed opportunity. Also why not reveal who Pix is, and why the mystery around him, when he is integral to the pace and plot. Frustrating.
The narrators voice is so beautiful and lovely to listen to, but not enough differentiation between Ms Holmes & Ms. Watson..or anyone else for that matter; which maybe an editing choice? Either way, I am leaving this series behind
love this crime mystery with a touch of vampire all thrown into a steam punk world
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes. It's the second book in the Stoker and Holmes series, and it's nicely narrated by Jayne Entwhistle, who does a good job differentiating the two main characters in subtle ways.
Loved the first book in this series and this one was just as good. Can't wait for the next in the series.
The narrator does accents and, just by the tone of her voice will tell you who is talking, and the story is simply wonderful!
Any additional comments?
When Mina Holmes and Evaline Stoker get called to the British Museum at midnight, they never could’ve imagined the mystery they would be asked to solve. With the help of Irene Adler, the ones person ever to outsmart Mina’s uncle, the two have been called to solve a case for Princess Alixandra, sister-in-law of Queen Victoria. Young girls across London are showing up dead, reportedly from suicides, but have really been murdered. All the murders can be linked to a secret society known as the Society of Sekhmet. Whoever is in charge of the society is sacrificing young women to bring back the goddess Sekhmet to life for unknown reasons. His/her only barrier is finding four objects that are supposedly linked to the legendary goddess. Things appear hopeless until Dylan Ekhart, a time traveler from 2016, arrives with answers, or at least clues, to where the objects may be hiding. Time is running out, however, and the mysterious head of the society is elusive to say the least. Can Mina, Dylan, and Evaline figure out who the murderer is before they, too, are his/her victims?
This engaging historical mystery is well-written and easily draws the reader into the imaginary world of Mina an Evaline. The characters were likable and easy to relate to. Their well-rounded personalities are complemented and brought to life by the unique narrative style of Jayne Entwistle. Her fun accent is befitting of the London setting and she easily navigates the many plot twists and turns smoothly.
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