The Clockwork Scarab (Hardcover)
In alternate steampunk Victorian England, Irene Adler hires the niece of Sherlock Holmes and the half-sister of Bram Stoker to solve a mystery surrounding the recent suicides of London’s eligible society girls. This all probably sounds a bit precious, largely because it is. But the content
is handled so fluidly that rather than feeling trite, Gleason offers a fresh voice to young fans of mystery and detective. Miss Holmes and Miss Stoker, respectively an insufferable know-it-all and a dark action girl with a suicidal streak, balance each other perfectly. This is another example of
really good world building and writing, but the heroines and their relationship shines.
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, so to speak. And when two young society girls disappear one dead, one missing there's no one more qualified to investigate.
Now fierce Evaline and logical Mina must resolve their rivalry, navigate the advances of not just one but three mysterious gentlemen, and solve a murder with only one clue: a strange Egyptian scarab. The pressure is on and the stakes are high if Stoker and Holmes don't figure out why London's finest sixteen-year-old women are in danger, they'll become the next victims.
About the Author
Colleen Gleason is the author of the paranormal romance series The Gardella Vampire Chronicles, and the post-apocalyptic romance series The Regency Draculia. Set in steampunk Victorian London, this is her debut young adult novel. She lives in the Midwest.
'No question the Stoker and Holmes books will be a big hit."--Teenreads.com
" With love interests, time travel and murder, The Clockwork Scarab has all the elements for a must-read not just for teens but for anybody who loves any of these genres."--BookPage
"A delightful, engaging story."--Romance Junkies
"A delightful, diverting read."--Kirkus Reviews SciFi/Fantasy Blog
"A captivating, amusing crossover tale."--Library Media Connection
"Charming, addicting, and oh-so-much-fun! I absolutely couldn't put it down!"-Kristi Cook, author of Haven
"You'll devour this one."--Fresh Fiction
"With its fog-shrouded setting, its heart-racing and clever plot and, most of all, its two completely delightful, kick-butt heroines, The Clockwork Scarab is pure, delicious fun from beginning to end."--Rachel Hawkins, New York Times Bestselling author of the Hex Hall series
"Victorian-inspired girl-power at its finest. Daring young ladies born of famed literary legacies are beautifully written and artfully woven into a historical past with fascinating futuristic elements."-Leanna Renee Hieber, author of the Magic Most Foul series
"Two strong, intelligent heroines who establish themselves as worthy of the legends that surround each of their families, come together to solve a most dangerous mystery. Gleason's writing is witty, humorous, tense, and beautifully Victorian."--Kady Cross, author of The Girl in the Steel Corset
"This book has it all. the vivid setting and the finely drawn, compelling heroines make this a fine choice for readers who like their stories with steampunk spice and smart, strong women."-School Library Journal
"The geek meets the goth. The fun comes from two main characters' quick-witted sparring, slowly developing friendship, and grudging admiration."--The Horn Book Magazine
"The author's writing exudes energy, romance, and humor, and she gives her heroines strong, vibrant personalities as they puzzle out the expansive mystery unfolding before them."--Publishers Weekly
"Thank you, Colleen Gleason, for giving the world the teenage female equivalent of Sherlock Holmes! Where has she been all these years?"--Sophie Jordan, author of the Forgotten Princesses and the Firelight series
"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
"Outstanding" - Bay Views: Official Blog of the Association of Children's Librarians of Northern California
"Lots of fun. Plenty of action mixes with a hint of romance, and the ancient Egyptian overlay adds atmosphere."-Booklist
"Gleason has vamped up the familiar world of Holmes and Watson. to paranormally exhilarating effect."-- The New York Times
"Colleen Gleason manages to twine together steampunk, Holmesian mystery, Egyptian mythology, and even time travel into a seamless and fun read."--Leah Cypess, author of Nightspell