A Study in Ashes is a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy. Evelina Cooper, Sherlock Holmes’ niece is grappling with the steam barons while Niccolo the pirate captain is getting involved with rebels and Imogen grapples with a doppelgänger. As you can see an awful lot happens within these covers and Holloway has to work hard to pull these disparate threads together.
Author: Emma Jane Holloway
I am writing this review assuming you have read the first novel A Study in Silks – this novel can’t really be read as a standalone. We are thrust into action from the opening page and things don’t really let up until the end. Evelina gets caught in an awkward position by Keating who demands her Uncle Sherlock complete a job for him as compensation. Evelina volunteers her services instead and winds up eking out an existence in Whitechapel. Her timing couldn’t be worse however as the very district she is living in has become Jack the Ripper’s hunting ground.
A Study in Silks is a fascinating blend of steampunk, magic and mystery. This is one adventure in the life of Sherlock Holmes’ niece, Evelina Cooper. Most young ladies would be obsessed with their first Season and being presented to the Queen – Eve on the other hand decides to investigate a maid’s murder in her best friend’s house. Murder, conspiracies, lost treasure and mayhem abound.