It took me a long, long time to finish The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason. But now the foundation has been set and I look forward to more of this partnership between the sister of Bram Stoker and the niece of Sherlock Holmes.
Gleason set herself a monumental task. Not only did she need engaging characters who somehow embodied their family traits, but Gleason created a steampunk London that outlawed electricity and was built on three levels with steam powered elevators between. AND she incorporated a 21st century time traveler.
Young ladies of society are taking their own lives - or so someone wants the police to believe. Somewhere near each corpse, or in the victim's belongings, a scarab mechanism is found, causing Irene Adler, -yes, THAT Irene Adler - who works at the British Museum, to call on Mina Holmes and Evaline Stoker for help in hunting down this connection.
The atmosphere of suffrage unrest and Egypt-mania that existed in Britain at the end of the 19th century is the perfect breeding ground for this mystery.
What will Evaline and Mina tackle next? Will their 21st century visitor find a way home? And the character they know as the Ankh, just who was she - or he? Wait for the next book to find out.