Series: The Baskersville Affair #1
Publisher: Del Ray
Release Date: September 24 2013
Reviewed by: Amber R.
I don't know how I came about this book. I saw Amber I. was reading it and I immediately decided I needed to read it. I didn't know what it was about and I had never heard anything about it. I am now completed enamored with Evelina Cooper.
Evelina is a young lady in the Victorian era who is in the beginning of her first Season. She has had a checkered past that we kinda of see a glimpse of but we mainly get to see her dealing with the gentry. Her mother was a lady and an aristocrat, her father was a circus performer who ran away to be a military man. Unfortunately for Evelina they both met an untimely death when she was young. And she was raised mainly by her fathers mother as a circus performer. Until her mothers mother came to teach her about her aristocratic side. Evelina has been in school and is now rooming as a guest with her closest friend, Imogene.
Things are going as you'd expect them until one night a maid in the house is brutally murdered. Evelina being of sound mind and spirit is approached by the main housekeeper to try to keep everyone calm and search around the mystery. It helps that her uncle is the one and only Sherlock Holmes.
Evelina has a magical ability but because of the society, she can't tell anyone about it because they would ruin her. She also has an affinity for building clever machines. There are a lot of things about herself that she can't let everyone know because of how people would perceive her.
I really had no idea of what to expect but I really, really loved this book. It was interesting, intriguing, there was mystery, intrigue, and everything you would want out of a great book. The humor was there, the characters were layered and had depth. There was also romance between Evelina and a man from her past and also the brother of Imogene. Although it's a slight love triangle, it's not really because Evelina knows that she can't have a relationship with either of them for very different reasons.
If you haven't read this, you're going to want to. I promise you won't be disappointed. I really hope the next book in the series, stands up. I can't wait to start reading more of Evelina!