The Clockwork Scarab

The Clockwork Scarab

Book - 2013
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In 1889 London young women are turning up dead, and Evaline Stoker, relative of Bram, and Mina Holmes, niece of Sherlock, are summoned to investigate the clue of the not-so-ancient Egyptian scarabs--but where does a time traveler fit in?
Publisher: San Francisco : Chronicle Books, [2013]
ISBN: 9781452110707
Branch Call Number: Fiction Gleason TEEN
Characteristics: 350 pages ; 22 cm


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Do you like stories about Sherlock Holmes? How about try this book centered around his niece and see how she tries to solve some recent murders and missing people cases.

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Jun 21, 2015

An amazing book! The heroines are so likable and cool. The perfect amounts of romance, suspense, and horror. The reason why I didn't give it five stars was the ending: I found it a little abrupt and too cliffhanger-y. Otherwise, I would totally recommend it to anyone who likes historical fiction with a touch of steampunky gadgets.

May 14, 2015

I don't think anything was resolved. I suppose I could read the rest of the series to find out, but it didn't draw me in that much. Overall, I felt it relied on relationships to other famous characters to carry it and lend intrigue, which is why I picked it up, but it never really took on a life of it's own.

May 14, 2015

This is quite a unique read in just the sheer number of genres it aims for: steampunk, mystery, adventure, romance, some paranormal possibilities... with ancient Egypt and time travel thrown in with the teenage female relatives of famous literary characters. It doesn't fail at any of these points but also doesn't excel either. That said, I'll likely read the next book. I am always fond of strong female protagonists, and these ones make a unique team.

Dec 09, 2014

A fun, imaginative steam punk novel for teens and adults.

Feb 20, 2014

LOVED IT!!!! Can't wait for the next!!!

carptbc Feb 05, 2014

I was intrigued to see how the young female relatives of Bram Stoker and Sherlock Holmes would pair up. Unfortunately, I ended up confused (by the invented steampunk devices in 1889 London), bored with the main characters (had to keep checking back to see which girl was narrating the chapter) and hugely disappointed that most of the main mysteries were not resolved by book's end. Won't be looking for any more in the series.

Jan 02, 2014

I am very impressed. i've always been interested in Sherlock Holmes and this book was very fun to read. i hope Mrs. Gleason writes more novels such as this one in the future.

steven7 Dec 04, 2013

This is a fast paced murder mystery. The author has cleverly incorporated steam punk into late 19th century London. In this novel you will meet relatives of Bram Stoker and Sherlock Holmes. And, a surprising visitor. The author's rich details adds to the atmosphere of London as new technologies were being used. This original novel is ready made for a Hollywood movie.


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steven7 Dec 11, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Average

steven7 Dec 11, 2013

Sexual Content: Mild

steven7 Dec 11, 2013

Violence: The violence is mild to strong.


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Feb 20, 2015

dragonette thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

steven7 Dec 04, 2013

steven7 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 15 and 14


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steven7 Dec 04, 2013

A fast pace murder mystery in 19th century London. On the heels to investigate are the relatives of Holmes and Stoker and a surprising friend.


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steven7 Dec 04, 2013

"Eliminate all other factors and the one which remains must be the truth." Sherlock Holmes. The Sign of Four.

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