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The spiritglass charade
Gleason, Colleen, author.
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Publication Information:
San Francisco : Chronicle Books, [2014]
Physical Description:
354 pages : 22 cm.
In 1889 Evaline Stoker, Mina Holmes, and their time traveler friend, Dylan are asked by the Princess of Wales to find out what happened to Robby Ashton, who may have drowned--but the reappearance of vampires in the heart of London threatens to become a more urgent problem.
Reading Level:
840 Lexile.
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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.

After the Affair of the Clockwork Scarab, Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes are eager to help Princess Alix with a new case. Seventeen-year-old Willa Aston is obsessed with spiritual mediums, convinced she is speaking with her mother from beyond the grave. What seems like a case of spiritualist fraud quickly devolves into something far more menacing: someone is trying to make Willa appear lunatic using an innocent-looking spiritglass to control her. The list of clues piles up: an unexpected murder, a gang of pickpockets, and the return of vampires to London. But are these events connected?

As Uncle Sherlock would say, there are no coincidences. It will take all of Mina's wit and Evaline's muscle to keep London's sinister underground at bay.

Author Notes

Colleen Gleason is the author of the Gardella Vampire Chronicles, a paranormal romance series, and the Regency Draculia, a postapocalyptic romance series. Stoker & Holmes is her first series for young adults. She lives in Michigan.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 8 Up-Little more than a month has passed since teens Evaline Stoker (sister of Bram) and Mina Holmes (niece of Sherlock) wound down their first collaborative effort at fighting crime and solving mysteries in The Clockwork Scarab (Chronicle, 2013). When the young women are summoned by Princess Alexandra, daughter of Queen Victoria, their skills are tested once again. The royal enlists the girls' help in a case involving her dear friend who has fallen prey to a manipulative spiritualist. Then there is the issue of vampires-thought to be long extinct-skulking through the streets of London. Told in Evaline's and Mina's alternating first-person points of view, the story gives readers an illuminating and fascinating peek into late-Victorian London life. Evaline, a bold and vivacious aspiring vampire slayer, craves adventure and risk. Mina prefers work that requires the methodical application of her inestimable sleuthing skills. Problems are compounded when Dylan, the time-traveler from modern-day London, tries to help. His assistance-performing the Heimlich maneuver on an aged, grumpy Queen Victoria, for instance-might very well alter the course of history. Gleason's novel is a well-oiled machine. Every literary cog and wheel has its distinct function-the authentic historical framework, the adeptly integrated steampunk devices, the compelling personalities and backgrounds of the outwardly tough but inwardly vulnerable heroines-yet all work together in easy synchronization.- Jennifer Prince, Buncombe County Public Libraries, NC (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.