Book Review: The Clockwork Scarab

The Clockwork Scarab (Stoker & Holmes, #1)The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was really surprised by The Clockwork Scarab and didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did. When I saw that the two main characters in the book were Sherlock Holmes’ niece and Bram Stoker’s half-sister I was intrigued enough to apply for an ARC of it, which I duly received from LibraryThing.

The story is set in an alternative Steampunk version of Victorian London. I was a bit worried that it might end up too vampire-ish, but that didn’t happen. A little time-travel, along with some Egyptian mythology, added to what is a good start to what looks like becoming a decent series.

The plot wasn’t too obvious and the story moved along at a decent pace. The two heroines, who are so very different from each other, were forced to work together, but by the end of the book a friendship was beginning to form, which will be a good basis for the stories that will (hopefully) follow.

I’m a big fan of the Sherlock Holmes stories and was glad to see that Miss Holmes in this story had elements of him in her character. Miss Stoker is a very different kind of character, but the two young ladies style and characteristics complimented each other fairly well. I enjoyed the Steampunk elements and the 21st century character stuck in the 19th century, because of an unfortunate case of time-travel, added some humorous moments as well, especially with his smart phone.

I haven’t read anything else by Colleen Gleason before, so I’m not able to compare this book with her other writings, which seem to be quite popular. Book two of this series is scheduled for the fall of next year and I look forward to reading that one as well. This has the elements of being a popular series, and I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys Steampunk and/or Sherlock Holmes.

(Disclaimer: I received a free review copy of this book from LibraryThing, but this in no way influenced my opinion or review)

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3 thoughts on “Book Review: The Clockwork Scarab

  1. Hallo William!

    I saw this floating around the bookish sphere for the past few months and it has always made me curious about whether or not I could sink into the storyline! 🙂 The fact you gave it a 5 out of 5 stars must mean its one of those books that once you break into its heart you cannot put it down until you reach the end! 🙂 Love those! I must say, that is quite the combination of opening characters! I have been reading about Enola Holmes through Nancy Springer’s Enola Holmes series, but aside from that one, I only read Laurie R. King’s Mary Russell series (thus far!) as I am a bit picky when it comes to ‘after canons’.

    I am definitely going to put this down on my SFN TBR List! Thanks for giving me the impression that the context of the storyline is one that I could warm up too! I like this style of story-telling where pieces of it are known but the rest of it is completely new and gives you pause to soak into that setting! Lovely!

    • I did expect to enjoy this one, but not as much as I did. Thanks for dropping by and I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts if you do get around to reading it.

      • It will be determined only by when I can check it out of my local library, as if they do not purchase it, I’ll have to wait to be six months out past publication to ILL it from another library. I used to purchase more books than I borrow, but situations changed and now I rely more on my library! In which case, I just have to wait and see! 🙂 I completely forgot to tell you that I love Egyptology! I nearly pursued it, except to say, I found reading about archaeological sites and artifacts (both non-fiction and fiction) suited me a bit better than actually being on bonefide dig sites full-time!

        Ahh, I double-checked both my library’s cat & the publication date of the book — they didn’t pick it up yet,… six months from September is March! I’ll have to reconvene our discussion then if it doesn’t pop up before!

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