The Spiritglass Charade

Stoker & Holmes

Book 2
Chronicle Books
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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.

Includes bonus material!
- Sneak peek chapter from the next book in the Stoker and Holmes series The Chess Queen Enigma by Colleen Gleason
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From award-winning, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Colleen Gleason...the final installment in the Macey Gardella: Vampire Hunter trilogy, set in 1920s Chicago.

Macey Gardella Denton has loved, lost, and made difficult, heart-wrenching decisions, but now she must stay strong as she battles the most malevolent of evils--the horrifying Nicholas Iscariot.

But even facing down the most terrifying of all undead is nothing compared to the terror happening in her personal life, with her father showing up after a thirteen year absence.

Macey can wield a stake as well as Victoria Gardella, but when it comes to those she loves...can she balance her heart with what's right?

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Praise for the Gardella Vampire Hunters:

"Sophisticated, sexy, surprising!” —J.R. Ward

"One of my favorite vampire series!" —Jeaniene Frost

“Colleen Gleason’s irresistible…series is deliciously dark and delightfully entertaining.” —Chicago Tribune

“Gleason’s publishing debut turns vampire stories—and romances—on their ear.” —Detroit Free Press

"The Rest Falls Away, Gleason's publishing debut...turns vampire stories--and romances--on their ear with a decidedly dark, decidedly unsentimental Regency heroine who stakes the undead with the best of them." —Detroit Free Press

"The undead rise to great heights through Gleason's phenomenal storytelling. She creates a chilling world with the perfect atmosphere of fear and sexual tension." —Romantic Times

"Gleason keeps upping the ante with each novel, weaving the characters around her readers with each engaging conversation and narrative, every stage set of all the appropriate gothic gloom and melting beauty." —Book Fetish

"...Above all, the writing is what recommends this book most. Gleason's writing is sharp and taut, which makes for excellent action sequences, and a plot that travels quickly from the start. The writing strength alone gives me ample reassurance that this potentially plot-heavy series is in the right hands. I'm definitely looking forward to the next installment." —Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

The complete Gardella Vampire Hunters series is as follows:

VICTORIA
The Rest Falls Away
Rises the Night
The Bleeding Dusk
When Twilight Burns
As Shadows Fade
Max Stops the Presses (short story)

MACEY / MAX DENTON
Roaring Midnight
Raging Dawn (short novel)
Roaring Shadows
Raging Winter (short novel)
Roaring Dawn

Also related:
THE DRACULIA VAMPIRE TRILOGY
Dark Rogue
Dark Saint
Dark Vixen
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Publisher
Chronicle Books
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Published on
Oct 7, 2014
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Pages
360
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ISBN
9781452130583
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Language
English
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Genres
Young Adult Fiction / Mysteries & Detective Stories
Young Adult Fiction / Romance / General
Young Adult Fiction / Social Themes / Friendship
Young Adult Fiction / Steampunk
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"Gleason has vamped up the familiar world of Holmes and Watson...to paranormally exhilarating effect." -- The New York Times

The girls are back! Evaline Stoker (sister of Bram) and Mina Holmes (niece of Sherlock) return in the fourth volume of the steampunk adventure series set in an alternate Victorian London.

Ever since the debacle of the Chess Queen Enigma, Mina Holmes and Evaline Stoker have laid low, trying to settle back into their quiet lives as young ladies of London. But the Holmesian deductive abilities won't remain dormant for long, and when Mina receives a strange package from a winged, midnight visitor, she is catapulted into a new, dangerous adventure: the search for The Carnelian Crow.

Meanwhile, Evaline has received some very disturbing news--news that will change her life forever. Along with that unpleasant knowledge is the strange disappearance of her nemesis, the disreputable pickpocket Pix.

When it becomes clear the arch-villainess the Ankh has made her next move, it will take all of Mina's Holmesian ingenuity and Evaline's courage and determination to stop the criminal from executing her boldest and most dangerous plan yet!

PRAISE FOR STOKER & HOLMES

"This book has it all...the vivid setting and the finely drawn, compelling heroines make this a fine choice for readers who like their stories with steampunk spice and smart, strong women." -- School Library Journal

"There's lots of fun to be had from this odd-couple investigative team's snarky banter, the well-imagined setting's steampunk details, and Gleason's flashes of satiric humor." --The Horn Book

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