Should you dare to read it, “The Adventure of the Wollaston Ritual” will serve as a fine (and perhaps a little frightening) introduction to Evelina Cooper, the niece of none other than the great detective Sherlock Holmes. Her world is one of sorcery, automatons and mystery. The main course in this succulent fiction feast – A Study in Silk – will be served September 24. In the meantime, consider “The Adventure of the Wollaston Ritual” to be a scrumptious hors d’oeuvre.
The Baskerville Affair:
The Adventure of the Wollaston Ritual (Free Short Story)
A Study in Silks
The Strange and Alarming Courtship of Miss Imogen Roth (Free Short Story)
A Study in Darkness
The Steamspinner Mutiny (Free Short Story)
A Study in Ashes
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The Adventure of the Wollaston Ritual is a prequel to Emma Jane Holloway's new series that can be read online for FREE here.
This is a fab introduction to the series and considering it's only around 60 pages it does a really good job of introducing the main character. Evelina Cooper is the niece of Sherlock Holmes and had rather an unusual upbringing until her grandmother insisted on sending her to Wollaston boarding school so she could learn to be a proper lady. Now she is in her last year of school and about to graduate but before she leaves she needs to solve a mystery. Someone has been digging up graves in the local cemetery but the question is why and what are they doing with the bodies?
I don't want to say much more about the story because it would be far to easy to give spoilers but this is a fast paced and enjoyable read. I really liked Evelina, she is smart, resourceful and a good friend. She has a strong bond with Imogen and I think they're going to get themselves into all sorts of trouble! We are also introduced to a potential future love interest but although I'm curious we haven't seen enough of him for me to decide if I really like him or not.
I liked the steampunk setting and we are definitely given hints that Evelina has magical abilities which I'm looking forward to exploring further in the next book. I just hope the rest of the series remains as strong as the prequel, if it does then it's sure to become a new favourite.
Source: Free read on Emma Jane Holloway's website here.
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