The Clockwork Scarab: Book summary and reviews of The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason

The Clockwork Scarab

A Stoker & Holmes Novel

By Colleen Gleason

The Clockwork Scarab
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  • Published in USA  Sep 2013,
    356 pages.
    Age range: Young Adult


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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. And when two society girls go missing, there's no one more qualified to investigate.

Now fierce Evaline and logical Mina must resolve their rivalry, navigate the advances of not just one but three mysterious gentlemen, and solve a murder with only one clue: the strange Egyptian scarab. The stakes are high.

If Stoker and Holmes don't unravel why the belles of London society are in such danger, they'll become the next victims.

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"Few answers are offered in this outing, but the author's writing exudes energy, romance, and humor, and she gives her heroines strong, vibrant personalities as they puzzle out the expansive mystery unfolding before them. Ages 12–up." - Publishers Weekly

"The mishmash of popular tropes (steampunk! vampires! Sherlock Holmes!) will bring readers in, but it's the friendship between the two girls that will keep them." - Kirkus

"All in 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

"With its fog-shrouded setting, its heart-racing and clever plot and, most of all, its two completely delightful, kick-butt heroines, The Clockwork Scarab is pure, delicious fun from beginning to end." - Rachel Hawkins, author of the Hex Hall series

"Charming, addicting, and oh-so-much-fun! I absolutely couldn't put it down!" - Kristi Cook, author of Haven

"Colleen Gleason manages to twine together steampunk, Holmesian mystery, Egyptian mythology, and even time travel into a seamless and fun read." - Leah Cypess, author of Nightspell

"Thank you, Colleen Gleason, for giving the world the teenage female equivalent of Sherlock Holmes! Where has she been all these years?" - Sophie Jordan, author of the Forgotten Princesses and the Firelight series

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Colleen Gleason is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of more than twenty novels. She is best known for her historical vampire slayer series The Gardella Vampire Chronicles, and the post-apocalyptic romance series The Envy Chronicles (as Joss Ware).

Set in steampunk Victorian London, The Clockwork Scarab is her debut young adult novel. She lives in the Midwest.

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