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Emma Jane Holloway
A Study in Silks (Book 1: The Baskerville Affair series)



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Evelina Cooper, the niece of the great Sherlock Holmes, is poised to enjoy her first Season in London's high society, but there's a murderer to deal with—not to mention missing automatons, a sorcerer, and a talking mouse.

When Evelina Cooper finds a kitchen maid slaughtered in the dead of night, London Society shows the fangs behind its gilded mask. Secrecy becomes paramount, justice is dismissed, and Evelina wants to know why. The daughter of a misalliance between a circus-born adventurer and a lady of the town, Evelina has legacies of both magic and of great intellectual prowess. Evelina has been able to keep her talent under wraps, but torn between two loves and dodging the police, the villains, and the man who would be her mentor, Evelina struggles for justice and to preserve what freedom she can call her own.


Praise for Emma Jane Holloway's A Study in Silks:

"Holloway stuffs her adventure with an abundance of characters and ideas and fills her heroine with talents and graces, all within a fun, brisk narrative." —Publishers Weekly

"Splendid . . . The characters are thoroughly charming and the worldbuilding is first-rate." —RT Book Reviews (four stars)

"This book has just about everything: magic, machines, mystery, mayhem, and all the danger one expects when people's loves and fears collide. I can't wait to return to the world of Evelina Cooper!"
—Kevin Hearne, New York Times bestselling author of The Iron Druid Chronicles

"As Sherlock Holmes's niece, investigating murder while navigating the complicated shoals of Society—and romance—in an alternate Victorian England, Evelina Cooper is a charming addition to the canon."
—Jacqueline Carey, New York Times bestselling author of the Kushiel's Legacy series

"Holloway takes us for quite a ride, as her plot snakes through an alternate Victorian England full of intrigue, romance, murder, and tiny sandwiches. Full of both thrills and frills." —Nicole Peeler, author of the Jane True series

"A Study in Silks is a charming, adventurous ride with a heroine who is both clever and talented. The brushes with the Sherlock Holmes mythos only add to the fun of this tale, and readers are bound to fall in love with Evelina and the London she inhabits." —Philippa Ballantine, author of Geist

"In A Study in Silks, Emma Jane Holloway has created a wonderful reimagining of the Sherlock Holmes mythos set in a late-Victorian Britain ruled by nefarious industrial titans called steam barons. Holloway's clever writing, attention to detail, and sublime characters forge a fascinating world that combines brass-plated steampunk technology with magic. By turns a coming-of-age story, a gas-lamp thriller, and a whimsical magical fantasy, A Study in Silks is the premiere novel of an author to watch." —Susan Griffith, author of the Vampire Empire series


Genre/Category: Fantasy/Mystery
Length: 496 pages
Setting: England
Period: Victorian Era
Publication Date: September 2013

North American English rights, Random House (Del Rey)
World English excl. North America and Philippines (Piatkus)
World French rights, Bragelonne
Audio rights, Audible

For all other rights contact The Cooke Agency.
Emma Jane Holloway

Ever since childhood, EMMA JANE HOLLOWAY refused to accept that history was nothing but facts prisoned behind the closed door of time. Why waste a perfectly good playground coloring within the timelines? Accordingly, her novels are filled with whimsical impossibilities and the occasional eye-blinking impertinence—but always in the service of grand adventure. She pursues fantasy, history, and steampunk adventures. The Baskerville Affair is just the beginning.

Struggling between the practical and the artistic—a family tradition, along with ghosts and a belief in the curative powers of shortbread—Emma Jane has a degree in literature and job in finance. She lives in the Pacific Northwest in a house crammed with books, musical instruments, and half-finished sewing projects. In the meantime, she's published articles, essays, short stories, and enough novels to build a fort for her stuffed hedgehog.

She can be found online at www.rowanartistry.com and @RowanAshArt.