February 9, 2016

the chess queen enigma

My friends!!! Have you seen 'The Chess Queen Enigma' by Colleen Gleason? It's the latest in her series about Stoker & Holmes - that would be Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes (the sister of Bram and the niece of Sherlock Holmes, which I have to say is tad tricky because Mina was the main female character from Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' novel but hey.)

Ok I am going off asap to see if my library has these. Don't they look so fun? YA steampunk mystery. I'm outraged that books like this didn't exist when I was a young girl. I would have FREAKED OUT over books like these, featuring the later-Victorian London time period. I'm freaking out now. Evaline, is a daring young aspiring vampire slayer, who loves thrill and excitement and derring-do. Mina is a chip of the old sleuthing block, preferring a more academic approach to mystery solving - which requires her to use her scientifically-based detective skills.

Also, please check out and admire the covers. I love a good cover, my friends. I've bought many books just because of their covers. I have sky high hopes that these are fun and cute, and they just seem like the right thing to read while drinking some Earl Grey with shortbread cookies. I would say I should begin making book pairings with teas and treats, but I think there a few blogs that already do that....


  1. I wish I had known you were interested in this series! I have the first two on the shelf right now at The Neverending Bookshop. Do you want me to put them on hold for you? -Annie

    1. Annie!!!!!! First, hello and I'm thrilled to have met you today! YES PLEASE. Save me the first one, I'll come get this weekend! How fun!

  2. It was so nice to meet you as well! I'll pull the first book and have it waiting for you! ^_^

  3. These sound very interesting. Pinning for later....