The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason has a little bit of everything -- steampunk, Sherlock, time travel, Egyptology, romance, mystery.
Holmes, daughter of Mycroft, and Evaline Stoker, sister of Bram, are
brought together by Irene Adler to investigate a series of mysterious
deaths. Mina, who aspires to follow in her uncle's footsteps, is a
skilled (if inexperienced) investigator, and Evaline is a highly trained
(though also inexperienced) vampire hunter. Together, they must
infiltrate a secret society dedicated to the Egyptian goddess Sekhmet
and discover why upper-class girls like themselves have been dying under
mysterious circumstances. Along the way, they are sometimes helped,
sometimes hindered by an all-too-clever Scotland Yard investigator, a
charming pickpocket, and a strange young man from a future where
electricity, not steam, is the preferred source of energy.
wanted to enjoy this book, but I think perhaps it tries to do too much.
The time travel element is unnecessary, the mystery is left partially
unsolved, and the romantic elements are rather unsatisfactory. There are
a few instances where the dialogue is a little too modern for the
setting, and a few holes in the plot strained my credulity. I did enjoy
parts of this story, but when I closed the book, I found myself thinking
that the whole of the story came out as less, somehow, than the sum of
(Reviewed from an advance copy, courtesy of the publisher, via the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.)