The Clockwork Scarab Review

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Lovers of mysteries, vampires, time travel, and steampunk will LOVE this novel by Colleen Gleason!


First off, LOOK at that cover! Isn’t it mesmerizing?! I love the intricate details and jewel tone colors. It immediately makes you want to open it up and devour ALL OF THE WORDS!


Once you dive into the story, you are swept into an alternative Victorian England where young girls of station are being mysteriously murdered. FASCINATING!


Enter on stage left Evaline Stoker, descendant of a long line of vampire hunters, and the sister of Bram Stoker, author of Dracula. Enter stage right Mina Holmes, the niece of the famous detective, Sherlock Holmes. The two girls cannot be more different. And yet, because of their family legacies and their own unique abilities, they are charged to put their lives on the line for the sake of the Crown- to catch a killer.


Throw in a time travelling hunk, a red headed detective, a swoony bad boy, and you’ve got yourself the perfect novel!


You guys, I can’t gush enough about how wonderful this book is! I listened to it on Audible, and the narrator, Jayne Entwistle, is PHENOMENAL. If you’re an audio book person, I highly recommend giving this book a try!


It is the perfect blend of mystery, romance, paranormal, and steampunk… Don’t miss out on this story! Download a copy today!

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Waiting on Wednesday- Dreaming Spies

Waiting on Wednesday: Dreaming Spies (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes Series #13)


 This is the first I’ve heard of this series, but it sounds awesome! This is a re-telling of Sherlock Holmes, but this time, he is married to Mary Russell and they are solving mysteries together!

Laurie R. King’s New York Times bestselling novels of suspense featuring Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, are critically acclaimed and beloved by readers for the author’s adept interplay of history and adventure. Now the intrepid duo is finally trying to take a little time for themselves—only to be swept up in a baffling case that will lead them from the idyllic panoramas of Japan to the depths of Oxford’s most revered institution.
After a lengthy case that had the couple traipsing all over India, Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are on their way to California to deal with some family business that Russell has been neglecting for far too long. Along the way, they plan to break up the long voyage with a sojourn in southern Japan. The cruising steamer Thomas Carlyle is leaving Bombay, bound for Kobe. Though they’re not the vacationing types, Russell is looking forward to a change of focus—not to mention a chance to travel to a location Holmes has not visited before. The idea of the pair being on equal footing is enticing to a woman who often must race to catch up with her older, highly skilled husband.
Aboard the ship, intrigue stirs almost immediately. Holmes recognizes the famous clubman the Earl of Darley, whom he suspects of being an occasional blackmailer: not an unlikely career choice for a man richer in social connections than in pounds sterling. And then there’s the lithe, surprisingly fluent young Japanese woman who befriends Russell and quotes haiku. She agrees to tutor the couple in Japanese language and customs, but Russell can’t shake the feeling that Haruki Sato is not who she claims to be.
Once in Japan, Russell’s suspicions are confirmed in a most surprising way. From the glorious city of Tokyo to the cavernous library at Oxford, Russell and Holmes race to solve a mystery involving international extortion, espionage, and the shocking secrets that, if revealed, could spark revolution—and topple an empire.” (Description from

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Fab Five Free Books

Fab Five Free Books

I love ebooks! I love physical books as well, but something awesome about ebooks is that you can get a lot of public domain books for free! So listed here are the fab five free public domain books, in my opinion.

1. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle: Although I am a huge Sherlock Holmes fan, I must say it can be difficult to get through his full-length novels. However, I’m a huge proponent of his short story collections! The mysteries move quickly and the cunning plan is revealed more quickly. Get your free eVersion here:

2. Emma by Jane Austen: As I have shared with you all before here,Emma is the best Jane Austen book I have read. She is a flawed heroine, but her escapades make for an interesting read. The love interest in the story is the only one who sees her for who she really is. Not only can you get it for free for your eReader, you can also download on audio version at Get your free Kindle version here:

3. The Works of Edgar Allan Poe: Volume 2 by Edgar Allan Poe: Poe is the genius behind such tales as “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Raven,” and “The Pit and the Pendulum.” This particular collection includes 19 short stories, including “The Pit and the Pendulum,” “The Black Cat,” “The Masque of Red Death,” and “The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar.” I listed only the stories I myself have read. :) Beware, there are many eBook versions of Poe’s stories that are not free (don’t know why!). However, they are in the public domain and I scoured the internet to find a free version for you here:

4. The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry: Speaking of short stories, The Gift of the Magi is the classic Christmas story of two newlyweds. It’s O. Henry’s best-known short story and one of the few I could find free. If you end up enjoying this free tale, I suggest you read The Last Leaf and The Ransom of Red Chief.

5. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens: The Gift of the Magi made me think of Christmas tales, which led me to this classic! Everyone knows the classic story and it has been re-done in various TV shows and movies, but that doesn’t make the original any less fun to read. It’s truly a story that warms your heart and puts you in the Christmas mood! The free version is here:

Bonus book: You can also read Little Women by Louisa May Alcott free on Kindle! Read it here:

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Man Crush Monday- Sherlock Holmes

Man Crush Monday- Sherlock Holmes


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Oh, Sherlock Holmes! Although in the books, he’s never been in a romantic relationship, I believe many a reader has fallen for him. There’s something about the aloof, but ultra-intelligent man that draws women to him. You know how people want what they can’t have? That’s Sherlock Holmes. He is so focused on solving puzzles that he doesn’t have the time or brainpower to focus on women.

His high level of intelligence is the most attractive part about Sherlock Holmes. He sees someone, makes deductions, and can instantly tell many things about them. He reads and researches constantly and can spew random facts like no one else. He is also very focused on justice. Sherlock uses his powers of deduction to bring criminals to justice. He is obsessed with finding out the truth and making sure no criminal goes free. In this way, he is very chivalrous, especially when it is young ladies coming to him for help who have no one else to turn to.

Sherlock is also involved in one of the most famous bromances in history. Who doesn’t love a guy in a bromance? His faithful companion, Watson, is by his side through it all. I would totally want to hang out with this pair.

If you want my opinion on what Sherlock Holmes book you should start with, click here.

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Throwback Thursday- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

By Arthur Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes is one of those classic characters from literature. Today, we have the BBC show Sherlock, the CBS show Elementary, and the movies Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows, all based loosely on these books. Sherlock Holmes is not QUITE as tactless and harsh as he is in the shows; that’s a little bit played up. While he is very focused on the facts, he is still polite to women in distress. He’s just as intelligent and clever with his deductions as he is in the shows, though.

If you’ve never read Sherlock Holmes before, I believe this book is the best place to start because it has short Sherlock Holmes stories. It’s always fascinating to see how Sherlock solves the mystery, but some of the longer stories drag on forever and it takes too long to get to the solution. The short stories are definitely my favorite! The one I like best is the very short “A Scandal in Bohemia” because this is where Sherlock meets Irene Adler, which is the closest thing he ever got to a love interest (and still very far away from that in the stories). It’s also very clever on the part of both characters.

Watson, of course, plays the more human companion to Sherlock’s genius. These two unlikely friends somehow go so well together. Watson reminds us what an anomaly Sherlock is, but their friendship also reminds the reader that Sherlock is indeed human. Human enough to have a friend like Watson by his side.

Read this book if you’ve had any interest in Sherlock Holmes whatsoever. This collection of short stories will gear you up for the longer mysteries!

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