Review of A Study In Ashes

Review of A Study In Ashes

I just finished the third book in the Baskerville series, A Study In Ashes, by Emma Jane Holloway, and overall, it was an excellent read. Evelina is eminently likeable, as she is not cut from the same cloth as most of the women from that era. She is smart, insatiably curious about all things mechanical, and has an aptitude for magic. 

The book is full of action from start to finish, as Evelina struggles to be who she is while staying within the bounds of who and what society says a woman should be. The only issue I had with this book and the second one is that she succumbs to the charms of more than one man. In my mind, it would have been better had she remained her own person, and not let her feminine side get the better of her.

Having said that, all three books are well worth the read, and one can while away many a delightful hour.

I would give it 9/10

About Susan McCaskill

Susan (or Sue, as she prefers to be called), was born in post war England, and lived there until the age of nine, when she and her mother emigrated to Canada. Her father died when she was nine, and left a huge impression on her. Both her parents encouraged her to read, and learn. She has always believed in fairies and elves, and probably always will, and as a child, she saw things many others didn't, and as a result she was thought to be a little strange.

Sue currently lives on beautiful Vancouver Island with her husband and three demanding cats.

Although she has been in Canada for so many years, she still misses the English and Welsh countryside, and because of this, her novel is based in the ancient, picturesque town of Betws-Y-Coed.

About herself, she says:

"I think I was born a writer, and got more confidence thanks to my grade five teacher, who was wonderful, and fostered my love for writing. I didn't write for almost 40 years, because of raising kids, life happenings, the usual drama. I started again sporadically ten years ago, and finished my first Mid Grade fantasy in 2013. Currently working on book 2.

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