The Zeppelin Deception

The Zeppelin Deception

Mina Holmes and Evaline Stoker return in their final–and most exciting–adventure together. Will the Ankh be brought to justice? What will happen now that we know Pix’s real identity? And what about Dylan? …And Grayling? And what is that strange and mysterious airship that flies over London?...

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Title:The Zeppelin Deception
Author:Colleen Gleason
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The Zeppelin Deception Reviews

  • Tarra

    A fantastic ending to the adventures of Miss Stoker and Miss Holmes. I didn't know how the author was going to wrap up the series considering there were so many open ends after book four. Never underestimate Colleen Gleason, because she provided a poignant, vibrant, descriptive book that completed a very satisfying journey for the two strong heroines.

    In this series, we see both Mina and Evaline grow, change, learn to trust and to love. I loved watching these two characters throughout their year

    A fantastic ending to the adventures of Miss Stoker and Miss Holmes. I didn't know how the author was going to wrap up the series considering there were so many open ends after book four. Never underestimate Colleen Gleason, because she provided a poignant, vibrant, descriptive book that completed a very satisfying journey for the two strong heroines.

    In this series, we see both Mina and Evaline grow, change, learn to trust and to love. I loved watching these two characters throughout their year (over the course of the five books) solve mysteries, both the paranormal kind and just trying to navigate through the waters of growing up, first friendships, and first loves. Our heroes make a stand, the bad guys get their due, and there are some big surprises along the way.

    All the favorite characters (and even a few new ones) are back for one last swan song. The reader is vividly transported to alt-history steampunk London in the late 1800s. Gorgeous descriptions of the buildings of the city, the costumes and clothing paint a lovely picture of this unique world.

    I've appreciated that this is a series that can be read and enjoyed with my daughter. There are no lose ends to the series, but it's definitely left the possibility open for some spin off stories.

  • Jessi

    A wonderful ending to a series I will dearly miss. Thanks for a steampunk filled story, that I absolutely couldn't put down!

  • Peper

    It's a cold, blustery day in January of 1890 when Mina Holmes receives an invitation to Evaline Stoker's wedding. The two young women - partners and occasionally friends - haven't spoken for nearly two months, since the events at the Carnelian Crow.

    Shocked, Mina is still looking at the invitation when constables from Scotland Yard begin pounding on her front door. They've arrived to arrest her for the murder of a man she's never even heard of.

    Meanwhile, Evaline has her hands full with wedding pl

    It's a cold, blustery day in January of 1890 when Mina Holmes receives an invitation to Evaline Stoker's wedding. The two young women - partners and occasionally friends - haven't spoken for nearly two months, since the events at the Carnelian Crow.

    Shocked, Mina is still looking at the invitation when constables from Scotland Yard begin pounding on her front door. They've arrived to arrest her for the murder of a man she's never even heard of.

    Meanwhile, Evaline has her hands full with wedding plans (boring) and an overbearing sister who wants to manage her every move - including a dizzying array of social activities. In the midst of all this, she receives an invitation to visit Lady Isabella Cosgrove-Pitt, a most villainous woman.

    With Pix in jail, Mina being hunted by Scotland Yard, and Evaline dining with the murderous Lady Isabella what more can possibly go wrong?

    Plenty. And when the mysterious black zeppelin appears once again in the night sky, things are about to get even more dangerous for Miss Stoker and Miss Holmes.

  • Mary

    I loved this final installment of the Stoker & Holmes series! There were so many questions to answer and as the story progressed, even more mysteries materialized. Colleen Gleason did a great job of revealing bit by bit how each of the main characters (both the villains and the heroes) have played a part in the events of the whole series. There are so many surprises, but the story is wrapped up in a satisfying way, with just a hint of new adventures to come. I envy those who are just finding

    I loved this final installment of the Stoker & Holmes series! There were so many questions to answer and as the story progressed, even more mysteries materialized. Colleen Gleason did a great job of revealing bit by bit how each of the main characters (both the villains and the heroes) have played a part in the events of the whole series. There are so many surprises, but the story is wrapped up in a satisfying way, with just a hint of new adventures to come. I envy those who are just finding the series and can binge it in one sitting!

    The descriptions of the costumes for the masquerade ball and the many gadgets of the alternate Victorian London allowed me to picture the fashions and mechanisms vividly. Even the descriptions of the fanciful foods had me craving a crab claw!

    I loved that we got to see our couples dance around their romantic issues. It was typical Mina and Evaline that they could see clearly how the other's gentleman friend was totally in love but were unable to see it in their own romantic interest. And while there was a little more romance, since the characters all knew each other better and were a little older, it was all still appropriate for an adolescent/young adult audience.

    Action, intrigue, romance, steampunk, and vampires--what more could you want?

  • Pat Chrivia

    Excellent series. Love these characters

  • Daisy

    Quality Rating: Three Stars

    Enjoyment Rating: Four Stars

    Stoker & Holmes has been a guilty pleasure of mine for about three years, and I'm a little sad to see it end. The Zeppelin Deception does a good job of satisfying wrapping up the series to the point where I enjoyed it a little more than the others, actually. It didn't have loads of filler crammed in to make it longer; it just focused on finishing the story.

    So pacing was a real strength in the final instalment, but it still didn't stop th

    Quality Rating: Three Stars

    Enjoyment Rating: Four Stars

    Stoker & Holmes has been a guilty pleasure of mine for about three years, and I'm a little sad to see it end. The Zeppelin Deception does a good job of satisfying wrapping up the series to the point where I enjoyed it a little more than the others, actually. It didn't have loads of filler crammed in to make it longer; it just focused on finishing the story.

    So pacing was a real strength in the final instalment, but it still didn't stop the completely unnecessary descriptions. I really don't need to have two pages reporting on every piece of food eaten or every outfit worn. I really don't care. Yes, the designs (particularly of clothes) are pretty cool with the Steampunk element prevalent in this series, but I'm not here for a catwalk or a buffet. Take a paragraph (if that) and then move on, please.

    But, regardless, The Zeppelin Deception was very disciplined in wrapping up the series as a whole. The temptation in a final instalment is to throw in loads of last-minute twists for the sake of it, but this ultimately ends up either confusing the resolution or just completely changing the game you're supposed to be wrapping up. What this book did was give enough of a new plot to get momentum up, but then allowed the characters to naturally follow their own lines of suspicion that have been building up over five books to finally end the series. (And that's not to say that there weren't any final twists - oh, there definitely are - but they aren't at the expense of the final resolution.)

    A book where the characters are allowed to be themselves with (mostly) no consequences - while unrealistic, especially in Victorian London - is really nice to read. I'm not here to gather material for an in-depth essay, I'm here for an enjoyable, easy read. And, whether deliberate or not, Gleason takes full advantage of that in her creative license; our imagination is already stretched so use it to give the reader things they will genuinely get joy from. For example, these books are 60% fluffy romance - totally valid anyway. But it's not my thing, yet a couple like Mina and Grayling are cute enough for me to forget about that for a while. Why not?

    It's quite a sappy ending, but sometimes that's enjoyable. Stoker & Holmes are definitely a guilty pleasure and aren't works of Shakespeare, but they've been a lot of fun to read.

  • Kris

    Honestly, not the best book in the series: the action is tightly scripted and the pacing is excellent but the ending fell flat. There was a big build up, but the conclusion was an enormous drop...literally. And then several pages of exposition to explain the Deus ex Machina existence of Mina's mother in the story.

    There was also a creepy moment of possible incest? Ugh, no just no. Also the twist with Mina was unecessary and, I felt, a mean thing to do to her and to her character.

    It was good to se

    Honestly, not the best book in the series: the action is tightly scripted and the pacing is excellent but the ending fell flat. There was a big build up, but the conclusion was an enormous drop...literally. And then several pages of exposition to explain the Deus ex Machina existence of Mina's mother in the story.

    There was also a creepy moment of possible incest? Ugh, no just no. Also the twist with Mina was unecessary and, I felt, a mean thing to do to her and to her character.

    It was good to see Evaline FINALLY shake off her dishrag listlessness and take control of her life again.

  • Jackie

    It was alright... I felt like the magic of the earlier books wasn’t in here... I liked the girls working together but it takes too long to get them together. Also I didn’t like the twist with Mina...

  • Oda Renate

    beauutifuul cover!

    AND summary. I NEED TO GET MY HANDS ON 4.

  • Hannah

    Jan 2018

    *Waiting for publication date to be announced*

    Dec 2018

    So apparently the fourth was self published, but I'm still hoping for updates because this is currently the only series that I have any desire to keep up with, and the book release dates are at least 2 years apart each time......

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