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Book Review | A Study in Shifters – Majanka Verstraete [Xpresso Book Tour]

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A Study in Shifters
Adventures of Marisol Holmes #1
by Majanka Verstraete
Publisher: Monster House Books, LLC
Release Date: June 26, 2018
Genre: Steampunk | Urban Fantasy
Pages: 300
Source: Xpresso Book Tour in Exchange for Honest Review
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Reviewed by Megan

Seventeen-year-old Marisol Holmes may be the great-great-great granddaughter of Sherlock Holmes, but it’s hard to live up to the family name when only one mistake can spell your downfall. After trusting the wrong guy in a case gone totally wrong, Marisol convinces the Conclave, an underground organization of detectives solving supernatural cases, to give her a last chance to prove her worth, and maybe even heal her broken heart.

After all, as a half-blood jaguar shifter, Marisol is uniquely qualified to solve this murder – and every scrap of evidence points toward the culprit being a fellow jaguar shifter. But is one of her own people involved, or is this all a ploy to kick Marisol’s mother off the shifter throne?

Then Marisol discovers her best friend, Roan, is missing, and maybe the killer’s next target. The stakes just got higher than political intrigue. Just when things couldn’t get worse, Marisol’s ex-boyfriend-turned-nemesis, Mannix, starts leaving sinister clues for her. Marisol fears this case might be far more personal than she could’ve imagined.

It’s time for Marisol to prove her worth, or her people could fall into chaos while her best friend loses his life. 


I haven’t really gotten into the shifter genre, but I have always loved Sherlock Holmes. I love the mysteries, the characters, and the many adaptations that have come and gone. That was what initially caught my interest when I saw this book – the great-great-great granddaughter of the famous Sherlock Holmes. Combine the legacy of Sherlock with a paranormal aspect – in this case the shifters – and what a story!


Marisol. While I really enjoyed this book, I had a bit of a problem with her character in the beginning. She’s upset over this Big Betrayal – she fell for a guy who turned out to be the villain, people died (including her cousin), and she got kicked out of the Conclave (think Scotland Yard meets Ministry of Magic!). My problem was her attitude with everything – she won’t let herself grieve because she doesn’t think she deserves to. In her mind, the Conclave was right to kick her out, yet she wants back in. She seems so conflicting in the beginning. However, it seems pretty natural for her. She was well-written and it just seems like that is her personality. As the story progressed, I enjoyed her character more.


This book was very fast-paced for me. Once I sat down and started reading, I was pulled into the story line almost immediately. I loved how the murder mystery enhanced the story but didn’t totally overpower it. You still have multiple aspects in this story – Marisol’s issues with her creepy ex and the “Big Betrayal”, her mother and the shifter royalty, and the almost clash between that royal aspect and the Sherlock Holmes legacy. It’s like they’re both fighting for the lead spot in her life and she’s stuck in the middle. In the end, however, it’s all interwoven to create a perfectly cohesive novel.

This is one of those books that ends well, wrapping up aspects that need to be wrapped up (you’re not getting any spoilers out of this ginger!), but I can already tell it will work well as a series. I am eager to see how the story progresses with the next book!

Majanka HEADSHOT.pngAbout the Author

Author Majanka Verstraete has written more than twenty unique works of fiction. A native of Belgium, Majanka’s novels explore the true nature of monsters: the good, the bad, and just about every species in between. Her young adult books include the acclaimed Mirrorland (YA Dark Fantasy) and Angel of Death (YA Paranormal) series of novels. At MHB, Majanka is currently developing a new shifter series with a fresh take on fierce female detectives called The Adventures of Marisol Holmes.

When she’s not writing, Majanka is probably playing World of Warcraft or catching up with the dozens of TV series she’s addicted to.

Where is Majanka Verstraete?
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A big thank you to Xpresso Book Tours and Majanka Verstraete for my review copy of A Study in Shifters. The gifting of this book in no way influenced my review and all opinions expressed within are entirely my own.


Are you a Sherlock Holmes addict like me? What about shifters? Have you read Majanka’s new book? If so, let me know in the comments below! I’d love to chat about it with you 🙂 And, as always, thanks for reading! We wouldn’t be here without you ❤




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