What I really enjoyed about this series (A Study in Silks, A Study in Darkness, A Study in Ashes):
- excellent Steampunk ideas, devices, and contrivances - likeable main character (and a non-bimbo sidekick! yay!) - fairly-well-developed characters and backgrounds - good knowledge of period dress and customs - well-developed worldbuilding for the magic base - clever alternate plot "truths" using Conan Doyle's "The Hound of the Baskervilles"
What I could have done without:
- protagonist's seemingly endless dithering about men, and treacly romantic scenes (to be fair, it *is* marketed as Paranormal Romance) - protagonist continually set as Damsel in Distress (kidnapped, trapped, imprisoned), only being freed by the next captor or by accident, rather than by her own ingenuity, skill, and pluck - resolution of the series where most important thing, sadly, seems to be the protagonist getting married to her man
If you like Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series, you will probably enjoy this one.
If you'd rather bypass the treacly romantic stuff, this series might be too much for you.