In this atmospheric and mysterious novel, the science of mesmerism in Regency England is explored. Amelia enters the pages as a sympathetic heroine, while Ewan is a stoic and honorable hero throughout….
Klassen’s novels are always shot through with strands of mystery, but this is the first one that I remember being a straight-up murder mystery….
When William Hawksmoor unexpectedly becomes the Marquis of Athelney, the former Navy captain has no idea of the sallies and broadsides that await him in the drawing rooms of the countryside’s gentry folk….
Hazel Stillman was left with no illusions that she would ever marry. Born with a clubbed foot, she was hidden away from the world by her parents and abandoned to a girls’ school. She pours her energies into higher math and becomes a teacher, learning to find joy in scholarship instead of relationships. When her uncle Elliott presents her with an inheritance, she sees it as an opportunity to save her school from being sold. But the money comes with strings attached…
A writer for her aunt’s Marriage Gazette, Miss Amelie Hampton is a hopeless romantic who has fallen for one of the newspaper’s clients, Mr. Harold Radcliffe (or should I say, Mr. Dashing?). When police detective Michael Baker approaches Amelie about an investigation on Mr. Radcliffe, Amelie agrees to go undercover to help him in order to clear Mr. Radcliffe’s name. But the closer she gets to her dashing suitor, the more questions are unearthed…
Summer on the seaside . . . a perfect place for romance. Each of these three novellas was a delightful little gem. As every novelist knows, sometimes writing short is harder than writing long, but each storyline was well-crafted and perfectly paced and took me about an hour to read.
Granted a letter of marque, presumably by the king himself, Captain Tuttle set out on the noble quest of lawful piracy, seizing a hold full of tea and bringing it home to sell. But when he arrived at the dock, the letter of marque mysteriously disappeared, leaving Captain Tuttle holding the bag while his now illegal cargo is seized. Lady Madeleine, whose failing family has made one last gamble on this voyage, will lose everything if the cargo is confiscated. As William Snopes and his colleagues investigate the case, they are thwarted at every turn, leading Snopes to believe that someone very high up in the government has an interest in keeping the truth from coming to light….
Lord Farnsworth is sentimental about one thing–the house that belonged to his mother. But when bankruptcy threatens, he comes up with a plan of assured brilliance: he will sell the estate to the charming young lady who wants it, and then charm her into marrying him so he can have it back. What follows is a wooing of horrific lengths and hilarious proportions….
This is a remarkable paranormal series that takes gaslamp/steampunk fantasy and mixes it with beasts of legend. In the end, Liz Sharp has to be willing to give up all hope of victory if it means doing what is right…
superstitions in Tudor England were actually based in fact? What if animals could talk and fairies roamed free, ready to wreak their mischief on hapless town folk?