Friday, 12 July 2013

URBAN STEAMPUNK FANTASY: A Newbury and Hobbes Investigation: The Executioner's Heart - George Mann

Release Date: 12/07/13
Publisher:  Titan


A serial killer is loose on the streets of London, murdering apparently random members of the gentry with violent abandon. The corpses are each found with their chest cavities cracked open and their hearts removed. Charles Bainbridge, Chief Inspector of Scotland Yard, suspects an occult significance to the crimes and brings Newbury and Veronica in to investigate.


I love a tale that takes me to the world of Steampunk and whilst I do love having magical elements thrown in, I really enjoy getting to the heart of the matter with a cracking mystery which is precisely what you get with George’s latest title. The writing brings the element of Victorian society to the fore, utilises the machinations to help preserve the reigning monarch whilst also bringing the sense of wonder as out intrepid heroes go about solving the crime that has been set before them.

Add to the mix some great dialogue, some wonderful twists and all round it was pretty reasonable. However that said , the series has had other books published in it before by another publisher and when these were alluded to within the text I did feel more than a little cheated and would have preferred it if these had also been acquired to allow the reader a matching set.

All round a reasonable enough book and a series that I will continue to enjoy however I really have a lot of homework to do before hand in catching up with the duo’s earlier adventures.

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