Thursday, January 23, 2014
Join the indomitable detective duo of Sir Maurice Newbury and Miss Veronica Hobbes in the dangerous street of Victorian London as they battle to solve some of their most challenging cases yet.
After the slew of Sherlock books I was reviewing, it was fun and refreshing to find this little gem in my mail box. Not only is the cover beautiful (commence petting) but the stories inside are engaging and well written. If you enjoy chilling plague revenants, clockwork monsters and the occasional evil nemesis, this book is for you.
If you haven't read other Newbury and Hobbes stories, you can still get away with reading this, though there are some instances that refer back to previous adventures, but nothing that would take away from the pleasure of the stories.
My one complaint was that Ms. Veronica Hobbes doesn't feature very much in this book, in fact, nearly halfway through I was starting to think it simply should have been called "Newbury".
Other than that, there are no negative points going towards this book, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Clever and well done.
If you want to take the "Newbury and Hobbes" plunge, but don't know where to start, I suggest reading "The Infinity Bridge", which is a steampunk classic, and will introduce you to the two intrepid detectives.
I give this book 7 out of 8 on the octopus scale!