Certainly no strangers to peculiar occurrences, agents Wellington Books and Eliza Braun are nonetheless stunned to observe a fellow passenger aboard Britain's latest hypersteam train suddenly vanish in a dazzling bolt of lightning. They soon discover this is not the only such disappearance ... with each case going inexplicably unexamined by the Crown.
The fate of England is once again in the hands of an ingenious archivist paired with a beautiful, fearless lady of adventure. And though their foe be fiendishly clever, so then is Mr. Books ... and Miss Braun still has a number of useful and unusual devices hidden beneath her petticoats.
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By Alan on 14-04-13
A peculiar affair
A great recording thoroughly believable with good characterisation in the accents and timing. The story, however, requires the total annihilation of belief not just its suspension - set in a re-imagined late Victorian London with a mis-matched couple fighting the bad guys (well, actually bad gals) and each other not to mention their boss ( a Victorian proto-M to their composite proto-Bond with a conscience) and the not-so-innocent bystanders.
If you are so far into fantasy fiction that you can suspend disbelief but not so far as losing touch with humanity then this is a good book well read and addictive enough to make you want the next in the series.
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By Amazon Customer on 01-03-14
Not as good as book 1
Another enjoyable romp from the pens of Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris but for me this one didn't quite live up to it's predecessor.
There is quite a good back story behind the main plot featuring Wellington & I will certainly listen to book 3.
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By Marianne on 05-08-12
Even Better than the First Novel in the Series
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I am fascinated with this series, as I am with many other Steampunk series. But the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences ranks in my favor up near Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate (which I absolutely adore). Just as in the first book of the series, Phoenix Rising, the plot's central mystery easily moves the novel along while Ballantine introduces intriguing characters, and delves deeper into the professional and personal relationship between partners Eliza Braun and Wellington Books. I highly recommend.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
By Dave on 07-06-12
Books and Braun Keep Stokin' the Boilers
This series just keeps getting better and I can't wait for the next one. Book 2 provides a little bit more of our heroes' back story but I still want to learn more. It's a fast pace rollicking adventure loaded with the action, by play, and humour that made Book 1 such a success.
Books and Braun are growing into a memorable partnership with their vibrant interaction. Each wonderfully drawn character providing the prefect foil to the other and don't forget our favourite Italian asassian. Then, there is that secret room down in the archives.
It's always the quiet ones
4 of 4 people found this review helpful