Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for The Clockwork City by Shelley Adina, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
To me, Venice is already a city of fantasy with its canals and bridges rather than streets connecting the small islands that compose it. The Clockwork City adds an almost believable steampunk touch to its rich historical background that combined with a murder mystery makes it a delightfully clean adventure.
Widow Lady Georgia Brunel and her late husband’s Aunt Millicent have traveled to Venice for a leisurely painting holiday but that quickly changes course when a body is found floating at the entrance to her rented villa. Local law enforcement appears to be overlooking the case one minute and accusing Georgia of murder the next. Determined to solve the mystery and reunite the victim’s daughter with her mother, Georgia and Millie join forces with a Texican Ranger on a dangerous and deadly quest that will keep the reader engaged. Encounters with the fabled kraken add a special touch to the story.
I enjoyed this first book of the series and look forward to seeing if a certain potential romance will transpire in the next installment. An excellent book for teens, I recommend it to all who enjoy a steampunk theme with clean, faith-based content.
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by JustReads Publicity. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
April 1895. A painting holiday in Venice. A villa on the canal. A body in the water?
Lady Georgia Brunel, widowed a year, has been looking forward to her holiday in the Duchy of Venice with her companion, Millicent Brunel. The clockwork city’s annual art exhibition is in full swing, and old friends and new acquaintances make for an exciting social whirl. The married Lord Somersby would pursue her if he dared. Several members of the nobility, including those with connections to Lord and Lady Dunsmuir, make entertaining companions. And Georgia will never admit that Dustin Seacombe, the disheveled and irritating Texican Ranger who steps on one’s gown and will not confide his business in Venice, is the most interesting of all.
And then early one morning, the body of Lord Somersby washes up on the water stairs at the Brunel villa. An empty gondola floats nearby. Many assume it is an accident. The Duchy police assume a lover’s quarrel, with Georgia as their suspect. For there are powerful factions in the city who want this case solved and submerged as soon as possible. Georgia and Millie must act quickly to clear her name and discover the real murderer, before Georgia finds herself dancing with death instead.
First in a new series of adventurous mysteries set in the Magnificent Devices steampunk world!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
USA Today bestselling author Shelley Adina has written more than 50 novels published by Harlequin, Warner, Hachette, and Moonshell Books, Inc., her own independent press. She writes steampunk adventure and mystery; as Adina Senft, writes women’s fiction set among the Amish and other plain communities; and as Charlotte Henry, writes classic Regency romance. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Lancaster University in the UK. She won the Romance Writers of America RITA Award® for Best Inspirational Novel in 2005, was a finalist in 2006, and in 2009 was a Christy Award finalist. When she’s not writing, Shelley is usually quilting, sewing historical costumes, or enjoying the garden with her flock of rescued chickens.
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