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The Lazarus Curiosity: A Steampunk Thriller Taking You Into A Dark and Mysterious World of Victorian Illusionists

Steam, Smoke and Mirrors, Book 2
Narrated by: Karl Jenkinson
Series: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
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Summary

When not performing two sold-out shows every night, Music Hall Steampunk illusionists and consultants to Scotland Yard, slick-talking Michael Magister and the feisty Phoebe Le Breton, must solve the crime of the century, while saving the nation from a conclave of fiendish psychopaths led by the crazed renegade Jesuit known only as "The Black Bishop".

In the sequel to their acclaimed debut in Steam, Smoke and Mirrors, who dare Michael and Phoebe trust in this dark Victorian world of weird science, conspiracy and the occult?

Panicked by a satanic portrait painter, determined to disgrace the Royal family...terrorized by a deadly gas, primed to wipe out the Government....

With great reluctance, what else can Superintendent William Melville of the Special Branch do but, once again, send for...The Magicians!

Murder and malevolence, treachery and tragedy – all must surely be inevitable!

Especially when the Tarot predicts – death.

The Location?

London in 1899 was never like this. Well, actually it was, but history has been revised and redacted. Queen Victoria still reigns, Salisbury is Prime Minister, and Scotland Yard’s Superintendent William Melville heads the Special Branch, but bizarre new dangers stalked the misty streets, and Steam, Smoke & Mirrors sets out to reveal those stranger curiosities – crimes the Establishment would prefer to remain supressed.  

The Detectives?

When murder and mayhem become so inexplicably weird, leaving the finest detectives of Scotland Yard’s Special Branch baffled and bemused, they must reluctantly turn to Music Hall magicians Michael Magister and Phoebe Le Breton. Experts in the arts of deception and misdirection, wise-cracking showman Michael and glamorous intellectual Phoebe help unlock the secrets and unravel the mysteries of the most thrilling, unfathomable crimes of the Victorian age. But could the enigma surrounding Michael Magister and Phoebe Le Breton themselves prove more perilous than the crimes they solve?     

What other books have you written and in what order should they be listened to?

Steam, Smoke and Mirrors, unofficially titled The Mesmer Curiosity, is the first in the series. The Lazarus Curiosity continues the story and a short story..."The Windsor Curiosity."

Why should a listener pick up your book?

If you enjoy a crime-solving cocktail of murder mystery, history and humour, laced with science and the supernatural, all served up with kick-ass action, well....  

What is Steampunk?

Imagine a Victorian-age of invention and innovation inspired by the extreme science of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. Steampunk embraces art, fashion, literature in a highly stylish, 19th century steam-driven world of what could well have been.
 

©2017 Colin Edmonds (P)2020 Caffeine Nights Publishing
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Hugely entertaining

This was the most fun I've had listening to a book in ages, I'm hoping there will soon be a book three.

It's steampunk, it's humorous, it's got all the weird inventions required of a good steampunk read and it has some dastardly plans by some devious villains, it's all very entertaining. My favourite scene though had to be the Aleister Crowley scene, featuring the dastardly Alan Bennett (not sure of the spelling there), although there are many entertaining scenes throughout.

Karl Jenkinson narrates it perfectly, I thoroughly recommend this.

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  • 01-07-20

Another winner

This is an alternative reality steam-punk version of Victorian Britain with some familiar characters and some unlikely technology, such as devices using the ether.

What can I say about this book, Octopus? Again Michael and Phoebe must save the day as evil characters get their hands on a device that allows one to move through solid objects (like the walls of a bank). Father O'Connor actually serves a purpose in this book, as unintended ballast and as a translator. Other than that he's just an annoying character.

An enjoyable second romp in the world of Steam, Smoke and Mirrors.

I received a free copy of this book and chose to write a review.

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