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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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amazing book

amazing book enjoyed every minute

When not performing two sold-out shows every night, Music Hall Steampunk illusionists and consultants to Scotland Yard,

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A great sequel

I really enjoyed this sequel to Steam, Smoke and Mirrors, it's a really good concept overall

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A great series so far!

Really enjoying these titles so far. Plenty of mystery and action with great characters!
This would definitely make a great tv series!!
Well narrated too with some great character voices! Really well suited to this style of book!
This is my honest opinion on a free review copy.

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steam punk magic

Well written and very well read. suggest that you listen to book one first. a steam punk magician and his beautiful partner fight evil in Victorian England and some foreign place.

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An excellent read

The second book in the series which was enjoyable as the first one , I was pleased to discover it was the same narrator as book one which added to the overall enjoyment.

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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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  • Norma Miles
  • 03-05-21

"Absinthe maketh the heart grow fonder."

Mirrors steampunk, alternative reality series set in a Victorian London, which focuses on the doings of the self opinionated but charming buffoon, Michael Magister, illusionist, and his lovely stage assistant, Miss Phoebe le Breton, undoubtedly the brighter of the two. Together with Wicko, the engineer, and the keeper of this chronicle, Artemis More, known as Octopus by Tesla, the team provide displays of apparent magic to the public at the Theatre of Steam, Smoke and Mirrors in Kensington, London - when they are not tracking down theives, murders and other felons for the Special Branch or for fun.

A cornucopia of characters, some glaringly unpleasant, like a pair of unemployed undertaker and their grossly overweight Bishop, others well known names from a more familiar literary past, like Oscar Wilde, Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker, Alan Bennet and Alistaire Crowley. There are the representatives of the law and Special Branch, an Eton and Cambridge educated fragrant vagrant, the ingenious and scientifically minded Dr.Phun, proprietor of the Carnival of Mechanical Miracles (slogan, 'Not everyone who goes in, comes out') and his associates and many more, all drawn to bring them vibrantly to life.

Narration by Karl Jenkinson is superb, especially given the numerous protagonists encountered. He finds a different and appropriate voice for each one and remains consistent throughout, and as the chronicler, Artemis More, his pleasant received pronunciation English accent is spot on character as he makes his perfect paced, well modulated reading. A fine, story enhancing performance. There are, additionally, very occasional sound effects in the background: unnecessary but adding colour, if any were needed.

My profound thanks to the rights holder of The Lazarus Conspiracy, who, at my request freely gifted me with a complimentary copy via Audiobook Boom. This is a deliciously fun, mind tickling series and I loved it. as well as the delicious and devious characters, the text is full of pins and verbal joking, and with vivid visual imagery. I'm looking forward to the next book. Although stand alone, it is better if read following book one, simply entitled Steam, Smoke and Mirrors. Definitely recommended for a madcap, pleasurable journey into an alternate time for anyone enjoying fast paced, quirky thrillers.

And never forget - 'It's only magic if you don't know how it's done'.

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  • DDJTJ
  • 30-04-21

ANOTHER WINNER

Michael Magiser and Phoebe Le Breton are back in their second audio adventure THE LAZARUS CURIOSITY BY COLIN EDMONDS. This time , Michael and Phoebe are going after whomever robbed the bank of England of its gold bars. They are also continuing their pursuit of the "Black Bishop" who is hellbent on murdering the Prince of Wales and returning England back to the Catholic faith . In the course of their pursuits they meet and greet Author Conan Doyle once again. We also get to meet Bram Stoker among others.

I have gotten totally hooked on the Steam, Smoke and Mirrors series. Michael and Phoebe are two hilarious characters and along with some notable names from history make this steampunk mystery an a-lister in my book
Karl Jenkinson does an outstanding narration.

I received this audiobook free in exchange for an honest review.

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  • AudioBookReviewer
  • 16-12-20

A Thrilling Ride

The Lazarus Curiosity is a steampunk thriller in which Music Hall magicians are called in to solve the crimes that the famed Scotland Yard detectives cannot! Michael Magister and Phoebe Le Breton are intelligent, sleight of hand and misdirection experts who love puzzles. Although the crimes they are called in to solve are not only enigmatic but could be deadly to them! The storyline is smooth, progresses at a good pace and with the double-edged humor, it is intriguing and thrilling.

The author, Colin Edmonds, has done an excellent job of building the storyline, plot twists and character building. Although I did not read the other books, I was able to discern what was going on and found myself enthralled in the world of magic, supernatural and mystery. The Black Bishop … I have to say he was terrifying!

The narrator, Karl Jenkinson performed the book flawlessly with a rhythm and cadence that kept you on the seat of your chair. His voices were perfectly matched to the character – Michael’s was charismatic and persuasive while Phoebe’s was thoughtful and classy. Jenkinson slipped into each character as if it were a second skin and performed the book expertly.
This is one of those rare books that transport the listener into the world of steampunk effortlessly. I highly recommend this book/series to anyone who enjoys magic, sci-fi steampunk and mystery!

There were no issues with the audio or production quality of this audiobook. It was clear and well-done.

Disclaimer: This audiobook was provided free of charge by the author, narrator, and/or publisher in exchange for a non-bias, honest review.

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  • leigh sharpe
  • 06-12-20

Great Fun!!

I have never even tried the whole steam punk genre...but I must say this was fun and entertaining with a lil drama popped in for good measure.

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  • LoveAGoodBook
  • 05-12-20

Decent sequel to the first installment

This continues the adventures of Michael, Phoebe, and company. The plot gets a bit convoluted, actually breaking down into separate episodic installments, but it was a fun romp. The author gets in a good blend of legitimate steampunk without being too outrageous, and blends it in naturally as well. The narration is as good as the first one, with the narrator handling numerous voices and accents seamlessly. I was sad to see this is the last book in Audible, even though there is a third volume out there (with three more anticipated by the author). Hopefully the third book will be produce in Audible. If so, I would get it.

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  • Lilydawn
  • 14-09-20

Steampunk, Scotland Yard and Illusionists

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1899 Victorian Scotland Yard uses Illusionists (Special Branch) in this Steampunk mystery to protect the Prince of Wales against Dark Evil like the “Black Bishop”. Science is different. So many adventures are had on their way to discovering a devious device.

I read this book out of order but I’m willing to go back and read Book One.

The Narrator is excellent with a beautiful British accent and fantastic characterizations.

I received a free review copy of this book in lieu of an honest review.

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  • Melissa and Josh
  • 06-08-20

I loved it!

This was such an interesting listen-to. I was told book 2 could be a standalone, prior to asking for a code, but that was not the case, at least for me. I had a hard time getting into the story the first 1/4 because I wasn't sure what was happening. There was a tiny recap involving the two main characters at the beginning, something along the lines of how they had recently traveled to London, I think. Either way, it was something minor that didn't help me in the slightest. But I continued because I don't listen to Steampunk as often as I'd like. I'm glad I finished it because now I want to go back to book 1 (and forward to book 3) and listen to those.

What can be said about the narrator? My goodness! 5+ Sir. He did an awesome job! I had no complaints regarding his skills whatsoever. Wait... now that I think about it, there were times when sound effects were used that I wasn't a fan of, but overall. He still gets 5-stars in my book.

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  • Laura
  • 04-08-20

Wonderful

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily posting this review and any opinions expressed herein are my own.

This is the second book in the Steam, Smoke and Mirrors series. It is a standalone with no cliffhanger ending. However, I would recommend that you start with the first book in the series "Steam, Smoke and Mirrors" to really enjoy the characters and their world.

I absolutely love Michael and Phoebe. I really enjoy their magic as they interact with each other - often very humorous - and with other characters as they work to solve the mystery. There is some intrigue as it relates to Michael's character and his knowledge of very contemporary people - given that the story takes place during Queen Victoria's reign. This was a great sequel and I'm looking forward to more adventures in this series. Highly Recommend!

The narrator, Karl Jenkinson, is wonderful. He is the narrator for both books in this series. He has a great baritone voice with a very pleasant English accent. He does a great job with the dry humor. He absolutely compliments the written word with his narration.

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  • W.
  • 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.

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  • Susan Patterson
  • 10-05-21

Not my cup of tea.

This genre is not my favorite. Teens would enjoy it more.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.