In an electric-powered Victorian London, Dr. Eliza Jekyll is a crime scene investigator, hunting killers with inventive new technological gadgets. Now, a new killer is splattering London in blood, drugging beautiful women and slicing off their limbs. Catching The Slicer will make Eliza’s career – or get her burned. Because Eliza has a dark secret. A seductive second self, set free by her father’s forbidden magical elixir: wild, impulsive Lizzie Hyde.
When the Royal Society send their Enforcer, the mercurial Captain Lafayette, to prove she’s a sorcerer, Eliza must resist the elixir with all her power. But as the Slicer case draws her into London’s luminous magical underworld, Eliza will need all the help she can get. Even if it means getting close to Lafayette, who harbors an evil curse of his own. Even if it means risking everything and setting vengeful Lizzie free …
About the Author
Viola Carr was born in Australia, but wandered into darkest London one foggy October evening and never found her way out. She now devours countless history books and dictates fantastical novels by gaslight, accompanied by classical music and the snoring of her slumbering cat. She loves history, and pops down to London’s many historical sites whenever she gets the chance. She likes steampunk, and thought it would be cool to investigate wacky crimes with crazy gadgets…just so long as her heroine was the creator of said wacky gadgets: a tinkerer, edgy, with a dash of mad scientist. Readers can follow her on twitter at @viola_carr and online at http://www.violacarr.com
I received an advanced copy of this book for free from the publisher in exchange of an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Diabolical, indeed! This book doesn’t hold back. Set in Victorian England where the city is electric-powered and filled with cool gadgets that makes it a great steampunk read, from the very first page the reader is thrown into the thick of things and Dr. Eliza Jekyll is dealing with a murder scene, as she is a crime scene investigator and a rather brilliant one at that. I have to admit that I was a little bit confused as to who was speaking but after about 2 pages I was able to get the gist of it. Eliza Jekyll is the daughter of the infamous Dr. Jekyll and as one would imagine also shares her father’s curse. The lure of the elixir to release her alter-ego Lizzie Hyde is always there lurking beneath her skin and in the back of her mind. Pushing at Eliza to just give in and let that side of her deal with… matters.
As mentioned above, Eliza is dealing with a murder that was committed by the serial killer named the Chopper. One can figure out why he is called such as he likes to well, chop off body parts. The first killing shown in the book deals with a dancer whose legs have been chopped off. I have to say that maybe this book isn’t for the faint of heart as it can be very descriptive. Although it was immensely enjoyable for me.
But the killer isn’t the only thing Eliza has to worry about. The Red Society has sent one Captain Lafayette to prove that Eliza deals in sorcery, which means that she has to be even stronger to resist the temptation to use the elixir and release her alter-ego Lizzie. And that becomes increasingly harder as Lizzie may be just the one to catch the killer.
The diabolical Miss Hyde is a great start to the Electric Empire series with a likable and strong heroine who has an entirely entertaining alter ego who gets things done, creative world building and setting, with a dash of romance to make things even more interesting and just the right amount of gritty edge and technology that make this a very strong novel. Highly recommend for fans of steampunk and fantasy.