Set in London at the turn of the last century, the novel follows the stories of three intelligent and very talented young women, all of whom are assistants to very powerful men: Cora, lab assistant to a member of parliament; Michiko, Japanese fight assistant to a martial arts guru; and Nellie, a magician's assistant. The three young women’s lives become inexorably intertwined after a chance meeting at a ball that ends with the discovery of a murdered mystery man.
It’s up to these three, in their own charming but bold way, to solve the murder—and the crimes they believe may be connected to it‐‐without calling too much attention to themselves.
Told with Adrienne Kress's sharp wit and a great deal of irreverence, this Steampunk whodunit introduces three unforgettable and very ladylike--well, relatively ladylike--heroines poised for more dangerous adventures.
Today I just discovered something startling about myself: I am made for steampunk.
Yeah, Kaye, and all those years of Treasure Planet re-runs and Ghibli fangirling didn't tip you off before now?
Alright, so let's just say that it's been a discovery in development. I think the main reason that I love steampunk is because its roots are in one of my great subject loves (history). Or, the history is the cookie part of an Oreo, and you can change up the filling to whatever you want.
Mmm. Now I'm hungry.
And good thing there's an awesome book to look forward to that seems utterly satisfying.
I love the concept of three girls from different backgrounds - but all united in one thing: male subjugation. Let's face it: the boys like to make it all about them. It's a good thing there are heroines like Michiko, Cora, and Nellie to show them a thing or two. I mean, a magician's assistant? Usually, you'd just expect her to just smile and wave and pull a few cards out of air, right?
But here she is, running alongside a lab assistant and a guru's standby for a single cause.
Forget about summer 2012. Can we just skip to autumn already? Pretty please?
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