The Immorality Engine
On the surface, life is going well for Victorian special agent Sir Maurice Newbury, who has brilliantly solved several nigh-impossible cases for Queen Victoria with his indomitable assistant, Miss Veronica Hobbes, by his side. But these facts haven't stopped Newbury from succumbing increasingly frequently to his dire flirtation with the lure of opium. His addiction is fueled in part by his ill-gotten knowledge of Veronica's secret relationship with the queen, which Newbury fears must be some kind of betrayal. Veronica, consumed by worry and care for her prophetic but physically fragile sister Amelia, has no idea that she is a catalyst for Newbury's steadily worsening condition.
Veronica and Newbury's dear friend Bainbridge, the Chief Investigator at Scotland Yard, tries to cover for him as much as possible, but when the body of a well known criminal turns up, Bainbridge and Veronica track Newbury down in an opium den and drag him out to help them with the case. The body is clearly, irrefutably, that of the man in question, but shortly after his body is brought to the morgue, a crime is discovered that bears all the dead man's hallmarks. Bainbridge and Veronica fear someone is committing copycat crimes, but Newbury is not sure. Somehow, the details are too perfect for it to be the work of a copycat. But how can a dead man commit a crime?
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Review: The Immorality Engine (Newbury and Hobbes #3)User Review - MyACPL Athens County Public Libraries - Goodreads
from Ryan: If you were to mix a smattering of occult and steampunk into a well crafted Sherlock Holmes mystery, you'd get something close to what George Mann was able to pull together in his Newbury ... Read full review
Review: The Immorality Engine (Newbury and Hobbes #3)User Review - Jackie - Goodreads
In this 3rd installment of the Newbury & Hobbes Investigations, life has become far stranger. How did two bodies of Edwin Sykes end up in the London morgue? Can anything break Newbury from his ... Read full review