The Diabolical Miss Hyde:
An Electric Empire Novel
Written by: Viola Carr
Series: Electric Empire Novels
Sequence in Series: Book 1
Page count: 464 pages
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Publication Date: February 10, 2015
Rating: 3 Stars
Genre: Victorian Steampunk Suspense
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Magic, mystery, and romance mix in this edgy retelling of the classic The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde-in which Dr. Eliza Jekyll is the daughter of the infamous Henry
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 with blood, drugging beautiful women and slicing off their limbs. Catching "the Chopper" could 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 sends their enforcer, the mercurial Captain Lafayette, to prove she's a sorceress, Eliza must resist the elixir with all her power. But as the Chopper 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 . . .
The Diabolical Miss Hyde: An Electric Empire Novel by Viola Carr
Eliza Jekyll is a medical crime examiner in Victorian London. She is investigating a gruesome crime, the chopper, when the Royal Society, Captain Lafayette, is sent to investigate and prove Eliza is practicing sorcery.
Eliza is caught in a web of magic, mayhem and murder with her father's work/curse pushing her toward the forbidden elixir and her alter ego.
The Diabolical Miss Hyde is a flamboyant and meticulously descriptive storytelling of Dr. Eliza Jekyll and her alter personality of Lizzie Hyde. A lot of internal dialog is given while Eliza/Lizzie traverse the dark, dank and dangerous London underbelly. The story did have a little too much internal meanderings for my reading preferences but will appeal to many steampunk, Hyde fans.
I received this ARC copy of The Diabolical Miss Hyde from Harper Voyager in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication February 10, 2015.