The Immorality Engine

The Immorality Engine

Book - 2011
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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?

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780765327758
0765327759
Branch Call Number: SF
Characteristics: 347 p. ; 22 cm

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Aug 17, 2014

I like the idea of this series more than I like the actual creation of it. I enjoy them as a fast and easy mystery read but would like less personal folly in the character development and more world building.

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Jul 05, 2014

Suffers from the nihilism and wonky pacing of its predecessors, only compounded by the fact it's the third in the series. Slightly interesting concepts, below-adequate execution. Give it a miss.

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tigershark855 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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