Reviewed by Heather C
Title: The Curious Case of the Clockwork Menace
Author: Bec McMaster
Series: London Steampunk #3.5
Genre: MF Steampunk
Length: 44,990 Words
Publisher: Bec McMaster
Release Date: August 19, 2014
Available at: Smashwords and Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Friends, partners, and professionals… So just why is this case coming between them?
In a Victorian London ruled by the blood-drinking elite, Perry Lowell is a logical and accomplished Nighthawk: a rogue blue blood who tracks murderers and thieves for the Guild. So when she and her charming-but-reckless partner, Garrett, are charged with finding a missing theatre starlet, it should be a simple solve.
But with an entire theatre of suspects, including a flirtatious understudy and whispers of a Clockwork Menace haunting the place, tension is brewing between the pair of them. Can they come together to solve the case – or will it be too late, when the murderer turns his gaze on Perry herself?
Warning: This is not a traditional HEA. Set three years before Forged By Desire (available Sept 2014), it’s a pre-romance novella featuring Perry and Garrett. Heads will butt, tempers will flare – and perhaps one of them might come to realise just what the other truly means to them?
London Steampunk series is easily one of my best discoveries this year…the series keeps getting better and better with each book I read.
The Curious Case of the Clockwork Menace is a pre-romance mystery involving two Nighthawks Perry and Garrett originally introduced in the third book of the series My Lady Quicksilver. This story takes place a few years prior to when we last saw them.
Perry and Garrett have been assigned to the case of a missing theatre starlet. It’s no secret that Garrett has an easy way with women, but when Perry witnesses Garrett with his latest conquest and then his flirtatious way of interviewing the primary female witness/suspect, Perry’s feelings for Garrett start boiling to the surface. Perry is known for her all-work-and-no-play persona and with her short hair and manly attire, Garrett doesn’t even see her as a woman. Perry’s jealousy quickly causes tensions and arguments between her and Garrett, risking herself and the case.
I loved this!!
I love friends-to-lovers stories and even though Perry and Garrett are not yet lovers, I know it’s coming next in Forged by Desire. There was plenty of obvious sexual tension happening between the two of them in My Lady Quicksilver, and this story was perfect for getting me even more excited to read their big story. Gah!! There is not really any romance in this book, but it gives a nice picture of how some of their feelings of more-than-just-friends-and-partners started to develop. I just can’t wait for when Garrett finally starts recognizing Perry as a woman.
I loved the mystery. I couldn’t figure it out! There were so many possibilities and decoys that my attention didn’t stay on one suspect for long.
It was sad!!!!! OMG I almost cried in several places! Not for Perry or Garrett but for one of the secondary characters. Dammit it made me so sad!
Lynch! The original Nighthawk. It was nice getting to see a little bit of him again. His book is still my favorite…for now.
Doesn’t look like you HAVE to read this story before reading Forged by Desire, but why would anyone not want to read it???
Overall Impression: I Loved It