Julia Bairstow is shocked and shattered when she discovers her sister’s brutally murdered body. The Mysterious Lady Law by Robert Appleton is a steampunk mystery, after the police are unable to develop any leads in the murder, Lady Law approaches Julia offering to solve the case. At first Julia is thrilled to have the great detective on the case but as events unfold she starts to wonder if Constable Grant is correct in questioning Lady Law’s methods.
Constable Al Grant has questioned the mysterious Lady Law’s method of getting her answers since she refused to take on a personal case for him. Al feels drawn to Julia and worries that Lady Law is not giving all the facts when she solves a case. Al decides to keep a close on Julia as she starts to do her own investigation of Lady Law.
I have to admit I partly chose this book because of the book cover, isn’t it fabulous?! Appleton’s description of the steampunk world is brilliant and imaginative. At one point in the story Al and Julia ride an airship to see the launch of an earth moving ship set to travel along Jules Vernon’s path, the description of everything made this one of my favorite scenes. The mystery was great and the end information was interesting regarding Lady Law but I felt that the story got a little convoluted towards the end. After finishing the story I had to stop and think about who had killed Julia’s sister because the story shifts to follow Lady Law’s story line and less about Julia’s sister’s murder. I really enjoyed this story besides that, found the characters intriguing, and loved the descriptions.
Be aware that when the main characters go to confront Lady Law there is an interesting ménage scene, they don’t describe it in detail just mention that it is occurring, which is this novel received the rating that it did.
You can read an excerpt here.
Title: The Mysterious Lady Law
Author: Robert Appleton
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: January 31, 2011
Available for purchase: Amazon, Carina Press