Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Diamond Conspiracy (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences #4) by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris

Steampunk

From Goodreads:

For years, the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has enjoyed the favor of Her Majesty the Queen. But even the oldest loyalties can turn in a moment…

Having narrowly escaped the electrifying machinations of Thomas Edison, Books and Braun are looking forward to a relaxing and possibly romantic voyage home. But when Braun’s emergency signal goes off, all thoughts of recreation vanish. Braun’s street-wise team of child informants, the Ministry Seven, is in grave peril, and Books and Braun must return to England immediately.

But when the intrepid agents finally arrive in London, the situation is even more dire than they imagined. The Ministry has been disavowed, and the Department of Imperial Inconveniences has been called in to decommission its agents in a most deadly fashion. The plan reeks of the Maestro’s dastardly scheming. Only, this time, he has a dangerous new ally—a duplicitous doctor whose pernicious poisons have infected the highest levels of society, reaching even the Queen herself.

Books and Braun are off on a new adventure and it is the most dangerous one yet.  It starts when the Ministry Seven go someplace they should have skipped and ends when they discover something from Books past.  In between they face danger as the tension builds and builds.

For me he interaction between Books and Braun is what makes this such a great series.  In The Diamond Conspiracy there is a more of the romance element and it adds spice to the story. 

I did think the first half of the book was better than the last half.  Even though the action and tension continued I thought the authors got just a little too cute with their side characters.  I was left wondering how the discover at the end would play out in the next book.

Ace published The Diamond Conspiracy by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris in 2015.


I received an ARC of  The Diamond Conspiracy from Netgalley in return for a honest review.

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