Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences #1
by: Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris
$7.99 mass market paperback
Historical Fantasy / Steampunk
Released: May 2011
Eliza is a field agent for the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences. Well, she was, until her superiors grew tired of all the explosions and building collapses left in her wake. Thinking to punish her, they sent her to the Archives to work with Wellington, a stuffy no-nonsense man who doesn't like trespassers in his domain.
While helping sort though the files, Eliza finds an unsolved case file worked on by her former partner, and she fears this case is the reason he's now babbling incoherently in the mental ward. Deciding to avenge her partner, she convinces Wellington to accompany her on the search for clues.
But things are not as they appear. Now the two must work together to bring down a secret society intent on bringing about a new leadership in England, while staying one step ahead of those trying to silence them...forever.
This was a great start to a great series. Steampunk-when written right-can be a grand adventure into the past that tells a whole new story of the ingenuity of the human mind. The banter between Eliza and Wellington, or "Welly" as she calls him, had me chuckling in more than one spot. The two are polar opposites, but somehow manage to work together without killing each other. Eliza wears trousers and a steel corset, while Wellington abhors violence but can hold his own in a fight. There's more to Wellington than meets the eye. I hope there's a book 2 in this series on the horizon, because I'd love to read more about this unlikely duo.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who's read Gail Carriger, or has an interest in a good steampunk story.
Carla gives this book a