Series: Ministry of Peculiar Occurances, #4
Published by Ace on March 31, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Steampunk, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 368 pages
Sexual Content: mildly graphic sex scenes
Reviewed by: Kristina
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...
THE DIAMOND CONSPIRACY is full of steampunk awesomeness as I thought this whole series would be just from reading the story summary of PHOENIX RISING. It has everything from weird steampunk weapons and tricked out vehicles to intense action and some romance thrown in as well. Add a mad scientist doing creepy experiments and secrets upon secrets and this book is filled with so much delicious ideas. Granted, keeping track of every storyline and who is with who does get a bit confusing but I didn't mind for this story as everything was interesting enough, and the characters compelling enough that I wanted to get a hold of what was going on.
Books and Braun (I love their names!) make a wonderful team and it was fun to see how they work at their new status as a couple. There stubborn 'discussions' are very adorable and highlight exactly why they get along as partners. We are treated to revelations of Wellington Books' rather sad childhood which was really interesting and makes him probably the world's most interesting archivist. There is also a fascinating twist discovered at Books' childhood home that could have some major repercussions for the next book.
I'd advise reading the previous books in Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences before this one to get a better handle on the world or you could be the adventurous type and jump right into this one as is my personal habit with THE DIAMOND CONSPIRACY is a fun, quick paced steampunk action story filled with quick wit, and dastardly bad guys who are simply no match for the brilliance of Books and Braun.Series Titles:
1. Phoenix Rising
2. The Janus Affair
3. Dawn's Early Light
- For more steampunk try The Diabolical Miss Hyde by Viola Carr