And They Called Her Spider (Galvanic Century #1) by Michael Coorlim
Galvanic Century is set in an alternate steampunk world where the reign of Queen Victoria has extended well into the early 20th century. As the world edges inexorably towards a World War that few can even begin to anticipate, brave men and women must contend with airship pirates, clockwork assassins, galvanic monsters, and anarchist madmen.
In their debut adventure, London is in the grip of an unstoppable assassin known only as the Spider, and consulting detectives James Wainwright and Alton Bartleby have been commissioned to catch her.
Can the surly inventor and savvy gentleman track her down and stop her string of murders, or will Queen Victoria be her next victim?
And They Called Her Spider was such a fun read. I wasn't expecting much since it is a novella and they are not always that good, but I just loved this one. This is the story of Barnaby and Wainwright trying to find the secret assassin Spider before it is too late. Spider has been taking out influential people and no one seems to know anything about her. They must find her before the big celebration, before she can kill Queen Victoria.
Barnaby and Wainwright were such a fun team to read. One is this grumpy genius inventor who keeps to himself and is not good with people, the other a real people person who can seemingly get anything he wants. The two of them..oh I did enjoy it. I loved who Spider was and what was actually going on. I loved reading the crazy inventions Wainwright came up with, loved reading how Barnaby just takes it all it, just really enjoyed this read. They seem to just bumble along, but it was fun.
This is a steampunk book and unlike some I have read there is not just gears and goggles all over the place. Everything makes sense, everything is only mentioned if needed, and it was just a great read. The only problem was I didn't want it to end! I will have to go find some more Barnaby and Wainwright mysteries to read.
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