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This fourth Victorian occult mystery finds brilliant but erratic detective Sir Maurice Newbury and his intrepid sidekick, Veronica Hobbes, seeking a legendary assassin who removes her victims’ still-beating hearts. Known as the Executioner, this beautiful, ageless woman is covered in elaborate symbols and has a clockwork heart, which keeps her alive but unable to feel. Several factors complicate the case: Prince Edward has hired Newbury to unearth enemies to the crown, as the queen, her decaying body preserved in a monstrous machine, has grown dangerously paranoid. Meanwhile, Victoria worries that the arcane rituals Newbury performs to protect her sister from her seizure-inducing prophetic visions are killing him. As Newbury investigates the Executioner, he learns that she is targeting the queen’s agents—himself included—but the real mystery is who hired her. Mann’s blend of steampunk, sorcery, and a Sherlock Holmes–style detective story is winning, packed with period details and clever, if convoluted, plotting. A strong focus on black magic and many vivid, gory scenes will also appeal to horror fans. --Krista Hutley

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A riveting page-turner that mixes the society of manners in turn-of-the-century London with a gritty and brutal murder mystery. In the midst of all this, automatons clank about, zombies lurk in the night, and dirigibles float majestically in the sky--until they crash and burn.... Will leave readers clamoring for the next book. (AM New York on The Affinity Bridge)

Steampunk is making a comeback, and with this novel Mann is leading the charge…. An engaging melodrama that rattles along at a breakneck pace. (The Guardian on The Affinity Bridge)

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  • Series: Newbury & Hobbes (Book 4)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1 edition (July 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765327767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765327765
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.2 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #521,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By omnireader on August 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover
It seems like a very long time between the release of The Immorality Engine,# 3 in the Newbury and Hobbes Series and #4, The Executioner's Heart. In my opinion, Newbury and Hobbes is one of the best steampunk series out there, but I was vaguely disappointed. I don't know whether it was the long wait, but many of the events described as happening in the past seemed unfamiliar to me. In The Executioner's Heart a hired killer has surfaced in London; a woman, beautiful, heavily tattooed and showing a porthole on her chest with her withered heart visible. She is killing the Queen's Agents, cracking their chests open and stealing their hearts. Bainbridge, Newbury and Miss Veronica Hobbes are called in to find the killer, but both the Queen and the Prince of Wales are throwing obstacles in their way. In addition a level of distrust has developed among the three partners.

George Mann has the ability to construct characters that are grotesque but believable. The Executioner herself is completely mad, but oddly sympathetic. Queen Victoria is like a particularly malevolent spider in a web of machinery keeping her alive. There is literally nothing that she won't do to expand her power. The characterization in The Executioner's Heart is as strong as ever, but the mystery of who hired the killer is somewhat obvious. I was also surprised that the shattering event that serves as a cliff-hanger for the next in the series is revealed in the first chapter.

As I said, I was vaguely disappointed but will be looking forward to the next in the series, The Revenant Express.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By fastreader on August 25, 2013
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Newbury & Hobbes are into another mystery in this popular Steampunk series from George Mann. This is the fourth book in the "A Newbury & Hobbes Investigation" series with the other three books being "The Affinity Bridge" , "The Osiris Ritual", and "The Immorality Engine" ALL ARE RECOMMENDED

In this book we run into Newbury & Hobbes's being asked to investigate the murder of three apparently unrelated individuals. What is perplexing the police is that the murderer is opening up their victims chest cavity and removing their heart.

We are soon on the case and adding a little royalty into the mix and a definite danger to both Newbury and Hobbes. There is much focus on developing the plot and an introduction of the expected villain.

There are attempts by the palace and the police to link the murders to the Kaiser. The thinking being that it is meant to disrupt the Queen and during that disruption start a war. Newbury follows this line of reasoning for a bit.

Another rousing adventure and an enjoyable read from a master story teller. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judy Wolken on August 1, 2014
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I love George Mann's series of Newbury And Hobbes steampunk novels. They are well written and accurately capture the feeling of the dark part of the Victorian age. The hero and heroine solve dastardly crimes while dealing with their own addictions and/or deception and they always come out on top. The stories are very enjoyable and a compelling read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GF_WNC on August 9, 2013
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This is a series that has so many good qualities that if there were bad ones They are overshadowed by the good. The characters are well handled and consistent throughout the stories. the ending of the third book left me hungry for the next, a rare feeling in today's wring out the story for more books and forget the plot series.
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George Mann is quickly becoming one of our favorite writers. In fact, we actually nominated one of his two Ghost novels for the Pulp Factory Awards a few years ago. He’s a bonafide writer of steampunk whereas we were unfamiliar with this other series of which “The Execustioner’s Heart” is the fourth entry. Let me add, after reading it, we’ve every intention of finding those previous three books.

It is obvious the saga of Sir Maurice Newbury and his associate, Miss Veronica Hobbes, is an on-going narrative but Mann is skilled enough to give his readers the pertinent facts from those earlier adventures to both understand and enjoy this volume on its own merits. Like all good steampunk, Sir Newbury and Miss Hobbes live in a world that has both science and active magic. In fact Newbury’s profession is that of a supernatural investigator. It is with this expertise that he assist Scotland Yard and the British Secret Service. Both value his assistance.

In this tale, a skilled assassin believed to be immortal has begun killing the Queen’s agents and then she cuts out their hearts as trophies. When the Prince of Wales comes to Newbury seeking his help, he confides in the detective that he believes his mother, the Queen Mother, maybe suffering from senility and thus endangering the empire she rules. There are rumors of foreign agents in London plotting to steal a new heat powered weapon developed by the British Military. As Newbury and Hobbes work to unravel the mystery with their friend, Sir Charles Bainbrdige, Chief Inspector of Scotland Yard, the primary question remains; do the murders have any connection with the spies or are they the result of an entirely new threat from another quarter?
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