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The Executioner's Heart: A Newbury & Hobbes Investigation Hardcover – July 9, 2013
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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
“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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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?
Mann’s writing is flawless and he pulls his readers in with a very fine prose that is a joy to read. His characters are likeable and his villains as unique and captivating. In fact, the Executioner of the title is one of the most original, and deadly, personages we’ve ever encountered in fiction. She is a lethal lovely no reader will soon forget. “The Executioner’s Heart” is a terrific, fast paced thriller steampunk fans are sure to applaud.
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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.
The "E.H." takes place in early-20th century London and if you like "who done its", "steampunk" and Satanist cabals, you'll enjoy it. Scotland Yard's inspector Sir Charles Bainbridge along with special agent Sir Maurice Newberry and his assistant Miss Veronica Hobbes are summoned to investigate some gruesome murders (victim's hearts removed) and the implication, if any, of the involvement of the Queen of England and her son, the Prince of Wales. This is first-rate story telling with many interesting characters, (especially Newberry, our occult delving opium-smoking hero) ingenious inventions, "edge of seat" fight scenes, intrigue, suspense, and a mystery that will keep you guessing to the end. It's a compelling read with an exciting climax and a satisfying ending. Still, not everything's resolved and will continue in the next Newberry/Hobbes adventure.
Even though "E.H." can stand alone as an all-inclusive novel, I missed a lot of background (i.e. the relationship of Newberry and Hobbes) by starting with this fourth book of the series and recommend to other readers to start with book 1.
I look forward to reading the rest of this series in order. 5 stars
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Basically, it captures all the amusement of a Bond Film (so many gadgets) in a spooky gothic setting.