The Mysterious Lady Law

The Mysterious Lady Law In a time of grand airships and steam powered cars the death of a penniless young maid will hardly make the front page But part time airship waitress and music hall dancer Julia Bairstow is shattered

In a time of grand airships and steam powered cars, the death of a penniless young maid will hardly make the front page But part time airship waitress and music hall dancer Julia Bairstow is shattered by her sister s murder When Lady Law, the most notorious private detective in Britain, offers to investigate the case pro bono, Julia jumps at the chance even against the aIn a time of grand airships and steam powered cars, the death of a penniless young maid will hardly make the front page But part time airship waitress and music hall dancer Julia Bairstow is shattered by her sister s murder When Lady Law, the most notorious private detective in Britain, offers to investigate the case pro bono, Julia jumps at the chance even against the advice of Constable Al Grant, who takes her protection surprisingly to heart.Lady Law puts Scotland Yard to shame She s apprehended Jack the Ripper and solved countless other cold case crimes No one knows how she does it, but it s brought her fortune, renown and even a title But is she really what she claims to be a genius at deducting Or is Al right and she is not be trusted Julia is determined to find out the truth, even if it means turning sleuth herself and turning the tables on Lady Law31,600 words

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  1. Robert Appleton is an English author of science fiction, steampunk and historical fiction He has written for Harlequin Carina Press, Samhain, and various other publishers In his free time he hikes, plays soccer, and kayaks whenever he can His favourite books and movies, like his own fiction, usually take place in the distant past or the far future The night sky is his inspiration.

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  1. 2.5It would have been better if the title had been different You are constantly reminded of Lady Law while you should forget her so the certain things that happen in the story take you by surprise.Julia Bairstow is a dancer who finds her sister murdered one night Her numbness while the police officers were asking questions is completely believable One of them, Constable Al Grant, would play a larger role in the following days Lady Law is a famous, or rather infamous, investigator who solves ever [...]


  2. Quick Take I really enjoyed this tale It s short would it count as novella , but packed with mystery and intrigue A throwback to the stylings of Wilkie Collins and Arthur Conan Doyle.What is it about 19th and early 20th century Britain that makes for such fun, memorable detective tales The adventures of Holmes, Poirot, Hartwright when you think of old school sleuthing, you often think of that time and place Or at least I do _ The notion of ferreting out details on heinous crimes amongst staid an [...]


  3. This was okay, but a bit confusing at times I have never read a steampunk novel before, but the title and the strong woman thing appealed to me so I gave it a go I don t regret it, but I m not recommending it to 5000 people.Lady Law has solved over 600 some cases Her methods are a bit suspect When Julia s sister is murdered and Lady Law offers her services, Julia is psyched despite a handsome constable s and her beau now misgivings The constable and herself and an old scientist with a missing pa [...]


  4. The Mysterious Lady Law is a light, entertaining mystery with a steampunk flavour and one that I think could ve easily made a good full length novel In fact, it may even have benefited from the different format as typical of novellas, there wasn t enough time to develop the characters to their full potential.I did like the characters, though The mysterious Lady Law of the title and I assume on the cover as well is surprisingly not the protagonist She is crucial to the plot, but we follow most of [...]


  5. The Mysterious Lady Law by Robert AppletonCarina Press, 2011104 pagesSteampunk Romance3.5 5 starsSource NetgalleySummary Lady Harriet Law has solved over 600 cases so when she offers her services pro bono to Julia to investigate the murder of her sister, Julia eagerly accepts But the solution offered is suspiciously pat and Julia with the aid of new beau constable Al Grant will investigate for herself the mysterious Lady Law in this steampunk novella.Thoughts I have been very interested in steam [...]


  6. A light and easy whodunnit read combining steampunk, Victorian setting, a sprinkle of science fiction with the heart of a Sherlock Holmes mystery Since it is available in ebook format, I m not certain of the page count, but it is not terribly lengthy and a reader can whiz through the adventure Might be the perfect companion while traveling to pass the time It will hold your interest without giving you an involved head throb It reads like a television episode and can be satisfied rather quickly T [...]


  7. The Mysterious Lady Law is a quick and entertaining read, placing a traditional mystery in a steampunk setting As fair warning, it clocks in around 31,000 words, making it a novella as opposed to a full length novel, so if you re reading it expecting a novel, you ll run into problems that really aren t problems considering that this book is not a novel Everything about it is speedy, from the introduction to the mystery set up to the conclusion I finished it in a couple of hours, and keeping in m [...]


  8. I m a big fan of steampunk A well built world can blossom and gain a life of its own as it translates from the author s head to the reader s imagination Robert Appleton does an excellent job of realizing this world and building the bits and baubles up a piece at a time.Now, normally the steampunk books I read tend to weigh in on the steamier side Err Steamier as in sexy, not steam in my steampunk Oh, I make myself laugh sometimes The point is that while this book has romantic elements, it s all [...]


  9. I was absolutely not prepared for this book as I get the title and the summary wrong Take a touch of Wilkie Collins, blend it with a little pinch of Conan Doyle, Jules Vernes, Rider Haggard and steam elements and you get The Mysterious Lady Law.Despite the length of the story, a mere novella, Appleton created a rich setting for his plot not an hazardous choice of his part in view of the twist at the end in an undefined London where steam engines, airships and cars exist You easily figure out the [...]


  10. This ebook was provided to me at no cost by the publisher.This was an enjoyable Steampunk mystery story When Julia comes home from a hard day s work to find her beloved sister Georgy dead in their apartment, her world is sent into upheaval When overly capable and famous Lady Law offers her aid in solving the crime, Julia is star struck, and jumps at the offer of help Add to the mix adventurer Sir Holly and his partner in writing Al Grant, and it isn t long before the mystery is solved A good thi [...]


  11. I ll give this book two stars for starting off pretty well, but there was simply too much happening in too few pages I found the story disjointed rather than clever Also, this book reminded me of multiple Sci Fi movies TV shows all muddled together and there was a lot of Mystery Dinner type explanation The mystery that pertains to the 1st MC got very little face time in favor of a clunky plot twist Then you got another clunky plot twist towards the end This story had an interesting premise and w [...]


  12. This review also appears at readingreality 2012 02The Mysterious Lady Law by Robert Appleton has been one of those books that s always looked interesting every time I ve seen it mentioned I ve just never had an excuse to read it until now As I started to read Mr Appleton s latest steampunk story, Prehistoric Clock, I had this niggling thought that Clock and Lady Law might be set in the same universe That was all the excuse I needed and it was a pretty good excuse The Mysterious Lady Law turned o [...]


  13. Steampunk is a fascinating genre a world where there is plenty of science but it is the science of a different universe with ether, steam, magnetic forces, or some other overriding scientific factor which only authors could imagine being the unifying force in science, much as the laws of physics are ours the theory of It is the science of Jules Verne and his fantastic ships, submarines, and his worlds with worlds It is a science that is almost our science, but which somehow went awry For some re [...]


  14. When she returns home to find her sister brutally murdered, Julia s life is shattered The police have no real leads, despite the kindnesses offered by handsome Constable Grant, so when the most effective albeit controversial private detective in England offers her services for free, Julia jumps at the chance to get some answers to this mystery.Lady Harriet Law s record is perfect Where the official channels fail, she can and does step in to solve the case for them, and not one of the cases she s [...]


  15. I got a copy of this novella through NetGalley dot com It looked like an insteresting read in the steampunk genre and I had read positive reviews of it on other blogs, so I decided to give a try Overall is was an engaging read full of mystery and action nothing spectacular but amusing all the same.Julia is a dancer and when her sister is murdered the London police get involved They are having trouble solving the case and one of the young constables takes a shining to Julia Then the mysterious La [...]


  16. My review posted on Joyfully Reviewed joyfullyreviewed new rWhispers abound about Harriet Law Her one hundred percent success rate at solving crimes even those Scotland Yard cannot find the shred of a clue on has earned her fame, fortune, and a title None of those matter to waitress Julia Bairstow All she knows is that the infamous Lady Law has offered to solve the case of her sister s murder for free It s an opportunity Julia can t turn down, even though Constable Al Grant warns her that there [...]


  17. In a time of grand airships and steam powered cars, the death of a penniless young maid will hardly make the front page But part time airship waitress and music hall dancer Julia Bairstow is shattered by her sister s murder When Lady Law, the most notorious private detective in Britain, offers to investigate the case pro bono, Julia jumps at the chance even against the advice of Constable Al Grant, who takes her protection surprisingly to heart.Lady Law puts Scotland Yard to shame She s apprehen [...]


  18. Horace Holly initially meets Lady Law at a special ceremony in which various people are honored, including himself Most find Lady Law mysterious and aloof They also doubt her credibility Her reputation in the community is not exactly pristine, but she has solved every single criminal case that has stumped the police of Scotland Yard But after meeting her personally, albeit briefly, Holly chalks up the public s conclusions to jealousy and misunderstanding Julia Bairstow works as an airship waitre [...]


  19. Set in Victorian England, The Mysterious Lady Law tells the story of Julia, a young dancer who returns home to find her beloved younger sister Georgina murdered.Stepping in to solve the case is Lady Law, an investigator who has trodden on the toes of the police by solving every case she has taken on When Lady Law says she will work for free, in spite of Inspector Slatham s reservations, Julia is only happy to agree.Sir Horace Holly, a renowned scientist, finds that his young assistant Rupert was [...]


  20. The Mysterious Lady Law is a quick, easy read It is short and I don t think it quite novel length Maybe a novella It s steampunk there are airships and steam powered cars.It begins with an award ceremony and an attempted assassination on Lady Law It ends in Africa In between, there are chases, murders and lots of odd gadgets Also, there is a room with all the planets that go rolling around and hitting each other That scene was really funny.The book surprised me In the beginning, I wasn t expecti [...]


  21. The story opens with Horace Holly and Harriet Law receiving titles from Queen Victoria Lady Law is notorious for many reasons She has an uncanny knack for solving unsolvable crimes, and Holly, as he prefers to be called, is famous as an adventurer explorer Some in society suspect Lady Law is not all she seems, but Holly is a bit smitten.Julia, a dancer, comes home to find her sister has been brutally murdered She meets Constable Grant, who shows her a bit consideration than necessary When the L [...]


  22. A steampunk version set in Victorian England.This is a mystery of sorts The question is Who is really the detective Lady Law is a detective who has a 100% success rate and puts Scotland Yard to shame She comes to the aid of Julia Her sister has just been murdered and Scotland Yard has come up with nothing to go on But, there is a cute detective who keeps Julia apprised of the investigation So, Scotland Yard does have it s uses in this story Lady Law quickly comes to a conclusion and solves the c [...]


  23. Eh S Okay Such were my considerably underwhelmed reactions at the conclusion of this little steam punk novella Parts of the book I thought were totally random and downright weird and not in a fun way, but in a huh way and the ending was just so so But there were aspects I really enjoyed I thought the main character not the titular character Lady Law, she, I didn t care for Julia, was interesting and her love interest, while nothing to write home about, was engaging The whodunit mystery at the ce [...]


  24. Well I liked this at first The first half was interesting and I actually wanted to keep on reading But then When they actually started to go into their investigation who Lady Law was, I stopped liking it altogether view spoiler It was too much of an attitude, that you can see especially in older book how if you re woman who s well off and clever, you must be somehow bad And the group sex thing really Just to show how she s just no good And how Julia is endeared about Holly when he s worried what [...]


  25. It s a curious novella that has supporting characters with personalities so strong that I wish the story revolved around them than our Heroine, Julia With her sister tragically murdered Julia finds herself being assisted two heroes of the empire, Holly a retiree and the Lady Law a private detective with an impeccable record but suspicious methods There s a slow build up with the mystery and even a budding love story that helps to flesh out Julia s character while culminating in an ending so con [...]


  26. Featured at An Abundance of BooksDespite some very nice world building, and likable characters, this story just seemed to get away from me at times Whether it got too wrapped up in gadget description, action that I couldn t keep up with, or plain ridiculousness that didn t seem to fit the story, it was all just too much The Mysterious Lady Law had some really cool elements, but it never really delivered Read full review HERE


  27. Robert Appleton s The Mysterious Lady Law begins very strong Lady Law is like a female Sherlock Holmes Scotland Yard dislikes her, because she makes them look bad, but Julie can t turn down Lady Law s help to find her sister s killer.Appletone has some strong world building, but there are times where the story seems to get away from the reader For me it was because there was too much going on in too little pages Still, this steampunk mystery has some cool elements, but overall it was missing the [...]


  28. This steampunk mystery novella tells about the famous detective Lady Law who routinely puts Scotland Yard to shame It is also the story of Julia who is a dance hall performer who enlists Lady Law to find out who murdered her sister Julia herself becomes a target of unknown attackers and flees through an alternate Victorian London and through various airships and mechanical museums Julia is aided by police constable Al Grant and aging adventurer Horace Holly as she tries to unravel her sister s m [...]


  29. You may also read the entire review here mybookishways 2011 02 This was a cute, fast little steampunk mystery and a fun diversion between novels Not much room for character development because of the length, but the mystery moved along nicely and I liked the steampunk and sci fi elements of the story Nothing fantastically unique here, and I wasn t dazzled by any means, but what was done was done fairly well, and I enjoyed the little twist at the end


  30. I m loving the steampunk genre so when I saw this one on NetGalley, I jumped at the chance to read it I hung in until I was 50% through, and decided to move on I was not engaged in the story and did not care about the fate of the characters There were a few cool scenes when Julia was running from unknown killer but otherwise, I was not entertained Honestly, after reading The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook and The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, the author s interpretation of the steampunk genre [...]


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