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The Osiris Ritual (Newbury and Hobbes #2)

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A steampunk mystery adventure featuring immortality, artifacts, and intrepid sleuths Sir Maurice Newbury and Miss Veronica Hobbes

Sir Maurice Newbury, Gentleman Investigator for the Crown, imagines life will be a little quieter after his dual successes solving The Affinity Bridge affair. But he hasn't banked on his villainous predecessor, Knox, who is hell-bent on achievin
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Snowbooks
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Dan Schwent
Aug 09, 2013 Dan Schwent rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steampunk
Soon after Sir Maurice Newbury attends a mummy unwrapping, people connected to the expedition that recovered it turn up dead. Meanwhile, Veronica Hobbes is investigating the disappearances of young girls that seem to be connected to a traveling magician. How do their investiations intersect? What does it have to do with the mysterious agent who was supposed to meet Newbury at the train station? And who is behind the Osiris Ritual?

The Osiris Ritual is the second Newbury & Hobbes Investigation
Jamieson Ridenhour
I really want to like these books. The characters have the potential for compelling relationships, and the story has potential as well. And--steampunk detective novels with zombies and Egyptian rituals? Sounds like a win. I have now slogged through two Newbury and Hobbes investigations, and I doubt I'll do a third. Mann's writing is the impediment: poor pacing, absurdly extended predictable action sequences, and a bad tendency to restate obvious plot point sseveral times in as many chapters (whi ...more
Alias Pending
Oct 08, 2012 Alias Pending rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent steampunk tea time action. A short summary: I think TOR works better as an introduction to Mann's universe than Affinity Bridge. TOR seemed less weighed down with ornamental brass than AB, and was far more quickly paced and action packed for it.
My only quibble would be a certain damsel in distress scenario that seemed a lost opportunity and a lack of Amelia, but I won't say more for now is not the time for spoilers.
I also have a theory as to how Newbury is the Fox Mulder of his time,
The flawed agent of this highly imagined Victorian England returns in this second Newbury and Hobbes Investigations. In the prior novel in this Steampunk trilogy, we have learned of many marvels that infuse this society, from seers, like Hobbes sister, to the mysterious Dr. Fabian, who keeps the Queen alive with pumps and wires, to robotic automons. Mann has a rich imagination and his highly stylized writing buoys this novel, which in the end is more about a mystery involving life after death, t ...more
Dec 14, 2010 Debs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
What a fantastic and entertaing read!
This is a wonderful and original story set in late Victorian London complete with atmospheric fog. Brimming with peculiar Victorian inventions and contraptions, strange and sinister characters and good old fashioned gentlemen.
Sir Maurice Newbury and his assistant Miss Veronica Hobbes are Agents For The Queen (I guess a bit like MI5, although their cases are more suited to the X-Files!), operating from the inocuous facade of researchers at the British Museum.
Jan 16, 2016 Dan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This second dive into the steampunk world of Newbury and Hobbes begins with the unwrapping of a newly discovered Egyptian mummy. Newbury is shocked to see it's face is screaming but has little time to dwell on it as he is sent to apprehend a rogue agent. Meanwhile Veronica Hobbes is investigating a series of missing women with a connection to a travelling illusionist.

In many ways this is a more down to Earth story than the first one. Though it is set in the same steampunk world with hints of th
Sir Maurice Newbury and Valerie Hobbes are back in another rollicking steampunk adventure in George Mann's The Osiris Ritual. Like the previous book, The Affinity Bridge, there's plenty of great action and adventure and nobility and constrained behavior and running around London. The characters of the two protagonists develop a bit more thoroughly in this one, though they end up spending much of the novel investigating two separate cases and worrying about the other. A few more thoughts:

Mann re
John Carter McKnight
Significantly worse than the first book in this series, which was pleasantly readable. Horrid, cliche'd prose, character un-development (they became more cardboard than in the introductory volume), and a generally hashed-up mystery plot. It was an effort to finish this, and I'll go out of my way to avoid further works by this author.
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
Newbury and Hobbes are not working in tandem. Sir Maurice is off on assignment for the Queen looking into the "return" of another agent, William Ashford, who may have gone rogue and who may be involved in a high profile killing of the Egyptologist Lord Winthrop, whose discovery and then death are front page news as written by Newbury's new protege, George Purefoy. Veronica meanwhile is concerned about a spate of disappearances of young women, all who visited a magician, The Mysterious Alfonso, a ...more
Jun 11, 2012 Beka rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steampunk
Reading The Osiris Ritual demonstrated to me that I liked Mann's first book, The Affinity Bridge, more for the novelty of a steampunk detective team than for the writing itself. He clearly has a lot of talent, and loves his characters, but it doesn't seem like he spends enough time getting to know them - they all come across as rather flat. It doesn't take more than a couple of pages to tell me that a) Newbury is very smart, b) Newbury is addicted to opium, c) Newbury is attracted to Hobbes, and ...more
Apr 04, 2016 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Following hot on the heels of George Mann's entertaining steampunk debut 'The Affinity Bridge' comes 'The Osiris Ritual,' the second in the Newbury & Hobbes investigations.
Once again, we find the duo investigating the nefarious to the downright bizarre against the backdrop of a London filled with all manner of peculiar devices and insidious villains. This time, they have to spread their attentions on three different fronts: Firstly, a series of ritualistic murders are taking place and on the
Karen Syed
Dec 08, 2011 Karen Syed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, steampunk
I simply love these books. While I don't so much enjoy the whole undead themes, this second book in the series stepped away from that (prominent in Book 1) and gave us a wonderful tale of intrigue and adventure.

Newbury is in top form in this tale that focuses on an ancient ritual that seems to be alive and kicking in his backyard. Heap on top of this new mystery the fact that the past has reared its ugly head (literally) and it may cost Newbury his life.

George Man is quite a storyteller and I ad
Jun 18, 2016 Cliff rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I remembered, once I had started this book, that I read the first two in the series a couple of years ago and said I wouldn't bother with anymore. Well I have, and much of what I said about Affinity Bridge and Immorality Engine apply here. I see from one mention that the 'ground trains' have acquired rails so perhaps they are little more than trams (as they would be called in the UK) or streetcars in American usage. The author is clearly American which leads to some howlers in his use of idiomat ...more
Sep 01, 2014 Jackie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-steampunk
Newbury and Hobbes are back but not in total harmony. Newbury is under orders from Her Majesty to apprehend an agent turned Rogue. His friend, Charles Bainbridge cannot believe that agent has turned and expresses his views strongly to Newbury. Meanwhile Bainbridge (of Scotland Yard) has asked Sir Maurice Newbury to help with a strange case involving the disappearance of a number of women. Once Newbury had decided that there was nothing paranormal involved in that case, he dropped it. But Miss Ho ...more
Sep 26, 2009 edifanob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books, 2009-reads
We ( my inner book critic and I) highly recommend this book - and of course the whole series - to all of you who have a foible for mystery, characters with secrets and avidities, a story with more than one thread, airships, submersives, automatons, steam-driven cabs all placed in a great city. Buy it, read it , love it.

Read my full review at Only The Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy
I was a bit disappointed by this book. It didn't seem to have the same flair as The Affinity Bridge did. The plot seemed a bit muddled and dragged a bit. Veronica's transformation from ardent 19th Century feminist to damsel in distress was a bit disappointing. There are still some interesting twists and turns in this story and , while I still love George Mann's stories. this chapter in the Newbury-Hobbes saga didn't hold up to its predecessor.
Zoe Carney
Feb 19, 2016 Zoe Carney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second in the Newbury and Hobbes series, and a nice change of pace after the last steampunk book I tried. Is this series perfect? No. But it's a damn sight closer to it than most - interesting and nuanced female characters who get to carry plot, lovely world-building, nice story arcs, and well thought-out bad guys. The only thing stopping me giving it a 5 is the slight Holmesian pastiche (Newbury is a gentleman drug addict), and the predictable tension between the older man and his younger f ...more
Jan 27, 2014 Grace rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A decidedly average book. The writing was lacking, and although I rarely complain about it there was a great deal of telling rather than showing, as we are always told exactly what everyone thinks to a situation or person and never left to develop our own impressions, which also tends to slow things down. The characters themselves are rather unremarkable, which is to say the have a lot less depth than I remember from the first book (although I read that a long time ago and my memory is a bit vag ...more
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David Schwan
Like the first book in the series "The Affinity Bridge" this book was a fun read. There is a series of young women who disappear and Newbury and Hobbes are investigating. There are two plot lines that wind their way through the book, bringing us to a thrilling conclusion. The ending is a bit puzzling, my suspicion is that we are being set up for the third book.
Nate Briggs
There's a famous phrase in the corporate world: “If you’re not the lead dog...the view never changes.”

The Steampunk equivalent would be: if it’s not cutting edge Steampunk, it’s probably not worth the time.

This book simply isn’t worth the time. Mr Mann opens some doors that might contain interesting narrative threads: but refuses to go in. Strange decisions, considering that editors are more enthusiastic, now, about longer and thicker books. No new ideas that I can see. Just an attempt to compen
Mar 15, 2015 Spuddie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fast-paced steampunk mystery/adventure featuring Queen Victoria's agents Sir Maurice Newbury, and Miss Veronica Hobbes. Sir Maurice, however, is unaware that his assistant at the National Museum shares his profession.

Bizarre killings follow the unveiling of a new ancient Egyptian mummy, which Sir Maurice is working on with Scotland Yard superintendent Charles Bainbridge. Meanwhile, young women are disappearing and a link to a traveling magic show leads Miss Hobbes after that vile crimina
Andrew Fear
Dull stuff really. None of the characters were developed and there was a lack of period feel. None of the steampunk devices seemed to add to the plot which was really a rather generic thriller which could have been placed in any set of circumstances. The writing increases that feeling with the incorrect use of "momentarily", "source" and "reference" used as verbs, and bizarre talk about "objectifying" women. Not the language of a steampunk universe. I think the author will find that the British ...more
⊱ Irena ⊰
It's slow the first half of the book, but it gets better later.
Dec 17, 2015 Deborah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sir Maurice Newbury and his assistant Veronica Hobbes return in the second installment of this series. Following the unveiling of an ancient Mummy at a party for dignitaries and academics, the archeologists are later found brutally murdered in their homes. In the meantime a travelling hypnotist show appears to be linked to the disappearance of young girls from London's less afluent neighbourhoods. With Sir Maurice investigating the murders and Miss Hobbes investigating the disappearances, they a ...more
Jul 23, 2015 Metagion rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Normally I don't read this particular genre, but I'm trying to expand my horizons here. :)

In this adventure Agent of the Crown Newbury has been instructed to find an old Agent that has "gone rogue" by being in Russia for five years without word to anyone. In the meantime, Newbury had been invited to an "unwrapping" party, in which an antiquity from Egypt (an undisturbed mummy, in this case) is brought to an exclusive home and unwrapped in front of assembled guests and dignitaries, with wine and
Wing Kee
A good but very unbalanced book that went from a four to a three star purely on the fact that the main character of this series is simply a moron.

This is my second full Newbury and Hobbes book and though I enjoyed the first novel, it was very flawed (mainly in the characters...) and I hoped that the second novel would make amends and learn from book 1's mistakes...nope...not at all:

1) The world just like in book 1 and the 2 short stories before this book was interesting. This is a steampunk nove
Ryan Abe.
You know whats frustrating about this book? The Main Story. You know what's pretty good about this book? The main characters relationship, Newbury's magic dragon addiction and Ashford. Everything else is just kinda...well...meh. So much so, that i found myself skimming some pages to get to the point of the set up; so i could in turn get back to a fresh Hobbes and Newbury scene. I could tell you this book was a good mystery detective pulp novel but i'd be lying. The overarching plot was so predic ...more
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
The erstwhile Newbury and fiery Hobbes are back at it again in this second volume of Mann's series. Confronted with a murdered lord, two rogue agents in London and a string of missing young women from the East End, the two have their work more than cut out for them. Though this book could be read as a standalone steampunk novel, I highly recommend reading the series in order. Set a few months after the events of The Affinity Bridge, it is a new year in England and things are not as they seem. It ...more
Charlotte (Buried in Books)
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George Mann is an author and editor, primarily in genre fiction. He was born in Darlington, County Durham in 1978.
A former editor of Outland, Mann is the author of The Human Abstract, and more recently The Affinity Bridge and The Osiris Ritual in his Newbury and Hobbes detective series, set in an alternate Britain, and Ghosts of Manhattan, set in the same universe some decades later.
He wrote the T
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Newbury and Hobbes (5 books)
  • The Affinity Bridge (Newbury and Hobbes, #1)
  • The Immorality Engine (Newbury and Hobbes, #3)
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