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The Osiris Ritual (Newbury and Hobbes #2)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  1,580 ratings  ·  157 reviews
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, 319 pages
Published August 3rd 2010 by Tor Books (first published September 1st 2009)
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Dan Schwent
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
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
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
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
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 front: Firstly, a series of ritualistic murders are taking place and on the
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.
Karen Syed
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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 Ho
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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Cécile C.
Hum. Before getting started, can I ask something? I think it would be a good idea if, from now on, everybody who wanted to get published took a compulsory course in writing decent female characters. It would avoid spoiling perfectly fine books with silly, caricatural heroins who are supposed to be Strong Female Characters(TM), but who still do nothing of significance in the course of a whole book, act silly and helpless every time the writer needs some conflict for the male hero, and end up bein ...more
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When I posted my thoughts on the first in Mann's Newbury and Hobbes series, The Affinity Bridge, I gave it three stars and said of the second instalment, "I might pick it up one day if I see a copy in a charity shop or something but I'm not exactly clawing at Waterstones' door to get it". That still pretty much sums up how I feel about this series. It's reasonable. The books haven't had me clutching at them, desperate to know what's going to happen next, but t
Das erfolgreichste Ermittlerduo der Krone, Sir Maurice Newbury und Veronica Hobbes, hat einen neuen Auftrag, denn London wird von mysteriösen Todesfällen heimgesucht: Junge Frauen verschwinden spurlos, nachdem sie die Show eines berühmten Zauberkünstlers besucht haben. Und ein bedeutender Kunstmäzen wird nach der öffentlichen Präsentation einer echten Mumie brutal ermordet. Während Newbury das Geheimnis der Mumie zu ergründen versucht, verstrickt er sich in okkulte Intrigen, die ihn in die tiefs ...more
Martin Belcher
In this book we again follow Sir Maurice Newbury, investigator for Her Majesty Queen Victoria and his very able assistant Miss Veronica Hobbes investigating what at first seems to be two very separate cases....

The first being the mysterious murder of the well known Egyptologist, Lord Winthrop, who had previously just unveiled an Egyptian Mummy and precious caskets called Ushabti.

The second case being the unexplained disappearances of girls from a theatre hosting a stage show by the Magician Al
This was still a really great story, but I felt it was less exciting than The Affinity Bridge. I didn't like how the detectives were pursuing individual cases, it meant there was less development in their relationship, both professional & personal. Also it felt like both characters were a bit weaker in this book, Veronica I recall was a much stronger female lead in the first adventure & in this one she spends most of the time in a damsel in distress mode with Sir Maurice constantly getti ...more
Excellent sequel to The Affinity Bridge and second book in a loose three novel arc that will end in the next installment THE IMMORALITY ENGINE. After that there will be at least three more novels comprising another arc.

The story of Sir Maurice Newbury as Sherlock Bond with an addiction to opium and the arcane and his plucky assistant Veronica Hobbes with a very unusual sister and secrets of her own continues magnificently here.

In The Osiris Ritual there are three seemingly unrelated threads:

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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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