Wellington Books and Eliza Braun are thrown into the middle of a mystery when a woman that Eliza has briefly met, disappears in a ball of lightning before their very eyes.
This is the second novel in the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series with Books and Braun. Wellington (Welly) Books, university graduate, former army officer, inventor and brilliant mind pairs wonderfully with the intrepid feminist and (former) field agent Eliza Braun. Welly, Archivist and Eliza, now an archivist-in-training to the experienced Books, stumble across a number of unsolved cases of women who have all disappeared in a flash of light and are all connected to the suffragist movement.
When Kate Sheppard, old friend and leader of the suffrage movement in New Zealand makes a reappearance in her life, Eliza is determined to solve the mystery of the disappearing suffragists. At the same time Eliza's first love, adventurer and explorer Douglas Sheppard and Kate's son, wants to reignite their affair, prompting Welly to wonder exactly what Eliza means to him.
The romantic elements in this series are very light. Welly and Eliza's friendship and partnership promises a little more in the way of a romance, as there is a deepening of the relationship in The Janus Affair. This is an excellent series for fans of steampunk mysteries with two wonderfully crafted and likable protagonists in a descriptive and imaginative steampunk world.
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