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The Executioner's Heart

(Newbury and Hobbes #4)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  955 ratings  ·  98 reviews
A serial killer is loose on the streets of London, murdering apparently random members of the gentry with violent abandon. The corpses are each found with their chest cavities cracked open and their hearts removed. Charles Bainbridge, Chief Inspector of Scotland Yard, suspects an occult significance to the crimes and brings Newbury and Veronica in to investigate.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 12th 2013 by Titan Books (first published June 28th 2013)
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Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Do you know those books you love so much you cannot help but give a 5* rating, even though they have their flaws? This is one of those books for me...

We once again find ourselves in the company of Sir Newbury and Miss Hobbes, as well as their friend inspector Bainbridge in a steampunk, Victorian London. Mann has done a very good job in the previous books in the series to naturally build the relationship between these three characters, making it very enjoyable to read about their adventures and
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good entry into the Hobbes and Newbury series.

Excellent world building and really evoked the sense of Victorian England. It seems very similar to the London we know but then so different with the steampunk elements. It's very enthralling.

The characters are really developing and it's certainly worts and all. They all have their flaws but it does make it more realistic in that aspect when so much of what is going on is fantastical. Veronica is really developing but it's Amelia I'd like to see
This review was first published by the Historical Novel Society. I received a free copy of the book.

This novel is the fourth in a series of fantasy/steampunk adventures featuring detectives Sir Maurice Newbury and Veronica Hobbes. For the purposes of this review it is considered on its individual merits, but it draws heavily on events and world-building from the previous novels in the series, and the final chapter sets up the action for the next installment.

Overall I found this novel to be
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Though the main story ends, this book has the worst possible cliffhanger ever. So I suggest you wait for The Revenant Express before you start reading this book. You're welcome. I am so mad. I hate cliffhangers!

Short summary: Newbury and Hobbes are helping Charles Bainbridge with a serial killer case. The victims are all left without heart. That's the main story. There is a threat of conspiracy among the agents of the Crown and nobody knows who or what the murderer is.
And, as if that weren't
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Following hot on the heels of the events in 'The Immorality Engine', George Mann brings us the fourth installment in his highly entertaining Newbury & Hobbes series of novels.
Thrusting us right back into a steampunk London of machines, monsters and madmen, we once again find ourselves in the company of Queen's Agents Sir Maurice Newbury, his assistant Miss Veronica Hobbes and Chief Inspector of Scotland Yard, Sir Charles Bainbridge as they investigate a series of brutal murders. The victims
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
First of all I did not like this book, then I thought maybe to many distractions, so I started again.

This is the kind of book like a hot drink you are offered, you hope it's a nice cup of tea only to find it's coffee and later someone takes it away and gives that nice cup of assam you truly wanted.

The first half is a Sherlock Holmes derivative, but every now and then there is a moment that shines that moment when you stop reading and you start to see the story. And then "sigh" he gets nervous
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Newbury and Hobbes embark on a fourth investigation in this novel. They are called upon when a series of bodies start being found with the chest cavities ripped open and the hearts removed. What's more, they are all agents of the Queen. Who is behind the gruesome murders and does it have anything to do with the Kaiser, as the Prince believes?

This book starts with the end if that makes sense. The first chapter sees Veronica exploring a building and being attacked and then we go back to the start
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
Newbury has been sinking further into the mire his friends had hoped to extricate him from. His days are made up of dark arts and drugs. Yet little do they know he is doing it for them. His and Amelia's visions of a darkness to come brought by the sinister Executioner need to be studied so that it can perhaps be avoided. Though with bodies turning up with their hearts ripped out, perhaps the darkness is nearer at hand then they had hoped. With motives being questioned and no one knowing who to ...more
Fred Hughes
Aug 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Newbury & Hobbes are into another mystery in this popular Steampunk series from George Mann. This is the fourth book in the “A Newbury & Hobbes Investigation” series with the other three books being “The Affinity Bridge” , “The Osiris Ritual”, and “The Immorality Engine” ALL ARE RECOMMENDED

In this book we run into Newbury & Hobbes’s being asked to investigate the murder of three apparently unrelated individuals. What is perplexing the police is that the murderer is opening up their
Ade Couper
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
I do like the Newbery & Hobbes tales: steampunk is a favourite genre of mine.

This is the 4th in the series of Novels featuring Sir Maurice Newbery & his assistant, Miss Veronica Hobbes- (somewhat reluctant) agents of a Queen Victoria who's lifespan has been artificially extended by cybernetics. Newbery is a specialist in the occult & the arcane, who is called in to assist chief inspector Bainbridge in solving a series of particularly gruesome murders....

The background of the titular
Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk
Didn't realise this was coming out til I found it by chance, I'd enjoyed the first three and like the mix of steampunk, crime and the almost gothic aspect of Newbury and Hobbs.
It's best to read them in order, and there's short stories on Mann's website for free to keep you going in between.
Newbury and Hobbs begin to grow as partners, though they still seem to keep secrets from each other. Bainbridge also puts in an appearance,as they delve into the investigation into a series of murders. Each of
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To my mind, this is a perfect example of this type of novel. It's inventive, the characters are engaging, the writing is punchy, the plot is full of twists and turns, there's a healthy dose of the macabre and the supernatural, and the whole thing grabs you by the collar and doesn't let up from page one. Any issues you might've had with the series will be far-gone by the time you finish this book, I can assure you, readers - just give it the time and let the world be built before you. Then you ...more
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding.... as the pace of the storyline increases, you will find it difficult to stop until the last word is read. Alas, a huge cliff hanger awaits you at that point. Possibly the best installment in the series.
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Lucian Poll
Jun 30, 2013 rated it liked it
I've been a fan of George Mann's Newbury & Hobbes series for some years now. The stories are often fast-paced and exciting, with a lot more going on in the series' steampunk universe than intricate clockwork automata and chuffing great engines. The central duo of Sir Maurice Newbury and Veronica Hobbes are often engaging and great fun (even if their mutual lusty restraint doesn't exactly chime). The books are blessed with a well-drawn cast of supporting characters, from Newbury's chum on the ...more
Joe Slavinsky
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series just keeps getting better!! This one ends with a monumental cliffhanger, leading into the next book, which isn't due out for 3 months, as of this writing. Oh, the torture of desperately waiting for the next book, before it's published.
My first experience with Mann was his "Ghost" series, which is also kind of "Steampunk", but set in the 1920's, in New York. That series is pure pulp fiction, stripped down, no frills writing, yet also a very good read. Newbury and Hobbes has more
Aug 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was another fun adventure, although the ending certainly wasn't very fun. This is another book where I felt like I've missed something though, and looking back there are several short stories that take place between books 2-4 so maybe I need to read some of those to figure out everything that is going on. I also definitely figured out who the bad guy was before Newbury, although he came to the answer not long after I did. I'm still a little confused about the Secret Service but ...more
Laura Haas
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A note to anyone reading this series: do NOT read The Casebook of Newbury and Hobbes first, you'll give yourself major spoilers. Regardless though, this book was really good. The opening chapter really catches you and you find yourself having to know how it could have possibly happened!
I pity those who have had to wait some 5 or 6 years for the next book in the series to come out. It must have been torture not knowing what happens.
I absolutely love this series! I'm finding George Mann's
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I almost abandoned this book, but I'm very glad I didn't. While it took me quite a while to get into it, once I did it provided to be George Mann at his best: imaginative, action-packed, and original. After the ending, I'm waiting on tenterhooks for the next installment.

One thing I'm curious about: are there any short stories that I should read before reading this? I've read all four books, but there were repeated mentions of groups and events that it sounded as if the reader should no about.
Noura Noman
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
It's getting more complicated

Continuing from the Immortality Engine, this is a well rounded, satisfying episode in the adventures of Newbury & Hobbes. I really enjoyed the twists in this book and even though there was a foreshadowing like in the previous book, this one had a different conclusion. The relationship between Maurice and Veronica is still lacking something, but the dangers are accumulating and my investment in the story has increased.
Steven Davis
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I wasn't convinced by the Calvin and Hobbes - I mean, Newbury and Hobbes - series, until I read the first collection of short stories featuring them. Then I kind of got it. And this, the hunt for a serial killer, is quite engaging and fun, without being staid or formulaic.
Kristina Chai
I guess the series doesn't really do it for me anymore. I really liked the first two books, skipped the third and now with The Executioner's Heart I think I'm done.
Feb 06, 2018 rated it liked it
The best of the series so far
Weird but original Steampunk series, you've got to read them in order.
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent piece from George Mann as we follow hot on the heels of an assassin who is targeting Victorian London's gentry and ripping their hearts out. Newbury and Hobbes still dealing with the fall out of betrayel from those they most trusted, must now get to the bottom of this before its too late.
This is the fourth novel in the steampunk series about an eccentric opium addled detective and his smart assistant. Lots of steampunk familiars in this as well as a dose of the occult. it's
Hugh Collings
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Read out of order, but works as a stand alone. Very good read.
Lizzy // The Bookish Unicorn
Hurry up book 5! I need answers now!
Elizabeth Judd Taylor
This is probably my favorite of the series so far. Trance visions coming to life, a female assassin who is over 100 years old and has a mechanical heart, strange hybrid creatures who roam the night...there's a lot of creepy fun in this one. Good cliffhanger, too. A series which continues to intrigue--looking forward to the next one being published.
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
This review is also on my blog

The Executioner's Heart is part of the Newbury and Hobbes series, but I wouldn't let that be a barrier to diving right in. I've not read any of the others, as yet, and I had a mighty fine time.

It’s 1903. Queen Victoria is still on the throne, a malevolent, semi-human presence powered by a clockwork heart and obsessed with control and power. But a more immediate danger stalks the streets with murderous intent and no concept of
Charlotte (Buried in Books)
May 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: steampunk
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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

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Newbury and Hobbes (6 books)
  • The Affinity Bridge (Newbury and Hobbes, #1)
  • The Osiris Ritual (Newbury and Hobbes, #2)
  • The Immorality Engine (Newbury and Hobbes, #3)
  • Newbury & Hobbes: The Undying
  • The Revenant Express (Newbury and Hobbes, #5)
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