The Devious Dr. Jekyll
Solving the infamous Chopper case has helped crime scene physician Dr. Eliza Jekyll establish her fledgling career in the chauvinisti ...more
It took me a lot to finish this book because it was really bizarre!
The way the main characters were acting, the writing style, the multitude of secondary characters... everything was... bizarre!
At the beginning I thought I understood what's been happening, but soon I lost track and, I must admit, several times I thought about DNF, but I remember that I felt like that also during the first book, so I persevered and it was worth it!
At the end I understood why of all that bizarreness (is that even a word???).
Eliza is experien ...more
To say that I was very eager to read this ...more
*Genre* Steampunk, Fantasy, Romance
The Devious Dr. Jekyll is the second installment in Viola Carr's Electric Empire series. Following in the footsteps of The Diabolical Miss Hyde, Dr. Eliza Jekyll returns to more shenanigans, more intrigue, more mystery, sus ...more
I'm not certain whether my wavering interest in The Devious Dr. Jekyll is due entirely to artsy distractions or if the book just wasn't that good. Best guess? A bit of both.< ...more
Dr. Eliza Jekyll lives a complicated life, her fame on the solving the “Chopper” case earning her the recognition she deserves, but with secrets as dark and dangerous as hers, any deep scrutiny could leave her burning at the stake. And being courted by Royal Society agent and wolfman Captain Remy Lafayette, the man her darker half Lizzie Hyde longs for doesn’t make her life any easier. Especially when the good captain offers her something she can’t resist; a gruesome murder to investigate. Wi ...more
Unfortunately, the second installment does not quite live ...more
The Electric Empire series is a gender swapped Jekyll and Hyde tale set in alternate Victorian era featuring steampunk elements along with some supernatural creatures, magic, alchemy, and sorcery.
Murder, mayhem, mystery and romance keep you glued to the page.
Seeing Lizzie fight back against Eliza was brilliant, as it's what you'd expect from two opposite sides of the same coin. Though I did really want to see a buddy cop kinda deal with the two of them.
Basically, seriously good fun.
Dr. Eliza Jekyll lives a complicated life, her fame on the solving the "Chopper" case earning her the recognition she deserves, but with secrets as dark and dangerous as hers, any deep scrutiny could leave her burning at the stake. And being courted by Royal Society agent and wolfman Captain Remy Lafayette, the man her darker half Lizzie Hyde longs for doesn't make her life any easier. Especially when the good captain offers her something she can't resist; a gruesome murder to investigate. Wit...more
Originally posted at Vampire Book Club
Unfortunately unmasking the Chopper on her previous case failed to gain Eliza any more credibility within the medical/police community. In fact, coupled with the fact that in apprehending the Chopper Eliza let famed serial murderer Razor Jack escape from the asylum he was imprisoned in, and her reputation has actually come under more scrutiny from the populace.
On top of all this, she’s still unsure of what to do about the unexpect ...more
The Devious Dr. Jekyll is yet another complex and intriguing story filled with mystery with it’s enthralling discoveries that are the perfect blend of historical and literary characters in one. – Abooktopia
The Devious Dr. Jekyll is the sequel to Viola Carr’s ‘The Diabolical Miss Hyde’, which is an extension of the infamous tale of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde that follows the story of his daughter Dr. Eliza Jekyll and her dark side Miss Lizzie Hyde who resides within her.
Sharing the same body, Dr. Eliza Jekyllhttp://abooktopia.weebly.com ...more
This is the second book in the Electric Empire series by Viola Carr. This was a well done continuation of this extension of the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story. I enjoyed the mystery, the steampunk elements, and the references to classical literature throughout.
Dr. Eliza Jekyll has established a name for herself in the male dominated field of forensic science. However, some of the leading males in the field are still belittling her contributions. Then Remy Lafayette asks for Eliza’s he ...more
(I was this close to picking it for "ugly cover" because I really, really hate this cover.)
I really loved The Diabolical Miss Hyde, so I was a smidge disappointed in the sequel. Some of the strengths were still there: Lizzie (by far the more appealing half of the duo), Lizzie's underworld friends and acquaintances, the literary references and the pulpy nature of the whole thing. Some of th ...more
When you’ve already used Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to explore issues of dichotomy, what public domain work do you turn to next? (view spoiler)[Why, the Picture of Dorian Gray of course! (hide spoiler)]
The mystery is loaded with mutilated bodies, art theft (of all kinds), Satanic rituals, Mad Science, and an undercurrent of revolution.
That was great by itself – I was delighted by the twists at the end – but on top of that the book gets into themes of want vs nee ...more
The characters wore on me and I stopped caring about them. I found Remy increasingly irritating. The tension between Lizzie and Eliza felt poorly handled (they're 26 years old! Grow up). The everyday anger about sexism felt... boring to read (ok, you can be angry every day, but it's exhausting to read). The banter - while amusing - didn't charm me (but rather, felt like it started to weigh the plot down). I might not have given this book a fair cha ...more
Really, Eliza? This is what you say to a man who is two seconds away from killing you? Really? *sigh*
How to review a book where you are completely smitten with the alter ego of the main character...and literally roll your eyes whenever the main character graces the page? Oy.
I loved all the characters, and was delighted to learn more about Lafeyette and Finch. Lafeyette's story/family turned out to be quite important in a twist that I didn ...more
I love Remy...I'm still not sure if I like Eliza...not sure if I like Lizzie.
I don't know...something about this o ...more
Lots of literary characters pop up in the series, with different spins on them making things uncertain when they show ...more