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Review: The Dastardly Miss Lizzie by Viola Carr

The Dastardly Miss LizzieTitle: The Dastardly Miss Lizzie

Author: Viola Carr

Genre: Steampunk

Series: Electric Empire (Book #3)

Publication Date: April 18, 2017

Format: Paperback, 464 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062363123 (Harper Voyager)

ISBN-13: 978-0062363121 (Harper Voyager)

Reviewed by: Roxanne


Dr. Eliza Jekyll must turn to her dark side, Miss Lizzie Hyde, to stop a madman targeting London’s most important scientists and sorcerers terrorizing the city with dark magic in this third Electric Empire novel—a dazzlingly original steampunk fantasy set in the gritty world of alternate Victorian London, with echoes of H G. Wells classic, The Time Machine

Being two people in one body isn’t easy. Metropolitan Police crime scene physician Eliza Jekyll is trying to maintain a semblance of control, even as her rebellious second self, Lizzie, grows increasingly wild—threatening the respectable Eliza’s reputation and her marriage to Remy Lafayette, the Royal Society investigator and occasional lycanthrope. With England on the brink of war, Remy’s away in sorcery-riddled Paris on a secretive mission that grows ever more sinister. Has he been an enemy agent all along? Or is coping with Eliza’s secret divided self finally driving her mad?

Eliza needs her mind clear and sharp if she’s to catch an evil genius who is killing eminent scientists. The chase uncovers a murky world of forbidden books, secret laboratories, and a cabal of fanatical inventors whose work could change the world—or destroy it—and who may hold answers to Eliza’s past.

As sorcery-wielding terrorists attack London, Eliza discovers her own enemies are closing in, driving her to desperate measures—enlisting the aid of the wily, resourceful, mercurial Lizzie—to thwart the killer. But Lizzie’s got her own life now, and true to her nature, will resort to the devious and diabolical to keep it. Even if it means throwing Eliza to the wolves, and letting the world burn. . . .

Quick & Dirty: Eliza and Lizzie are back and not only must they solve a murder, they must save their country and the future as well.

Opening Sentence: “Go away, Lizzie, I’m working.”

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Eliza is back and investigating the murder of Miss de Percy, an aether physicist working on a project with a couple other people. Remy is away in France doing something for the Regent. Lizzie as always is wanting to get rid of Eliza permanently much the way Eddie did with Henry. Before too much can go wrong Eliza is summoned to meet the King and while there she meets Princess Victoria. She also begins to suspect the young King is something like her.

Then another scientist working with Miss de Percy is murdered, a Professor Crane, and Eliza knows that it must have something to do with the project they were working on. She also discovers a note addressed to Eddie asking for a loan to help pay a blackmailer. Lizzie seeks out Eddie only to find that he is truly losing it and no one knows where he is until Eliza discovers him with a murdered prostitute and he is arrested for her murder.

Eliza and Lizzie know that he didn’t do it, despite the fact that Eliza knows he is a murderer. Remy has returned and disappeared from their house, someone has attacked Eliza more than once, and the last member of the group shows up dead! Eliza knows that time is running out, and it is up to her and Lizzie to figure out what happened in their past and how it ties into what is going on now!

As you all know, Steampunk is so hit or miss for me, but I love this approach to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. This series has gotten better with each book, and I hope this isn’t the end. It could be taken that way, but I for one really want more of Lizzie and Johnny and Eliza and Remy. Plus, I just have to rave that for all purposes despite sharing a body, they really don’t. I love that aspect. I don’t know why, but I seriously love that there are almost two separate people housed in the same body. Lizzie is dark, but she isn’t as bad as you might think she would be, she drinks and carries on a bit, but she really has stepped up in the last few books and made herself a huge part of what is going on.

Swoon Remy, he might just be my favorite book boyfriend lately. A werewolf, hot, super generous and just plain wonderful. Plus, he knows about and does things for Lizzie too. I mean come on, he has to be a little too good right? I love the mixture of steampunk, supernatural and good ole Victorian days. It’s truly a wonderful world that Carr has created!

Notable Scene:

Her vision frosted, smearing into memories of old. Dim gaslights, low murmurs of wonder, surgical bowls and spiecimen jars passed from hand to hand. Stern men in high ccollars, authoritative voices lecturing on the nervous system or blood circulation or the operation of valves in the heart. Henry Jekyll’s earnest, insistent speeches, that way he had of knowing the turth, irrevocably committed, and his impluse to tell everyone, for good or ill….

Electric Empire Series:

1. The Diabolical Miss Hyde

2. The Devious Dr. Jekyll

3. The Dastardly Miss Lizzie


FTC Advisory: Harper Voyager provided me with a copy of The Dastardly Miss Lizzie. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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2 Responses to “Review: The Dastardly Miss Lizzie by Viola Carr

  1. Penny OlsonNo Gravatar

    I love the female spin on Jekyll and Hyde.

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  2. RoxanneNo Gravatar
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    Me too!! It’s great!!!

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