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Title:
Beauty and the clockwork beast
Author(s):
Allen, Nancy Campbell, 1969-
ISBN/ISSN:
9781629721750
Physical Description:
335 pages ; 23 cm
Abstract:
A retelling of the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. When Lucy, a botanist famous for her research on ways to counter vampires, arrives at Blackwell Manor to tend to her sick cousin, she finds that mysteries abound. A restless ghost roams the hallways, and Lord Miles is clearly hiding a secret. Working together, Miles and Lucy attempt to restore peace to Blackwell Manor.
Pub Date:
Shadow Mountain, [2016]

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Summary

Summary

Jane Eyre meets Beauty and the Beast in this Steampunk Proper Romance

When Lucy Pickett arrives at Blackwell Manor to tend to her ailing cousin, Kate, she finds more than she bargained for. A restless ghost roams the hallways, shape-shifting creatures have been reported in the area, and vampires lurk across the Scottish border.

Lord Miles himself is clearly hiding a secret. He is brash and inhospitable, and does not take kindly to visitors--even one as smart and attractive as Miss Pickett. He is unsettled by the mysterious deaths of his new wife, Clara, and his sister, Marie. Could Miles be to blame for the deaths?

Working together, Miles and Lucy attempt to restore peace to Blackwell Manor. But can Lucy solve the mystery of Miles? Can she love the man--beast and all?
 


Author Notes

Nancy Campbell Allen is the author of twelve novels, which span genres from contemporary romantic suspense to historical fiction. She has presented at numerous writing conferences and events. She has a degree in Elementary Education and is the mother of three children.


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Booklist Review

Readers new to steampunk as well as fans of the inventive genre will enjoy Allen's (My Fair Gentleman, 2016) tale of gothic steampunk romantic suspense. Lucy travels to Blackwell Manor to learn why her newly married cousin, Kate, is sick, and learns about the surprising deaths of two young women. One was the wife of Lord Miles, and the other his sister. Kate's husband is his brother. Yet Miles is not a murderer but, rather, a werewolf who tries to remain securely within his house or at his hunting lodge. Neatly rendered steampunk details, from the characters' attire to airships and robot servants, add enticing atmosphere to the growing mystery. Lucy is skilled in botany and not only tends to Kate's condition but also to vampire bites acquired during the urgent investigation. Kate then gets worse, and Lucy is visited by the ghost of Miles' dead sister. Lucy and Miles become allies as the danger increases. Allen's keen and enjoyable romance has the smart banter and appeal of Marion Chesney's capers.--Alessio, Amy Copyright 2016 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Allen (My Fair Gentleman) jumps gracefully on to the supernatural Victorian bandwagon, keeping both the romance and the gore PG-rated in a steampunk setting. Her tale seamlessly combines family politics, ballroom dancing, and romantic swooning with airships, ray guns, and automatons, as well as scientifically verified vampires and werewolves. Lucy Pickett, whose research on ways to counter vampires is a priority for the Botanical Aid Society of London, visits Blackwell Manor to find a remedy for her cousin Kate, who's usually "healthy as an ox" but has been taken ill since moving there with her new husband, the brother of the Earl of Blackwell. When the ghost of Marie, the late sister of the secretive earl, tries to communicate with Lucy, the earl takes her under his protection and his scrutiny. She's terrified by the scar across his face and the rumors that he killed both Marie and his young wife, and yet Lucy finds him to be a kind confidant and an appealing suitor. Allen's imagining of "Beauty and the Beast" as a supernatural period murder mystery is delightful at every turn. Agent: Pam Howell, D4EO. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Excerpts

Excerpts

Blackwell was dressed in black trousers and black riding boots that sported mud spatters. His discarded overcoat was slung over the back of the sofa, his unbuttoned vest was black, as was his cravat, which was undone and hanging loosely about his neck. He'd rolled back the cuffs of his snowy-white shirt, which was the only color contrast on an otherwise intimidating male with black hair and a thick scar that ran the length of his profile on the right side of his face. It extended from his temple, across the cheekbone and down to his jawline just beyond the corner of his mouth. The flickering lamplight showed that it continued under his chin and down across the front of his neck where it eventually disappeared under his shirt. Lucy frowned and drew her brows together in spite of his uncomfortably close proximity, studying his face. ?"Do you have something you would like to say?" the man murmured, his voice deep, strained. She opened her mouth and spoke before giving any real thought to her words. "Your scar isn't nearly as fearsome as others suggest." Her tone trailed off as she realized the extent of her social gaffe. Not only was she wandering about in the wee hours of the morning in nothing but her night clothing, she had just been blunt and insulting to the lord of the manor and her cousin's brother-in-law. She was usually much more circumspect. Her only excuse for the lack of polish was the fact that she'd just seen an apparition--of which she'd formerly doubted the existence--and now the ghost's brother wasn't proving to be any more pleasant. Excerpted from Beauty and the Clockwork Beast by Nancy Campbell Allen All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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