This is a fun steampunk adventure. It's the second book in the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series and it's every bit as good as the first story. (Phoenix Rising) This time agents Wellington Books and Eliza D. Braun are investigating the mysterious disappearance of several suffragist leaders. In classic steampunk fashion the authors' critique the Victorian world's resistance to women voting and make some astute observations on the English class system of the late 19th century.
The most enjoyable part of the book comes from the numerous gadgets and gismos that appear before their time. Plus there's lots of action and twists and turns in the story involving an array of odd, interesting minor characters. Add all of that to the budding romance between Brooks and Braun and you have an excellent example of steampunk literature at its best. I would highly recommend the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences novels to readers who like lighthearted steampunk stories or anyone looking for a thrilling book to take to the beach.