The Bartleby and James Adventures steampunk mystery series follows the cases of consulting detectives Anton Bartleby and James Wainwright through an alternate Victorian history. Their latest adventure takes them high above the greatest city in the world.
Brilliant but socially-awkward inventor and engineer James Wainwright has been accused of murder most foul, and only his savvy partner, Alton Bartleby, can clear his name. The clock is ticking, though, as the true murderer's sabotage threatens to crash the world's largest airship into the teaming streets of London below.
Who are Bartleby and James?
Alton Bartleby is a social savant, the scion of a once pround and noble bloodline, working to restore his family's name. James Wainwright is a brilliant engineer and inventor. Together they take on the cases that Scottland Yard cannot or will not handle.
What made the experience of listening to Maiden Voyage of the Rio Grande the most enjoyable?
Steampunk atmosphere and airships.
Who was your favorite character and why?
James Wainwright because of his use of physics.
Which character – as performed by Wayne Farrell – was your favorite?
Alton Bartleby - crisp & sure.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The mutiny scene because of the swiftness with which it was put down.
Any additional comments?
Fun, quick read.
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I only wish these stories were longer. As soon as things start going you're at the end.
Really fresh and new! It's hard to find something that does remind me of some other work but this author has managed!
Inventor and engineer James Wainwright is accused of murder when he stumbles on a dead body on the maiden voyage of the new American airship, the Rio Grande. He is facing an antagonistic interrogation when his sophisticated and detailed oriented partner, Alton Bartleby, steps in to rescue him. They convince the Captain that James is innocent and they offer to locate the real killer.
They have to determine cause of death, opportunity and motive. James and Bartleby set off by examining the corpse and the scene of the crime. They proceed with interviewing passengers and crew. They determine that the brutal murder involved a theft. The ship is using a new propulsion system which is touted as the latest and greatest but apparently the crucial mechanism that keeps the large ship balanced has been removed!
The deceased was a well liked crewmember with no obvious enemies, however the airship owner’s biggest competitor is on board and would love the chance to “sink” the ship. The suspects also include an estranged son and bitter wife. The biggest problem is that unless James can jerry-rig a fix the ship will roll and explode causing damage to the vessel and the city below. James and Bartleby race against time to solve the murder mystery and fix the ship before they all go down in flames.
I really enjoyed the step by step investigation as described by James. This is an inexpensive purchase for an hour of fun listening! My Rating 4.5.
Audio Notes: As with the first book, Wayne Farrell presents the story with perfect British hauteur and aplomb. He handles the American accents well too. I hope there will be more brisk adventures written by Mr. Coorlim and read by Mr. Farrell.
This is a real quick listen, at under an hour. Very enjoyable and well written, the characters & story are interesting. Wayne Farrell did a fantastic job of bringing this story alive, his characterisations were spot on, he grabs your attention from the beginning. It is a throughly entertaining audiobook.
The music that accompanied the narration was outstanding.