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Publisher's Summary

Jane Austen meets Lara Croft.

Beatrice Knight has enough to contend with: A zebra is dead on her lawn, her horse is possessed, and a gentleman has arrived with the temerity to propose to her. To top it off, her dead husband, Gideon, has absconded with an automaton, threatening to return for his wife. The wife in question, however, soon has other issues, for a killer has moved into town with a nasty habit of carving up the victims. As luck should dictate, who should be the next target but Mrs. Knight herself?

The Automaton's Wife is the second case in Society for Paranormals, in which a paranormal detective refuses to let danger, death, and unwanted suitors inconvenience her in the small town of Nairobi. Welcome to a cozy mystery series concerning Victorian etiquette, African mythology, and the search for a perfect spot of tea. If you enjoy historical mysteries, adore Victorian steampunk, appreciate British humor, or would love to experience adventure in colonial Africa, download The Automaton's Wife to start your supernatural safari now.

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©2015 Vered Ehsani (P)2017 Vered Ehsani

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  • Julie
  • NJ United States
  • 10-04-17

5/5 Charming, Witty, Weird

Summary: Bee’s back and she’s got her hands full. There’s murder and mayhem afoot and bigger crises like warding off would-be suitors.

Additional Comments:
- I think I’ve said it before: this is my brand of weird. That said, it’s probably not going to be everybody’s cup of tea. If you’re in the mood for a serious book, definitely wrong series.
- If you’re in the mood for fun and weird, definitely a great series to try.
- The series combines the charm of Alexander McCall Smith’s #1 Detective Agency with the random, wacky weirdness of Seth Graham Smith’s Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies.
- I’ve listened to a lot of audiobooks lately and these are always a light-hearted bit of escapism.
- The character has a few quirks that can come across as annoying, especially in the way she describes things. But overall, it’s still highly entertaining.
- I find the blurb a tad misleading after you’ve heard or read the story, but if you enjoyed the first story, I see no reason for you to dislike this one. If this is your introduction to the series, you might want to grab book one so you have some context.

Conclusion: Decent entry in an awesome series.
*I heard the audiobook version for free. I chose to review the story.

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Charming, unique, captivating trip

I love Vered Ehsani's Society for Paranormal series. Book two picks up soon after book 1 and continues this delightful trip. It's kind of a female Sherlock Holmes investigating paranormal problems in turn of the century Africa. Unique and well-written. NOT a formula driven story, despite my reference to Sherlock. Vered writes in a style all her own which is very well done and quite intriguing. I've been hoping for book 3 to come out in audio but I've waited all I can. I just picked up the ebook version to continue my travels with Bea.

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Loved this audio!

Would you listen to The Automaton's Wife again? Why?

Yes! It was very entertaining, funny, and unique.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Automaton's Wife?

When Bea meets the popobowa

What about Alison Larkin’s performance did you like?

She did an excellent job on the voices and accents. Her tone fit the mood of what was being read making the emotions very clear.

Any additional comments?

I was given this free copy of the audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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slow

Any additional comments?

I just couldln't get into it. seemed slow. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Victorian Paranormal

I enjoyed the performance of Alison Larkin in this book. I thought she did an excellent job with this cozy story. Set in the turn of the century Africa, the author did an excellent job with the imagery. The story moves along quite nice and has unexpected twists and unique characters. I have the first book in this series (Ghosts of Tsavo) which includes the same main character. This book is a standalone listen, and part of a series with the consistency of main character (Beatrice). I found the British humor to be fitting in the story and liked it. I was voluntarily provided with this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, narrator, and or publisher.

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Steampunk Paranormal Story

Good story. It is the second in a series. For continuity I think it is better to read the first in the group. The story is set in Africa at the beginning of the 1900's.The Automaton's Wife is peppered with quirky characters and strange creatures. The weirdness makes the tale interesting.
The narration is great.
I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

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  • Zarah
  • St. louis, Mo
  • 06-14-17

quite enjoyable

I do believe I enjoyed this more than the first. I'm not entirely sure if it was because it was a better book or because the addition of a truly wonderful narrator (Alison Larkin) made the audio experience more fulfilling than reading it. I liked book one, but I really liked this one.

As before, I found Beatrice witty and self-reliant. I liked the tension between her and My. Timmons, though it's much downplayed here and the mystery held its own. I did think it wrapped up a little too quickly and Larkin's insistence on saying Zeebra (American), instead of zebra, in the English style irked me. But all in all, I look forward to continuing the series.

Note: I received a copy for the purpose of review. But it was my choice to read (listen) and review it.

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It really fits into its time period.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
This book was very well written and narrated. Sometimes when people write these kinds of story you can tell that they don't have a feeling for the literature of the time. That is not the case here. I loved the concept and the story ark.
I usually listen to books while I'm at work and I couldn't multi-task while listening to this one. Pay attention and enjoy.

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fun story

I received this book free from ebalst and the author and publisher, and this is my unbiased opion. I wasn't sure at first about the story I missed the first book, but I was able to get into the story quickly. it is very Victorian, which added to the characters. I loved it.