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Editorial Reviews

Guy Fawkes has returned, and his resurrected corpse intends to blow up Parliament in the second installment of Chris Dolley's P. G. Wodehouse-inspired Reeves and Worcester Steampunk Mysteries series. Detective Reginald Worcester and his robot valet Reeves must foil these plans before Queen Victoria is killed and the entire British Empire is destroyed. Despite the lofty circumstances, Dolley's novella is hilarious and rollicking, and the dry humor is always present thanks to a jaunty performance by Kieren Phoenix Chantrey. His energy is infectious, helping to turn Reggiecide into a joyous homage to, and send-up of, both steampunk and Wodehouse.

Publisher's Summary

"A fun blend of P.G. Wodehouse, steampunk and a touch of Sherlock Holmes."

Guy Fawkes is back, and this time it's a toss up who's going to be blown up first: Parliament or Reginald Worcester, gentleman consulting detective. But Guy might not be the only regicide to have been dug up and reanimated. He might be a mere pawn in a plan of diabolical twistiness. Only a detective with a rare brain - and Reggie's is amongst the rarest - could possibly solve this "five-cocktail problem". With the aid of Reeves, his automaton valet, Emmeline, his suffragette fiancé, and Farquharson, a reconstituted dog with an issue with Anglicans, Reggie sets out to save both Queen Victoria and the Empire. This 19,000-word novella is the sequel to the WSFA Small Press Award finalist What Ho, Automaton!

©2012 Chris Dolley (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Fun book ruined by a very bad reading

The narrator ( Mr Chantrey) is apparently ignorant of Chris Dolley's series and the famous "Jeeves and Wooster" stories in print and film that inspired them. Here, Reeve's droll responses (half the comedy) are absolutely ruined by voicing him as a cockney in spite of everything previously written about the character. Indeed, all of the returning characters are flubbed. Please consider rerecording this book - Mr. Volley deserves better.

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Painfull

Never have I heard voices more out of tune with the characters. Reggie sounds like a dockworker instead of upper-class. Reeves has a cockney accent! And the pronunciations are horrible - unlike anything I've heard in either british or american english. At first it seems like the narrator is intentionally mispronouncing words for comedic effect, but then you begin to believe that he is so poorly educated that he actually does not know how the words should be pronounced. In all, the narration is a distraction from a fairly good story, instead of an enhancement to it.