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In the divided land of England, Elizabeth Barnabus has been living a double life - as both herself and as her brother, the private detective.

Witnessing the hanging of Alice Carter, the false duchess, Elizabeth resolves to throw the Bullet Catcher's Handbook into the fire and forget her past. If only it were that easy!

There is a new charitable organisation in town, run by some highly respectable women. But something doesn't feel right to Elizabeth. Perhaps it is time for her fictional brother to come out of retirement for one last case.

Her unstoppable curiosity leads her to a dark world of body snatching, unseemly experimentation, politics and scandal. Never was it harder for a woman in a man's world.

©2015 Rod Duncan (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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  • John
  • 09-24-15

Brilliant, clever and gripping.

Having loved the first part in this trilogy, the bullet catcher's daughter, I had high expectations for this book.

They were met, this is a thrilling and gripping story, with twists and turns. The world of the gaslit empire is very cleverly put together, and in Elizabeth Barnabas we have an intelligent and unusual heroin.

Gemma Whelan brings the character to life brilliantly with her narration,

Highly recommended.

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  • Michele
  • 03-09-16

Loved the whole series

Would you listen to Unseemly Science again? Why?

Probably not, the bullet catcher series was most enjoyable, but not perhaps gripping. It was a little predictable but its a nice listen and I particularly love Gemma Whelan's voice.

What did you like best about this story?

I like long books so this trilogy suited me:I love to get to know the characters and feel I can enter their world (the Gas Lit Empire). If you like trilogies like the Name of the Wind (Rothfuss) then you will also like this trilogy too. The world is perhaps not as richly imagined as that of Pullman, Rothfuss and Rawling and it could perhaps have benefitted from being darker in nature but I would have liked a 4th book to keep going. The characters Rod Duncan creates are likeable and clear, the situations plausible in the context of the world they are in. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

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  • Poo face (aca)Miss Gillian Seaton
  • 01-23-16

Totally gripping

I really enjoyed this book - I couldn't wait to get back into the car to listen!

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  • Jessica
  • 12-01-15

Good, believable alternate-universe steampunk.

What made the experience of listening to Unseemly Science the most enjoyable?

The alternate reality "The Gas-Lit Empire" - a really good, well-worked and researched alternate world. Not a monocle nor a clockwork world-eating spider in sight.

What does Gemma Whelan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Good narration and voice-acting.

Any additional comments?

Please Mr Duncan, may I have some more?

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