Image of Gilded Lily (Steam and Seduction)


Image of Gilded Lily (Steam and Seduction)

In the third chapter of Dryden’s excellent Steam and Seduction series, she offers up an unconventional heroine with plenty of guts and expert skills as a tinker, typically a male vocation. Frederique Murcheson is playing a clandestine game: embracing the role of society debutante by night, but honing her abilities as a budding makesmith by day. Repercussions from the previous novel set the stage for intrigue and danger of the most unusual kind.

Illness forced Barnabas Smith-Grenville out of the Sky and Steam rally, but he still obtained a lead on his missing brother, Phineas. Phineas supposedly fell afoul of opium dens, but Barnabas suspects Phineas is really working undercover. In the course of pursuing his suspicions, Barnabas agrees to covertly watch Frederique Murcheson for her spymaster father, Rutherford. As it happens, Barnabas is a lousy spy and Freddie quickly forces the truth out of him. While an alliance between them could get Freddie and Barnabas exactly what they want, neither are expecting to discover a deadly and very unusual mystery. (BERKLEY SENSATION, Jul., 304 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith