HIS CLOCKWORK CANARY
The Glorious Victorious Darcys are back, this time with brother Simon at the center. Ciotta brings her signature charm to this series second, drawing us into a world where modern science and invention abound in the Victorian era. Her one-of-a-kind characters, unusual setting and amusing, intriguing plot make this an amazingly fun adventure.
It is 1887 and engineer Simon Darcy, in an effort to restore his family’s reputation, is looking to recreate a once banned time-travel device. Sensationalist reporter Willie G., the Clockwork Canary, hears of this and follows him because there could be a story in it. Simon is a little suspicious of the Canary — especially when he discovers that Willie is actually a woman, Wilhemina Goodenough, an old love who jilted him years ago. Their reacquaintance stirs up the love they once had but she’s full of secrets — secrets that could affect his future. (SIGNET ECLIPSE, Jun., 352 pp., $7.99)