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What Ho, Automaton! by Chris Dolley
Review by Colleen Cahill
Book View Cafe Kindle Edition  ISBN/ITEM#: B004W0CR7S
Date: 09 April 2011 List Price $2.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Genre mixing has produced a lot of intriguing works, some serious and others more light hearted. What Ho, Automaton! by Chris Dolley is in the latter mode, with a fun blend of P.G. Wodehouse, steampunk and a touch of Sherlock Holmes. All this might seem a bit contrived, but Dolley is a master at capturing and blending all these elements, creating a most interesting read. More than fascinating, this work is also rip-roaring fun!

From official release/information:

Product Description: What Ho, Automaton! chronicles the adventures of Reggie Worcester, gentleman consulting detective, and his gentleman's personal gentle-automaton, Reeves.

Reggie, an avid reader of detective fiction, knows two things about solving crime: One, the guilty party is always the person you least suspect. And, two, The Murders in the Rue Morgue would have been solved a lot sooner had the detective the foresight to ask the witnesses if they'd seen any orang-utans recently. Reeves needs all his steam-powered cunning and intellect to curb the young master's excessive flights of fancy. And prevent him from getting engaged.

The book contains two stories set in an alternative 1903 where an augmented Queen Victoria is still on the throne and automata are a common sight below stairs.

    * What Ho, Automaton! - a novelette of how the two met.
    * Something Rummy This Way Comes a novella chronicling their first case. When Reggie discovers that four debutantes have gone missing in the first month of The London Season and, for fear of scandal, none of the families have called the police, he feels compelled to investigate. With the help of Reeves's giant brain and extra helpings of fish, he conducts an investigation that only a detective of rare talent could possibly envisage.

(Source: Book View Cafe)

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