Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Series: The Faraday Files #1
The Deathsniffer’s Assistant is a fantasy novel with a unique pseudo-Edwardian setting and a murder mystery twist. What’s not to love about floating castles, eccentric lady detectives, and a protagonist who judges everyone by the quality of their shoes!
After losing his parents in the Floating Castle Incident, the sensitive and mannered Chris Buckley has spent six years raising his magically talented little sister, Rosemary. They have been living on the savings that his once-wealthy family left behind. That money is drying up, and Chris finds himself with no choice but to seek out work in Darrington City as it spirals into a depression. The only employer willing to consider his empty résumé is O. Faraday, the manic Deathsniffer. Faraday's special magical gift is a heightened intuition which is invaluable in hunting down murderers.
When a Duchess calls on Olivia to solve the mystery of her dead husband, Chris finds himself tangled in Faraday’s daily life and unable to extract himself from the macabre questions of the investigation. His involvement grows more complicated as political forces close around Rosemary. They only see her as a tool that can be used to end the depression at the cost of her freedom—or even her life.
Chris must juggle the question of who killed Viktor val Daren with the responsibility of keeping Rosemary and her magic safe from those who would use her up and toss her aside. Worst of all, he begins to learn that the national disaster that took his parents’ lives may not have been the accident it seemed.
Set in a world very similar to 1900s London, The Deathsniffer’s Assistant combines the investigative murder mystery with a tale of personal and societal redemption. It is about the relationships between broken people who clash more often than not, but manage to shape and learn from one another in spite of this. The story is told from the perspective of Christopher Buckley, young and impressionable and influenced by the prejudices of his time, as he finds himself surrounded by a cast of exceptional women whose differing characters will slowly reconstruct his understanding of strength in others—and in himself.
Chris is an uncertain wordweaver, one of the most menial of categories. His talent is that he can dictate conversations in mere seconds by thought alone. He's the perfect reporter or court clerk etc. With his family fortune dwindling dangerously low, Chris has little choice but to get a job. Unfortunately, the economy being what it was, he's having a hard time gaining employment. When he reluctantly answers an ad to one of the most "improper" categories, he finds employment at last as the Deathsniffer's assistant. His clumsiness and determination are two wonderful traits that stands him above his predecessors. He's kind hearted, if a little vain at times, and is the perfect counter balance to his employer Oliva Faraday. Olivia is a small, stubborn woman whose profession can only called a fierce obsession. She can come off as crass or unfeeling though has hinted otherwise. The way she shocks or bounces ideas off of Chris is highly entertaining.
When a murder occurs, Chris is challenged in his wit, his resolve and his unwavering views of good and bad. Olivia, lives in the grey area and together they weave through the multiple stories to find a terribly disturbed killer.
I loved the writing. She was able to paint a scene in an era where the character's actions and reactions were natural and sometimes darkly amusing.
Days after I've read this book I was still thinking of Mister Buckley and Miss Faraday. This is how I know it's a really good story.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
She has been writing since she was five years old and nothing has ever stopped her for long. Her first novel was about a lady mouse detective saving her turtle janitor boyfriend from kidnappers, so it’s nice to know she always loved lady detectives. She is the proud author of sixteen embarrassing hidden novels and one publishable one.
Kate loves crochet, video games, board games, reading, and listening to bad pop music very loudly. She spends several months of the year in Illinois, and the rest of the time lives in a big country home with two cats who refuse to stay on diets and the world’s friendliest dog.
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