The Extraordinary and Unusual Adventures of Horatio Lyle

The Extraordinary and Unusual Adventures of Horatio Lyle

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In Victorian London at the height of the industrial revolution, Horatio Lyle is a former Special Constable with a passion for science and invention. He's also an occasional, but reluctant, sleuth. The truth is that he'd rather be in his lab tinkering with dangerous chemicals and odd machinery than running around the cobbled streets of London trying to track down stolen goods. But when Her Majesty's Government calls, Horatio swaps his microscope for a magnifying glass, fills his pockets with things that explode and sallies forth to unravel a mystery of a singularly extraordinary nature.

Thrown together with a reformed (i.e. 'caught') pickpocket called Tess, and a rebellious (within reason) young gentleman called Thomas, Lyle and his faithful hound, Tate, find themselves pursuing an ancient Chinese plate, a conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels of polite society and a dangerous enemy who may not even be human. Solving the crime will be hard enough - surviving would be a bonus...
Publisher: London : Atom, c2006.
ISBN: 9781904233619
1904233619
Branch Call Number: J WEBB
Characteristics: 311 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.

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Dec 12, 2012

Descriptive, and yet with that cavalier Infernal-Devices-series-satirical-pseudoscientific-arcane-arts look on Victorian England, this book pleases. With a heavy dash of never-say-never, the reader is irresistibly drawn into a murky, smoggy world of intrigue, flashes of ingenuity, and it fairly crackles with wit.

I would recommend this read to anyone who has not yet been hard-boiled into complacency; a little light-hearted tramping through a less-than-decorous era is good for the soul.

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