by Pip Ballantine, Tee Morris
Series: Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences #3
Narrator: James Langton
Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
Genres: Mystery, Steampunk
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
After being ignominiously shipped out of England following their participation in the Janus affair, Braun and Books are ready to prove their worth as agents. But what starts as a simple mission in the States - intended to keep them out of trouble - suddenly turns into a scandalous and convoluted case that has connections reaching as far as Her Majesty the Queen. Even with the help of two American agents from the Office of the Supernatural and the Metaphysical, Braun and Books have their work cut out for them as their chief suspect in a rash of nautical and aerial disasters is none other than Thomas Edison. Between the fantastic electric machines of Edison, the eccentricities of MoPO consultant Nikola Tesla, and the mysterious machinations of a new threat known only as the Maestro, they may find themselves in far worse danger than they ever have been in before.
Gads, I just love the dynamic duo of Braun and Books in the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series. Dawn’s Early Light has them traveling to the Americas, in danger and advancing their partnership. James Langton is such an unbelievable pleasure to listen to and I just slip into the world. Steampunk, a suspenseful case, and deliciously good banter had me smiling.
After their involvement in the Janus Affair, our dynamic duo finds themselves on a simple mission to the Americas. The Office of Peculiar Occurrences thinks this little trip will keep their agents out of trouble. What? Do they even know our Braun and Books? They meet up with two American agents who work for the Office of Supernatural and Metaphysical. This creates some tension for the couple. As you remember, the two shared a rather heated kiss.
With a series of aerial and nautical disasters and suspected foul play, the foursome, find themselves looking at none other than the king of electricity, Thomas Edison. Morris and Ballantine really know how to spin a yarn, weaving in electric machines and gadgets that made my geeky side giddy. The danger and suspense is intensified by a new threat known as the Maestro and I found myself looking for excuses to listen.
The banter and developing romance between Books and Braun is filled with tension, a little miscommunication and mistakes. Braun has some competition for Books’ affection and I loved how it made her painfully aware of her own feelings. It was fun seeing her discombobulated. It all notched up my enjoyment keeping me in suspense with missed moments and Books’ attempts at clarifying his feelings. It was awkward and cute. Oh lord I wanted to lock them in the secret rooms of the library!
From the adventure and danger of the case to the relationship developments Dawn’s Early Light was a fantastic addition to the series and I cannot wait to dive into, The Diamond Conspiracy the next audio.
Fans of snark, wit, steampunk and crime mysteries will enjoy the antics that occur in the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series.
Has anyone else noticed we never really see Books’ face on the covers? It is making me crazy!
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