Monday, March 7, 2016

The Affinity Bridge

The Affinity Bridge: A Penny Dreadful Review

            An airship crashes into a London park and the pilot, a valuable automaton, is missing. A strangler stalks the streets, supposedly the glowing ghost of a policeman out for revenge. To top off this situation, there are zombies lurking in the shadows. What’s an ailing queen to do? Put her best agent on the case. Sir Maurice Newbury and his assistant Miss Veronica Hobbes, working out of their office at the British Museum, puzzle out the strange occurrences in The Affinity Bridge by George Mann.
            This is an exciting mystery with a bit of a Sherlock Holmes flavor. Sir Maurice has quite a bit of depth, and this book hints at lots of secrets I’m just itching to uncover. Miss Hobbes is clever, indomitable, and very feminine. I do love an epilogue which changes my entire view of a character and thusly the story, and The Affinity Bridge has one of these. No, I will not tell you what it reveals. That would spoil the whole thing!
            There are a lot of different threads to this story. Some don’t seem relevant at first, but I assure you that they all have their purpose. This is an excellent mystery that keeps you guessing until the big reveal at the end. Bravo, George Mann!
            I give The Affinity Bridge four and a half gears out of five. I quite enjoyed this book, and I look forward to discovering the rest of the Newbury and Hobbes mysteries. They make a good team.

Your Correspondent From The Bookstore,

Penny J. Merriweather