Thursday, November 17, 2016

REVIEW of A STUDY IN TEMPERANCE by ICHABOD TEMPERANCE

A STUDY IN TEMPERANCE
Ichabod Temperance
GoldenBear Creative Works
May 2014

SUMMARY (from the publisher)
“Gee, Miss Plumtartt, after our calamitous arrival on this unsuspecting city, do you think we are still under threat of imminent murder by gangs of assorted, yet stylish, assassins?”

“I say, I do fear this to be the case, Mr. Temperance. The machinations of intrigue are not unlike one of your ingenious spring-driven contraptions, sir. Yes, plots boil and swarms of suspicious characters are at our every turn, eh hem?”


“Yes, Ma’am, Miss Plumtartt, Ma’am. It’s a good thing we have enlisted the assistance of this notorious, Victorian-era London detective to assist us in this baffling murder mystery adventure, for I fear there is more to this tale than meets the eye!”


EXCERPT
Detective Sergeant Basel Wrathebone turns his supercilious eyes upon me. From beneath ponderously languid lids and over the Gibraltar-like extension of his nose, the official investigator peruses his accouter.

“Mmm-nnn-y-y-y-e-e-e-sss, I know you. You’re that amateur sleuth who keeps snooping around on our city’s crime scenes. Pray, stay back young man. Do not interfere with the official force and the execution of our duties. This is an official investigation and not fodder for your ceaseless curiosity.”

“Yes, of course, Detective Wrathebone, I merely wished to avail myself of the opportunity to study under the wing of a master such as yourself. May I please accompany you on this investigation? My crude talents may actually prove useful to you.”

“Ah, hem. Yes. But no. Perhaps on another occasion. In the mean time, I am afraid I must instruct my officers to block you from trespass with a promise of incarceration if disobeyed. Goodnight, young man.”

REVIEW
If you're looking for a little escape from reality, dive into Ichabod Temperance's steampunk world where anything is possible.

The beautiful Miss Plumtartt has arrived back home in Victorian London from an extended trip, and she has recently made the acquaintance of a seemingly naïve American man, Mr. Temperance. As Miss Plumtartt and Mr. Temperance disembark the steamship, they are accosted by a Mr. Peters who claims to be a photographer for a London magazine. Soon, the pair find themselves the objects of a band of mysterious ninjas and assassins. They must unravel the mystery while they fight for their lives, using their excellent deductive skills as well as an amazing array of mechanical gadgets and the occasional appearance of the supernatural.

Writers will appreciate the author's skillful use of dialogue. In some parts of the story dialogue completely dominates the text, and yet it's still possible to visualize the action based on the words the characters say. This is no small feat. It keeps the fast-paced story moving right along while letting us hear the characters' voices and get to know them more completely.


This is a fun story, and during the blog tour, you can pick up an e-copy for just $0.99 at Amazon. You can also enter at Rafflecopter to win a $10 gift card. If you'd like to see more stops on this blog tour, visit Goddess Fish Promotions. The more comments you make, the more chances you'll have to win that gift card!

8 comments:

  1. Thanks for hosting, Rachel. I am happy you liked this silly novel.
    Happy Reading, everybody!
    Your pal,
    ~Icky. :-)

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  2. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

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  3. I'm glad you liked the dialogue heavy style of my writing. As you said, it keeps the action in the moment and speeds things along. This is my fourth novel in a ten book series. My dialogue style writing only grows... but after the fifth novel, there is a lot more singing! LOTS more singing! Oh my Goodness, the singing grows in each novel until books six through ten where there is singing throughout each adventure!

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  4. Really great review - I'm looking forward to checking this one out myself! Thanks for sharing :)

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  5. Happy Reading Victoria.
    Good Luck!
    ~Icky. :-)

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  6. Enjoyed the excerpt and review! Happy Thanksgiving!

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