Monday, 5 December 2016

The Automaton's Wife by Vered Ehsani

The Automaton's Wife by Vered Ehsani
Self-published in March 2015.

I am publishing this book review today to coincide with my WorldReads from South Africa post on my Stephanie Jane blog.

How I got this book:
Bought the ebook from Smashwords

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

'Jane Austen meets Lara Croft: a paranormal detective refuses to let danger and death inconvenience her in colonial Kenya.
Beatrice Knight has enough to contend with: a zebra is dead on her lawn, her horse is possessed and a gentleman has arrived with the temerity to propose to her. To top it off, her dead husband Gideon has absconded with an automaton, threatening to return for his wife. The wife in question however soon has other issues, for a killer has moved into town with a nasty habit of carving up the victims. As luck should dictate, who should be the next target but Mrs Knight herself?
The Automaton’s Wife is the second case in “Society for Paranormals”, where African myth meets Victorian manners. If you adore “Pride & Prejudice”, appreciate British humor, enjoy paranormal mysteries, or would love to experience adventure in colonial Africa, buy The Automaton’s Wife to start your supernatural safari now.'

It was fun to read this book in the same week as we actually visited an Automata Museum although I am pretty sure none of the creations we saw were possessed by malevolent spirits! Mrs Beatrice Knight is as delightfully self-assured as in Ghosts Of Tsavo and I would love to have a walking stick like hers. At the front of this story is a potential wedding so the silly Steward women are up to their ears in preparations which is great fun, while Mrs Knight has more serious matters to attend to. A murder mystery seems only a tiny part of the massed storylines that Ehsani has crammed into her novella so there is never a dull moment. I liked meeting new paranormals and loved Nelly's change of pace, however I found myself wishing the story could slow a little so we could see more of the fascinating world surrounding the characters.

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