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Evil is most assuredly afoot â€“ and Britainâ€™s fate rests in the hands of an alluring renegadeâ€¦ and a librarian.
These are dark days indeed in Victoriaâ€™s England. Londoners are vanishing, then reappearing, washing up as corpses on the banks of the Thames, drained of blood and bone. Yet the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences â€“ the Crownâ€™s clandestine organization whose bailiwick is the strange and unsettling â€“ will not allow its agents to investigate. Fearless and exceedingly lovely Eliza D. Braun, however, with her bulletproof corset and a disturbing fondness for dynamite, refuses to let the matter restâ€¦ and sheâ€™s prepared to drag her timorous new partner, Wellington Books, along with her into the perilous fray.
For a malevolent brotherhood is operating in the deepening London shadows, intent upon the enslavement of all Britons. And Books and Braun â€“ he with his encyclopedic brain and she with her remarkable devices â€“ must get to the twisted roots of a most nefarious plotâ€¦ or see England fall to the Phoenix!