Title: Her Ladyship's Curse (Disenchanted & Co # 1)
Author: Lynn Viehl
Publisher: Pocket Star
Publication Date: 12 August 2013
Format: E-Book - PDF
Source: Review Copy via NetGalley
In a steampunk version
of America that lost the Revolutionary War, Charmian (Kit) Kittredge
makes her living investigating magic crimes and exposing the frauds
behind them. While Kit tries to avoid the nobs of high society, as the
proprietor of Disenchanted & Co. she follows mysteries wherever they lead.
Diana Walsh calls on Kit to investigate and dispel the curse she
believes responsible for carving hateful words into her own flesh as she
sleeps. While Kit doesn’t believe in magic herself, she can’t refuse to
help a woman subjected nightly to such vicious assaults. As Kit
investigates the Walsh family, she becomes convinced that the attacks on
Diana are part of a larger, more ominous plot—one that may involve the
lady’s obnoxious husband.
Sleuthing in the city of Rumsen is
difficult enough, but soon Kit must also skirt the unwanted attentions
of nefarious deathmage Lucien Dredmore and the unwelcome scrutiny of
police Chief Inspector Thomas Doyle. Unwilling to surrender to either
man’s passion for her, Kit struggles to remain independent as she draws
closer to the heart of the mystery. Yet as she learns the truth behind
her ladyship’s curse, Kit also uncovers a massive conspiracy that
promises to ruin her life—and turn Rumsen into a supernatural
battleground from which no one will escape alive. (Goodreads Synopsis)
Her Ladyship's Curse is a quick and easy read that will while away a couple of hours. I found the storyline interesting and generally liked the characters, but I only gave this book three stars as, overall, it felt a little simplistic for my tastes. I would have liked to see more layers to the story and more depth to the characters.
But, just for a fun read, this is a good book with some nice ideas and a memorable plot.