Book: Maddie Hatter and the Deadly Diamond

Author: Jayne Barnard

Publisher: Tyche Books

Release Date: September 20, 2015

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Steampunk

My rating: 4 stars out of 5

Synopsis: Miss Maddie Hatter, renegade daughter of a powerful Steamlord, is scraping a precarious living as a fashion reporter when the story of a lifetime falls into her lace-gloved hands.

Baron Bodmin, an adventurer with more failed quests than fingernails, has vanished in circumstances that are odd even for him. While he is supposedly hunting the fabled Eye of Africa diamond in the Nubian desert, his expeditionary airship is found adrift off the coast of England.

Maddie was the last reporter to see the potty peer alive. If she can locate the missing baron or the Eye of Africa, her career will be made.

Outraged investors and false friends complicate her quest, and a fiendish figure lurks in the shadows, ready to snatch the prize… at any price. (Cover image and synopsis from Goodreads.)

A delightful romp. Cute and silly, this book is a witty, entertaining read.

I enjoyed this little read. It’s a cute premise, a fun setting and lots of throwbacks to classic and memorable mysteries.

This book is appropriate for younger audiences. With silly names and crazy antics, it is clean and friendly while still being an engaging mystery. Younger readers may have difficulty with some of the advanced language and intricate steampunk technology descriptions. There are also cute illustrations by Robin Robinson.

Maddie definitely has some wit and knows how to manipulate her way into useful journalistic situations. She knows when to play on someone’s ego and when to back down.

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