The Janus Affair

A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel, #2

The Janus Affair provides action, mystery, undercurrents of a personal nature and a pace that is sure to keep a reader's interest. The blend of story, characters, action, mystery, and humor worked really well. The combination of Eliza Braun's tough, opinionated exterior and her soft interior with Wellington Books' bookish, somewhat fumbling exterior and his hidden depths is a wonderful dynamic. What I liked (aside from the gadgets) is how well the two seeming opposites work well together in solving the case, that a few things here and there are shown about Wellington's and Eliza's pasts and how it affects them and how they interact with each other. Very nice read and I look forward to seeing what will come next.

A woman mysteriously vanishes on an express train between stops...right in front of Wellington Books and Eliza Braun. While another agent was assigned to the the case and they have been ordered to stay away from it - Eliza can't. Especially when it looks like it may affect someone from "back home" in New Zealand who is in England for a visit. Wellington reluctantly aids her in looking into the occurrences. The question is: Will they be able to solve it in time?

Second installment in the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series. While a stand alone, reading the books in order gives the reader a better feel for what makes the characters tick.

Book Blurb for The Janus Affair

Evildoers beware! Retribution is at hand, thanks to Britain's best-kept secret agents!!

Certainly no strangers to peculiar occurrences, agents Wellington Books and Eliza Braun are nonetheless stunned to observe a fellow passenger aboard Britain's latest hypersteam train suddenly vanish in a dazzling bolt of lightning. They soon discover this is not the only such disappearance . . . with each case going inexplicably unexamined by the Crown.

The fate of England is once again in the hands of an ingenious archivist paired with a beautiful, fearless lady of adventure. And though their foe be fiendishly clever, so then is Mr. Books . . . and Miss Braun still has a number of useful and unusual devices hidden beneath her petticoats.

Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2012 4.50