Newbury and Hobbes is a steampunk novel described as "The sort of romp sure to delight your average Sherlock Holmes fan." by Starburst Magazine. Well, it is exactly that. It is Sherlock Holmes and Girl-Watson in a steam-punk setting.
There's mechanicals whatchmacallits. Occult goings on. Weird birds, Germans and a half-robot queen! Either that sounded great to you, or it sounded terrible, that probably depends which side of the steam-punk fence you sit on. I like my steam-punk and for the most part this book did not disappoint on that front.
It DID take me a while to get properly into it. Once it picked up and you really got a feel for what was going on I really enjoyed it so if you find the first few chapters seem slow to you, I would encourage you to keep going!
Things I liked:
-Hobbes. Really liked the character and the way she handled certain elements of things I can't tell you about without spoiling the book.
-Robot-queen. I never liked Queen Victoria, and now she's kept alive by machines and possibly growing unstable and egomanical! Funtimes!
Things I didn't like:
-Too much Newbury, not enough Hobbes. I don't know if it's because Hobbes is basically Sherlock Holmes and Hobbes isn't JUST Watson, maybe it's that Hobbes is a female and I like to read female characters with some depth! Whatever the reason there was not enough Hobbes until the end but I refuse to say why that doesn't quite cut the mustard!
Anyway. It's a good read and I'll definitely be looking into the rest of the series!
(Full disclosure: I received this free from the publisher to review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own and are not altered by this.)