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The Second in the Newbury and Hobbs Series,
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This review is from: The Osiris Ritual (Paperback)
`The Osiris Ritual' is the second in the Newbury and Hobbs series (if you haven't read it yet, you might be better to go back and read `The Affinity Bridge' first.) The story opens as Lord Winthrop is hosting a party where he will unveil (and unwrap!) a Mummy he discovered whilst in Egypt. Sir Maurice Newbury is at the party and soon becomes involved in a mystery surrounding the Mummy and the untimely death of the men who discovered it. Meanwhile his capable assistant, Veronica Hobbs, is investigating the disappearance of a number of young girls which appears to be linked to a travelling magician.
I had really enjoyed the first book in this series and was really looking forward to reading the next instalment and it didn't disappoint. The steam-punk element of the novels means that the Victorian world we are so familiar with is given a different spin; the portrayal of Queen Victoria isn't as vivid in this book but is still very amusing.
There may be times when Newbury slips a little into being an inferior version of Sherlock Holmes (he even has a Scottish housekeeper and a Moriarty-type nemesis) but this does little to dampen this fast paced and good-humoured sequel!