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The Casebook of Newbury & Hobbes (Newbury & Hobbes Investigations) (Newbury & Hobbes Investigations (Paperback)) Paperback – 26 Sep 2013
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"George Mann is an exceptional author who kept my interest piqued and never failed to surprise me. I am very eager to read more from him in the near future as I know he is a veritable treasure trove of talent just waiting to be discovered." --Fiction Addict
"Mann knows his characters and the world that they live in and the interaction between the two is sublime. If any of aspects of this book seem like they would appeal to you as a reader, then they probably will. Get to know George Mann and his literary children Newbury and Hobbes, then invite them over for Christmas, or whatever holiday you celebrate, they will be outstanding guests." --Pop Cults
"If you love great characters, good plotting, twists and turns, and a large story-arc that slowly develops and grabs hold, you really owe it to yourself to give the Newbury and Hobbes novels a read." --Geek Dad
"If you like Sherlock detective stories with a mix oddball witchcraft, steampunk technology, and gun-totting action from the wild Victorian England time period then Newbury and Hobbes are on the case." --Retrenders
About the Author
George Mann is the author of the Newbury and Hobbes and The Ghost series of novels, as well as numerous short stories, novellas and audiobooks. He has written fiction and audio scripts for the BBC's Doctor Who and Sherlock Holmes. He is also a respected anthologist and has edited The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction and The Solaris Book of New Fantasy. He lives near Grantham, UK.
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According to the author's notes, each of these stories can be found in other venues, but this is the first time they've been compiled into a Newbury and Hobbes collection. Overall, it's an excellent addition to Mann's Steampunk universe, filling in some of the details of Newbury's past and looking forward to the future of his "Ghost" series of roaring twenties novels set in a Steampunk New York. Stand out stories include his Sherlock homage, The Case of the Night Crawler and his tribute to H.P. Lovecraft, Strangers from the Sea. My personal favourite is The Shattered Teacup, which brings to mind the best of both Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie. It's a fun murder mystery with obvious steampunk influence in the clockwork owl that proves essential to solving the case. The only story that falls flat (for me, at least) is What Lies Beneath, but honestly, that owes more to my distaste for epistolary writing than anything Mann did with the story.
The Casebook of Newbury and Hobbes is a seamless blend of Victorian detective story sprinkled with Steampunk elements and a dash of the occult. Mann captures the flavour of Victorian mystery fiction usually identified with Arthur Conan Doyle and manages to put a steampunk flourish to it. It's a great addition to the universe established in the Newbury and Hobbes mysteries, fleshing out the series for those fans that want to see a bit more. However, if you haven't faithfully followed the series from the outset, it may not be the book for you. Simple solution for those who are unfamiliar--get yourselves to a bookstore and catch up on the series before delving into this wonderful backstory of Newbury and Hobbes, occult detectives.
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