Ok, that's mainly my fault... everytime I see a cover even largely resembling the Steampunk setting I'm bound to buy the book.
The gorgeous cover of this George Mann's book was no exception, but behind the glittering cover there's a less glittering novel.
It is basically a well conceived mystery tale set in a Steampunkish London ( with all the canonical trappings and gizmos) even if a little bit to straightforward in its solutions.
You got Zeppelins, Automaton and all the things that the setting requires but I must admit that I felt the whole book lacked a little more of invention from the author. Something new in a genre that is becoming standardised.
The main character is more or less the typical victorian hero with a skeleton in the closet ( Laudanum) more interesting is the daring Veronica Hobbes with her clairvoyant sister ( closed in a sanitarium by her family), even if Alan Moore's influence is strong in the depiction of the brave Lady. All in all a good but somewhat dull book, we will see if the serie get better in the next novel.