The Janus Affair is
the second book co-authored by husband and wife team Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine,
continuing the adventures of Wellington Books and Eliza Braun and the Ministry of Peculiar
For those unfamiliar with the series the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences
stories are set in a steampunk milieu where the anachronistic is commonplace. Where steam
velocipedes, ornithopters and airships are not out of place; and a dashed good cup of tea
is de rigeur (make mine orange pekoe, the Assam please).
Books and Braun have been partnered and sequestered to the archives, to
the chagrin of both and the frustration of at least one of them. However, as the archives
are where the unsolved cases are filed, opportunities for unsanctioned fieldwork abound.
And those opportunities are grasped with alacrity.
In The Janus Affair suffragists are going missing
in public and that just wont do; not for Eliza Braun, who has a personal interest,
nor Wellington Books, who is dragged willingly along. Airships, villainy, misdirection,
and steaming technology ensue. Guns blaze, romance is kindled, hearts are won and lost,
and paradoxes resolved. And wheres that dratted cup of char I ordered, confound you!
(I hate to voice the thought, but the staff might not be up to it.)
Ballantine and Morris have hit their straps as a writing team, with this
book being more of a whole than their first outing, Phoenix Rising.
I found it a fun filled novel, with characters that rang true. Trot along and buy it now;
theres a good fellow.