Maddie Hatter and the Deadly Diamond by Jayne Barnard

Maddie Hatter and the Deadly Diamond

byJayne Barnard

Kobo ebook | September 21, 2015

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Miss Maddie Hatter, renegade daughter of a powerful Steamlord, is scraping a precarious living as a fashion reporter when the story of a lifetime falls into her lace-gloved hands.

Baron Bodmin, an adventurer with more failed quests than fingernails, has vanished in circumstances that are odd even for him.

While he is supposedly hunting the fabled Eye of Africa diamond in the Nubian desert, his expeditionary airship is found adrift off the coast of England. Maddie was the last reporter to see the potty peer alive. If she can locate the baron or the Eye of Africa, her career will be made.

Outraged investors and false friends complicate her quest, and a fiendish figure lurks in the shadows, ready to snatch the prize . . . at any price.

Title:Maddie Hatter and the Deadly DiamondFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:September 21, 2015Publisher:Tyche Books LtdLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating Steampunk Novella Welcome to the world of Miss Maddie Hatter, daughter of a British Steamlord, who is eking out a living as a fashion reporter in the ex-pat community in Cairo. It’s a thankless job and Maddie soon leaps at the opportunity to solve the mysterious disappearance of an eccentric explorer, Baron Bodwin. The airship of the baron, who left Cairo to hunt the notorious Eye of Africa diamond in the Nubian Desert, is found wrecked off the coast of England. Of course Maddie is not the only one interested in determining the fate of the baron, and she is soon surrounded by a slew of madcap characters, all of whom descend upon the baron’s manor in Cornwall. “Maddie Hatter and the Deadly Diamond” is a good introduction to the world of steampunk, one that was new to me. The Urban Dictionary defines steampunk as “what the past would look like if the future had happened.” It’s a whimsical world and Maddie’s is populated by luxury airships and charming gadgets such as self-propelled tea carts, brass monkeys with news reels on their chests, and her sidekick in crime detection, a clockwork bird named Tweetle-D. It’s all good fun that is enhanced by clever wordplay in the names of some of the zany characters (for example, the pompous Professor Polonius Plumb). Young female detectives have always appealed to me; perhaps that stems from a childhood diet of Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden. To some extent, Maddie Hatter reminds me of Flavia de Luce, the amateur sleuth of Alan Bradley’s mystery series. Flavia, of course, is a pre-teen (Maddie is in her early twenties) but both protagonists chafe against the constraints of their aristocratic upbringings, and both radiate a lively intelligence, vigour, and passion for life. Soak up the positive energy of “Maddie Hatter and the Deadly Diamond.” Enjoy its beguiling heroine and supporting cast, whirlwind plot with delightful twists, and satisfying resolution. You’ll be glad you hopped on for the ride!
Date published: 2016-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Maddie is a Keeper! Maddie Hatter and the Deadly Diamond is my first brush with Steampunk and if the rest of the genre is only half as entertaining, it won’t be my last. This novel creates a wonderful world where travel is by airship, and the business of everyday life is filled with delightful devices. In this utterly believable alternate time and place, Barnard gives us the charmingly ambitious Maddie Hatter, a woman who must hide her position of wealth and privilege to pursue the journalism career she covets. Determined and resourceful, she travels from Egypt to Cornwall in search of the missing Baron Bodman and his mysterious diamond. Not only is the story entertaining and well-told, Barnard has developed a distinctive voice that begins on the cover (‘penned by’) and holds up to the conclusion. I sincerely hope we see return of Maddie Hatter!
Date published: 2015-09-26