My review posted on Joyfully Reviewed: http://www.joyfullyreviewed.com/new-reviews/the-mysterious-lady-law-by-robert-appleton
Whispers abound about Harriet Law. Her one hundred percent success rate at solving crimes – even those Scotland Yard cannot find the shred of a clue on – has earned her fame, fortune, and a title. None of those matter to waitress Julia Bairstow. All she knows is that the infamous Lady Law has offered to solve the case of her sister’s murder for free. It’s an opportunity Julia can’t turn down, even though Constable Al Grant warns her that there’s something shady about Lady Law’s methods. As Lady Law delves into the case, Julia begins to suspect that Al might have been right to warn her away from the woman. Can the two of them unearth the mysterious Lady Law’s secrets? And what will happen if they do?
Journey into a steampunk reimagining of Victorian London in The Mysterious Lady Law. Robert Appleton has penned an entertaining mystery that starts off with a bang and ends in a mostly satisfying way. I liked Julia, Al, and Holly, the tale’s protagonists. They’re interesting characters with unique voices and their energy buoyed the story. The Mysterious Lady Law’s titular character overtakes the second half of the story, as befitting her character. This was only an issue because she didn’t come to life for me the way the other characters did. The climax of The Mysterious Lady Law is somewhat frenzied and tangled, so while I made sense of the ending, I wasn’t as satisfied with it as I would have liked. Still, the murder mystery and the touch of romance in The Mysterious Lady Law kept me engaged and overall I liked the story.