Title: Hounds of Autumn
Author: Heather Blackwood
Age Group: Adult
Star Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A fun steampunk mystery, I really like Hounds of Autumn--it was a good, quick read!
This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Chloe Sullivan is an unconventional woman, to say the least. Instead of prim, proper, and demure, she is brash, strong, and fiddles around with inventions. Hers is a contented life with her older husband, Ambrose. When she receives word that another woman she's been corresponding with has been brutally murdered, she inadvertently finds herself drawn into a web of family politics, secrets, and lies--and finds herself risking her very life to solve the riddle of her friend's death..
What I enjoyed:
-I liked the environment of steampunk London, and then the beautiful, lush countryside of the English moors, the perfect backdrop for a dramatic murder mystery
-Chloe, and her fierce independence--she was a great protagonist that I enjoyed, feisty and fierce and every bit herself, and not ashamed of it, especially with the time period
-The pacing was good--it flowed very well
-I enjoyed Chloe's husband, Ambrose, sweet and gentle and loving, a perfect match for Chloe
-I liked the ending too--it was perfect!
What could've been better:
-The family politics muddled the main mystery for me and was hard to follow--it got especially bad when things with the murder started to pick up
-The family themselves were hard to follow--there were just so many people in the household and it was hard to keep up during the later portions of the novel
Despite its flaws, I enjoyed The Hounds of Autumn--a good choice for any of you guys who enjoy steampunk, mysteries, or strong main characters. Next on deck: The Keeper's Curse by Diana Harrison!