The Diabolical Miss Hyde: An Electric Empire Novel

The Diabolical Miss Hyde: An Electric Empire Novel

by Viola Carr


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Forensic science, magic, mystery, and romance mix in this edgy steampunk fantasy—a retelling of the horror classic, in which Dr. Eliza Jekyll, daughter of the infamous Dr. Henry Jekyll—pursues a dangerous murderer in an alternate Victorian London.

In an electrified Victorian London, Dr. Eliza Jekyll is a crime scene investigator, hunting killers with newfangled technological gadgets. She will need every advantage available to catch a terrifying new psychopath splattering London with blood. Hidden in the grimy shadows, the fiendish murderer preys on beautiful women, drugging them before slicing off their limbs. Finding the “Slicer” can make Eliza’s career . . . or unmask her darkest secret. Like her father, she has a hidden second self that emerges when she drinks his forbidden magical elixir. Just a few sips, and a seductive and impulsive Lizzie Hyde is unleashed.

The members of the Royal Society do not trust Eliza, and they send their enforcer, the mercurial Captain Lafayette, to prove she’s a dangerous sorceress. The careful doctor knows that one wrong step can make her prey to the clever Lafayette, a man who harbors an evil curse of his own. No matter how much she craves the elixir, she must resist.

But as the Slicer case draws her into London’s luminous magical underworld, Eliza will need the potion’s power to help her . . . even if it might attract the attentions of Lafayette. .

Even if it means setting the wild Lizzie free. . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062363084
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/10/2015
Series: Electric Empire Novel Series , #1
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 527,365
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 4.00(d)

About the Author

Viola Carr is the author of the Electric Empire trilogy. She was born in Australia, but wandered into darkest London one foggy October evening and never found her way out. She now devours countless history books and dictates fantastical novels by gaslight, accompanied by classical music and the snoring of her slumbering cat.

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The Diabolical Miss Hyde: An Electric Empire Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
J_Kretzer0 More than 1 year ago
I liked this book alot. The duality of Eliza and Lizzie was handled very well. The world is very interesting....and can't wait to see more of it in future novels. I highly recommend this book
megHan-sHena More than 1 year ago
The Diabolical Miss Hyde I have this obsession with Steampunk - art, gadgets, wardrobe, lifestyle, etc - so when a book comes across my desk, I just can't help myself - I have to read it.  This one especially so because it's another look at the Jekyll and Hyde story, this time a woman. I absolutely love the cover - THIS is a physical book that I need for my shelves. Before the story begins, there is a "playbill," giving you a little look-see at the main characters in the book.  Such a cool addition to the story.   More people should do this. I really enjoyed this book, from start to finish.  The characters are fun and memorable, the murders and mystery were attention grabbing, the setting a perfect backdrop for the story.  This was a great beginning of a series that I can't wait to finish.   I really like how the story was told - there is a narrator for most of the story, but when Lizzie is running loose, you get to see things from her perspective, and even hear her voice in Eliza's head. My favorite characters are Lizzy (she is amazing) , Malachi Todd/Razor Jack (there is just something about him) and Hippocrates (oh so cute).   This is DEFINITELY my favorite book so far this year. Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.  Please remember that this review is my opinion based on my own personal impression of the book.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Eliza Jekyll is a medical crime examiner in Victorian London. She is investigating a gruesome crime, the chopper, when the Royal Society, Captain Lafayette, is sent to investigate and prove Eliza is practicing sorcery. Eliza is caught in a web of magic, mayhem and murder with her father's work/curse pushing her toward the forbidden elixir and her alter ego. The Diabolical Miss Hyde is a flamboyant and meticulously descriptive storytelling of Dr. Eliza Jekyll and her alter personality of Lizzie Hyde. A lot of internal dialog is given while Eliza/Lizzie traverse the dark, dank and dangerous London underbelly. The story did have a little too much internal meanderings for my reading preferences but will appeal to many steampunk, Hyde fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brilliant, lyrical, disturbing. An intriguing riff on the classic tale, with complex characters and a constantly evolving plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it; the story plot , the characters and the final twist
geeksneakpeek More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing! It was a steampunk twist on Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde with even a dash of Frankenstein thrown in for good fun. You follow the main characters Eliza and Lizza as they try to solve a murder, escape the Royal enforcers and figure out who they really are. The world build is prefect, I mean spot on, I normally have a hard time with steampunk and honestly sometimes, especially when Eliza was talking it did seem a little verbose but all and all I enjoyed it immensely. The story itself broke a lot of my rules, too many plot lines, too many characters, too much going on but guess what I DIDN'T CARE! Yeah I liked it that much. Read it!
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