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The Diamond Conspiracy (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Series #4) by Pip Ballantine, Tee Morris

For years, the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has enjoyed the favor of Her Majesty the Queen. But as agents Brooks and Braun soon learn in the fourth novel in the steampunk adventure series, even the oldest loyalties can turn in a moment…

Having narrowly escaped the electrifying machinations of Thomas Edison, Books and Braun are looking forward to a relaxing and possibly romantic voyage home. But when Braun’s emergency signal goes off, all thoughts of recreation vanish. Braun’s street-wise team of child informants, the Ministry Seven, is in grave peril, and Books and Braun must return to England immediately.

But when the intrepid agents finally arrive in London, the situation is even more dire than they imagined. The Ministry has been disavowed, and the Department of Imperial Inconveniences has been called in to decommission its agents in a most deadly fashion. The plan reeks of the Maestro’s dastardly scheming. Only, this time, he has a dangerous new ally—a duplicitous doctor whose pernicious poisons have infected the highest levels of society, reaching even the Queen herself...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425267325
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/31/2015
Series: Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Series , #4
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 549,193
Product dimensions: 4.17(w) x 6.73(h) x 0.95(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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Praise for the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences novels

“A good bet for steampunk fans.”—Library Journal

“Full of action, explosions and deceit.”—Seattle Geekly

“Cute and charming, interspersed with sequences of dire peril and explosive action…You don’t want to miss a delicious moment of the story.”—Kings River Life

“[A] thrilling and labyrinth detective romp laced with humor, feminine moxie, and mayhem. The prose is Dickens on steroids, yet it somehow grips the reader…A dark and twisted roller coaster of a read for those fond of elegant vernacular and bizarre weaponry.”—Fangoria

“Anyone who was a fan of the adventure in the Blades of the Rose series and the dynamic in the Sherlock Holmes movie might want to check this series out.”—Fiction Vixen Book Reviews

“This is steampunk done right, down to every last detail…Action-packed with edge-of-your-seat excitement.”—Badass Book Reviews

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The Diamond Conspiracy 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
The Diamond Conspiracy is the fourth book in The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series. This is really great steampunk writing. Readers who love the genre, not only get an alternative London in this series, but also some great cameos from political and literary notoriety. Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris blend remarkably well in their writing style and give readers a very cohesive and fun story. A great addition to the series! Steampunk isn't for everyone, but if you like it and understand it, this is a great series. The concepts that make up the steampunk genre are on center stage here. Readers get to learn about a lot of interesting steampunk gadgetry and experience an alternative to the London they know and love. One that is more sinister and more entertaining. There is an element of fun about this series that pervades it, but it also has those dark undertones that make you feel all creepy at times.... love that feeling in a book! Books and Braun are back with another adventure in this addition of the series. They are just learning how to deal with their new found relationship status. In the last book, they decided to stop fighting their attraction and just go for it. I love them as a couple, but I wondered if it would take anything away from how they worked together. I shouldn't have worried Ballantine and Morris, made it seem natural and it was fun. I liked how they weren't sure what to make of it. LOL. I absolutely loved learning more about Wellington's past. He tends to remind me of an eccentric Sherlock Holmes at times and I wanted to know more about him. I was really captivated by this part of the book. He is an archivist... not exactly the kind of person you would pick to be a crack shot with a rifle. We know that his childhood was not the best, but we learn so much more that explains why he is how he is here. Just great writing. I can also tell that it will play a big part in future books. Eliza was, as usual, a joy to read about. I enjoy her intelligence and her savvy intuitiveness. The Ministry of Seven, the child informants that Eliza counts on, has gotten themselves into a mess and it's up to Braun and Books to save them... and the entire empire. I love the large scope of these books. It's always do or due. Save the cheerleader, save the world kind of stuff. It gives each adventure an epic feel. I think that's what I love most about steampunk. Bottom Line: This is another great book in the Ministry of Peculiar Occurences series. I really enjoy steampunk so it was right up my alley. Why do I love it? Because it's not paranormal... it's not exactly romance... it's not really a mystery... it's new and different and oh so very refreshing. I think Ballantine and Morris understand what readers of steampunk novels want and they show it here. Strange gadgets, Victorian London turned upside down and some amazing characters. Loved this one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The 3 stars are for the first 2/3 of the book, after that it jumped the shark for me. Your mileage may vary.
Melhay More than 1 year ago
Good grief, Charlie Brown! Talk about a kick start beginning. WOW! So much happening and I'm rushing to keep up. My smile grew with each word of Eliza and Wellington's banter and brilliance in it. Goodness do I enjoy these characters, and even as a couple they are just as much fun. The humor and banter is not lost with a relationship started, as this is part of the foundation in their relationship as well. They both are taken with each other, but it seems Wellington is the one swooning a bit more. It's great to see Eliza is the strong woman we all know her to be. She is a field agent first and formost with the Agency she knows and loves crumbling around her and danger on the heals of her loved ones. At the same time - when the time is there - she loves, hard. Wellington is new to field work and Eliza's knowledge of field work and the secrets not stored in Wellington's archives are important to their survival. Both their strengths play a huge importance in the book, and this is why this couple will survive as a duo of outstanding agents and a couple. It was amazing to see the Ministry Seven in this book. They play an important part and have moved up in their standings from street children to much more. I'm hoping this is the list of new agents in the future, as they deserve it! We also get to see what happens to a few of the Ministry Agents through their eyes as the even is happening. Good and bad. Pip and Tee take me through an array of emotions as I read this book. I'm relaxed with Wellington and Eliza, enjoying their banter and good humor. Then I picked up with the Ministry Seven. Oh the tension in me grew with theirs. And the worries and fears of what could happen with... Then the secrets I learn, and they don't stop! Oh it's a circle of emotions repeatedly. By George! I do think this is my favorite book of the series. I don't know how Tee & Pip are going to top this one. This book is only 368 pages, but when I was done I felt like I read a door stopper 1,000 pages (enjoying every minute of it as it flew by). There was so much information packed into these minimal pages. It's hard to believe all that is here! GOOD GRIEF, THE SECRETS!!! The secrets we learn! Are you curious about the Restricted Section of the Archives? You'll learn it. Curious about Director Basil Sound? Yes, your speculation was raised with those suttle moments by him. You learn about it!! Want a bit more on Wellington's past? We get to dip a bit further into tht as well. Enjoy the assassin Sophia del Morte? You'll see her here in closer proximity, and if an assassin can have limits. The immense amount of information and TWISTS will have your eyes bulging and jaw dropping throughout the book! There are also a few big names from history mentioned in this book. Oh to see them here! Now, to wait with baited breath for the next Ministry book to arrive. As I know Tee and Pip can top what they've done, and I NEED to see it!
Sailon More than 1 year ago
The Diamond Conspiracy is a fantastical steampunk adventure. Books and Braun are flying home when they get a distress signal from France. There is a mad scientist experimenting on children and one of them, Braun's informant team-Ministry Seven, is caught in his clutches. Que the evil laugh... Lots of action, tons of tension and truly evil and perilous conditions are just the icing on the cake with what you'll get in The Diamond Conspiracy. There is some more romance between Books and Braun and deeper insight into Books' life. I really enjoyed this story. It was packed with action but I did find it a bit hard to keep all the plot directions straight.  Ballantine and Morris masterfully twists historical events and figures to create these heart stopping exploits. I received this ARC copy of The Diamond Conspiracy from PENGUIN GROUP Berkley, NAL / Signet Romance, DAW - ACE in exchange for a honest review. 
WolfFaerie17 More than 1 year ago
Eliza D. Braun and Wellington Thornhill Books are Agents for Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences currently on the run from The Department for unknown reasons. Agents Braun and Books along with Alice and The Ministry Seven must stay steps ahead of The Department. Dr. Sound has initiated Phantom Protocol. The Diamond Jubilee is a time of celebration for all of England but doesn't help The Ministry Seven because one of their own is missing. What does The Department want? Can a former agent make a difference? Will The Ministry Seven be whole again? What do we learn about Dr. Sound? Your answers await you in The Diamond Conspiracy. I love this series! I certainly hope there are more books in this series to come. The characters and story are intriguing, compelling, rich, bold, complex, full of heart, mystery, down to earth, and most of all full of adventure.
Brassbright More than 1 year ago
It takes a cunning mind to weave a story filled with romance, humor, adventure, royalty, madness, travel and a handful of kids into a coherent, exciting adventure. And I have to say I appreciated all the little side-jokes and wordplay. It was nice to be reminded now and again that this brilliant series is written by authors who are also fans of the genre. It took me a week of casual reading to get to the halfway mark... and then I finished the book in three hours. There was no stopping once everything really got exciting! Looking forward to starting the next volume, which is taunting me from atop my to-read stack right now.