FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC
Steam and steel are king, nowhere more so than Detroit, the gleaming gem of the world’s industrial crown. A beacon of innovation and culture, it is the birthplace of the mechanical automatons, and the home of the famed Detroit Opera House. It is where people come with their dreams, their plans, and their secrets.
A young man with the voice of an angel and dreams of stardom.
A globe-trotting heiress with a passion for adventure and memories of a lost childhood love.
A mysterious woman with a soul made of pure music and a secret worth killing for.
Beneath the glitter and sparkle, something sinister lurks at the opera, and three lives will collide with tragic consequences.
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I'm always happy when a new book by K.A. Stewart arrives in the mail and The Music Box Girl is no exception. It's everything I hope for in steampunk: Gears, automatons, steam--and the clothes! Oh, I'm supposed to talk about the plot. I'll stop fantasizing about all those things now. Tenor Anton Krol comes to the Detroit Opera House and runs into the dual brick walls of a temperamental star and being an unknown from the country. Since he wants to eat, he takes a job with the stage crew. His "helpful" co-workers let him know the opera house is haunted. Anton's a hard worker and is soon one of the guys. Hey, it's a job. With a very interesting perk: Private singing lessons from a mysterious tutor. His tutor ups his skills just in time for Anton to step in when the star tenor walks off in a huff. Then Anton's childhood friend Bess arrives in Detroit. Bess is an adventurer, an explorer, and their friendship becomes much more. Anton's tutor is Not Pleased. But as a reader, I was certainly pleased. Jealousy! Gunfire! Secret passages! Ghosts! Murder! Mad chases through dark streets! And a dirigible! The Music Box Girl kept me entertained from the mysterious opening to the gripping climax. I spent a long, rainy Saturday immersed in Stewart's intricate steampunk world. Her characterizations are complex, her action scenes burst off the page, and her plotting is tight. I wanted to stay in MBG's steampunk Detroit and especially in the opera house. Not many authors create worlds that make me wish I could step into the pages and make a new life there. Stewart has written another winner.