My thoughts of “Camera Obscura” by Lavie Tidhar

Camera Obscura
Lavie Tidhar
Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Angry Robot (April 26, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0857660942
ISBN-13: 978-0857660947

CAN’T FIND A RATIONAL EXPLANATION TO A MYSTERY? CALL IN THE QUIET COUNCIL. The mysterious and glamorous Lady De Winter is one of their most valuable agents. A despicable murder inside a locked and bolted room on the Rue Morgue in Paris is just the start. This whirlwind adventure will take Milady to the highest and lowest parts of that great city – and cause her to question the very nature of reality itself. (Angry Robot)

( 5 stars out of 5 )

While “Camera Obscura” takes place about 3 years after “The Bookman.”, it is a stand alone novel. Lady de Winter ( cool name but no Alexandre Dumas connection) is called in to investigate an unusual and sinister murder. I couldn’t help but think of Poe and his detective C. Auguste Dupin.

Lady de Winter finds herself traveling throughout much of the steampunked world created by Tidhar. I really enjoyed the multicultural steampunk of this novel. Tidhar pulls in characters like Sitting Bull and William F. Cody when Mylady travels to Vespuccia (North America).

Chinese secret societies, strange French rulers, cowboys and indians makes this novel a tough one to put down.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Angry Robot Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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