The Dastardly Miss Lizzie – Viola Carr [Review]

The Dastardly Miss Lizzie is a steampunk novel, written by Viola Carr. This novel was published on April 18, 2017 by Harper Voyager. It is the third book in the Electric Empire series.



Dastardly Miss LizzieDr. Eliza Jekyll must turn to her dark side, Miss Lizzie Hyde, to stop a madman targeting London’s most important scientists and sorcerers terrorizing the city with dark magic in this third Electric Empire novel—a dazzlingly original steampunk fantasy set in the gritty world of alternate Victorian London, with echoes of H G. Wells classic, The Time Machine

Being two people in one body isn’t easy. Metropolitan Police crime scene physician Eliza Jekyll is trying to maintain a semblance of control, even as her rebellious second self, Lizzie, grows increasingly wild—threatening the respectable Eliza’s reputation and her marriage to Remy Lafayette, the Royal Society investigator and occasional lycanthrope. With England on the brink of war, Remy’s away in sorcery-riddled Paris on a secretive mission that grows ever more sinister. Has he been an enemy agent all along? Or is coping with Eliza’s secret divided self finally driving her mad?

Eliza needs her mind clear and sharp if she’s to catch an evil genius who is killing eminent scientists. The chase uncovers a murky world of forbidden books, secret laboratories, and a cabal of fanatical inventors whose work could change the world—or destroy it—and who may hold answers to Eliza’s past.

As sorcery-wielding terrorists attack London, Eliza discovers her own enemies are closing in, driving her to desperate measures—enlisting the aid of the wily, resourceful, mercurial Lizzie—to thwart the killer. But Lizzie’s got her own life now, and true to her nature, will resort to the devious and diabolical to keep it. Even if it means throwing Eliza to the wolves, and letting the world burn. . . .




I read The Dastardly Miss Lizzie because I enjoyed the previous two books in the series. Harper Voyager was kind enough to send me a review copy. My opinions are my own.

Quick Review: Twist on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with female leads and steampunk elements. Slow start, but gets better as it goes along.

About the Story

It dragged in parts. I found myself wanting to skip forward in the book, which was surprising because I didn’t feel that way when I read the other books. As I got further into the book, I grew more interested; I’m not sure why–I just didn’t feel that invested in what was happening to Eliza and Lizzie until about halfway into the story.

About the Characters

Viola Carr does an excellent job of making Lizzie and Eliza different from one another. They each have their own weaknesses, positive qualities, desires, and aspirations. This makes it very easy to tell (along with the difference in dialect) which woman is the point of view character.

I liked that Eliza had to face some of her personal shortcomings, character flaws. She had to grow as a person to be successful in this book.

The author continued to develop the other characters as well. Eliza’s romance with Remy and her relationship with her father’s old friend took interesting turns.

About the Writing

For the most part, the writing style is enjoyable and easy to read. Sometimes, though, the story got bogged down with too much description and wordy sentences. This is probably a contributing factor to the slow beginning.

I enjoyed how Carr included other characters from classic fiction and history, while mixing it with fantasy and steampunk.

About the Worldbuilding and/or Setting

The world in this series is very well developed. I feel like I know a lot about this alternate London. It is also very easy to visualize the settings.

Do I Recommend?

Although it took a while for me to get invested in the book, I did enjoy reading it. I recommend it to readers, only if they have read the other two books in the series.

My Rating:   4 out of 5 stars (B)


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