Review: The Devious Dr. Jeckyll – Viola Carr

Review: The Devious Dr. Jeckyll – Viola CarrAuthor: Viola Carr
Title: The Devious Dr. Jeckyll
Series: Electric Empire #2
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Pages: 447
Release Date: October 27, 2015
Genres: Steampunk
Dr. Eliza Jekyll, heroine of the electrifying The Diabolical Miss Hyde—an edgy steampunk retelling of the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde—investigates a bizarre murder case in an alternate Victorian London while battling her treacherous secret half: Lizzie Hyde.

Solving the infamous Chopper case has helped crime scene physician Dr. Eliza Jekyll establish her fledgling career in the chauvinistic world of Victorian law enforcement. But the scrutiny that comes with her newfound fame is unwelcome for a woman with a diabolical secret. And there is the mercurial Royal Society agent and wolf man Remy Lafayette. Does he want to marry her, eat her, or burn her at the stake? Though Eliza is uncertain about Remy, her dark and jealous shadow self, Lizzie, wants to steal the magnetic and persistent agent, and usurp Eliza’s life.

It’s impossible to push Remy away when he tempts her with the one thing she can’t resist: a bizarre crime. The search for a bloodthirsty ritual torturer dubbed the Pentacle Killer draws them into a terrifying world of spies, art thieves, and evil alchemy, where the price of immortality is madness—or damnation—and only Lizzie’s dark ingenuity can help Eliza survive.
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0062363107
Also by this author: The Diabolical Miss Hyde
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*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

The Devious Dr. Jeckyll is the second book in the Electric Empire series.

If you haven’t read the first book in the series, no worries. The Devious Dr. Jeckyll includes enough backstory for new readers to jump into the series. But, I recommend reading the series in order because the first book is as excellent as the second.

I received a copy of this book from Harper Voyager so I could get caught up in the series, in preparation of the newest book The Dastardly Miss Lizzie. 

Quick Review

The Devious Dr. Jeckyll is a fun adventure in a fascinating steampunk world filled with mystery, romance, and fantasy. Told from the perspectives of both Eliza Jeckyll and Lizzie Hyde, the story moves quickly toward the goal of catching a ritualistic serial killer. For Eliza, the story focuses on Eliza’s need to prove herself as a detective, her fear of exposure, her twisted attraction to the killer Mr. Todd, and her relationship with Remy. For Lizzie, the story concentrates on her desire to win Remy’s affection, how she feels about herself and her identity, and a murder she witnesses. I enjoyed reading this story; I recommend it to anyone who likes gritty mysteries that include fantasy elements.

My Full Review of THE DEVIOUS DR. JECKYL

The Devious Dr. Jeckyll is a fun adventure in a fascinating steampunk world filled with mystery, romance, and fantasy. Told from the perspectives of both Eliza Jeckyll and Lizzie Hyde, the story moves quickly toward the goal of catching a ritualistic serial killer. Eliza teams up with Remy to try to figure out who is killing people from the art world. Eliza also needs to determine how this relates to stolen paintings.

For Eliza, the story focuses on Eliza’s need to prove herself as a crime scene physician, her fear of exposure, her twisted attraction to the killer Mr. Todd, and her relationship with Remy. She also has to deal with a man who threatens to turn her in if she doesn’t accept his help with her exlixir problem. It isn’t clear what he wants, but he makes her life miserable.

For Lizzie, the story concentrates on her desire to win Remy’s affection, how she feels about herself and her identity, and a murder she witnesses. Lizzie wants to be her own person, and she wants Remy for herself. When she’s offered a way to get rid of Eliza, she finds it difficult to resist the temptation.

Both Lizzie and Eliza are fully developed characters. I enjoyed how they struggled with their identities, guilt, and feelings for other characters. Lizzie is somewhat more likable than Eliza because Lizzie doesn’t try to disguise what kind of person she is. Also, Eliza has some too-stupid-to-live moments. She’s so stubborn that she doesn’t use common sense. I wanted to slap her in the head at times. But that didn’t change my opinion of the book. I think that characteristic is intentional, and Eliza will grow as a person throughout the series.

While the character development is excellent, the worldbuilding is, if possible, a step above. I was impressed by the amount of detail put into creating the world and its culture, including the government, religions, and organizations.

The story is complex, fascinating, and well-written. I can’t find anything negative to say about The Devious Dr. Jeckyll. I loved it!

I enjoyed reading this story, and I’m looking forward to reading The Dastardly Miss Lizzie.

I strongly recommend The Devious Dr. Jeckyll to anyone who likes gritty mysteries that include fantasy elements, particularly people who enjoy stories with conflicted characters fighting to resolve incongruities between what they want and what is good for them.

About Viola Carr

Viola Carr was born in a strange and distant land, 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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