Dec 5, 2017

Book Review: Poison and Mercy: A Gril's Adventure

A bawdy and fun Steampunk adventure, Poison and Mercy is an alternative history Steampunk spoof that evokes the underground erotica of the Victorian era.
Mirroring the debauchery of London’s late 19th century Holywell Street and its outlawed printing presses, Poison and Mercy is a delightfully witty send-up with a fast-paced action-adventure story and characters that readers can’t help but root for.

It's 1885, and the people of London suffer under clouds of acid while the Thames burns; nothing has been seen or heard from within the borders of an increasingly belligerent Germany for several years; the Mediterranean is plagued by the Corsair Queens and their fleet of pirate airships; and a dastardly foreign plot to take control of the British Empire is afoot.

Who can save the day?

Poison and Mercy d’Avalon, a pair of notorious adventuresses with a talent for the amoral and profitable sidelines in extortion, assassination, and every other vice imaginable (as well as quite a few others for good measure), are hired to eliminate a blackmail threat to a Very Important Person. It is task that seems simple enough, but it is one that is soon complicated by murder and the machinations of an implacable and remorseless enemy. Poison and Mercy must endure one scandalous episode after another as their travels take them from London to Berlin to Cairo, and finally to a hidden pit of corruption buried beneath the blazing heart of the Empire’s capital.

Imprisoned and stripped (on several occasions).
Abandoned and enslaved in the desert.
Forced to endure an evening of music-hall comedy.

How long can two English roses be denied access to the best shops and restaurants before they start to sharpen their thorns and set about taking their revenge? Not very, apparently.

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What a delightful read!  I really reminds me of the Penny Dreadfuls  that one could find at news stands in an earlier time.  Gentle Ladies have the opportunity to follow the misadventures of Poison and Mercy as they attempt to rescue the Prince from the clutches of those evil Germans.  

This is not a tale to take seriously but if one is willing to suspend disbelief and not adverse to a little (okay a lot) sex, this is one fun read.  Mercy is a rather uncomplicated woman who just happens to love sex and knows that she is the best in her chosen avocation.  Poison is much more complicated and is definitely the brains of the operation.  

I do recommend this book to my readers who enjoy steampunk and penny dreadfuls.  I am really hoping that this is the start of a series about their adventures.  

***"I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review.


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