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  • A very entertaining read

    Captain Marta Ramos is clever, snarky, reckless. She's also a pirate who delights in robbing the good citizens of the Grand Duchy of Denver among others. Her second in command, Simms, is a long-suffering and competent man who has accepted that his task was to be dragged along in adventures led by Captain Ramos. Murder on the Titania, and Other Steam-Powered Adventures includes five stories: three are murder mysteries; two are more along the lines of steampunk westerns, including train robberies. There is a parallel with Holmes stories. Acks hasn't rewritten Holmes adventures but they have taken the atmosphere, the society and the narrative workings of a Holmes mystery to write their own stories. The answers to the mysteries probably won't surprise anyone who is an old hand at reading Holmes, but there's still something utterly delightful in reading them. This feeling comes mainly from the two main characters, Ramos and Simms. Their duo is entertaining to the utmost, full of snark and sarcastic comments. This is one of the great strengths of Murder on the Titania, and Other Steam-Powered Adventures: Acks' writing is light, well-paced and has fantastic timing (comical or otherwise). The title says it all really: murder mysteries, adventures, steampunk. What it leaves aside is that it is a very, very entertaining read.

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