Cassie Pengear did not want to spend her evening acting as a parlor maid even if the house was in Mayfair, but her landlady’s friend was desperate and it was only night. But then one of the guests collapsed at the table. Now poison is suspected and the cook is convinced she’s the main suspect and will be locked away if Cassie doesn’t solve the death at dinner. This book is also available as part of a bundle. A steampunk traditional cozy mystery 56,000 words, approx 220 pages
In a Victorian England that almost existed, a steampunk London where tinkerers and clockwork devices exist alongside hansom cabs and corsets, murder is still solved by traditional observation and intuition. This is the London where American typist Cassandra Pengear finds herself stumbling over corpses and helping Scotland Yard detectives solve murders (although they inexplicably prefer to call it interfering). Follow her adventures in the Cassie Pengear Mystery series, beginning with The Killing at the Carnival.
Nisula's entertaining second mystery set in an alternate Victorian universe that includes bizarrely modified technology (after Killing at the Carnival) finds energetic Cassie Pengear, who has no backstory to speak of, reluctantly agreeing to help serve at a dinner party held at the home of businessman Edgar Carrollton in London's posh Mayfair district. When Carrollton's solicitor, John Ainsworth, collapses during the soup course and subsequently dies, foul play is suspected. Scotland Yard's Inspector Hamilton arrives to interview the guests, with Cassie on hand to discreetly pour tea and soak up clues. She takes a more active part in the investigation after Mrs. Pomeroy, the cook, comes under suspicion. Nisula, who also writes fantasy novels under the name Lisa Anne Nisula, offers readers a fair play puzzle all the clues are clearly on display for those who wish to match wits with Cassie though anyone expecting the complexity of an Agatha Christie whodunit will be disappointed. (BookLife)