Book Review: Hounds of Autumn by Heather Blackwood (Four Stars)
Credible steampunk novel of manners. As if H. G. Wells and Jane Austen collaborated on a murder mystery. Pays better attention to Victorian folkways among the gentry than most modern writers.
Requisite misdirection and conflict. Headstrong, but not always right female lead who bucks the traditions of the time, buts let the reader know that Blackwood at least knows the strictures of propriety that Chloe doesn’t-quite-flaunt.
Dirigibles and steam-powered motorcycles abound. The nickel-cadmium battery and film-that-doesn’t-need-developing subplots are so anachronistic as to be humorous.