The Diamond Conspiracy – Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris

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For years, the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has enjoyed the favor of Her Majesty the Queen. But even the oldest loyalties can turn in a moment…

Having narrowly escaped the electrifying machinations of Thomas Edison, Books and Braun are looking forward to a relaxing and possibly romantic voyage home. But when Braun’s emergency signal goes off, all thoughts of recreation vanish. Braun’s street-wise team of child informants, the Ministry Seven, is in grave peril, and Books and Braun must return to England immediately.

But when the intrepid agents finally arrive in London, the situation is even more dire than they imagined. The Ministry has been disavowed, and the Department of Imperial Inconveniences has been called in to decommission its agents in a most deadly fashion. The plan reeks of the Maestro’s dastardly scheming. Only, this time, he has a dangerous new ally—a duplicitous doctor whose pernicious poisons have infected the highest levels of society, reaching even the Queen herself…

My Thoughts

Warning for strong language – HOLY SHIT.

That, dear friends, was my very last thought reading this book. It is a perfect summation of my feelings throughout the majority of the events that transpired within these pages, because, holy shit, I could not let my guard down for a moment! (I do apologize for such strong language, but sometimes it’s necessary [my partner says I curse like a pirate, anyway.])

We left off with Books and Braun finally – FINALLY! – getting their act together and properly becoming a most charming, and sassy, couple. Watching them work through problems, and never once faltering in their utter devotion to each other was a treat! They’re in this for the long haul, and it’s apparent that neither would have it any other way. Huzzah!

Amidst the Ministry falling, the Queen losing her marbles, and the most devious manipulation I’ve seen in a while, there is never a dull moment. The Ministry finds allies in the most peculiar places, and secrets that were safeguarded for decades come to light. There are moments where it takes a second to wrap your head around everything. It felt rather like someone had dumped everything on my head and stated “Here, have all this information, see what you can do with it, yeah?” and sauntered off into the sunset. Nevertheless, clues come together to form one brilliant twist after another.

The manipulation and trickery orchestrated by the puppeteer is extremely intricate. Without much fuss, he’s managed to get to the Queen, as well as her most loyal aides and allies. The ending blow-up is such cacophony, one would think there are no surprises left. One would be dead bloody wrong. This cliffhanger sent such a shiver up my spine, my teeth started chattering.

The Ministry still has to pick itself up, and rise from the ashes as they set to right what this puppeteer attempted to annihilate. It’s going to be an interesting ride getting there.


~ by Aubrey Smith on June 30, 2017.

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