THE WICKED DEEDS OF DANIEL MACKENZIE by Jennifer Ashley

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Mackenzies Series (Book 6)

This is the sixth book in the series, and my first read from this author. This was an unusual historical for me. It is set in England and France, and the main protagonist, Violet Bastien, is a famous medium, along with her mother.

It turns out her mother has a gift, but Violet has a way with machinery, and machinations. She’s able to produce scary knocking sounds, shadows, eerie lights and so forth, all the better to fool her clients and increase her payments.

Daniel Mackenzie is a wealthy lord and an engineer who is equally fascinated with machinery, and is designing a race car. When he wins at a card game, the loser offers to repay the debt by introducing him to Violet.

Daniel quickly realizes she is a fraud but is completely intrigued with her inventions.  In a moment of panic, Violet bashes him in the head and thinks she’s killed him. She dumps his body at the door of a nearby doctor and hightails it to France.

Daniel isn’t dead and he follows her,  learning about Violet’s past but falling in love with her smarts and her sense of adventure. This story had an intriguing premise that is never really fulfilled; the history was more interesting than the characters, so I doubt I’ll be reading any more of these.

1/15 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch

THE WICKED DEEDS OF DANIEL MACKENZIE by Jennifer Ashley. Berkley (October 1, 2013). ISBN 978-0425253953. 384p.

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