An unusual romp through Victorian London

RISEN (Dark Victorian, Vol. 1) - Elizabeth Watasin

In this clever novella, Elizabeth Watasin introduces Artifice and Jim Dastard. The two are investigators for Prince Albert's Secret Commission: they look into supernatural crime.

The twist? Art, as she calls herself, is a newly created ghost with little memory of her past (bits and pieces come through during the course of the story). And Jim? He's a talking skull that wears a top hat and eats lit cigars.

In this story, two chase down re-animated children who are attacking people all over London. There are twists and complications as Art learns more about herself.

One of the nicest features of the book is the illustration plates at the back; Watasin is a talented artist in addition to being an outstanding storyteller.

There are some steampunk elements to the tale (airships and the like), but the main focus is on the characters and supernatural elements. A good romp!