ARC Review: The Dastardly Miss Lizzie by Viola Carr

Posted May 10, 2017 by Suzanne in Reviews / 4 Comments

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ARC Review: The Dastardly Miss Lizzie by Viola Carr
The Dastardly Miss Lizzie
by Viola Carr

3 Stars


Released: April 18th 2017
Series: Electric Empire #3
Published by Harper Voyager
Format: eARC

“Viola Carr has put her very own steampunk twist on the old story and brought it fresh life. ”
~ Under the Covers

Once again there is a murderer terrorising and sensationalising London all at once and Dr Eliza Jekyll is on the case. But, there may be more going on than their first appears. As the mystery slowly unravels, it seems that so is Eliza’s mind. Lizzie Hyde, her alter ego is becoming more powerful, able to effect the outside world and Eliza’s sanity even when she is not in control.

I love this rendition of the Jekyll and Hyde, Viola Carr has put her very own steampunk twist on the old story and brought it fresh life. The Dastardly Miss Lizzie really starts to bring things to a head as Lizzie and Eliza’s mutual dislike and jealousy bring disastrous consequences as the ever present tension between them explodes.

I had mixed feelings about this book, some of the reasons I enjoy this book, also became some of the points that made it a slow and not always enjoyable process to read. The main aspect of this is Carr’s writing style. It’s almost 18th century in style, matching the time period in which she has set it in. It’s high descriptive, with every word and sentence stylised. Which makes it very vivid, but at the same time I feel like I am fighting through each paragraph and each chapter and ultimately the whole book to try and get to the exciting parts. It took me a long time to read this book and it wasn’t because I wasn’t interested in the story and the characters, but just because the prospect of reading a book with so many adjectives being thrown at me was exhausting.

One of the things I did like though, was the way in which you can clearly discern whether it was Lizzie or Eliza who held the reins of the narrative, just by the way it was written. The contrast between Eliza’s logical mind and Lizzie’s more earthy personality are immediately apparent. I also liked the story, I am a massive fan of the whodunit and this one was a doozy! Although it seemed to take forever to get to the point, and it fell into that trap of revealing everything right in the last few chapters rather than a slow build, it was worth it when you get the whole picture.

If you are a fan of steampunk and urban fantasy then you need to give this a try, it’s full of adventure, romance and some highly imaginative gadgets and gizmos. If you are looking for something quick and easy with lots of romance though, you might want to give this one a miss.



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About Viola Carr

Viola Carr was born in a strange and distant land, but wandered into darkest London one foggy October evening and never found her way out. She now devours countless history books and dictates fantastical novels by gaslight, accompanied by classical music and the snoring of her slumbering cat.
You can track Viola's adventures into the dark fantastic on Tumblr or Facebook, join her on Pinterest, hail her on Twitter or visit her author page on Goodreads.
Viola also writes urban fantasy adventure and dark paranormal romance under a pseudonym.


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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Amy R

Thanks for the review, I love this cover.

Darynda Jones
Darynda Jones

Thanks for the review. I agree with amy r. Great covers!


Sounds interesting, but not for me. Thank you.


Thanks for sharing your thoughts Suzanne