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One... death by spontaneous human combustion is a rare act of God Two... is surely a freakish coincidence Three... well, that’s starting to look deliberate. Cara has a new role as Queen Victoria’s artifact hunter, she’s adapting to married life and living in a country manor that more closely resembles a mausoleum. In London, Inspector Fraser investigates a series of strange de One... death by spontaneous human combustion is a rare act of God Two... is surely a freakish coincidence Three... well, that’s starting to look deliberate. Cara has a new role as Queen Victoria’s artifact hunter, she’s adapting to married life and living in a country manor that more closely resembles a mausoleum. In London, Inspector Fraser investigates a series of strange deaths by divine fire - except he doesn't believe in coincidences. Despite himself, he enlists Cara's help to identify what artifact could cause such a hideous death while his desire to bring her husband to justice burns unabated. Someone's intent on making sure a decades old secret stays hidden and Cara must figure out who is responsible before this case consumes her family and rocks the entire realm to its foundations.


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One... death by spontaneous human combustion is a rare act of God Two... is surely a freakish coincidence Three... well, that’s starting to look deliberate. Cara has a new role as Queen Victoria’s artifact hunter, she’s adapting to married life and living in a country manor that more closely resembles a mausoleum. In London, Inspector Fraser investigates a series of strange de One... death by spontaneous human combustion is a rare act of God Two... is surely a freakish coincidence Three... well, that’s starting to look deliberate. Cara has a new role as Queen Victoria’s artifact hunter, she’s adapting to married life and living in a country manor that more closely resembles a mausoleum. In London, Inspector Fraser investigates a series of strange deaths by divine fire - except he doesn't believe in coincidences. Despite himself, he enlists Cara's help to identify what artifact could cause such a hideous death while his desire to bring her husband to justice burns unabated. Someone's intent on making sure a decades old secret stays hidden and Cara must figure out who is responsible before this case consumes her family and rocks the entire realm to its foundations.

30 review for Nero's Fiddle

  1. 5 out of 5

    Steven

    Yet another winner from Anita "AW" Exley! Special thanks to Anita for an advanced reader copy/uncorrected proof! Nate and Cara find themselves on the trail of a new artifact (you're stunned, I know, that they're hunting artifacts!), while Inspector Fraser (the investigator from Nefertiti's Heart) is in the midst of some baffling deaths -- some people are spontaneously combusting! As the two storylines converge into one big mystery, our characters must work together to stop a killer using Nero's F Yet another winner from Anita "AW" Exley! Special thanks to Anita for an advanced reader copy/uncorrected proof! Nate and Cara find themselves on the trail of a new artifact (you're stunned, I know, that they're hunting artifacts!), while Inspector Fraser (the investigator from Nefertiti's Heart) is in the midst of some baffling deaths -- some people are spontaneously combusting! As the two storylines converge into one big mystery, our characters must work together to stop a killer using Nero's Fiddle to protect an enormous secret that could rock the entire English realm! While I felt the mystery aspect of this one was weaker than the first book (the second book, Hatshepsut's Collar, is more adventure-thriller and less mystery), there were huge amounts of character development in this book that more than made up for it. You get more on Cara's family past, insight into Fraser, more on Nan and Nessy's history and their friendship through the ages, and even some backstory on Queen Victoria! Also, I *loved* the addition of the character Brick!!! Also, make sure you read the novella (book 2.5 The Unicorn's Tail) so you understand the Jackson/Amy/Loki storyline! :) Looking forward to Moseh's Staff but will be sad when it's all over. Thankfully, AW Exley has more in store for us from other parts of her imagination!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jammin Jenny

    I enjoyed this installment in the Artifact Hunters series. I love the Steampunk vibe and the fact that the MCs are so good together. I didn't love it as much as the original book in this series, but am going to stick with it because I like the general vibe of the series. I enjoyed this installment in the Artifact Hunters series. I love the Steampunk vibe and the fact that the MCs are so good together. I didn't love it as much as the original book in this series, but am going to stick with it because I like the general vibe of the series.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    This is one of my favourite steampunk series with a great cast, lots of action & cool gizmos. But this time it's more about the characters & less about their treacherous adventures. There is another mysterious artifact for the Lyon's to track down & the author has come up with an inventive & sinister take on why Nero played the fiddle while Rome burned. Eeeeww....glad I missed it. Poor Inspector Fraser. It's hard to determine cause of death when all you find is the odd hand or foot. The rest of th This is one of my favourite steampunk series with a great cast, lots of action & cool gizmos. But this time it's more about the characters & less about their treacherous adventures. There is another mysterious artifact for the Lyon's to track down & the author has come up with an inventive & sinister take on why Nero played the fiddle while Rome burned. Eeeeww....glad I missed it. Poor Inspector Fraser. It's hard to determine cause of death when all you find is the odd hand or foot. The rest of the bodies have been reduced to ashes. He realizes he must uncover what the victims had in common before he can find the killer. When it becomes apparent some other worldly force may be involved, he asks Cara for help. This aspect of the story is more of a subplot, providing a way to bring together most of the returning cast. Cara, Nate, Fraser, Nan, Nessy, Jackson & Queen Victoria are all involved & before it's over, some big secrets & family ties are revealed. But the majority of the book is spent finally letting us in on individual character's histories & answers questions about Cara's background. We learn more of her father, his work & how he became the monster who sold his only child. In alternate chapters, we get the story behind Nan & Nessy's friendship from childhood on. It explains why they ended up owning the estate & how the choices they made then are responsible for events in the present. It's almost like a little reward for faithful readers. The action/adventure of previous books takes a back seat & we get the 411 on these now familiar characters. The relationship between Cara & Nate is as strong as ever & their romance plays a larger role. She brings light to his dark world as his love & protection helps her heal from a horrific past. And there's another relationship involving one of my favourite characters that came as a nice surprise. New characters include Brick, Cara's sartorial new body guard. He's a hilarious combination of mean muscle & fashion diva. We also meet the Curator, a truly creepy man with ties to Cara's father & it's clear he'll be a major presence in book #4. I wouldn't recommend this as a stand alone as you really need the back stories to understand current relations & events. If the teaser chapter for the next book (Moseh's Staff) is any indication, it's a return to the darker & more action packed story lines. Can't wait.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Elenariel

    This installment lacks more in editing than its predecessors. Several misspellings, typos, two different names for the same character... The storyline flaps all around on different themes, some scenes sketched out of the blue, just to fill a chapter and then easily forgotten, others more intriguing but left suspended for future development (I suppose. And I hope!) The chapters on Nan and Nelly's past were distracting and I didn't find them so necessary. The revelation to which they bring is so conv This installment lacks more in editing than its predecessors. Several misspellings, typos, two different names for the same character... The storyline flaps all around on different themes, some scenes sketched out of the blue, just to fill a chapter and then easily forgotten, others more intriguing but left suspended for future development (I suppose. And I hope!) The chapters on Nan and Nelly's past were distracting and I didn't find them so necessary. The revelation to which they bring is so convoluted (beacuse of forcingly trying to keep it secret until the end) that it looses impact. That's also because the link between the victims was easily guessable. As said for The Unicorn's Tail, I found the missing interaction between Amy and Cara unbelievable - and unforgivable in terms of a supposed deep friendship . Cara's emotional reactions first to Nate's past (she knew about it already) and then to Amy's relationship (it is Cara who left her alone and never checked), lacks feelings, reason, and make her annoying. The misstep with the Curator was contraddictory and I fear we'll see her acting more foolishly in future books. Inspector Fraser runs hot and cold too, but he has opium as an excuse! No more than 2 stars because gadgets and contramptions are just a casual mention here and there.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

    Looking forward to the next installment... Looking forward to the next installment...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Diantha Jones

    Nefertiti's Heart introduced me. Hatshepsut's Collar entertained me. Nero's Fiddle? Enthralled me! Don't get me wrong. The first two books were great, but this one really did it for me. There wasn't as much adventure as Hatshepsut's Collar, but the mystery and intrigue were CRAZY. I adored the twisty plot with all of its hidden secrets and flashbacks. Every word written added to the story and the author didn't waste any time by going off on worthless tangents. Cara and Nate were just as wonderful Nefertiti's Heart introduced me. Hatshepsut's Collar entertained me. Nero's Fiddle? Enthralled me! Don't get me wrong. The first two books were great, but this one really did it for me. There wasn't as much adventure as Hatshepsut's Collar, but the mystery and intrigue were CRAZY. I adored the twisty plot with all of its hidden secrets and flashbacks. Every word written added to the story and the author didn't waste any time by going off on worthless tangents. Cara and Nate were just as wonderful to read about as they always are. Nate becomes a bit more whipped every book, but I think it's cute. At his core, he hasn't lost his edge and will take down any threat to himself, his empire, but especially, Cara. You can't help but love him. Cara is as wild and crazy as she's always been, but she's learning to play the game. She can strut her stuff out there with the ton, but she'll also put on a pair of pants and get the dirty work done. Love her. Nan and Nessy continue to be a hot mess, but I loved how Nero's Fiddle dove into their pasts and unearthed secrets that we never see coming. Cara's own past is starting to make a lot more sense to me now, though I know there's still so much more to learn. As for Hamish Fraser...I get where he's coming from, but I also think he's a douchebag. It's only right to want to avenge someone you love, but Fraser is dealing with Nathaniel Lyons, and though I feel Fraser's pain, I'm rooting for Nate. We'll see how this pans out in the next book. As for the plot itself, fantastic. It was another great artifact, the best yet in my eyes, and the road to solving the mystery was perfectly mapped out. I loved the ride along and witnessing Cara and Nate's love for each other grow so much stronger along the way, was the icing on the cake. Overall, another great Artifact Hunter's book with a satisfying amount of Steampunk elements. The first book was a little light on the Steampunk fun, but not this one. It was all there and more. I would highly recommend this series and I am super excited for the next book!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ktsuereviews

    Read it if you LOVE mystery books! I feel like I cant rate this book because I recently haven't been liking mystery books. I don't really care who killed who, that being said any rating I'd give wouldn't be fair. I read this book because its been on my list forever and I enjoyed the first 2. This book is actually pretty good. The characters are so likable and the storyline is good. All these characters have such great back stories that build with each book, theres so much more going on in this s Read it if you LOVE mystery books! I feel like I cant rate this book because I recently haven't been liking mystery books. I don't really care who killed who, that being said any rating I'd give wouldn't be fair. I read this book because its been on my list forever and I enjoyed the first 2. This book is actually pretty good. The characters are so likable and the storyline is good. All these characters have such great back stories that build with each book, theres so much more going on in this story than the mystery but the mystery factor is one of the biggest things going on in it. For myself I'd give this book 3 stars. The reasoning is because I was bored with the mystery part of it. If you're a fan of mystery then I would say this is an easy 5 star book. Also, I find this voice for audiobook makes me fall asleep and at times hard to follow which was another difficult thing for me to get through. All in all if I had actually read the story I might have liked it more but I was too lazy with this one. LOL!!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    I don't know what happened to my review. I LOVE this series. I am so sad that she's not continuing it. At least I have a few more books before I reach the end. It honestly just gets better and better. I loved the concept of the fiddle as a weapon. And I rather enjoyed the salacious secret that the dear old bitties had kept for so long. Sadly, because it's been so long since I read it, my review is going to end here... which does not do it justice. This was an awesome book! I don't know what happened to my review. I LOVE this series. I am so sad that she's not continuing it. At least I have a few more books before I reach the end. It honestly just gets better and better. I loved the concept of the fiddle as a weapon. And I rather enjoyed the salacious secret that the dear old bitties had kept for so long. Sadly, because it's been so long since I read it, my review is going to end here... which does not do it justice. This was an awesome book!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tammy Kenney

    Love the storylines in this series. It seems like the author lost his proofreader. There were more typos in this one.

  10. 5 out of 5

    A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)

    *Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review. Spontaneous human combustion is so rare it’s not even considered as an option even when a person has obviously burned to death. Until Inspector Fraser is called in on one that fits the profile where the body has burned to ash and yet the surroundings have not. However, one death, two deaths, three deaths, oh, boy…this is stretching the bounds of believability by quite a bit. Cara and Nate are settling into married life and *Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review. Spontaneous human combustion is so rare it’s not even considered as an option even when a person has obviously burned to death. Until Inspector Fraser is called in on one that fits the profile where the body has burned to ash and yet the surroundings have not. However, one death, two deaths, three deaths, oh, boy…this is stretching the bounds of believability by quite a bit. Cara and Nate are settling into married life and the Queen’s new position for them as Artifact Hunters quite nicely. And then Inspector Fraser comes along asking for Cara’s help in solving these strange deaths, deaths he believes are murders. Fraser and Nate’s hatred for each other will not stop Cara from finding Nero’s Fiddle which she believes is the instrument of the deaths. Follow the fiddle, find the killer, hopefully before there’s a victim #4. Oh, sweet, sweet steampunk! I love this series! Murder, mystery, intrigue, humor, romance, steaminess (without being graphic), mythology, fantasy and spine tingling creepiness, I love it all. This story picks up not long after Hatshepsut’s Collar and the layers keep on building. Told from several POVs, I learned more about Fraser and his reason for hating Nate and when Cara visits with Nan I learned more about her mom & dad. Then Nan gets her own POV and I learned a lot about her and Nessy’s younger life and got to meet Cara’s grandfather, Gideon. The mystery surrounding the murders is sufficiently twisty to have kept me guessing and that ending? Wowzers. Secrets are tricksy things. Oh, must not forget the Curator. Holy shit! That guy is totally creeptastic, so, of course, I can’t wait to see more of him in the next book. And Cara gets a new bodyguard, Brick, who is quite the character and a new friend, Skittles, the famous courtesan. Jackson, Amy and Loki don’t get a lot of page time, but what they get is memorable and there are appearances by Helene and Malachi, the bookseller. I am totally looking forward to Moseh’s Staff though the blurb fills me with dread. *shudders*

  11. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    A fairly standard "whodunnit" within the steampunk mythology of this series. The titular Nero's fiddle is the artefact weaponised for a singular agenda. The connections fall into place very rapidly once you know who the victims are to each other, but the personalities of the supporting characters help to offset the fairly obvious plot lines. I like the links to the real life mystery of spontaneous human combustion, but find the explanation due to a fantastical device always too convenient. I som A fairly standard "whodunnit" within the steampunk mythology of this series. The titular Nero's fiddle is the artefact weaponised for a singular agenda. The connections fall into place very rapidly once you know who the victims are to each other, but the personalities of the supporting characters help to offset the fairly obvious plot lines. I like the links to the real life mystery of spontaneous human combustion, but find the explanation due to a fantastical device always too convenient. I sometimes think that magical elements added to a story make the solutions to problems far too simple... why did someone spontaneously combust? Magic. See... too easy! The story is an easy read, and keeps pace well. The simple story line means that you will likely read through the book quite quickly. Many threads remain unsolved in this series. I would have been interested to find out what happened to the dragons from the previous novel, and to have delved deeper into the back stories of the supporting characters, such as Loki. As I've mentioned in my reviews to the previous books in this series, the main characters Cara and Nate, are a bit too sickly sweet for my liking! Cara has very quickly forgotten the trauma of her previous life, and when it does get mentioned again, it seems superficial; and Nate, who was stern, sullen and a closed book when we first met him, is now just a standard bloke enamoured with his gorgeous wife (a bit cliche!) and his mysterious and criminal past is revealed to be quite minor and low-key. But for a quick visit to an alternate London, with airships and pirates, it's a diverting few hours read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Laura Thomas

    More steam punk fun with Nero’s Fiddle. Just a warning that this is the third book in the series so there may be some small spoilers. Cara and Nate are settling in as newlyweds and doing what they love, hunting for more artifacts. The enigmatic and Inspector Frasier is also back and the bizarre deaths by spontaneous combustion bring these characters together again. The fiddle is being wielded to kill and these three must combine their skills to catch the killer and maintain a startling secret. I enjo More steam punk fun with Nero’s Fiddle. Just a warning that this is the third book in the series so there may be some small spoilers. Cara and Nate are settling in as newlyweds and doing what they love, hunting for more artifacts. The enigmatic and Inspector Frasier is also back and the bizarre deaths by spontaneous combustion bring these characters together again. The fiddle is being wielded to kill and these three must combine their skills to catch the killer and maintain a startling secret. I enjoyed the mystery in the first book, Nefertiti’s Heart. It was the second book, Hatshepsut’s Collar the blew me away. It was more of a thriller. And Nero’s Fiddle, while also more of a mystery, is very much character driven. Something I look for in my reads. There are many returning characters and some new ones. Cara’s body guard, Brick, is a hoot and how perfect is his name? Then, enter the Curator. He gave me the creeps. The story leads me to believe we’ll be dealing with him again in Moseh’s Staff, which will conclude this series. I’m sure the author will stun us with the finale. I’m hoping all of the character’s, good and bad, will return to thrill me one last time. I received this book for my honest review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    After reading the Unicorn's Tail whilst awaiting this 3rd book in the Artifact Hunters series, I was hanging out to fill the blanks as far as what Cara and Nate were up to while Amy was being wooed by 2 most unlikely suitors, not to mention the underlying questions regarding Nan and Nessy's relationship! Nero's Fiddle started out dark and cold, and continued with the historic detail, intricacies and fierce passion we have come accustomed to in A.W. Exley's tales. It wove and twisted, had light m After reading the Unicorn's Tail whilst awaiting this 3rd book in the Artifact Hunters series, I was hanging out to fill the blanks as far as what Cara and Nate were up to while Amy was being wooed by 2 most unlikely suitors, not to mention the underlying questions regarding Nan and Nessy's relationship! Nero's Fiddle started out dark and cold, and continued with the historic detail, intricacies and fierce passion we have come accustomed to in A.W. Exley's tales. It wove and twisted, had light moments and disturbing depths, but crossed the t's and dotted the lower case j's at the end! I can't wait for book 4...

  14. 5 out of 5

    Deanne

    Steampunk, mysterious deaths and ancient artifacts. The third instalment leaves me hoping for more. This starts off with a bizarre death, the police investigate but it doesn't appear to be murder, however after another death which seems connected Hamish turns to Cara for ideas. Lots of interesting characters whose stories I want to follow, love to know more about Hamish and if he's ever going to remove the blinkers he wears about Nate. What will Loki get up to next and when is Miguel coming back. Steampunk, mysterious deaths and ancient artifacts. The third instalment leaves me hoping for more. This starts off with a bizarre death, the police investigate but it doesn't appear to be murder, however after another death which seems connected Hamish turns to Cara for ideas. Lots of interesting characters whose stories I want to follow, love to know more about Hamish and if he's ever going to remove the blinkers he wears about Nate. What will Loki get up to next and when is Miguel coming back.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I'm sorry but Hamish Fraser is a moron for not connecting the dots like IMMEDIATELY on the news asking of Victoria's legitimacy when the first death is the doctor who DELIVERED her and the next was her mother's servant. Please and the third is a midwife and y'all still wondering at a connection - man bye he's a pathetic detective. Also Cara being woven into almost letting the Curator touch her when she despises most people touching her from the get go - no her natural aversion should have had he I'm sorry but Hamish Fraser is a moron for not connecting the dots like IMMEDIATELY on the news asking of Victoria's legitimacy when the first death is the doctor who DELIVERED her and the next was her mother's servant. Please and the third is a midwife and y'all still wondering at a connection - man bye he's a pathetic detective. Also Cara being woven into almost letting the Curator touch her when she despises most people touching her from the get go - no her natural aversion should have had her pulling way back in spite of any mojo of his. Very counter to her character.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Dale Keck

    not kindle unlimited, none are that know of, bought the 1 pack which assumed meant 1-4 when NOT; it is 1, 2, 3, 4 -- which leaves OUT 2.5, 3.5 3 more of the same crap, so not going to detail it all, would be longer {but better} than the book; 'same old' as in more things could not even quote in review because would violate the TOS! 2, at BEST! More unneeded, and badly written, sexual situations, more repetition of previous events for no reason, enough cussing that would make some sailors blush {an not kindle unlimited, none are that know of, bought the 1 pack which assumed meant 1-4 when NOT; it is 1, 2, 3, 4 -- which leaves OUT 2.5, 3.53 more of the same crap, so not going to detail it all, would be longer {but better} than the book; 'same old' as in more things could not even quote in review because would violate the TOS! 2, at BEST! More unneeded, and badly written, sexual situations, more repetition of previous events for no reason, enough cussing that would make some sailors blush {and no reason for it, also NOT 'period' usage, etc}, badly needs to learn either British or American grammar and usage, with many garbled, confusing sentences, and the use of pronouns way too much {he, she, etc} when not clear who speaking or being spoken to. Congrats though; even made supernatural artifacts and dragons boring. One... death by spontaneous human combustion is a rare act of God. Two... is surely a freakish coincidence. Three... well, that’s starting to look deliberate. Cara has a new role as Queen Victoria’s artifact hunter, she’s adapting to married life and living in a country manor that more closely resembles a mausoleum. In London, Inspector Fraser investigates a series of strange deaths by divine fire - except he doesn't believe in coincidences. Despite himself, he enlists Cara's help to identify what artifact could cause such a hideous death while his desire to bring her husband to justice burns unabated. Someone's intent on making sure a decades old secret stays hidden and Cara must figure out who is responsible before this case consumes her family and rocks the entire realm to its foundations. Nefertiti's Heart (Artifact Hunters, #1) Hatshepsut's Collar (Artifact Hunters, #2) The Unicorn's Tail (Artifact Hunters #2.5) {NOT in '4 pack'} Nero's Fiddle (Artifact Hunters #3) Paniha's Taniwha (Artifact Hunters, #3.5) {NOT in '4 pack'} Nero's Fiddle (Artifact Hunters #3) Moseh's Staff (Artifact Hunters #4) The Artifact Hunters Bundle (Artifact Hunters, #1-4) {2.5 nor 3.5 in this}

  17. 5 out of 5

    Hayley Winter

    I really enjoyed reading this story, after having the break from the series with Amy were flung back into the madness of Caras world and a new artifact that is tearing apart London with divine fire. The sudden mysterious combustion of random people was very interesting and in this story I love that we see Cara and Nate working the artifact side and enforcer Fraser looking into the grisly deaths. This novel is more of a world building book as it adds a lot of depth into the backgrounds of the roy I really enjoyed reading this story, after having the break from the series with Amy were flung back into the madness of Caras world and a new artifact that is tearing apart London with divine fire. The sudden mysterious combustion of random people was very interesting and in this story I love that we see Cara and Nate working the artifact side and enforcer Fraser looking into the grisly deaths. This novel is more of a world building book as it adds a lot of depth into the backgrounds of the royal family and Nan and Nessy. I loved reading the chapters set years previous before Caras birth as it gives us a new insight into the world and expands our knowledge of Nan and Nessy. Having these chapters was amazing because they slowly piece the story together with both past and present chapters. There isn’t much action in this book because the enforcers always find the victims, it’s only right near the end they find the link that it’s a royal vallet playing the fiddle to hide the truth about Queen Victoria’s legitimacy. I was shocked to discover that Nessy is actually the queens mother and she was married to King William in the past, this took me utterly by surprise. The only action at the end was when they all converge in Leicestershire and caught the valley on the estate trying to kill Nan as he thought she was the last to know. Once he was apprehended you the enforcers Nate and Cara rush back to Lowestoft as she had heard the news about Amy and Jackson. This was an good end to the book as it being the timelines back together from the add on novel. In the next book I am now hoping there will be a bit more action, as we’ve recently had a lot of world building.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    In this tale of mystery and intrigue, Cara and Nate seem to have accepted their roles as Queen Victoria's hunters of dangerous artifacts along with their many other daily duties. I enjoyed finding clues to the artifact along with Cara and delving deeper into the psyche of a few of the misunderstood characters in this story such as Fraser, Jackson, Amy, and Brick. I was thrilled to see that Jackson had finally found someone to calm his restless soul and sooth the hurt from his tragic past enough In this tale of mystery and intrigue, Cara and Nate seem to have accepted their roles as Queen Victoria's hunters of dangerous artifacts along with their many other daily duties. I enjoyed finding clues to the artifact along with Cara and delving deeper into the psyche of a few of the misunderstood characters in this story such as Fraser, Jackson, Amy, and Brick. I was thrilled to see that Jackson had finally found someone to calm his restless soul and sooth the hurt from his tragic past enough to allow him the freedom to live and look forward to a future with a new love. I can only hope that a very much needed love also awaits poor desperately lonely Fraser before he is totally consumed by his need for drugs. This story brings the reader closer to its characters and involves them enough in the storyline that they care for those characters as if they were family. I find this narrative completely addictive and spellbinding and look forward to accompanying Cara and Nate on many more adventures. GREAT! GREAT! IMAGINATIVE TALE! FIVE BIG STARS!!!!!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    Book 3 and I am still loving this series! This series combines lots of things almost guaranteed to draw me in: magical/dangerous artifacts, spunky strong female characters, Victorian-era England, dramatic, dangerous heroes, plenty of action and plenty of humour. This book has, as have the first two, all those things and I loved every moment I spent reading it. This story gives Cara's grandmother, Nan and her dear friend Nessy an opportunity to get into the drama that characterizes Cara and Nate's Book 3 and I am still loving this series! This series combines lots of things almost guaranteed to draw me in: magical/dangerous artifacts, spunky strong female characters, Victorian-era England, dramatic, dangerous heroes, plenty of action and plenty of humour. This book has, as have the first two, all those things and I loved every moment I spent reading it. This story gives Cara's grandmother, Nan and her dear friend Nessy an opportunity to get into the drama that characterizes Cara and Nate's life. As they investigate a new series of suspicious deaths that may involve an artifact, everyone involved in their lives - including Cara's best friend Amy - get in on the act and it is tons of fun! This series is just light, fun, funny entertaining stories with a little bit of magic and a little bit of romance to go along with the drama and the action. I have enjoyed all the books so far and look forward to reading book 4 next.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    This is, admittedly, a somewhat better book than Hatshepsut's Collar. We return mystery as a plot, the romance gets toned down just a tad, and the story itself is more interesting than the entire train wreck of events that made up the prior book. However, it's still not good enough to compel me to read more. I gave the Artifact Hunters series more time to get good than I give the vast majority of the books I read - most books I drop after about three chapters if it doesn't catch my interest; no This is, admittedly, a somewhat better book than Hatshepsut's Collar. We return mystery as a plot, the romance gets toned down just a tad, and the story itself is more interesting than the entire train wreck of events that made up the prior book. However, it's still not good enough to compel me to read more. I gave the Artifact Hunters series more time to get good than I give the vast majority of the books I read - most books I drop after about three chapters if it doesn't catch my interest; no point in trying to make myself finish a book that will be a trial - but even free doesn't Trump bad. Onto the next series.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sunshine✰✰✰

    Cara started to annoy me in the beginning with the need to run away because of something Nate did before she met him. She dated him knowing he makes his living more in the underground then by legit means (she even all but said she wouldn't want him any other way), but she acts appalled by his actions sometimes. That was cleared up quickly and almost seemed a moot point. But I sense that it is all foreshadowing for the next book....? Looking forward to reading it! Cara started to annoy me in the beginning with the need to run away because of something Nate did before she met him. She dated him knowing he makes his living more in the underground then by legit means (she even all but said she wouldn't want him any other way), but she acts appalled by his actions sometimes. That was cleared up quickly and almost seemed a moot point. But I sense that it is all foreshadowing for the next book....? Looking forward to reading it!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Karsyn

    Meh. 2.5 stars maybe. These books are only about 10% about the actual artifact, and the rest is about their petty lives. I didn't like the back and forth nature of this one, I didn't like the story lines. The deaths were about the only good thing about the book. The last book of 2016, and ending a CRAZY insanity year of books, this being book number 470. I don't plan to top that next year!! Meh. 2.5 stars maybe. These books are only about 10% about the actual artifact, and the rest is about their petty lives. I didn't like the back and forth nature of this one, I didn't like the story lines. The deaths were about the only good thing about the book. The last book of 2016, and ending a CRAZY insanity year of books, this being book number 470. I don't plan to top that next year!!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Awesome story! As you read this book you will learn about changes to many relationships. Amy, Jackson, Nan, Nessy, Cara, and Nate even Frazier will go through many changes. Cara will get revenge for Amy and a new shadow who is a bit of a fashion freak. Such and excellent book! Lot of action, plot twists and stories will be told but lots of romance and humor! I highly recommend this book and series!

  24. 5 out of 5

    SunnieK

    Great chapter in Cara and Nate's life. With this chapter we learn more of the history to Nan and Nessy and why Cara is the heir to the Earl of Morton. Nero's Fiddle causes spontaneous human combustion and is thought to be the hand of God delivering his sentence. Can Cara and Nate stop the user before it directly has an affect on them. Great chapter in Cara and Nate's life. With this chapter we learn more of the history to Nan and Nessy and why Cara is the heir to the Earl of Morton. Nero's Fiddle causes spontaneous human combustion and is thought to be the hand of God delivering his sentence. Can Cara and Nate stop the user before it directly has an affect on them.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Austin

    This is the third in this steampunk series and I loved it. Cara and Nate are back as are Loki and Jackson. I loved the flashbacks with Nan and Nessy and I'll pretty much read anything this author puts out! This is the third in this steampunk series and I loved it. Cara and Nate are back as are Loki and Jackson. I loved the flashbacks with Nan and Nessy and I'll pretty much read anything this author puts out!

  26. 4 out of 5

    A.M.

    I am waiting for the story to start – it’s just ambling along… with flashbacks from a different set of characters, and a chunk of missing story that is in a separate book [not in the boxed set] … and I am just meh. 2 stars

  27. 5 out of 5

    Elaina

    It just gets better and better. Flew through this, ignoring life around me. REALLY GOOD!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Another enjoyable read! Really liked the characters and the story line!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Had a hard time getting into this one.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Good series of books These books are great. I have enjoyed each of them. They relax my mind and give me something to look forward to....reading the next book in the series!

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