A Case of Poisons: An Anthony Maxwell Mystery

Rated 3.67/5 based on 3 reviews
In this first book in a new Victorian steampunk mystery series, private detective, Anthony Maxwell, and his two partners, Tobias and Scamp, have to solve a series of murders involving exotic poisons. More
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About Hazel B. West

I spend a good bit of my time writing historical fiction about brave men and women who have graced the pages of history, trying to bring more light to their legacies so readers of all ages will enjoy them.

My favorite things/hobbies: Writing obviously, listening to and playing Irish and Scottish folk music, practicing with all eras and types of historical weaponry, GOOD COFFEE, reading of course, dark (dark) chocolate, sketching/painting, hats and boots, collecting little old-fashioned things of all kinds, buying books, and don't forget dressing in period clothing!

My favorite kinds of books: Good adventure (sometimes with a little romance), Epic historical series, anything having to do with brotherhood or camaraderie--I'll read anything if it has a strong brotherly bond between two or more guys, time travel novels as long as they are traveling back in time (and not in their own lifetime), good steampunk novels (heavy on the clankers and none of the weird things), military adventure, historical fiction that's either well-written or has unique twists, meaningful or bittersweet war novels, occasionally a good funny book especially ones that are spoofs off old stories or fairy tales, and classics--always the classics!

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Lindsay B. reviewed on Aug. 31, 2013

I really loved this mystery!This is the first mystery/steampunk novel that I've read, so I admit I don't know much about the Steampunk genre. I do, however, know the mystery genre inside and out. A Case of Poisons ranks right up there with the novels of Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle.

The characters were very believable, and I especially loved the fact that Anthony has an affinity for coffee! (A man after my own heart!) This book was very well written, and it hooked me from the very first page! As an aspiring writer, I hope my first mystery is half as successful as A Case of Poisons!
(reviewed 35 days after purchase)
Jessica Green reviewed on Aug. 5, 2013

I received a copy of this book from the author for free in exchange for an honest review.

Let me say first off that I do NOT typically read detective novels, but thought I would go out of my comfort zone and try something new. That being said....I really forced myself to read this book, there were quite a few times I wanted to put it down but I owed it to the author to see it through to the end. It was NOT because the book was horribly written, the writing flowed nicely, it just seemed a little slow for my tastes. I didn't feel it really picked up until about the last 70 pages or so. I enjoyed the banter between Inspector Garrett & Anthony Maxwell, it elicited a few grins at times. I also liked Archie and his relationship with the other orphans & Maxwell, himself. I also didn't guess who the bad guy was at all...which was surprising, because usually I can. A few things I DIDN'T like: I felt there was an overuse of the word "contraption," maybe it's just me, but I felt the author could have thrown in a few different words besides that one. I've read a few other "steampunk" novels and can usually picture the devices used within those books but had a hard time picturing the ones on this novel. I'm not sure that I would read the next book in the series but if someone were to ask for recommendations for this type of novel, I would probably suggest this to them.

Again, I didn't feel the author did a bad job on the novel and wish I could give it more stars but I'm basing my review on how I felt reading the book. (I wanted to rate 2 1/2 stars but felt that a bit cruel being it's just not my cup of tea).
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
Shelby Mead reviewed on Aug. 3, 2013

*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

A Case of Poisons is a classic Sherlock Holmes-ian whodunnit set in London in the late 1800s. I don't often read detective novels, so it was kind of fun to read outside of my comfort zone for a change.
The main character is absolutely perfect. He is an intelligent chap with a huge heart, a very witty sense of humor (made me chuckle more than once), and a love of coffee to rival my own. He is a part time private detective/consultant with the Scotland Yard. He, his trusty card sharp friend Tobias Farley, and his loyal lady pick pocket friend Scamp come together to help solve this case and stop a madman from killing men and children from the not so well to do side of town.
This book is beautifully written. The author uses great skill to pull you into the story. I felt as if I were right there hunting down clues and investigating mysterious bad guys right along with our heroes and their friends at the Yard. The terminology is as colorful as the cast of characters. You learn phrases like peelers, coffs, bloody boffins, and strutnoddy. Don't ask me what they mean. You'll have to read the book to figure that out! This book will leave you on the edge of your seat in anticipation until the very end with action packed scenes full of grave digging and secret meetings in secret rooms with real mummies.
I'm positive I will meet Sir Anthony Maxwell and his mates again sometime, perhaps in Street Arab's Runes, the next book in this series. Until then I think I will treat myself to a cup of coffee because I'm sure that's what Sir Anthony would do after a case like this one.
If you love detective novels, please read this book. You will not be disappointed!
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
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