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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Doctor Who: Silhouette by Justin Richards
ISBN: 9780804140881
Publisher's Synopsis:
 "Vastra and Strax and Jenny? Oh no, we don't need to bother them. Trust me."

Marlowe Hapworth is found dead in his locked study, killed by an unknown assailant. This is a case for the Great Detective, Madame Vastra.

Rick Bellamy, bare-knuckle boxer, has the life drawn out of him by a figure dressed as an undertaker. This angers Strax the Sontaran.

The Carnival of Curiosities, a collection of bizarre and fascinating sideshows and performers. This is where Jenny Flint looks for answers.    

How are these things connected? And what does Orestes Milton, rich industrialist, have to do with it all? This is where the Doctor and Clara come in. The Doctor and his friends find themselves thrust into a world where nothing and no one are what they seem. Can they unravel the truth before the most dangerous weapon ever developed is unleashed on London? 

MrsK's review:
Dr. Who? Who doesn't know Dr. Who would be a better question. Fans of  Dr. Who (Whovians) or Comic-Con enthusiasts all have had marathon moments with the Doctor. Even though I may have been in front of the t.v. (way back when), it wasn't until my children began (forcing) me into their Dr. Who marathon weekends that I began an involvement with the Doctor.

Science fiction has always had an alluring aspect for readers and Sci-Fi "nerds." There is guaranteed gadgets, odd personalities, some form of techie travel, and other-worldly experiences. So when the newest Dr. Who book was ready for preview, well I knew I had to read it. What I wasn't prepared for was the amount of enjoyment I would experience reading Silhouette. Not only are the characters so quick-witted, you can "see" their expressive "tells" during the dialogue. The "unfolding" storyline keeps you turning the pages, way past your bedtime. Of course the nemesis will have unfair advantage, at least for awhile. The Doctor will need a "dose" of humility before he can conqueor the villainous scheme. The world will need the Doctor to end the threat of a mind-altering crystal.

In the beginning you will meet Marlowe Hapworth, a very extraordinary-ordinary man who happens upon the Frost Fair along the Thames. Why would this insignificant man be of value to the Carnival of Curiosities? What in the world could possibly tie Marlowe to an eccentric industrialist? Madame Vastra will need all of her "charm" to outwit the evil that is taking control of so many around her. 

Are you wondering what allures the Doctor to this time period? Even though Clara was hoping to visit with King Arthur, an unknown power spike in the late 19th century set the Doctor on edge. There should not be any post-nuclear power supplies in the middle of London during that time period. Madame Vastra or even Strax would not be so careless, so the Doctor must bring the Tartus back to London... again!
"I have never been more embarrassed in my entire life," Clara told him as they walked away...."
"Yes you have."
"Yes I have,' she admitted. 'But I was probably with you at the time."

So readers, here is your quest... you will need to discover what the power source is? You must discover why a master puppeteer would be so valuable to a man who can buy anything he wants. Why was Hapworth  so interested in a paper crane when he died? What is the attraction for Madame Vastra that might cause her demise? Could a series of coincidences lead to the failing of the Doctor's intelligence?

If you know someone who is a friend of Dr. Who's... well this is a perfect bit of travel for them,

Great moments for all... especially if you are waiting for the next Dr. Who installment!
Justin Richards JUSTIN RICHARDS has written for stage and screen as well as writing novels and graphic novels. He has also co-written several action thrillers for older children with the acknowledged master of the genre Jack Higgins. Justin acts as Creative Consultant to BBC Books' range of Doctor Who titles, as well as writing quite a few himself. Married with two children (both boys), Justin lives and works in Warwick, within sight of one of Britain's best-preserved castles.

 "I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."
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