A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel
Publication Date: May 2011
Categories: Fantasy - General
Evil is most assuredly afootand Britains fate rests in the hands of an alluring renegade . . . and a librarian.
These are dark days indeed in Victorias England. Londoners are vanishing, then reappearing, washing up as corpses on the banks of the Thames, drained of blood and bone. Yet the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrencesthe Crowns clandestine organization whose bailiwick is the strange and unsettlingwill not allow its agents to investigate. Fearless and exceedingly lovely Eliza D. Braun, however, with her bulletproof corset and a disturbing fondness for dynamite, refuses to let the matter rest . . . and shes prepared to drag her timorous new partner, Wellington Books, along with her into the perilous fray.
For a malevolent brotherhood is operating in the deepening London shadows, intent upon the enslavement of all Britons. And Books and Braunhe with his encyclopedic brain and she with her remarkable devicesmust get to the twisted roots of a most nefarious plot . . . or see England fall to the Phoenix!
Born in New Zealand, Philippa (Pip) Ballantine has always had her head in a book. A corporate librarian for thirteen years, she has a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Library and Information Science. She is New Zealand's first podcast novelist and has produced four podiobooks. Many of these have been shortlisted for the Parsec Awards, and she has won a Sir Julius Vogel Award. She is also the author of Geist and the soon-to-be-published Spectyr. While New Zealand calls, currently Philippa calls America home.