What Went Wrong With Mrs Milliard's Mech? (Inspector Ambrose Mysteries, #1)by I.H. Laking Published 01 Nov 2014
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If you're a fan of detective stories, look no further! I H Laking's debut novella will wrap you up in the new world of the Empire.
Mrs Milliard is on the verge of financial ruin. With a business deal about to expire unless her mechanical baker remembers his secret recipe, Mrs Milliard turns to Inspector Ambrose for help. But as Ambrose soon discovers, no one in Mrs Milliard's neighbourhood is ready to talk.
Will Inspector Ambrose uncover the truth before Mrs Milliard's midnight deadline? Can he solve a mystery that seems impossible on first inspection? The culprit is closer than it seems, and time is running out.
Join Inspector Ambrose and help him solve the mystery of Mrs Milliard's Mech today!
"What Went Wrong With Mrs Milliard's Mech? (Inspector Ambrose Mysteries, #1)" Reviews
This is probably squarely in the cozy mysteries genre, with the addition of it being in a steampunk (or more specifically clockwork) styled setting. The story follows Inspector Ambrose and his portly sidekick Detective Percy Portland, as they attempt to find out why Mrs. Milliard's pies are suddenly not turning out right, putting her pie shop at risk!
For what is a fairly short novella easily under 100 pages, the attention to detail is great, truly interesting world building. This varies in that I found so many small things that make the sides of your mouth crinkle, like the fact that Mrs Milliard's grandmother's secret recipe was so secret that she refused to pass it on before she died and instead had a mech made to carry out making pies; that we get a clear layout of the district the shop sits in along with it's colourful neighbors (and the disaster it would be to them if her shop stopped drawing customers); and a detailed rundown on the make-up of a mech. There are also somehow fit into this short tale larger world aspects, where we learn that the possibly ominous Order is headquartered in the Citadel and four guilds fight for control of the White Square at the center of the Empire - this bit had me interested to learn more about this world, but wasn't really further explored in this book, however there are 3 more in the series I expect to see this play out in.
I'm not too sure if this is intended for children (no clear lean that way anyway), but I found it all ages appropriate, in the end the mystery reveal was well done though just a bit simplistic/predictable. Really enjoyed it, I have the rest of the series as well and will definitely be continuing with it.
This quick read is a straightforward mystery assigned to 2 inspectors in a somewhat charming (although there are darker aspects never explored) city modeled on Victorian England. The clever inspectors have to find out what is wrong with Mrs. Milliard's pie making mech. I assume the best audience for this tale would be children, able to read, but before puberty has them seeking deeper works.
The secret of the pies
A good short story, which should have appeal to any age. He is neat and a bit OCD but loves his job as an Inspector. His partner is the exact opposite but the two work well together. When the local pie shop starts producing pies that are not fit for human consumption the pair are asked to investigate. All the baking in the pie shop is done by a Mech. How could a Mech suddenly forget how to make pies. Will our investigators be able to uncover what is really the cause of the Mech's inability to bake? A clever little read.
As soon as you read the title of this offering, you know you're not in for a standard 'by the numbers' story. That's what appealed to me. I downloaded it on the title alone, I didn't bother to look at the cover or the blurb. I wasn't disappointed in the subject matter or the way it was handled. The case to be solved was fairly basic; the characters were just a few degrees off normal and the dialogue matched the odd-ball feel of the whole thing. I've never come across the author before, but I will certainly look for his books again.
Read this story!
This is the third short story by the author I’ve read and I just loved it. It’s a wonderful read and highly enjoyable for anyone who likes mystery with a touch of dystopia. Brilliant idea for the mechs! So cool.
I'm not in middle school. Not sure that would have helped, in my instance, but I realize I'm not the target audience.
Such a quick book to introduce characters, build a world, lay out & solve a mystery. Result is that none of those things are done very completely.
I have the next book & will read on. The structure may catch up with the ideas.