In an electric-powered Victorian London, Dr. Eliza Jekyll is a crime scene investigator, hunting killers with inventive new technological gadgets. Now, a new killer is splattering London with blood, drugging beautiful women and slicing off their limbs. Catching "the Chopper" could make Eliza's career—or get her burned. Because Eliza has a dark secret. A seductive second self, set free by her father's forbidden magical elixir: wild, impulsive Lizzie Hyde.
When the Royal Society sends their enforcer, the mercurial Captain Lafayette, to prove she's a sorceress, Eliza must resist the elixir with all her power. But as the Chopper case draws her into London's luminous, magical underworld, Eliza will need all the help she can get. Even if it means getting close to Lafayette, who harbors an evil curse of his own.
Even if it means risking everything and setting vengeful Lizzie free . . .
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The Diabolical Miss Hyde is a unique steampunk twist on the Dr. Jeckell and Mr. Hyde novel. Dr. Eliza Jeckell works for Bethlem by day, while assisting officer Griffin with crime scene forensics. In the midst of a recent trail of murders, Dr. Jeckell is introduced to Royal Society Captain Lafayette. As Lizzie Hyde (Eliza Jeckell), uncover the mystery of the murders, she also finds out the truth about her benefactor and the head of the Royal Society.
This was a great page turning mystery. I loved the fact that Eliza turned out not to be the only one battling demons. You could feel every bit of her struggling to find her place in the world, as well as fighting for control of her life. I thought it was interesting that although her curiosity was peaked about who her benefactor really was and the mystery that shrouded him, she seemed afraid to know the truth. This was a brilliantly written novel with edge of your seat excitement through and through. A great story to be enjoyed by mystery lovers!