Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

 While at the post office hoping to hear from her brother, Eleanor is startled by the alarm that warns of the dead attacking.  Hiding behind a counter, Eleanor is approached by one of the walking dead who hands her a letter from her brother telling her that he won't be coming home as soon as expected.  Eleanor is concerned that her brother has already been killed by the dead and resolves to get to the bottom of the mystery about where he is and what his connection is to the zombies.  The only people she feels might be able to help her are the Spirit-hunters who have come to Philadelphia and set up an office at the World's Fair.  She also hopes to gain some information about her brother from handsome, eligible Clarence who went to school with Elijah and also seems to be taking an interest in Eleanor.  But Clarence has secrets of his own that make Eleanor wonder if he might know more about the necromancer that is controlling the zombies than he is saying.  This steampunk novel has a good deal of action and some very mean characters along with a strong heroine.  I saw the biggest twist coming but not the resolutions of either romance.  The cover is awful and not in period at all but I suppose it might attract interest from some who like that type of picture.