Thursday, January 5, 2012

Tales from the Archives - Eleven

Tales from the Archives - Eleven

By:  Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris

Written & Narrated by:  Starla Huchton

Format:  Podcast, 42.12 minutes

Genre:  Fantasy, Steampunk

Series:  11th in Tales of the Archives podcasts, part of A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series

Recommendation:  Yes. Nice way to meet new characters in this steampunk-ish world particularly if you enjoyed the book; A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel, Phoenix Rising. This one is of agents Eliza with Harrison in the lovely city of Paris, with golden murders...

From Paris, With Regret

On assignment in the City of Light, Ministry agents Eliza D. Braun and Harrison Thorne chase down a murderer condemning descendants of a royal bloodline to a horrific death.

My Thoughts and Summary:
I have to say, before the story starts Wellington is reading a Nook! LOL! This was to let listeners know The Ministry's are available for ereads, Kindle.  But I loved it. :)

This case is a very special case.  A case with Harrison Thorne and our Eliza in Paris.  Harrison and Eliza are posing as an ordinary loving couple strolling through Paris.  We have Murders of friends to Prince Philip dying
from what they suspect is gold poisoning.  Long term gold poisoning with pale skin and golden hair.  But these victims have shown no signs of gold poisoning until their death, which they would have had symptoms.  So much so that it was commented that the one victim, "contained more gold than the Queens crown jewels."  Yeah, a lot of gold! lol.

This item the Ministry is looking for belong to a mistress.  There is a whole story and a hatred between them, which works very nicely in this story.  I enjoy the short histories and creations here with the characters and new "haunted" items that cause chaos when in the wrong hands.

Eliza is classic Eliza, with the amazing gown and all her hidden armory, along with her bullet prove bodices!  And Eliza does mention how she wishes she had her bombs. :) (I love that with her.)  We meet an old friend of Eliza's, Gaston.  I enjoyed seeing more history of Eliza's, and with Harrison too!

Here I wonder if this is the tale in which Eliza has a glint of regret of her missed opportunity with Harrison, she mentions in Phoenix Rising.  I do feel for Eliza here.

We get to hear and see (or told of) the many mechanical items through out this steampunk world; doors, message delivery system, and so much more.  I love how this is created here.

Would you like to listen to these? For a taste of the characters or in addition to the book... Visit The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences.

NEW!! The Tales from the Archives is now found on Kindle as The Ministry's 99-Penny Dreadfuls.

There are short stories always added to the listing. So keep checking back!

I listened to this short story for my own enjoyment.


Blodeuedd said...

Still reading these I see :) Are there more to come?

Missie, The Unread Reader said...

Books on podcasts?! How did I not know about this?

Funny about the character reading on a e-reader. Love that!

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I so need to get these. I will! I swear i will... just need to get that review tbr down a bit...

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Blodeuedd - Oh yes, I'm still listening to these. I find them so fun and entertaining. The sounds they us, just amazing. It's not just listening to someone read, they actually make the sounds as you feel you are there or watching a movie. Really cool. And yes there will be more to come. The next bunch are to be of the Ministry Seven. :) I look forward to them too!

Missie - Oh, yes. These are so fun. They do all the sounds so you feel like you are there or watching a movie. It's really neat. :) THank you!

Melissa (Books&Things) - lol. You do! I think you would really enjoy these! Really! Even to read them on the ereader as short stories, but I think the podcasts with all the sound effects is just amazing. :)

Cecile Smutty Hussy said...

Hey Melissa,
I am so glad to hear from you! I am glad that all is well! I know what you mean about the holidays! It does get a bit crazy for the holiday... And of course that is when we get some leeway to give ourselves a break! =) Don't you agree!
Don't be sorry for not stopping by! Girl, I know we are friends =)
OH yayayayay on the Nanowrimo! You go girl!!!
The new home is great! And you are right, we all do deserve to be treated like a queen! It is okay about the job. I believe all things come to those who do good.
Hope you and the family have a great weekend honey!! Hugs and kisses!

luanne said...

I need to start listening to the ones I have accumulated. They make my work day go by so much faster. Your blog is great and is much appreciated.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Cecile! Hon. Oh so glad to hear everything is going so wonderfully for you and thank you. :) Glad you aren't mad about not stopping by. And thank you for the Nanowrimo yay! :D It was so much fun! And now I have to rewrite & edit it all around from that mad dash of doing it in 30 days. lol. But I plan on doing that and doing Nanowrimo again this year. Hope you had a wonderful weekend! Take care! *hugs*

Luanne - Oh, they do make the day go so much faster. And they are such fun. :) And thank you for the complement. I really appreciate it and so glad to hear you enjoy it. :) Thank you!!