Thursday, July 16, 2015

Tales from the Archives, Vol. 4 #2

Tales from the Archives, Vol. 4: #1

By:  Philippa Ballantine & Tee Morris

Written & Narrated by:  Michael A. Ventrella

Format:  Podcast, 35:28 minutes

Genre:  Fantasy, Steampunk

Series:  2nd in Tales of the Archives Vol. 4 podcasts, part of A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series

Recommendation:  Nice way to meet new characters and authors in this steampunk-ish world particularly if you enjoyed the book; A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel, Phoenix Rising.  The archives are full of stories to be told.

The Mummy of Barnsley

Northern England, 1894

Agent Ernest Throckmorton is called to Barnesley to investigate reports of a Mummy terrifying the town. Throckmorton soon finds himself thrown together with an all too eager assistant desperate to be part of the Ministry, as they hunt down the meaning of the Mummy’s ominous threat. All shall pay for the desecration of the tomb!

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My Thoughts and Summary:
Agent Ernest Throckmorton is sent to investigate a mummy sighting and the deaths that resulted. Agent Ernest finds himself in the path of the mummy...

I loved that this episode starts off right in the heat of things. Agent Throckmorton is being chased by the murdering mummy! Then he wakes in his room as he was found outside, passed out.

The narrator sounds new to podcasting/reading with the growth of volume and pauses while reading. But shortly into the story, when he's doing different voices, he starts to get 'into character' and better at fluid conversing. He does do a great job of differentiating the characters vocally for us.

I did get a kick out of the 'weapons' used to fight. They are common items but were perfect for the fun of the read. The relation to steampunk is ever present too. There is a connection to the clocks and not needing wound and, well, there are a few other things but if I mention you might catch them. ;)

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.

You can find these for your Reading pleasure in any eFormat you would like at Smashwords.

You can find the Archives: Amazon Kindle ~ Tales from the Archives Scroll through the list for them all, and the ones you still need.

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

I listened to this short story for my own enjoyment.


  1. Sounds enjoyable! Murdering mummy on the loose :D

  2. Oh might be a good way to break into audio. I know that some of them are amateurs in this series. Sounds like a fun one!

    1. Melissa (B&T) I think it's a good test run for breaking into audio. But there's a lot of work to practice too. Thank you!


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