If you have ever glanced at my Published Works page at all, or, you know, if you’re an avid steampunk reader… you’ll recognize the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences. An award-winning series of books by the inimitable Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine, the Ministry is a clandestine government group which investigates and protects the unknown, unexplained, and unusual aspects of the British Empire in the 1890’s. Primarily centered on Agent Wellington Thornhill Books (the archivist of the Ministry) and rowdy colonial Agent Eliza D. Braun (formerly of New Zealand), the stories are adventurous, mysterious, full of deliciously disguised anachronistic Easter eggs, and a great deal of fun all around.
Additionally, in between each novel, the authors produce a podcast anthology called Tales From The Archives, wherein they invite other authors to come play in the sandbox by writing short stories set in the Ministry’s world. I myself am one such author-invitee, having written “A Trick of Strong Imagination” from Tales from the Archives: Volume 2 and “Spiritus Sanctus” from Volume 4.
The series begins with Phoenix Rising and travels across four novels, bringing us to the purpose of today’s post – the fifth installment.
Feast your eyes upon the cover and blurb for the highly anticipated next book –
The Ghost Rebellion!
The chase is on! After the destruction of the Diamond Jubilee, Agents Eliza D Braun and Wellington Books are in hot pursuit of Dr Henry Jekyll. While he continues his experiments on the aristocracy of Europe, he leaves a trail of chaos and despair in his wake. However when Eliza and Wellington run him to ground in India, they are forced to come face to face with ghosts from the past, and the realities of empire.
Meanwhile Brandon Hill and Bruce Campbell travel deep into Russia hunting down ingredients to save Queen Victoria’s life. Amid the cold they uncover a new threat from the revitalized House of Usher.
All the agents of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences will find their allegiances in question, and their mettle tested as a new dastardly era of international intrigue dawns.
The Ghost Rebellion is out June 6th, 2016. Don’t miss it!
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