Review: The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress

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From Goodreads:

An action-packed tale of gowns, guys, guns –and the heroines who use them all

Set in turn of the century London, The Friday Society follows the stories of three very intelligent and talented young women, all of whom are assistants to powerful men: Cora, lab assistant; Michiko, Japanese fight assistant; and Nellie, magician’s assistant. The three young women’s lives become inexorably intertwined after a chance meeting at a ball that ends with the discovery of a murdered mystery man.

It’s up to these three, in their own charming but bold way, to solve the murder–and the crimes they believe may be connected to it–without calling too much attention to themselves.

Set in the past but with a modern irreverent flare, this Steampunk whodunit introduces three unforgettable and very ladylike–well, relatively ladylike–heroines poised for more dangerous adventures.

It was such a pleasure to read this! The narration of the three girls is unique and I can easily have read a book based around any of them. Even the chapter titles were entertaining! Adrienne Kress has a natural way with words that made these characters genuine and delightful.

While Nellie could be your stereotypical blonde, she doesn’t flaunt her beauty and isn’t afraid of a little danger. I didn’t expect for Michiko to completely understand English by the end of the book, but I was skeptical of how much she DID understand! Quick learner indeed. Cora was the obvious leader and most likeable of the trio and clearly the steampunk carrier of the story.

This is definitely a girl-power driven story, leaving what ever male characters there were in the background most of the time. Although I wish there was more of The Great Raheem, the magician whom Nellie assists. Although a minor character, he’s the only male that offers any substance to this female-dominated story.

I love a good whodunnit and I was satisfied with the murderer whereas with another character I wasn’t impressed by and suspected them from the start only to have my suspicions confirmed way before the grand finale. Though this still makes for a fun and entertaining steampunk mystery that is sure to please.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 4/5 stars

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