"The Diabolical Miss Hyde" inhabits a darkly compelling and vividly realised Steampunk world. The plot twists and turns in unexpected ways, and the mix of real history and critical social commentary is well integrated.
I struggle when characters are morally ambiguous. There is a lot of ambiguity in this book. Yet the characters are struggling towards something (or is it away from someone?) and so you want to discover how they will change, who they are.
This is steampunk with violence, sex, fantasy and a critique of power. Fascinating.
Disclosure: Viola Carr is a pseudonym for an author I do occasionally chat with online. I bought the book on an awesome discount. I'm not sure if that promotion is still running.