Series: Crown and Country #1
Published by Mystic Kat Press on September 21, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Paranormal Mystery, Steampunk
Source: Personally Purchased
A fiend is murdering the Queen's agents.
Menagerie Special Agent, and tiger shifter, Mordecai Pope is charged with apprehending the villain who litters the river's edge with the half-shifted corpses of his colleagues. As he examines the bodies he discovers the murderer has not only taken tissue samples and blood, but removed the talises - a special tattoo used to prove the shifter's registration and animal class. When an unregistered, half-shifted man is found alive and repeating the Reaver word for venom, Mordecai begins to suspect there are more to the murders than meets the eye.
Lady Evangeline Murray has spent the last seven years cursing the memory of her fiancé who was lost on an exotic expedition to the far ends of the world. His pursuit of scientific discovery often overstepped the bounds of morals and propriety. Through the years, Evangeline has had to keep her own counsel over the man all of society dubbed "a man without peer" but whom she felt little respect. To prove his madness and free herself from binding betrothal laws, Evangeline has embarked on a perilous venture of her own. In possession of her fiancé’s notebooks, Evangeline has painstakingly recreated his experiments and deciphered his secret codes even though scientific exploration is illegal for women in East Angelía. Now her work has brought her under the suspicion of her new beau and Menagerie Agent, Mordecai Pope.
When Mordecai's case and Evangeline's past collide, they must work together to find a killer bent on creating an army of shifters and setting them loose on the world, even if it means losing each other forever.
Queen’s Menagerie by MK Mancos is the first book in her Crown and Country series. I didn’t know anything about this book going in, with the exception that it was steampunk. It turned out to be a great paranormal romance with a wonderful amount of mystery!
Mordecai Pope is the reverse Alpha-hole. He was smart, sexy and a joy to read about. His kindness for others and loving nature created a breath of fresh air in a swarm of Alphas that are also assholes. Crown and Country takes place in a faux historical location and their views of women was not equal to modern times. Women and science were not allowed to mix. However, that doesn’t let Lady Evangeline stop her. She had some serious chutzpah coupled with a quick mind and soft heart. Lady Evangeline and Mordecai Pope enthralled me with their story and the mystery they find themselves personally tangled up in.
Queen’s Menagerie is not a quick read, but that is not a bad thing. I was allowed to take a step into another world and everything else seemed to melt away around me. I was not rushed and hurried along to “buy” the story and I think this is partially credited to the mystery aspect. The mystery was well thought out and I was totally blown away with the results. Queen’s Menagerie is one to talk about and I can honestly say it got me through a move two weeks before the holidays. This in its self could be a qualification for awesomeness.
I rate Queen’s Menagerie 4.5 out of 5 Bullets!
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