Title: The Buried Life
Author: Carrie Patel
Series: Recoletta #1
Synopsis: "The gaslight and shadows of the underground city of Recoletta hide secrets and lies. When Inspector Liesl Malone investigates the murder of a renowned historian, she finds herself stonewalled by the all-powerful Directorate of Preservation -- Recoletta's top-secret historical research facility.
"When a second high-profile murder threatens the very fabric of city society, Malone and her rookie partner Rafe Sundar must tread carefully, les they fall victim to not only the criminals they seek, but the government which purports to protect them."
Review: I found the whole premise of The Buried Life fascinating. A city buried underground? Wow, yes please. Although I found myself getting confused about locations and what was where and what do things look like? I would have enjoyed more description of the city and buildings. The Buried Life reads more like a detective mystery than a steampunk novel. If you like mysteries and steampunk, then great. You should love The Buried Life! But if you aren't overly fond of mysteries I suggest perhaps skipping this one.
I personally love mysteries; and I love steampunk. So I loved The Buried Life. I enjoyed learning about Patel's world and the culture of this underground city. I honestly could not figure out the "whodunnit" and had no idea who was the murderer until the characters figured it out at the end. For me that's a huge plus as I can normally figure it out pretty quickly. I purchased the sequel, Cities and Thrones, the same day I bought The Buried Life; and I look forward to reading it.
Publisher: Angry Robot
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