Waiting on Wednesday: The Diamond Conspiracy by Philippa Ballantine and Tee Morris

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

The Diamond Conspiracy: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences
by Philippa Ballantine and Tee Morris
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Expected publication: March 31st 2015 by Ace

For years, the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has enjoyed the favor of Her Majesty the Queen. But even the oldest loyalties can turn in a moment…

Having narrowly escaped the electrifying machinations of Thomas Edison, Books and Braun are looking forward to a relaxing and possibly romantic voyage home. But when Braun’s emergency signal goes off, all thoughts of recreation vanish. Braun’s street-wise team of child informants, the Ministry Seven, is in grave peril, and Books and Braun must return to England immediately.

But when the intrepid agents finally arrive in London, the situation is even more dire than they imagined. The Ministry has been disavowed, and the Department of Imperial Inconveniences has been called in to decommission its agents in a most deadly fashion. The plan reeks of the Maestro’s dastardly scheming. Only, this time, he has a dangerous new ally—a duplicitous doctor whose pernicious poisons have infected the highest levels of society, reaching even the Queen herself...

I thoroughly enjoyed the first two Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences novels, so I'm not sure how it is that I missed the third. Fortunately, the good folks at Ace have come to my rescue, not only inviting me to take part in the tour for The Diamond Conspiracy, but also sending along a copy of Dawn's Early Light to help me get caught up.


  1. OOh nice! This is a new to me series but looks exciting!

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    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  2. I am three behind. I mostly enjoyed the first book, but it had a strange not quite understandable orgy thrown in the middle. Still, I enjoyed the characters. I should catch up.

    1. Yeah, that orgy scene was a little bit WTF wasn't it? No origes in book 2, I promise. :)

  3. Sounds good!

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    Xoxo. Alexis @ Lexi Swoons

  4. Book four??? Oh dear, I still haven't read book one which has been patiently sitting on my shelves for at least *cough* three years *cough* I better start reading! Great pick :)

  5. I love the sound of this, but it's doubtful I'll be able to catch up. Damn you, series!

  6. Thank you so much, Jill for talking about The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences. We're pretty excited about the upcoming release as well.

    If you are curious about our series and want to get caught up, it might help you to know that all three of the previous books are available at Audible, read by the talented James Langton. And then, if you are a fan of audio fiction, Pip and I host our award-winning anthology, Tales from the Archives at http://ministryofpeculiaroccurrences.com, taking you deeper into the Ministry's secret affairs.

    We hope you all join us in our steampunk world soon! :)

  7. I have got to make some time to get to this series. I picked up the first awhile back and it sits languishing...along with many others...on the shelves.

  8. This series looks really good, though at this point I'm in the same boat as Tammy, I doubt I'll be able to catch up. It felt like it was just yesterday I was hearing about the release of Dawn's Early Light and now book four is already on the horizon!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

  9. Sounds really cool :) Though I have to admit I have a bad track record with steampunk, which always makes me hesitate a bit now.

  10. I read the first two books and liked them. I won a copy of the third book and preordered a copy of book four.
    It makes sense to rea the books in publishing order.


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