Review: Nero’s Fiddle by A.W. Exley

Nero's FiddleSource: A.W. Exley – I received a complimentary copy in exchanged for an honest review. I received no compensation.
Publisher: Curiosity Quills
Series: Artifact Hunters #3
Edition: ARC,
Genre: Historical Fantasy, Steampunk
Purchase: Amazon*
*I receive a small monetary kickback from Amazon purchases

One… death by spontaneous human combustion is a rare act of God
Two… is surely a freakish coincidence
Three… well, that’s starting to look deliberate.

Cara has a new role as Queen Victoria’s artifact hunter, she’s adapting to married life and living in a country manor that more closely resembles a mausoleum.

In London, Inspector Fraser investigates a series of strange deaths by divine fire – except he doesn’t believe in coincidences. Despite himself, he enlists Cara’s help to identify what artifact could cause such a hideous death while his desire to bring her husband to justice burns unabated.

Someone’s intent on making sure a decades old secret stays hidden and Cara must figure out who is responsible before this case consumes her family and rocks the entire realm to its foundations.

Nero’s Fiddle picks up shortly after the event’s of Hatshepsut’s Collar, and after some rather odd albeit fiery deaths Cara and Nate find themselves looking for a new artifact.

Nero’s Fiddle gives us a new and extremely dangerous that causes people to spontaneously combust and even helps shed some light on the past of a few of my favorite characters. This one has a bit of a different flow to it from Nefertiti and Hatshepsut. The first book is mostly mystery based, while the second is a thrill ride, but this one is more of an in depth look at several of the characters. We do get some more of Cara’s past, but we are mostly treated to the pasts of Nan, Nessy, and Inspector Frasier. Nan & Nessy are given their own chapters which give us a look at their past and their incredibly enviable friendship over the years. I love these two women. Nessy keeps Loki on his toes and I loved seeing what she was like as a young woman, as well as seeing Cara’s grandfather and learning more about her mother.

We also get some new characters in this one! My favorite being Brick, who is by far the coolest most stylish body guard ever. Jackson of course is still around but he doesn’t have much page time in this one, so if you’re interested in finding out why go read The Unicorn’s Tail! You’ll enjoy it, I promise! We also get to met the mysterious Curator, who is….chilling to say the least, but I do look forward to seeing what his full role will be.

Overall I definitely think that Exley is going strong with this series and I can’t wait to read the next book, Moseh’s Staff which sounds amazing! I’m going to miss Cara and Nate, but I know it will be well worth the wait.

4.5 Stars

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