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Maddie Hatter and the Deadly Diamond

Rated 4.60 out of 5 based on 5 customer ratings
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Maddie Hatter investigates the story of a lifetime–the disappearance of Baron Bodmin and a deadly diamond.



Miss Maddie Hatter, renegade daughter of a powerful Steamlord, is scraping a precarious living as a fashion reporter when the story of a lifetime falls into her lace-gloved hands.

Baron Bodmin, an adventurer with more failed quests than fingernails, has vanished in circumstances that are odd even for him.

While he is supposedly hunting the fabled Eye of Africa diamond in the Nubian desert, his expeditionary airship is found adrift off the coast of England. Maddie was the last reporter to see the potty peer alive. If she can locate the baron or the Eye of Africa, her career will be made.

Outraged investors and false friends complicate her quest, and a fiendish figure lurks in the shadows, ready to snatch the prize . . . at any price.


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5 reviews for Maddie Hatter and the Deadly Diamond

  1. Rated 4 out of 5

    A delightful steampunk romp from Egypt to Cornwall, but it’s the author’s voice that makes this book really stand out. Barnard captures the sensibilities of the people and places and delivers an era of human history we can only wish had actually existed. Each page a pleasure to read with the last leaving you wanting for more.

  2. Rated 4 out of 5

    An wonderful and entertaining read of a different time and a world that doesn’t seem too far off from our own reality. Follow along with Miss Maddie Hatter and her fellow characters as their personalities and stories arise from the pages to traverse this world in carriages and dirigibles.There is a mystery to be solved and only Jayne Barnard can keep you guessing what will happen next right up to the final page

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Maddie Hatter and the Deadly Diamond is my first brush with Steampunk and if the rest of the genre is only half as entertaining, it won’t be my last. In this utterly believable alternate time and place, Barnard gives us the charmingly ambitious Maddie Hatter. Determined and resourceful, she travels via airship from Egypt to England in search of the missing Baron Bodman and his mysterious diamond.
    Not only is the story entertaining and well-told, Barnard has developed a distinctive voice that begins on the cover (‘penned by’) and holds up to the last paragraph. I sincerely hope we see a return of Maddie Hatter!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    What a great read! I love how Maddie skirts the precipice of social class and family expectation while trying to stay true to her career ambitions in a Victorian steampunk world. Quick paced, fun and filled with intrigue and plot twists, this is a must read. Maddie’s character is charming yet strong, her escapades on different the continents are fun and dangerous, and only Maddie’s unique view on the world can save her. This is a great read for anyone of any age and if you’ve never tried steampunk before, Maddie will make you a fan!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    A Jewel of a Story
    Miss Maddie Hatter, renegade daughter of a powerful Steamlord, is a frustrated fashion reporter with a loftier ambition to see her byline in a London Newspaper. While in Cairo, she finally has her chance to live her dream when she is called upon to investigate the disappearance of Baron Bodmin, an adventurer who has vanished from his airship while on the hunt for treasure.
    As Deadly Diamond is my first experience with Steampunk, I checked out The Calgary Steampunk Assemblage website and learned that Steampunk is a steam-powered world sent sometime in the late 19th century, “where air travel by fantastical airships and submarines is as common as traveling by car, train or boat …”
    In Maddie Hatter and the Deadly Diamond, Barnard has married this fantasy world and historical time to create a story that moves as swiftly and expertly as one of her self-propelled teacarts. I was hooked from the first page. The voice and tone throughout the story is spot on for this time and place. And the setting is evocative because of the attention to detail Barnard has taken care to deliver.
    Maddie is an original and engaging main character, who is just naughty and driven enough to be believable and highly likable. What’s more, the story is full of delightful surprises that keep the reader turning pages. I adore all the fantastical “modern” conveniences such as the brass “news” monkeys and especially Maddie’s sidekick Tweetle-D—an automaton sparrow that hides in Maddie’s hat to gather and record top-secret information.
    Deadly Diamond is an engaging and highly entertaining read for any age. I hope I will be enjoying Maddie Hatter’s next adventure very soon!

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