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Wodehouse steampunk version of The Hound of the Baskervilles!An escaped cannibal, a family curse ... and Reginald Worcester turning up on the doorstep. Could things get any worse for the Baskerville-Smythe family?As the bodies pile up, only a detective with a rare brain - and Reggie's is so rare it's positively endangered - can even hope to solve the case.But... there is tWodehouse steampunk version of The Hound of the Baskervilles!An escaped cannibal, a family curse ... and Reginald Worcester turning up on the doorstep. Could things get any worse for the Baskerville-Smythe family?As the bodies pile up, only a detective with a rare brain - and Reggie's is so rare it's positively endangered - can even hope to solve the case.But... there is the small matter that most of the guests aren't who they say they are, the main suspect has cloven feet, and a strange mist hangs over great Grimdark Mire.Luckily the young master has Reeves, his automaton valet, and Emmeline, his suffragette fiancEe, on hand to assist.This novel is the fifth Reeves & Worcester Steampunk mystery. The first four stories were published in the collection What Ho, Automata."Jeeves and Wooster meet (or run face-first into) Holmes and Watson with a touch of steampunk in the hilarious first full-length Reeves and Worcester tale ... This laugh-out-loud parody works on several levels ... With razor-sharp wit and fast pacing that plays fair with the reader, this is an excellent genre mash-up that fires on all cylinders." - Publishers Weekly"A fun blend of P.G. Wodehouse, steampunk and a touch of Sherlock Holmes. Dolley is a master at capturing and blending all these elements. More than fascinating, this work is also rip-roaring fun!" - SF Revu...

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The Unpleasantness at Baskerville Hall Reviews

  • Sherwood Smith
    2019-06-20 05:08

    Chris Dolley has managed that rarity, not only emulating Wodehouse's distinctive, delightful style of humor, but also his zany plotting.In this sequel to What Ho, Automaton! (which can stand alone, but some of the jokes are funnier if you've read the stories in the earlier book), Jeeves and Reggie get drawn to a country house, Baskerville Hall, next to Grimdark Mire, as Reggie's indefatigable fiancee Emmeline seems to have gotten into a pickle.Reggie comes to the rescue, to discover that nobody (including Emmeline) is who they say they are, meanwhile dark doings abound. It will take Reeves' great brain to sort things out, as usual, while Reggie blithely set about solving things and of course making them worse with his ineffable form of logic.Dolley melds steampunk with Wodehousian manor house mystery, with a dash of Sherlock Holmes and Oscar wild thrown in, making a delightful whole that had me laughing out loud.

  • Dee Arr
    2019-06-15 01:17

    It’s been a long time since I read a farcical tale that was so immensely enjoyable. “The Unpleasantness at Baskerville Hall” was reminiscent of Connie Willis’ “To Say Nothing of the Dog” in terms of the lighthearted serious tone that runs through the entire novel.Reggie Worcester is a wannabe detective, stumbling along in the footsteps of Sherlock Holmes. Reggie is aided by his manservant Reeves and his girlfriend companion Emmeline. Together they embark on an adventure that slightly resembles Doyle’s “The Hound of the Baskervilles.” Reggie is not totally inept, although he is constantly steered toward a better path by Reeves (who is an automaton).The steampunk aspect dresses the book in an entirely novel flavor, and is a major part of the mystery. Although there are murders, the usual graphic depictions (as well as any sex scenes) are missing from this book. Author Chris Dolley’s writing is exceptional and the characters are fun, flawed, and likeable. For those who hate to read a book with objectionable language, you will have none of those worries with this story. Although “Unpleasantness” is the fourth in the series, one is not lost if the first three books haven’t been read. The author does refer to a couple of former adventures, but these mentions are fleeting and the book is able to stand on its own. I highly recommend this book, and reading it has convinced me I need to pick up the first three books in this series. Five stars for this one.

  • Susan
    2019-06-02 03:08

    I received The Unpleasantness at Baskerville Hall from LibraryThing Early Reviewers. It appealed to me as a long-time fan of P.G. Wodehouse, Sherlock Holmes, and steampunk, which I never thought to see combined into one book (or series of books as in this case). The author Chris Dolley has created a pastiche that evokes as many laughs as the original Bertie and Jeeves, if not more. The gentleman’s gentleman Reeves is just as omniscient as an automaton, again if not more. Reggie is slightly less dense than his prototype Bertie, while his fiancée Emmeline is even more liberated than Wodehouse could have imagined. All this brings Wodehouse’s style to a new generation, one reintroduced to Sherlock in the twenty-first century. As the title clearly indicates, Reggie and Reeves must solve a murder mystery at the infamous Baskerville Hall, which they do with aplomb. While having read the progenitors of this book added to my enjoyment, it stands on its own as a fun piece of entertainment. One can only wonder what other adventures Reeves and Reggie will encounter next - there are at least fifteen Jeeves and Bertie books and sixty Sherlock Holmes stories to draw from!

  • Heposton
    2019-06-16 21:56

    I received a copy of this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. I'm a huge fan of the original Jeeves and Wooster series by P.G. Wodehouse and was thrilled to have the chance to read and review this book. The story is a steampunk version of the original Jeeves and Wooster books, where Jeeves (called Reeves here) is Reggie's robot butler and the pair investigate a mystery based off of the Sherlock Holmes book the Hound of the Baskervilles. My girlfriend and I read this together and loved it. Chris Dolley does an excellent job of imitating Wodehouse's writing style and pays a bit of homage to Oscar Wilde. Reading Reggie's attempts to emulate famous detectives and solve this Baskerville mystery is hilarious. Laughs abounded. I highly recommend this book, though recommend reading What Ho Automata first since some plot points from the previous stories are mentioned (though not necessary to follow the story).

  • Elizabeth S
    2019-06-12 21:07

    Totally awesome. As other reviewers have mentioned, this is just as advertised: a hilarious steampunk/Wodehouse mixture. I have not read any other books in the series, but that didn't stop me from thoroughly enjoying the wacky antics of the characters. I have read a lot of P. G. Wodehouse and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde, which may be more of a requirement for enjoyment. It seemed there were other literary references as well. Now I gotta figure out how to get my hands on other Reeves and Worcester books.I received a copy of this book for free from the Goodreads FirstReads program. Thank you!

  • Frank
    2019-06-09 02:57

    Chris Dolley does an admirable job of marrying P.G. Wodehouse humorous looks at high society and Conan Doyle's detective stories into steampunk world. Reginald Worcester and hid automaton valet Reeves journey to Grimdark Mire to investigate the disappearance of Reggie's girl friend only to become involved with murders, robot servants, an orang-utang, reanimates, movie-making, and stolen identities. The story is a rollicking jaunt where detective novels lead to mistaken conclusions. This is a nice read and I recommend it.

  • Mare
    2019-05-25 00:23

    This book was a charming collision between Wodehouse and Doyle. It was a sheer delight to read and Mr. Dolley channeled Wodehouse beautifully. I highly recommend this book if you want an entertaining trip into somewhat familiar territory.

  • Betty
    2019-06-03 21:15

    Light, funny, quirky story in the P.G. Wodehouse style. The Jeeves character is a humanistic robot and they live in an alternative world of reanimated corpses, robotic servants, plus the usual country weekend murder mystery.

  • Holly A. Woodruff
    2019-06-08 01:19

    Fun and funny!This is book 7 in the series and the author presumes you've read the previous books. Hence there is no background given on Reginald Worcester and his steam powered automaton, Reeves. But the mystery itself stands alone, with no ties to the previous or subsequent book. I love steampunk, and I plan to start the series at the beginning. Some of this book is laugh out loud funny! Reeves is the brain of the duo, for sure. Kind of reminds me of early Data in Star Trek:Next Generation. Anyway, there are automatons, prometheans (who I think are part human and part animal) and reanimes, dead people brought back to life. Worcester reads a lot of detective novels and thinks they offer the means to solve the mystery at Baskerville Hall. That is where a lot of the humor comes in. The author clearly admires Agatha Christie and Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, as do I. No sex, no bad language, so this can be a fun read for anyone.

  • Cissa
    2019-06-12 23:07

    I love Wodehouse, country house mysteries, and steampunk on their own, so this mash-up was just to my taste!Yes, it was silly... but so are all its root genres.The Bertie/Jeeves relationship was excellently done (although lacking a particularly awful article of clothing that Bertie clings to and Jeeves negotiates the trashing of). Here, Reeves is an automaton, but one that easily passes for human. Worcester is just as ditzy as Wooster. The other members of the house party are pretty classic; the murder well-done... Oh! And add into the mix proto-movies which steal from all the best sources and then add things like Lizard-men and steam-powered octopi.I enjoyed it a lot. The tone was perfect for all this crazy mix. I will probably read more in the series.

  • Glenn Younger
    2019-05-25 03:59

    Steampunk irony meets Wooster & JeevesWarning: this book isn't for everyone. If you aren't a Wooster & Jeeves fan (or a fan of the genre that PG Wodehouse perfected), you could very well be turned off from the tongue-in-cheek irony that borders on utter silliness. But if you ARE a fan, you'll thoroughly enjoy how the author sends up the genre, traditional English class structure, classic whodunit writers from the last century, as well as the constabulary in general.This is my first "steampunk" read so the alternate reality took a page or two to embrace. Automatems, reanimations, and the like gave a different bent to solving the whodonit. Reeves, of course, is the one who pulls all the pieces together. But you wouldn't want it any other way.

  • Bkunkle
    2019-06-08 03:59

    Delightful, funny and despite the steampunk elements, quite true to the tone of a Wodehouse story.This is a lighthearted romp through the Baskerville estate with all manner of odd creatures hanging around to lend a hand or head as required to move the story along. I found it thoroughly enjoyable. This was my first steampunk novel and, while I would not go out of my way to read another one, it was more amusing than I would have thought.

  • Tracy
    2019-06-05 23:01

    Sherlock Holmes meets Bertie Wooster--and Steampunk? I couldn't resist. I decided that this could either be a total disaster or the best mash up ever, and I was not disappointed. There was just enough reference to the original Hound novel (and Bertie's socks) to please the fangirl side of me, and a fun new plot to keep me entertained. I can't wait to read the rest of this series!

  • Mac Mcdonald
    2019-06-14 02:15

    Author NOT a P. G. WodehouseEnjoyed the parallels to the original Bertie Wooster stories. Stretched steampunk to an absurdity and repeated themes a bit more often than than necessary.

  • Ashok Tomar
    2019-06-11 21:14

    An entertaining spoofA good and entertaining spoof, though a trifle too long. The story had a lot of twists and turns, but the author's writing style kept the story going. The end, however, was a bit abrupt.

  • M. J. Monahan
    2019-06-22 00:09

    EntertainingAn entertaining read, although not quite as fun as the previous Reeves and Worcester. A little drawn out in spots, but fun and enjoyable.

  • Kelly McClymer
    2019-06-04 04:55

    DelightfulNothing unpleasant with this delightfully whimsical visit to Steampunk England. ,pCharacters, and a World, I want to see again. JPM

  • Shiphrah
    2019-06-17 00:09

    Entertaining silliness.

  • Mark James
    2019-06-14 01:24

    A good mashupIf you like Wodehouse and Doyle, then you will enjoy this. If you don't enjoy them, you will still find the book enjoyable but not as enjoyable as you could.

  • Dasha
    2019-05-31 22:24


  • Anna Waltzman
    2019-06-01 04:17

    Had my compete interest. I thoroughly enjoyed Chris Dolley’s very vivid imagination and I will continue to follow his young master as he deduces!

  • Anne Turnley
    2019-06-03 23:00

    Clever but, a bit slow.

  • Mike
    2019-06-23 00:06

    I enjoyed the first of this series enough that I was willing to take a chance on this one, even though the third was a bit disappointing. I'm glad I did; it's a genial, funny parody not only of Wodehouse, but of other British literature. I caught references to Cold Comfort Farm and Dorothy Sayers as well as Conan Doyle, and I'm sure I missed some. Mixing all of these together does take each of them away from their roots; for example, the relationship between Emmeline and Reggie is much more based on the couple in Sayers than on any of Bertie Wooster's regrettable engagements (which he always strives to get out of). It deserves better editing. The author needs to learn how to punctuate dialogue, especially the rule that says that when you interrupt a single sentence of dialogue with a beat in the middle, you don't punctuate the second half as if it was a new sentence. He uses "may" instead of "might" in past tense narration, confuses enormousness with enormity and definitive with definite, writes loathe for loath, apparently thinks "vouchsafe" means "confirm," omits or misplaces apostrophes, omits question marks, occasionally omits necessary commas, doesn't know how to hyphenate compound adjectives, sometimes uses "that" twice in a single sentence, gets noun-verb number agreement wrong on occasion, writes "lawsuits," "northwestern" and (oddly) "ago" as two words each, refers to the same weapon as both a shotgun and a rifle, and confuses "who's" and "whose". It's not the worst-edited steampunk book I've seen, but that's only because steampunk books are almost without exception terribly edited. It's especially disappointing because the first two in the series made it to my "well-edited" shelf. The solution to the mystery is also a bit of a cheat, relying on information that the reader has not had access to in order to present the comedic spectacle of Reggie attempting a traditional denoument without actually knowing who the murderer was. All of that aside, though, I did enjoy it, and there are moments of wonderful cleverness in the writing: "Lady Julia shook her head and gave me the kind of look that came with its own pin and wax effigy," for example, or "Knowledge is power, Reeves. And the appearance of knowledge is power without all that absolute corruption business." The characters, while stock, are used well, and the plot (apart from the cheat on the solution) works in its own right, as well as being a vehicle for the comedy. I will probably buy the next one, but I really hope the author invests in a good copy editor.

  • Sue Castaneda
    2019-06-05 22:15

    Fun read. It is cleverly written, with turns of phrase that are often funny and sometimes bordering on the twee. It is a good mystery. It is a bit farcical, with characters pretending to be others.My only criticism is that it needed a good proofreading, and that the author insists on using the third person to avoid having to use him/her, a practice that drives me straight up a wall. Except for that anonoyance, I recommend it for a carefree read.

  • Tara Maslen
    2019-06-12 04:14

    I couldn't stop once I had started. I found this book by accident. It gripped me from the first. It was only half way through I began to feel this was not the first in the series and it isn't. But I decided to continue anyway as it was so engrossing and funny. The characters are well rounded and have depth and the story is fantastic for the genre.

  • Eileen Hall
    2019-06-15 00:11

    A very unusual take on the traditional P. G. Wodehouse/Sir Arthur Conan Doyle genres.Characters are renamed, but still the essence of Bertie and Jeeves - an automaton in these stories - which is appropriate as human Jeeves does sometimes come across that way.Great read, highly recommended.I was given a digital copy by the author, Chris Dolley via Librarything.

  • Rowan MacBean
    2019-06-01 22:18

    I didn't realise until I'd already read a bit that this book is part of a series, and it's not the first. But I was already taken with the tone, so I kept reading. It's a delightful mix of Wodehouse and Doyle, with a twist of steampunk; highly amusing—I even laughed aloud a few times. I've already added the rest of the series to my reading list.

  • Tim Hicks
    2019-06-19 21:18

    Steampunk Mystery with automaton Jeeves and a plot vaguely Holmesian, what's not to like? The Wodehousian style is good enough to pass, the plot is ridiculously complicated, and I was won over early by the tribute to Isaac Asimov (Harry Selden, who is working for a foundation).Fluff, but good fluff.

  • Betty Hornor
    2019-06-22 23:58

    Although the premise was intriguing and the first few chapters were entertaining, it was not enough to keep my interest. It was my first foray (and probably my last) into steampunk. I rarely give up on a book, but I realized I wasn't enjoying the read.

  • Tim Robinson
    2019-06-01 21:55

    Robots, zombies, shape-shifting cannibals, ghosts, imposters and poisoned darts! But best of all, a Jeeves and Wooster adventure worthy of Wodehouse himself. First class!One caveat: It works as parody, it works as farce, it works as thriller. But it does not work as a mystery.