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It's 1883—the Age of Invention! A time when great men like Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Nicola Tesla, and George Eastman work to turn the country into a land of limitless opportunity. And it all happens at the world famous Inventor’s Guild headquarters in New York City—a place where a great idea, a lot of hard work, and a little bit of luck can find you rubbing elb It's 1883—the Age of Invention! A time when great men like Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Nicola Tesla, and George Eastman work to turn the country into a land of limitless opportunity. And it all happens at the world famous Inventor’s Guild headquarters in New York City—a place where a great idea, a lot of hard work, and a little bit of luck can find you rubbing elbows with these gods of industry who will usher humanity into the future. Unless, of course, you’re a woman. Molly Pepper, daughter of brilliant but unknown inventor Cassandra Pepper, lives with her mother in New York. By day, they make ends meet running a pickle shop; but by night, they toil and dream of Cassandra taking her place among the most famous inventors in America. In an attempt to find a way to exhibit Cass’s work at the World’s Fair, they break into the Inventor's Guild, where they discover a mysterious plot to destroy New York. The evidence points to the involvement of one of the world’s most famous inventors, and now it’s up to Molly, Cassandra, and a shop hand named Emmett Lee to uncover the truth—even if no one will ever know it was they who did it.


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It's 1883—the Age of Invention! A time when great men like Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Nicola Tesla, and George Eastman work to turn the country into a land of limitless opportunity. And it all happens at the world famous Inventor’s Guild headquarters in New York City—a place where a great idea, a lot of hard work, and a little bit of luck can find you rubbing elb It's 1883—the Age of Invention! A time when great men like Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Nicola Tesla, and George Eastman work to turn the country into a land of limitless opportunity. And it all happens at the world famous Inventor’s Guild headquarters in New York City—a place where a great idea, a lot of hard work, and a little bit of luck can find you rubbing elbows with these gods of industry who will usher humanity into the future. Unless, of course, you’re a woman. Molly Pepper, daughter of brilliant but unknown inventor Cassandra Pepper, lives with her mother in New York. By day, they make ends meet running a pickle shop; but by night, they toil and dream of Cassandra taking her place among the most famous inventors in America. In an attempt to find a way to exhibit Cass’s work at the World’s Fair, they break into the Inventor's Guild, where they discover a mysterious plot to destroy New York. The evidence points to the involvement of one of the world’s most famous inventors, and now it’s up to Molly, Cassandra, and a shop hand named Emmett Lee to uncover the truth—even if no one will ever know it was they who did it.

30 review for A Dastardly Plot

  1. 4 out of 5

    Asma Iceybooks

    I'll read anything this guy writes.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    New York City is gearing up for the 1883 World's Fair, and Molly Pepper is hoping her mother, Cassandra, will be able to snag a spot in the inventor's hall to show case some of her amazing inventions. However, when the spot is given to a man - again - Molly and Cassandra devise a plan to break into the Inventory's Guild. That's where Molly stumbles upon the plans to sabotage the opening ceremonies. Who is the villain? Can Molly stop them? The book starts out a little slowly, some of which is intr New York City is gearing up for the 1883 World's Fair, and Molly Pepper is hoping her mother, Cassandra, will be able to snag a spot in the inventor's hall to show case some of her amazing inventions. However, when the spot is given to a man - again - Molly and Cassandra devise a plan to break into the Inventory's Guild. That's where Molly stumbles upon the plans to sabotage the opening ceremonies. Who is the villain? Can Molly stop them? The book starts out a little slowly, some of which is introducing us to the new characters and new series. Once the plot got going, the pacing certainly improved, and we got some fun twists that kept the pages turning. The climax introduced some new threads, and I can't wait to find out what happens next as the series continues. The characters are strong, and the real and fictional rubbed shoulders with ease. I did feel the book stopped at times to lecture us on equality - an important topic to be sure - but it felt like it slowed things down briefly when it came up. This new series has a slight Steampunk element to it, and I really enjoyed that aspect of it. I also enjoyed the pages at the end that told us about some of the same real people and events that underpinned this fictional world. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Gmr

    It's hard not to like the Pepper's, both Molly and Cassandra, though maybe a bit more of Molly. They've had to survive some hard knocks in life from the passing of her father to the ruination of their business to the scraping through mud of the family name, but as their family saying goes...Peppers never give up! Something to remember when things are looking severely down and all seems lost....just sayin'. I really loved Molly's spunky nature, relative quick thinking on her feet, and her ability It's hard not to like the Pepper's, both Molly and Cassandra, though maybe a bit more of Molly. They've had to survive some hard knocks in life from the passing of her father to the ruination of their business to the scraping through mud of the family name, but as their family saying goes...Peppers never give up! Something to remember when things are looking severely down and all seems lost....just sayin'. I really loved Molly's spunky nature, relative quick thinking on her feet, and her ability to charm an audience when need arises. Her devotion to her mother is heartbreaking in its strength, but it's certainly not one-sided, which brings us to Pepper number two. Cassandra Pepper is Molly's mom, and while limited in street smarts, she's a whip at anything with gears, steam power, or otherwise inventor-ish. Seriously, some of the gadgets and gizmos she created are astounding and I agree with her...the public deserves to know her name...as well as the rest of the female inventors out there lurking in the shadows just waiting for their moment to shine...and shine they will! The devotion she shows to Molly is heartwarming, and the love they have for their new family of two is present in all they do. Even when they are exasperated with each other, you can still see how much they care, and when things turn from bad to worse, the first thing on the other's mind is seeing them safely home again. We should all be so lucky to have family so dear...or even a friend, which brings us to our new chosen family member of sorts. Emmett Lee never intended to leave behind the new life he was forging. His path was set after so much upheavel and my heart hurt for him, but sometimes fate has a different life for us in mind, and thus begins his adventure of a lifetime. He'll rise from the shadows to leave his own footprints in the sand, telling the world that LEE WAS HERE and don't you forget it! He's whip smart at all the mechanics of inventing and while suffering from his own losses in life, he'll find a new family to call his own because it's not all about blood relations, but about who we're willing to let into our hearts, and throw ourselves out a window with. Am I right? 😉 In the end, we have a good bit of history with a large helping of dastardly deeds and twisty turns to spin it all together into one fabulous adventure!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    Public library copy This reminded me of a couple of other Victorian era adventure books. I liked it, but they are a hard sell in my school, so I may pass. Do love the Hero's Guide books, but even those haven't been going out as much this year as in the past.

  5. 4 out of 5

    M.T. DeSantis

    Fun and adorable! I always enjoy Healy's work, and this book promised all the humor, action, and emotions I've come to expect. Looking forward to the sequel!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    This was a fun book jam-packed with action, adventure, & unique characters. I appreciated the fact vs. fiction section at the end as there are a lot of historical figures in this novel.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jillian (PidginPea's Book Nook)

    Oh, hello, this sounds awesome...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    ARC provided by Edelweiss. I enjoyed Healy's previous series "A Hero's Guide" and was excited to read this one. It was pretty good, but it seemed like Healy was trying too hard to be clever. A little more content and a little less campiness would have made this a much stronger story. I did like the addition of the (real-life) women inventers who history has overlooked in favor of their male counterparts.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    ** I received an advance reader copy of this book for free through a Goodreads giveaway. ** This is a fun, adventurous story with lots of real history worked into a fantastical world filled with characters who draw you in and make you care about what happens to them. Perfect for middle readers and it has enough action to keep even reluctant readers going.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jessica | Bookish Serendipity

    I can't wait to read this!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Marija Dolorea

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tory

    2.5. It started off fun, but became so madcap and zany that it wasn't cohesive or understandable. It's also so chock-full of historical references cheek-and-jowl with made-up people/places/things that I could see myself as a kid being utterly baffled as to what is historically accurate or not. There's a disclaimer at the end clarifying some of those things, but too little too late.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rose Marie

  14. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Edwards

  15. 5 out of 5

    Elevetha

  16. 4 out of 5

    Novel Novice

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

  18. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  19. 5 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.

  20. 4 out of 5

    LeeAnn

  21. 4 out of 5

    Montserrat Flores

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

  24. 4 out of 5

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  25. 5 out of 5

    Tracey

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jf

  27. 4 out of 5

    Martha

  28. 5 out of 5

    OwlCrate Jr

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lyz

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kellee

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