This is not my usual type of book. The cover conjures steampunk (which I really don't care for), but the tale is really more a gothic type mystery. I won a copy of the 2nd one here on GR First Reads, so thought it might be good to read this one first. Not bad for the type of book, but it did take me some time to read since I usually wouldn't read this genre. The heroine was smart & likeable and I'll be reading the other book as I always make sure to read any books I win here so I can keep up my possibilities of winning more. If you enjoy a good gothic mystery then I would definitely recommend this one. I only gave it 3 stars since it's not really my type of read.