The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter


Elizabeth Barnabus is a consulting detective. More accurately, she is a consulting detective when disguised as her brother, the two of them long on the run from a family debt. Hired to find a missing aristocrat, Elizabeth and her brother run afoul of both nations of the divided England, including the all-powerful Patent Office, which manages the careful detente between the countries.

“Rod Duncan’s The Bullet Catcher’s Daughter is a magic box pulsating with energy. Compulsive reading from the get-go, the blend of steampunk alternate history wrapped in the enigma of a chase makes for first-rate entertainment in this finely crafted novel.”
Graham Joyce, author of Year of the Ladybird

File Under: Fantasy [ The Greatest Show | Remington Brass | First Class | Guises and Disguises ]

The First Book in the Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire Series

Elizabeth Barnabus lives a double life – as herself and as her brother, the private detective. She is trying to solve the mystery of a disappearing aristocrat and a hoard of arcane machines. In her way stand the rogues, freaks and self-proclaimed alchemists of a travelling circus.

But when she comes up against an agent of the all-powerful Patent Office, her life and the course of history will begin to change. And not necessarily for the better…