“Pray, do not underestimate my capabilities.”E.B. Roshan, Orchidelirium
Author: E.B. Roshan
Genres: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Cozy Mystery, Alternate History
Pages: 286 (ebook)
Publish Date: March 22nd, 2023
My Rating: ★★★★
Read: 3/7/2023 – 3/10/2023
It was such a pleasure to read another book by E.B. Roshan! I found this to be a pretty unique book, too, given it features illustrations. Set in an alternate version of England during the Edwardian era, this cozy mystery is filled with wit and lots of flowers.
Though the plot does focus heavily on the book’s mystery (stolen orchids, tigers, etc.), it is also a largely character-driven story. Admittedly, I didn’t find myself latching onto Opal as the protagonist. Her preference for flowers over people is endearing in theory, but as a whole, I didn’t find myself feeling much for her during ups or downs. The supporting characters, however, I thoroughly enjoyed, particularly Opal’s sister. I’d almost like to see an offshoot in her POV. I also liked the inclusion of prosthetics, which given the time, was largely the element of fantasy here.
Having previously read Wrong Place, Right Time by this author, I had no doubt that the writing itself would be good. The flow of the book is fantastic and everything came together nicely in the end making for a satisfying read from start to finish.
As I mentioned, the book also includes illustrations which I found to be a charming addition. Who says grown-up books can’t have pictures? It was such a nice touch, especially given it was both written and illustrated by E.B. Roshan.
A huge thanks to the author for sending me a free digital ARC of the book to read and review!
Likes & Dislikes:
What I liked:
- The illustrations.
- An engaging mystery.
- Strong writing.
What I didn’t like:
- I didn’t find Opal to be a likable protagonist.
I would love to see this become a series at some point. The setting was fun and it was a light and easy read. I also can’t stress enough how fun it was to read a book with pictures that wasn’t in a book for children.