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The Automaton Empress

Lady Georgia Brunel Mysteries 2

by Shelley Adina

Published May 22, 2024

Published by Moonshell Books, Inc.

Genre: Steampunk mystery

Available formats:

eBook ISBN 978-1-950854-95-0

Print (5.25x8", 252 pages) ISBN 978-1-950854-96-7

Large Print (6x9", 418 pages) ISBN 978-1-950854-97-4

Audiobook narrated by Jannie Meisberger (runtime x hours:x minutes) ISBN 978-1-950854-98-1


About the Book

The Empress of Prussia is quite beside herself …

When Lady Georgia Brunel and her Aunt Millie are summoned before the Empress of Prussia, the brilliant young woman does not seem herself. They soon discover the reason—she has been replaced by one of her own inventions, an automaton so lifelike that it seems even the Cabinet has not detected the switch. If the news gets out, there will be chaos in the Empire, and the heir to the throne will be only too happy to put off his next hunting trip to accept the crown.

If ever Georgia needed the help of her friend Dustin Seacombe, it is now. But he has gone back to the Fifteen Colonies, leaving her with nothing but memories … and unanswered questions. So it is up to her and Millie to quietly sift truth from lies in an effort to find the empress—and bring the villains behind the plot to light. When they hear whispers of an underground group of rogue inventors, Georgia wonders whether the empress has actually abdicated of her own free will … or if her life is about to end in the destruction of an empire.

The Automaton Empress is the second novel in the Lady Georgia Brunel Mysteries series set in the Magnificent Devices steampunk world. Though the books can be read as standalones, there are threads of love and family running through them all. No strong language, just a very proper kiss or two and a satisfying solution.

About the Author

About the Author

Shelley Adina is the author of nearly 60 novels published by Harlequin, Warner, Hachette, and Moonshell Books, Inc., her own independent press. She writes steampunk adventure and mystery as Shelley Adina, and as Adina Senft, is the USA Today bestselling author of Amish women’s fiction. 

She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Lancaster University in the UK. She won RWA’s RITA Award® in 2005, and was a finalist in 2006. She appeared in the 2016 documentary film Love Between the Covers, is a popular speaker and convention panelist, and has been a guest on many podcasts, including Worldshapers and Realm of Books. 

When she’s not writing, Shelley is usually quilting, sewing historical costumes, or enjoying the garden with her flock of rescued chickens.


“Shelley Adina is quickly becoming a go-to author for fun, clean steampunk adventures! This delightful mystery completely pulled me in and had me quickly turning the pages. It’s a fantastic introduction to a new series I’m looking forward to reading more of.”

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Melissa's Bookshelf
 on The Clockwork City

The Clockwork City delivers a steampunk mystery with a tick of romance. It rings with charm and a thrilling amount of action! The two ladies Brunel prove to be a resourceful duo and with the help of some well written and well connected secondary characters, their sleuthing skills are put to the test. Ms. Adina submerges readers in the murky depths of murder and mayhem found in the canals of a decadently reimagined Venice.”

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