Mayhem and murder endanger the foggy streets of Victorian London, secrets and spies hide in a world of gaslamp fantasy, and matters of the heart are as mysterious – or simple – as clockwork.
Lady Amanda blackmailed her way into a prestigious London medical school…
Not the preferred method of entrance, of course, and quite the scandal – but necessary, for it’s the only way to force Lord Thornton, a professor at the school, to help her perfect her invention: a clockwork spider capable of spinning artificial nerves.
And Thornton is interested… but is he interested in Amanda, or simply the invention that could cure his own debilitating injury? Neither one can trust the other, but both know this: any attraction is a danger, any romance forbidden.
But when a foreign spy steals top-secret technology – and the spider – from Thornton’s laboratory, using it to perform grisly experiments on human subjects, Amanda and her professor must put aside both their differences and their growing attraction to capture the killer terrorizing the streets of old London.
Now, Amanda and Thornton are on the hunt… or being hunted themselves. Traveling from gypsy camps to dirigible factories, to the kraken-infested Thames – they will go wherever they must, and do whatever they can. To find the spy. To stop the killer. To fight the forbidden romance between them…
… and, above all, to solve the mysteries hidden in The Golden Spider.