Title: Pretty Waiter Girls
Series: A Helena Brandywine Adventure
Author: Greg Alldredge
Review by: Dani Hoots
Some monsters are still human.
In a magical 1899 San Francisco, the new millennium is quickly approaching. Of course, new inventions happen every day, some wondrous, some mundane while the streets produce a new murder every night.
Set against this backdrop a debutante goes missing, and socialite Helena Brandywine takes it upon herself, along with her trusted manservant, to discover what happened.
Did the woman run afoul of the Tongs in Chinatown? What horrors might she have exposed? Discover this Gilded Age while Helena uncovers her family’s secrets. The good and evil, where danger lurks around every corner. Can Helena Brandywine be prepared for the monsters she will uncover? Come search for the, Pretty Waiter Girls.
*I received this book from Netgalley. My review is completely my own opinions and thoughts.*
This is the first book I have read in the A Helena Brandywine Adventure Series. I found it to be quite enjoyable and would be interested in reading more. It follows Helena as she is looking for a missing girl and friend though the dark streets of San Francisco.
The main character, Helena, is a strong independent woman. I though she was written pretty well, but wished she was a little more flushed out as a character. That is my opinion though and as this is a mystery series, I know that slowing the character’s arc is essential in keeping the series going.
For the plot, there were a few times were I was confused as to what was going on. I felt like the book should have been longer in order to give more detail in the location the character visited, especial as this is steampunk—a genre that is mostly about world building.
All in all, I enjoyed this book and give it a 3.5/5. Be sure to check it out!