"Very exciting chase through time!"
As our story starts, Jacynda Lassiter is being taken to
Bedlam. The only thing she's aware of is a terrible
headache. Eventually, she realizes she doesn't know
anything, including her name. One day, Jacynda is visited
by an older woman who gives her a piece of paper with her
name written on it—the only way she can remember what her
name is. Eventually, a man claiming to be her brother takes
her out of Bedlam, but it doesn't turn out to be true. He
has the carriage taken to the river and tries to kill her.
Jacynda ends up in the river and the man thinks she must
have died. Instead, she's rescued by a couple of men who
ferry passengers across the river.
Meanwhile Detective-Sergeant Jonathon Keats is back in
London. He's managed to talk a dockworker into helping him
find the explosives, at which point Jonathon will turn
himself in and allow Clancy to collect the reward. Yes,
Jonathon is the main suspect in Nicci Hallcox's death and
there is a reward for his capture. Not that Inspector
Fisher is going to allow this. So he sends another man from
Scotland Yard, Ramsey to verify Jonathon's alibi. And
Doctor Alastair Montrose hasn't been sitting around idly
either. Along with his mentor, Alastair found some calling
cards from some very important people. Not to mention the
fact that Nicci had syphilis—and in an advanced stage.
While out one night, Jonathon manages to spot Jacynda. When
he approaches her and she doesn't know him, he knows he
needs to get her to Alastair. Alastair knows the only
chance Jacynda has of being normal again is to go back to
her own time. Somehow or other, he manages to send Jacynda
back to TEM Headquarters, where Theo Morrisey personally
oversees her care.
Will Theo be able to get the old Jacynda back? What
happened to her? What of Jonathon? Will he be caught and
tried for the murder of Nicci Hallcox? Where are the
explosives? Is there some sinister plot by the Fenians? Or
is someone else behind it?
MADMAN'S DANCE: TIME ROVERS BOOK 3 is an explosive ending
to this trilogy. Once again, author Jana Oliver managed to
transport me from 1888 London, England to the future in
2058. As always, Jana Oliver describes London in the time
of Jack the Ripper so well, I feel as if I'm there with
Jacynda and her friends. There are subplots within plots,
enough to keep any reader satisfied. The characters are all
very well rounded and believable, especially as they go
through all the trails and travails Jana Oliver puts them
through. I really loved Mr. Spider. And the way it all
ended totally took me by surprise. The story ended with the
heartfelt sigh at the end, as do all good romances. I just
hope this isn't the last Jacynda Lassiter story. I highly
recommend all three of the TIME ROVERS books.
Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted February 2, 2009
Time is your enemy.
History is melting down, courtesy of a multi-century plot to bring the Transitive shape-shifters to power. Only Time Rover Jacynda Lassiter can set things back on course, but that will be difficult. She's been abandoned in a Victorian insane asylum with no memory of who she is.
Her two Victorian friends are facing equal difficulties: Dr. Alastair Montrose is caught between his duty to uncover the truth and powerful foes who wish it buried. Once lauded as a hero, Detective-Sergeant Jonathon Keats is on the run, framed for a woman's heinous murder. Keats' arch enemy, Desmond Flaherty, can prove him innocent, but the Fenian isn't about to come forward, not with the life of his only daughter on the line.
If the anarchist's cache of explosives ignites the biggest conflagration since the Great Fire of 1666, the future will change. There will be no sanctuary from the Madman's Dance.