y Wanted : One Scoundrel single work   novel   romance   historical fiction   fantasy  
Is part of The Bustlepunk Chronicles Jenny Schwartz 2011 series - author novel (number 1 in series)
Issue Details: First known date: 2011... 2011 Wanted : One Scoundrel
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'All suffragette Esme Smith wants is a man. A scoundrel to be precise. Someone who can be persuaded to represent her political views at men-only clubs. As the daughter of the richest man in Australia, Esme can afford to make it worth the right man’s while.

'Fresh off the boat, American inventor Jed Reeve is intrigued by Esme’s proposal, but even more interested in the beauty herself. Amused that she takes him for a man who lives by his wits, he accepts the job—made easier by the fact that he already shares her ideals. Soon, he finds himself caught up in political intrigue, kidnapping and blackmail, and trying to convince his employer he’s more than just a scoundrel…'

Source: Publisher's blurb.




  • Steampunk note: The political interests of this story fit well with the political concerns of the steampunk genre, which are often informed by the significant struggles of the nineteenth century, including the work of the suffragettes. The more overtly steampunk elements of this story come largely from the male protagonist, an inventor whose devices fit the anachronistic technology so essential to the style.

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  • Western Australia,
  • 1890s
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