The Watchmaker’s Daughter

Description from Goodreads:

India Steele is desperate. Her father is dead, her fiancé took her inheritance, and no one will employ her, despite years working for her watchmaker father. Indeed, the other London watchmakers seem frightened of her. Alone, poor, and at the end of her tether, India takes employment with the only person who’ll accept her – an enigmatic and mysterious man from America. A man who possesses a strange watch that rejuvenates him when he’s ill.

Matthew Glass must find a particular watchmaker, but he won’t tell India why any old one won’t do. Nor will he tell her what he does back home, and how he can afford to stay in a house in one of London’s best streets. So when she reads about an American outlaw known as the Dark Rider arriving in England, she suspects Mr. Glass is the fugitive. When danger comes to their door, she’s certain of it. But if she notifies the authorities, she’ll find herself unemployed and homeless again – and she will have betrayed the man who saved her life.


The Watchmaker’s Daughter has 380 pages and was published in 2016 by C.J. Archer.

Thank you to Amazon and C.J. Archer for the free digital edition of this book that I received in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions expressed in this review belong solely to Plot Monster.

I absolutely adore the cover of this book.

The Watchmaker’s Daughter is a fun, quirky read.  I specifically liked the premise of this novel which is noticeably void of any Sherlock-wannabe characters.  More oft than not those characters greatly irritate me.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the characters in this book.

I love the slow-paced romance in this novel.  It is truly remarkable that the author is taking her time with the development of this relationship rather than throwing in the insta-love story line that can be so obvious in this type of novel.  The attraction builds slowly which adds realism and believability to the plot.

It is a fast, easy read.  I would eagerly read the next book in this series.

Recommended for fans of cozy mysteries and historical fiction.


This book reminded me of a cozy mystery which I tend to enjoy immensely.  It is set in Victorian era London with a cast of unusually quirky characters:

India Steele – A young English woman who has recently lost everything and everyone in her life.  She is outspoken and independent in a time when those values are frowned upon by society.

Matthew Glass – A handsome American with a sketchy past and secrets galore.

And a delightfully humorous cast of backup characters.

This book has everything – mystery, action, adventure, romance.  There are a few elements that are left unexplained.  However, I think this was done in order for the reader to be interested in reading the next novel in this series.  I definitely am.  I was literally like, “What?  No!  That can’t be the end!”  Luckily for anyone reading this series the next book is already available for purchase on Amazon.

If you have read this book, let me know what you think of it.

Rating: 4 Plot Monster Spiders


Bonus About the Author:

C.J. Archer

“C.J. Archer has loved history and books for as long as she can remember and feels fortunate that she found a way to combine the two. She spent her early childhood in the dramatic beauty of outback Queensland, Australia, but now lives in suburban Melbourne with her husband, two children and a mischievous black & white cat named Coco.

While she has written historical romance in the past, she now writes exclusively in the historical fantasy genre (with a large dose of romance). She has several series which occur in the same Victorian-era “world”. Each series can be read alone, but it’s more fun to start at the beginning with THE EMILY CHAMBERS SPIRIT MEDIUM TRILOGY. Follow that up with all 9 FREAK HOUSE books, then the MINISTRY OF CURIOSITIES series. GLASS AND STEELE, her newest series, is set in an entirely different alternate Victorian London.

Subscribe to C.J.’s newsletter through her website to be notified when she releases a new book, as well as get access to exclusive content and subscriber-only giveaways. Her website also contains up to date details on all her books: ” ~Goodreads

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MDW original review.  Source:  Amazon.


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