The Lost Property Office (Section 13)
But Jack’s father was not who he claimed to be. It turns out that he was a member of a secret society of detectives that has served the crown for centuries—and membership into the Lost Property Office is Jack’s inheritance.
Now the only way Jack will ever see his father again is if he finds what the nefarious Clockmaker is after: the Ember, which holds a secret that has been kept since the Great Fire of London. Will Jack be able to find the Ember and save his father, or will his talent for finding things fall short?
Jack is a great character, and I appreciated that he had some family sadness but was bound and determined to work past it and effect some change, rather than sitting around moping. Granted, he probably should have proceeded a bit more carefully, but what fun would that be?
Readers in the US might not understand all of the British history, but there is a fair amount of interest in the Great Fire of London and that time period in general, so working the genesis of the Clockmakers into that time period was really quite brilliant.
Probably the best part of the book was the underground city where Jack's father has been living. Since this is the start of a series, I hope that we get to spend a lot more time there when the second book comes out!