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''"Youíll find your lost treasures up for auction tomorrow night at the Dobineau Center. The art gallery opens at ten. The auction is at twelve and is private invitation only. Youíll have to find your own way inóM."''

Why hire mercenaries to kill an innocent family just to obtain one little key? That question haunts Jacquie Renairre for six years as she hunts down the people responsible for murdering her parents.

Not even accepting an assignment to investigate a conspiracy that aims to start a war can keep her from searching for the key. Armed with her fatherís guns and socialite Clay Baneport, she continues her quest for answers abroad.

With the world edging closer to disaster, Jacquie is running out of time to figure out how the war, the key, and ancient legend are intertwined. The fate of the world hinges on her ability to unravel both mysteries before itís too late.

!! Exile's Violin has the following tropes


* BadassArmy: The air fleet wins the battle against the BigBad's dreadnaughts, follows him to his secret base and then steadily plows through his defenses to reach him personally. Jacquie and Clay do nothing but watch them work. [[spoiler: Then Max activates the Exile's Violin and they all die like so many {{Red Shirt}}s.]]
* BigDamnHero: Gunslinger incites a crowd to riot in order to rescue [[spoiler: Jacquie and Clay]] from a public execution.
* CharacterDevelopment: Clay moves from UpperClassTwit to KnightInShiningArmor.
* DemotedToExtra: In-universe example. When a battle between airships breaks out, Jacquie acknowledges that she is useless beause she is neither a soldier nor a sailor. She watches the fighting as powerless to affect it as the audience.
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: Clay volunteers at Jacquie's detective agency because he has nothing to do and it was driving him crazy. Before that all he did was waste time and money at auctions he didn't care about because of his family's status dictated he do so.
* DoingInTheScientist: Despite all the talk about how alchemy is nothing more than chemistry+mysticism and general disbelief in magic [[spoiler: the Exile's Violin has real magic power and the 'alchemically enchanced' swords that previously defeated it are the only weapons that can stop it.]]
* TheDulcineaEffect: Clay meets Jacquie when she's in the process of stealing from an auction. After she explains herself he says (paraphrased) "I'll help you." This is because he is bored but later he becomes genuinely protective of her and she finds this smothering.
* EvilPlan: [[spoiler: Max]] plans to TakeOverTheWorld with a magical relic and ancient war machines. To find both he exploits a corrupt politcal system to create a personal army made of criminals.
* FanficFuel: There is a TimeSkip between Serge adopting Jacquie and his death. It lasts for years and is the time when Jacquie learns how to be a detective. There's so much fuel it could fill a midquel novel.
* GenreBusting: We have a detective-intrigue story mixed with a military-adventure story and a heroic fantasy story in a Victorian SteamPunk setting.
* GunsAkimbo: Jacquie always has a pair of revolvers at her side.
* {{Gunslinger}}: Jacquie is a terrific shot but Jean de Roix is so good he has this as a nickname.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Serge has gone on many adventures with Jacquie's father and one of them involved finding treasure that is revelant to the main plot; [[spoiler: the key that unlocks the chest containing the Exile's violin.]] He made a lot of friends that look down on Jacquie for lacking his experience.
* HeroicFantasy: A hero armed with mystical weapons that fights a power mad EvilSorcerer doesn't sound like the kind of thing that would happen in a SteamPunk detective story but it happens.
* HotChickInABadassSuit: Jacquie snarks at Admiral [=LeBlanc=]'s habit of doing this.
-->'''Jacquie''': ''Does she think a freshly pressed suit will bring her luck?''
* IndyPloy: Jacquie knows she should have a {{plan}} before taking action but she's no good at planning so she wings it instead. This gets her in trouble during a inflitration and on another occasion she regrets her habit of having goals instead of plans.
* KickingAssInAllHerFinery: Defied. When Jacquie goes undercover as a socialite she picks a dress that is simple and has a knee-llength skirt so this trope wouldn't be an issue.
* MadeOfIron: Averted. Jacquie gets bruised, splinters, hurt by the loud noise of cannon fire, etc. However, [[spoiler: After she is tortued va regular beatings for several days she is back on her feet at full capacity quickly.]]
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Clay ''thinks'' Jacquie is one of these for him; an exciting and risk taking woman that enrichs his dull and unfullfilling life, but personality wise she's nothing like the standard. Ultimately, the trope is genderflipped because it is ''Clay'' that helps Jacquie loosen up and enjoy life, and his persoanlity as a thrill seeking happy guy fits the standard personality.
* MasterApprenticeChain: At the start of the story, Jacquie is a rookie under the wing of a veteran detective, Serge. At the end of the story, she has become the veteran and has her own rookie in Clay.
* TheMole: [[spoiler: Gunslinger was hired by Max to keep an eye on Jacquie and betrays her when max tells him too.]]
* MoralityChain: Clay's character development involves becoming one of these for Jacquie; he keeps her darker anti hero aspects in check.
* NotAGame: Jacquie tells Clay repeatedly that detective work is dangerous but it doesn't sink in until [[spoiler: they are captured and tortured under suspicon of spying.]]
* NonIdleRich: Clay volunteers at a detective agency because his family is so rich he doesn't have to work.
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: When the story begins, Jacquie is on her way home from school. The school itself is never seen because her life is blown up and she goes straight to vocational training, so to speak, under her foster father. Occasionally she'll reflect back to this time with regret and lost opportunities.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure:
** King Shaun II of Kenesta doesn't squash civil unrest with a heavy hand. Instead, he asks them to select [[TheFace a spokesman]] to send to an audience with him the next day so he can address their concerns. In the audience itself it crossses into OnlySaneMan because he is the only one that recognizes the stupidity in declaring war against a country that they just lost against to reclaim land that never wanted to be part of them.
** General Colborough is calm, rational and Jacquie notes that [[spoiler: when he initates his coup]] that he is not doing it out of ego or warmongering but because he believes it is the best course of action. When one of his subordinates claims that Jacquie and Clay are spies from another country simply because of a family squable, he says the idea is ridiculous but still wants them questioned because they shouldn'nt have been in a meeting that was arranged solely for locals.
** Admiral [=LeBlanc=] isn't keen on listing to a strange detective saying treanous and unlikely things, but, given to the strange circumstances and other things that Jacquie points out, she is willing to listen.
* RightForTheWrongReasons: Clay is suspicous of [[spoiler: Gunslinger]] because he sees the man as a rival for Jacquie's affection, instead of genuinely believing him to be untrustworthy.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: When Clay encounters an obstacle to Jacquie's investigation, he pays it "an exorbant amount of money" to convince it to get out of her way.
* SecurityCling: Jacquie will grab Clay's arm when feeling unsure or vulnerable.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Square in the middle.
** On one hand, Jacquie's home country is rife with corruption in the political system, crooked cops, gangs warfare and extortion as a fact of life, and TheProtagonist herself is a type IV Anti Hero because of the above.
** On the other hand, corruption isn't ''everywhere'', some police are honest, all but one of the autority figures are reasonable, and the BigBad himself is a Well Intentioned Extremist.
* ThouShallNotKill: Jacquie is a downplayed example; after killing her father's murderer she swore to herself that she would never kill again but kills {{mook}}s when there is no other option. [[spoiler: At the climax she kills Gunslinger because her rule is not a unbreakable rule.]]

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[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/s_violin_9673.jpg]]

''"Youíll find your lost treasures up for auction tomorrow night at the Dobineau Center. The art gallery opens at ten. The auction is at twelve and is private invitation only. Youíll have to find your own way inóM."''

Why hire mercenaries to kill an innocent family just to obtain one little key? That question haunts Jacquie Renairre for six years as she hunts down the people responsible for murdering her parents.

Not even accepting an assignment to investigate a conspiracy that aims to start a war can keep her from searching for the key. Armed with her fatherís guns and socialite Clay Baneport, she continues her quest for answers abroad.

With the world edging closer to disaster, Jacquie is running out of time to figure out how the war, the key, and ancient legend are intertwined. The fate of the world hinges on her ability to unravel both mysteries before itís too late.

!! Exile's Violin has the following tropes


* BadassArmy: The air fleet wins the battle against the BigBad's dreadnaughts, follows him to his secret base and then steadily plows through his defenses to reach him personally. Jacquie and Clay do nothing but watch them work. [[spoiler: Then Max activates the Exile's Violin and they all die like so many {{Red Shirt}}s.]]
* BigDamnHero: Gunslinger incites a crowd to riot in order to rescue [[spoiler: Jacquie and Clay]] from a public execution.
* CharacterDevelopment: Clay moves from UpperClassTwit to KnightInShiningArmor.
* DemotedToExtra: In-universe example. When a battle between airships breaks out, Jacquie acknowledges that she is useless beause she is neither a soldier nor a sailor. She watches the fighting as powerless to affect it as the audience.
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: Clay volunteers at Jacquie's detective agency because he has nothing to do and it was driving him crazy. Before that all he did was waste time and money at auctions he didn't care about because of his family's status dictated he do so.
* DoingInTheScientist: Despite all the talk about how alchemy is nothing more than chemistry+mysticism and general disbelief in magic [[spoiler: the Exile's Violin has real magic power and the 'alchemically enchanced' swords that previously defeated it are the only weapons that can stop it.]]
* TheDulcineaEffect: Clay meets Jacquie when she's in the process of stealing from an auction. After she explains herself he says (paraphrased) "I'll help you." This is because he is bored but later he becomes genuinely protective of her and she finds this smothering.
* EvilPlan: [[spoiler: Max]] plans to TakeOverTheWorld with a magical relic and ancient war machines. To find both he exploits a corrupt politcal system to create a personal army made of criminals.
* FanficFuel: There is a TimeSkip between Serge adopting Jacquie and his death. It lasts for years and is the time when Jacquie learns how to be a detective. There's so much fuel it could fill a midquel novel.
* GenreBusting: We have a detective-intrigue story mixed with a military-adventure story and a heroic fantasy story in a Victorian SteamPunk setting.
* GunsAkimbo: Jacquie always has a pair of revolvers at her side.
* {{Gunslinger}}: Jacquie is a terrific shot but Jean de Roix is so good he has this as a nickname.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Serge has gone on many adventures with Jacquie's father and one of them involved finding treasure that is revelant to the main plot; [[spoiler: the key that unlocks the chest containing the Exile's violin.]] He made a lot of friends that look down on Jacquie for lacking his experience.
* HeroicFantasy: A hero armed with mystical weapons that fights a power mad EvilSorcerer doesn't sound like the kind of thing that would happen in a SteamPunk detective story but it happens.
* HotChickInABadassSuit: Jacquie snarks at Admiral [=LeBlanc=]'s habit of doing this.
-->'''Jacquie''': ''Does she think a freshly pressed suit will bring her luck?''
* IndyPloy: Jacquie knows she should have a {{plan}} before taking action but she's no good at planning so she wings it instead. This gets her in trouble during a inflitration and on another occasion she regrets her habit of having goals instead of plans.
* KickingAssInAllHerFinery: Defied. When Jacquie goes undercover as a socialite she picks a dress that is simple and has a knee-llength skirt so this trope wouldn't be an issue.
* MadeOfIron: Averted. Jacquie gets bruised, splinters, hurt by the loud noise of cannon fire, etc. However, [[spoiler: After she is tortued va regular beatings for several days she is back on her feet at full capacity quickly.]]
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Clay ''thinks'' Jacquie is one of these for him; an exciting and risk taking woman that enrichs his dull and unfullfilling life, but personality wise she's nothing like the standard. Ultimately, the trope is genderflipped because it is ''Clay'' that helps Jacquie loosen up and enjoy life, and his persoanlity as a thrill seeking happy guy fits the standard personality.
* MasterApprenticeChain: At the start of the story, Jacquie is a rookie under the wing of a veteran detective, Serge. At the end of the story, she has become the veteran and has her own rookie in Clay.
* TheMole: [[spoiler: Gunslinger was hired by Max to keep an eye on Jacquie and betrays her when max tells him too.]]
* MoralityChain: Clay's character development involves becoming one of these for Jacquie; he keeps her darker anti hero aspects in check.
* NotAGame: Jacquie tells Clay repeatedly that detective work is dangerous but it doesn't sink in until [[spoiler: they are captured and tortured under suspicon of spying.]]
* NonIdleRich: Clay volunteers at a detective agency because his family is so rich he doesn't have to work.
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: When the story begins, Jacquie is on her way home from school. The school itself is never seen because her life is blown up and she goes straight to vocational training, so to speak, under her foster father. Occasionally she'll reflect back to this time with regret and lost opportunities.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure:
** King Shaun II of Kenesta doesn't squash civil unrest with a heavy hand. Instead, he asks them to select [[TheFace a spokesman]] to send to an audience with him the next day so he can address their concerns. In the audience itself it crossses into OnlySaneMan because he is the only one that recognizes the stupidity in declaring war against a country that they just lost against to reclaim land that never wanted to be part of them.
** General Colborough is calm, rational and Jacquie notes that [[spoiler: when he initates his coup]] that he is not doing it out of ego or warmongering but because he believes it is the best course of action. When one of his subordinates claims that Jacquie and Clay are spies from another country simply because of a family squable, he says the idea is ridiculous but still wants them questioned because they shouldn'nt have been in a meeting that was arranged solely for locals.
** Admiral [=LeBlanc=] isn't keen on listing to a strange detective saying treanous and unlikely things, but, given to the strange circumstances and other things that Jacquie points out, she is willing to listen.
* RightForTheWrongReasons: Clay is suspicous of [[spoiler: Gunslinger]] because he sees the man as a rival for Jacquie's affection, instead of genuinely believing him to be untrustworthy.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: When Clay encounters an obstacle to Jacquie's investigation, he pays it "an exorbant amount of money" to convince it to get out of her way.
* SecurityCling: Jacquie will grab Clay's arm when feeling unsure or vulnerable.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Square in the middle.
** On one hand, Jacquie's home country is rife with corruption in the political system, crooked cops, gangs warfare and extortion as a fact of life, and TheProtagonist herself is a type IV Anti Hero because of the above.
** On the other hand, corruption isn't ''everywhere'', some police are honest, all but one of the autority figures are reasonable, and the BigBad himself is a Well Intentioned Extremist.
* ThouShallNotKill: Jacquie is a downplayed example; after killing her father's murderer she swore to herself that she would never kill again but kills {{mook}}s when there is no other option. [[spoiler: At the climax she kills Gunslinger because her rule is not a unbreakable rule.]]
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4th Jun '13 7:49:50 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* NonIdleRich: Clay volunteers at a detective agency because his family ois so rich he doesn't have to work.

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* NonIdleRich: Clay volunteers at a detective agency because his family ois is so rich he doesn't have to work.
3rd Jun '13 2:31:55 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* MasterApprenticeChain: At the start of the story, Jacquie is a rookie under the wing of a veteran detective, Serge At the end of the story, she has become the veteran and has her own rookie in Clay.

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* MasterApprenticeChain: At the start of the story, Jacquie is a rookie under the wing of a veteran detective, Serge Serge. At the end of the story, she has become the veteran and has her own rookie in Clay.
3rd Jun '13 1:53:28 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Clay ''thinks'' Jacquie is one of these for him; an exciting and risk taking woman that enrichs his dull and unfullfilling life, but personality wise she's nothing like the standard. Ultimately, the trope is genderflipped because it is ''Clay'' that helps Jacquie losen up and enjoy life, and his persoanlity as a thrill seeking happy guy fits the standard personality.

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* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Clay ''thinks'' Jacquie is one of these for him; an exciting and risk taking woman that enrichs his dull and unfullfilling life, but personality wise she's nothing like the standard. Ultimately, the trope is genderflipped because it is ''Clay'' that helps Jacquie losen loosen up and enjoy life, and his persoanlity as a thrill seeking happy guy fits the standard personality.
3rd Jun '13 12:45:28 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* IndyPloy: Jacquie knows she should have a {{plan}} before taking action but she's no good at it so she wings it instead. This gets her in trouble at the middle of the story and on another occasion she regrets this habit of hers.

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* IndyPloy: Jacquie knows she should have a {{plan}} before taking action but she's no good at it planning so she wings it instead. This gets her in trouble at the middle of the story during a inflitration and on another occasion she regrets this her habit of hers. having goals instead of plans.
3rd Jun '13 8:59:07 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: Clay volunteers at Jacquie's detective agency because he has nothing to do and it was driving him crazy.

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* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: Clay volunteers at Jacquie's detective agency because he has nothing to do and it was driving him crazy. Before that all he did was waste time and money at auctions he didn't care about because of his family's status dictated he do so.
3rd Jun '13 8:28:56 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* BadassArmy: The air fleet wins the battel against the BigBad's dreadnaughts, follows him to his secret base and then steadily plows through his defenses to reach him personally. Jacquie and Clay do nothing but watch them work. [[spoiler: Then Max activates the Exile's Violin and they all die like so many {{Red Shirt}}s.]]

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* BadassArmy: The air fleet wins the battel battle against the BigBad's dreadnaughts, follows him to his secret base and then steadily plows through his defenses to reach him personally. Jacquie and Clay do nothing but watch them work. [[spoiler: Then Max activates the Exile's Violin and they all die like so many {{Red Shirt}}s.]]
1st Jun '13 7:21:43 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* Gunslinger: Jacquie is a terrific shot but Jean de Roix is so good he has this as a nickname.

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* Gunslinger: {{Gunslinger}}: Jacquie is a terrific shot but Jean de Roix is so good he has this as a nickname.



* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: When Clay encounters an obstacle to Jacquie's investigation, he pays it "an exorbant amount of money" to make it get out of the way.

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* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: When Clay encounters an obstacle to Jacquie's investigation, he pays it "an exorbant amount of money" to make convince it to get out of the her way.
1st Jun '13 7:20:56 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* HotChickInABadassSuit: Jacquie snarks at Admiral find her name 's habit of doing this.

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* HotChickInABadassSuit: Jacquie snarks at Admiral find her name 's [=LeBlanc=]'s habit of doing this.
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* FanficFuel: There is a TimeSkip between Find Uncle's name adopting Jacquie and his death. It lasts for years and is the time when Jacquie learns how to be a detective. There's so much fuel it could fill a midquel novel.

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* FanficFuel: There is a TimeSkip between Find Uncle's name Serge adopting Jacquie and his death. It lasts for years and is the time when Jacquie learns how to be a detective. There's so much fuel it could fill a midquel novel.



* HeroOfAnotherStory: Find Uncle's name has gone on many adventures with Jacquie's father and one of them involved finding treasure that is revelant to the main plot; [[spoiler: the key that unlocks the chest containing the Exile's violin.]] He made a lot of friends that look down on Jacquie for lacking his experience.

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* HeroOfAnotherStory: Find Uncle's name Serge has gone on many adventures with Jacquie's father and one of them involved finding treasure that is revelant to the main plot; [[spoiler: the key that unlocks the chest containing the Exile's violin.]] He made a lot of friends that look down on Jacquie for lacking his experience.
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