First, an announcement! The blog has been online for a full year now. Thank you to everyone who reads these posts and follows the blog. Now, onward to more biblioventuring!
Why did you choose this book?
I won this book from a Goodreads First Reads giveaway, in audiobook format.
What’s it about?
Blake and Avery were comrades in the British military during the occupation of India. This is the second novel in the series, and I did not read the first, entitled The Strangler Vine. Blake works as a private inquiry agent and dons various disguises to investigate a variety of crimes. Avery has settled into domestic life, with his wife expecting their first child at their country estate. The two are reunited to dig into the matter of a pair of printers, grotesquely murdered and arranged very specifically over their presses.
Historical mystery, London, 1800s
Other recommended reads?
This is a harder question for me, since I don’t typically read mysteries involving a pair of detectives. The best British historical mystery I’ve read lately was A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn, which may be one of the best books I’ve read this year.
Admittedly, my perspective of this book may be a bit different since I listened to it, rather than reading it. That being said, I struggled with understanding the narrator at points and found some of his accents rather odd. More importantly, this was a novel that involved an extremely large quantity of dialogue and rather less action and investigation. A very “talky” mystery. A good read, but not one of those you are compelled to finish in one sitting.
The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman