A SINFUL SAFARI is a delightful romp, part comic mystery and part social farce. I love books that have historical figures doing fictional things, and in this book I was treated to not only the Prince of Wales and his inamorata Thelma Furness, but also Karen Blixen and Denys Finch-Hatton of "Out of Africa" fame. This gave the added treat of picturing Meryl Streep and Robert Redford speaking the characters' dialog. Famous aviatrix Beryl Markham also made an appearance, becoming the hero's buddy and lending him her plane.
For those concerned about cruelty to animals, be assured that on this safari neither main character has any intention of shooting animals. In fact, Bedford's "famously beautiful assistant Sloane" takes shooting lessons before she goes so she'll be able to miss accurately(!)
The 1920s are also one of my favorite eras to read about, and I enjoyed immersing myself in the unfamiliar East Africa of the time. Although the plot is relatively unimportant in this bit of froth, to Kilian's credit he keeps the reader guessing up to the very, very end. My only quibble is that his smooth writing made the pages fly by too fast. I'll be sure to look for more of his Jazz Age mysteries.