An atmospheric and imaginative novel- the bustling streets of 19th century London described here makes the perfect setting for this 'Bleak House' Inspector Bucket adaptation. The dramatic villains and endearing greenness of our young protagonist are among the most wonderful characterisations used by the author- his diligence in researching the parlance used at the time has made the story such a joy to follow!
I particularly enjoyed how Inspector Bucket's personal motivations are described- it makes the reader more appreciative of his frustrations as he attempts to bring a child killer to justice amid the pomp and ceremony of the city's preparation of the Great Exhibition. It is this emotional intelligence that makes Bucket a character such an enigma. Should there be another instalment to Inspector Bucket's mysteries, then I would be curious to find out what else lies in wait on the streets of Dickensian London.