London Fog

Top Reviewer Ranking: 7,319
Helpful votes received on reviews: 69% (145 of 209)
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A proudly stuffy Holmesian and not quite closeted Anglophile, it is entirely possible you may see an inordinate amount of pastiche reviews here. I also enjoy Victorian historical mysteries and steampunk, though I am an avid reader who usually goes into anything remotely interesting with an open mind. However, books whose overall themes are morally bankrupt are not my cup of tea.

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 7,319 - Total Helpful Votes: 145 of 209
Sherlock Holmes - Gods of War by James Lovegrove
Sherlock Holmes - Gods of War by James Lovegrove
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
After coming to the end of this book, the only coherent thoughts I am able to string together are a slew of expletives professing how utterly amazing it was from the first to last pages, something that was truly more of an experience than your run-of-the-mill diverting, pleasant read. As such, I have been reduced to such a stupidly giddy state, not having been so thoroughly entertained by a Holmes story in so many a year, that I beg pardon in advance for any incoherencies which may occur in this review.

On every level imaginable, even to someone admittedly persnickety to a fault about their pastiches - and who has of late taken to tossing against the nearest available hard… Read more
Why Kings Confess (Sebastian St. Cyr Mysteries (Ha&hellip by C S Harris
In many respects, Harris' latest installment was an improvement over the previous St. Cyr novels I have read - admittedly, that is only a few in the series, but the writing seems to have become more fluid, the characters nicely drawn, the mystery sufficiently perplexing. To say nothing of the transportive atmospherics, which proved shiver inducing when coupled with the descriptions of such a gruesome crime. Honestly, this has never my favorite in the midst of the deluge of excellent historicals currently on the market, though I must admit this latest had me fairly convinced Devlin may yet be included on my shelf of best detective fiction.

Character driven books are what I crave… Read more
Map Thief, The by Michael Blanding
Map Thief, The by Michael Blanding
Encouraged by his father to place value on education, E. Forbes Smiley III did precisely that, taking advantage of his intellectual gifts to their fullest extent in the pursuit of underhanded purposes. One almost comes to admire the level of genius involved in his ability to recognize the most minute details of the same map to better swindle his illustrious buyers... almost. The story of his exploits were presented in such an engaging manner, interspersed with the events leading up to his arrest, that Smiley becomes something of an anti-hero who continues to lead himself astray.

Of further interest was the emphasis placed on the historical maps themselves - their complete history… Read more

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