on 30 July 2012
When I bought this book, I had high hopes, having read the reviews for it in its printed form.
I so wanted to enjoy it.
All I can say is, I don't think those reviews can have been for the same book.
I found it a slow, confusing mess of poor characterisation and 'happy' coincidences to help the story along or to resolve plot problems.
Burton & Swimburne are obviously loosely modelled on Holmes & Watson, but I found neither character likeable. There are also dozens of characters briefly introduced, whom we are supposedly to care about when they later may meet a sticky end (or not - no plot spoilers from me!). I certainly didn't care about these characters. Nor did I even remember most of them from the earlier pages.
I found it a little like reading the novelisation of a low-budget 'B' movie.
The ending came just at the right moment - any longer, and I fear I would have given up on it. And I hardly ever give up on a book once I've started!
I have to add, though, that I haven't read the first Burton & Swimburne novel - 'The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack'. It's possible that many of the characters were first introduced there. But I doubt if it would have aided my enjoyment of this book.
Save your money.