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This review is from: The Equivoque Principle (Cornelius Quaint Chronicles) (Paperback)The Equivoque Principle is the first book in the Cornelius Quaint chronicles set in London in 1853.
A series of very gruesome murders coincides with the arrival of Dr Marvello's Travelling Circus which Cornelius Quaint owns. The circus performers find themselves mixed up with some rather sinister goings on. For a start Prometheus the Strongman finds himself behind bars for committing some gruesome murders and it's up to Quaint to investigate the killings and to try and save his friend's life, but as Quaint investigates he gets drawn ever deeper into a web of murder.
The characters are all very well rounded, the book mainly centres around three main protagonists, Quaint and his Eskimo valet Butter, and the mysterious clairvoyant Madame Destine. But all is not what it seems and Quaint is up against an unseen adversary from his deep dark past.
The story unfolds at a break neck pace and doesn't let up until the very last page. What makes the story work for me is the character of Quaint, throughout the story we get subtle glimpses of Quaint's dark past which moves the story on and adds depth to his character and the story.
The world created is fabulously evocative and quite reminiscent of the Penny Dreadful serials of the Victorian age and even the characters' names all fit the period. This book is the first in a projected four book serial and reading the synopsis for the next book, boy oh boy are we in for a ride. Bring on The Eleventh Plague: Book 2.