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70s Mysteries with questionable fashion sense!,
This review is from: The Man from the Diogenes Club (Paperback)I was recently introduced to the Diogenes Club through reading Kim Newman's "Anno Dracula" series, though its origins date back to the original Sherlock Holmes novels. It's basically a branch of the HM secret service fronted by a Gentleman's Club. Newman's written a number of stories over the years detailing the exploits of the Club and this volume collects together 8 (mostly) 1970s based tales featuring Richard Jeperson.
How to describe these stories? Think of a cross between The Avengers and elements of The X-Files (the mildy spooky bits), with cultural references a-go-go from the early 70s .... bet you can guess when Newman was a kid! The descriptions of our hero Jeperson paints him as a mix of Adam Adamant and Peter Wyngarde, with the most incredible sense of style! He's joined variously in the stories by side kicks Fred, a young skinhead policeman, and Vanessa, a tall mysterious beauty who can't help but remind us of Emma Peel! I enjoyed each of the stories but felt the longer tales in the latter half of the book worked better, perhaps from having more room to develop. If you're looking for out-and-out horror stories, this isn't the place to look. It's all pretty much tongue in cheek but seems to work because it doesn't take itself too seriously.
All in all, a fun read. And take some time to look at the glossery at the end of the book. Since this is a US publication Newman has explained some of the very British 70s references .... and has a lot of fun with it!