Helen Oddfellow is who Dan Brown's Professor Robert Langdon from The Da Vinci Code would have been if he were younger, female and travelled using an Oyster Card (London bus ticket) rather than by air. I am a bit of history buff and Anna Sayburn Lane's Elizabethan and religious history is impeccable and I enjoy her use of London landmarks that I know so well. A brilliant book and a great character. I am looking forwards to the further adventures of Helen Oddfellow.
This is a book that is made for TV (although not cynically so). Helen Oddfellow lives in BBC Britain; white working class men are evil, middle class men are abusers (unless they are gay, gay is good) and ethnic minorities are all heros. I hope the BBC does pick it up because it would make wonderful television and I think that Helen Oddfellow could be a good replacement for Morse.