Having read a few books by this author, I was drawn into this novel just as much as the others. Brian L. Porter is a master at creating atmosphere & setting the scene in whichever era he writes about and this Victorian detective story is a real treasure. The storyline runs through a time when Jack the Ripper trod the streets of London, picking out his unfortunate victims & these facts are never far from one's mind as we are led into a murder investigation by Inspector Norris and his team. I do hope that there are more 'Norris' stories in the future as this loveable detective has not only put a smile on my face but kept me gripped from first to last page. Excellent.