14 February 2015

The Curse of the House of Foskett; M.R.C. Kasasian

The Curse of the House of Foskett (The Gower Street Detective, #2)The Curse of the House of Foskett by M.R.C. Kasasian
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I've read that this is supposed to be Sherlock Holmes meets Edward Gorey, and perhaps that's the case. But Gorey had a certain sly, weird sense of humor and this book? Not so much. The mystery of who is killing the members of the Last Death Club could have been more interesting had the lead detective, Sidney Grice, been more likeable. Example? At the beginning there are references to blue carbuncles and ginger haired men, which gave me high hopes that we'd get Holmsian references throughout, instead there are Grice's inventions and references to his brilliance but with less humor than one would want. Even the House of Foskett, which made me think "Miss Havisham", doesn't quite live up to its promise.

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