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Posted October 21, 2013
The best Julian Kestrel so far. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Murder mystery set in 1820’s London. Julian Kestrel is known among the beau monde as the preeminent dandy. Emulated by all for his fashion sense and sought after by for their parties, he is erudite and charming. He is also clever, analytical, and principled. After discreetly solving two society murders [previous two novels], he is now asked to look into the murder of one of society’s best- known and most-favored young men Alexander Falkland, who was murdered at a lavish party in his own home.
Julian Kestrel is a truly well-written lead character – interesting, enjoyable – someone you would personally feel delighted and honored to be in company with. With each successive novel a little more of his character is explained.
A diversity of characters, each with a motive and a secret, files through the investigation, and like an onion, the layers of each are slowly revealed. Lots of twists and turns -- the plot is both interesting and intricate, without being overly convoluted. Julian uses his non-society contacts, including the historically renowned Bow Street Runners, and his former pickpocket valet Dipper, to delve into the myriad of threads connecting Falkland to the steamier side of London. Well-paced and satisfyingly concluded. I also enjoyed the authentic language and idioms of the time.
What a loss that the author lived only long enough to complete four Julian Kestrel novels.