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The Paragon of Animals based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Inspector Devlin and his constable slash lover Freddie Collins are back in this second Victorian London mystery. This time bodies are surfacing with strange marks on them as if they have been bitten, leading Devlin into a dark, atmospheric world of cults, vampires, rentboys who can quote Shakespeare, and grotesque photographs.I liked this better than its prequel, A Cold-Blooded Scoundrel. The mystery in this one had a touch of the macabre which kept it interesting even when the sequence of clues failed to draw steam. I find myself genuinely chilled at certain parts with the photographs and with Devlin¿s memory of his childhood minder Cathy, who always smelled of blood. Even more so, I enjoyed the characters in this second outing. I¿ve said that this series¿ strength is its characters, and they come into their own in The Paragon of Animals. I like that J.S Cook doesn¿t let Devlin or Freddie rest on their laurels. They have real problems and issues.I also appreciated the writing more this time, noticing several nice turns of phrase. However, the story can be a bit abrupt and people appearing and disappearing at dramatic moments can get silly. The grand climax at the end with Freddie was emotionally jerking, yes, but I¿m not sure it fit in with the book¿- it seemed to come out of nowhere. The Paragon of Animals was good but with some pacing edits, it could be really good.