"OUR MOST TALENTED HISTORICAL MYSTERY WRITER TODAY." --ANDREW GULLI, STRAND MAGAZINE
"THE GAME IS MOST DEFINITELY AFOOT." --MICK HERRON
In 1910 London, Captain Vernon Kell's fledgling secret intelligence service faces being shut down before it has even begun its job of saving the British Empire from German and Russian spies.
Harassed by politicians like the ambitious Winston Churchill, bullied by Special Branch, undermined by his colleague's ill-advised foreign ventures, and alarmed at his wife's involvement with militant suffragettes, Kell is making no progress in tracking high-profile leaks from the government. To make matters worse, his best (and only) agent, Wiggins, would rather be working cases of his own.
Wiggins grew up on the streets of London, one of the urchins trained in surveillance by Sherlock Holmes and known as the Baker Street Irregulars. He has promised to avenge the death of his best friend, and to track down a missing girl from the East End.
But when his search takes him to an embassy in Belgravia--an embassy that's actually a high-class brothel presided over by the fearsome "Big T," one of his fellow Irregulars--Wiggins is drawn into a conspiracy that will test both his personal and professional resolve.
About the Author
H.B. Lyle lives in South London with his partner and their twin daughters. After a career in feature film development, he took an MA in creative writing--and then a PhD--at the University of East Anglia, an experience that led to the creation of The Irregular, his first novel. He also writes screenplays and teaches undergraduates.
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Captain Vernon Kell is still fighting to keep a secret intelligence service from being blended into the Special Branch of London’s police. Kell is assigned to find a mole that has been leaking secrets to Germany. But he is sent after those deemed enemies of the state, the lower classes and suffragettes. It doesn’t help that his only agent, Wiggins is distracted and hunting Peter the Painter, the one that killed his best friend. He is convinced to look into the disappearance of a girl, Millie, from the Olifa Embassy. I liked the Irregulars for the mix of history and the world of Sherlock Holmes. Kell is doing his best to keep things going but it’s hard when he is expected to find a mole. It doesn’t help that his wife is a suffragette and he is starting to worry that she is seeing another man. Unfortunately she in worse trouble with some people that want to do more than just protest. Wiggins is focused on the man that killed his best friend but does agree to look into the disappearance of Millie. This leads him to the Embassy of Olifa which is really a brothel. It doesn’t help when two men are sent to Germany to be spies and need to be rescued by Kell and Wiggins. This is a great sequel to The Irregulars. Things have gone to hell for the country and Kell is threatened to lose his little department. Wiggins was trained by the great Sherlock Holmes and has a hard time with this group although he is the best, if only, person Kell has. I love this series and can’t wait for more books in it. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.