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The Affair of the Mysterious Letter
The Affair of the Mysterious Letter | Alexis Hall
In this charming, witty, and weird fantasy novel, Alexis Hall pays homage to Sherlock Holmes with a new twist on those renowned characters. Upon returning to the city of Khelathra-Ven after five years fighting a war in another universe, Captain John Wyndham finds himself looking for somewhere to live, and expediency forces him to take lodgings at 137b Martyrs Walk. His new housemate is Ms. Shaharazad Haas, a consulting sorceress of mercurial temperament and dark reputation. When Ms. Haas is enlisted to solve a case of blackmail against one of her former lovers, Miss Eirene Viola, Captain Wyndham finds himself drawn into a mystery that leads him from the salons of the literary set to the drowned back-alleys of Ven and even to a prison cell in lost Carcosa. Along the way he is beset by criminals, menaced by pirates, molested by vampires, almost devoured by mad gods, and called upon to punch a shark. But the further the companions go in pursuit of the elusive blackmailer, the more impossible the case appears. Then again, in Khelathra-Ven reality is flexible, and the impossible is Miss Haas' stock-in-trade.
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CarolynM
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A queer steampunk fantasy Sherlock Holmes pastiche featuring flirtatious necromancer bankers, lascivious vampires, powerful unbeings existing in all timelines at once, underwater cities and flying vehicles powered by vast mechanical butterflies. This is So not my thing, but Alexis Hall writes with so much wit and verve I was happy to go along with him on this bonkers journey.

LiteraryinLititz Great review! 2w
JennyM I LOVE your review...how can I not give it a go! 2w
LeeRHarry Fab review 😊 2w
Centique You had me at flirtatious necromancer bankers 😂😂😂 2w
JoyBlue You‘ve raised my curiosity! 😂 1w
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CarolynM
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One to remember😂

Leftcoastzen ❤️😂My life story!😂 2w
Centique Have to use that! 😉 2w
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CaitlinR
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“A little piece of advice for your future life. If you are ever told something by a professional liar in a place built of lies and overseen by supernatural beings that have the concept of falsehood built into their name and whose very breath is deception: don‘t believe it.”

Sherlock Holmes reimagined as the sorceress Ms Shaharazad Hass with the moralistic Captain John Wyndham as her Watson.

This book is a hoot!

CarolynM I'm a big fan of Alexis Hall. I just love the way he writes. I'm looking forward to getting in to this one. 3w
CaitlinR @CarolynM Do you have a recommendation for my next read by Hall? 3w
CarolynM For more fantasy Prosperity, for more detecting Iron & Velvet, for hot m/m romance How to Bang a Billionaire for sweet m/m romance Waiting for the Flood (I cried nearly all the way through that one). Alternatively, just read his blog posts www.quicunquevult.com 🙂 3w
CaitlinR @CarolynM Thanks!! 2w
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The.Intentional.Reader
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Good morning Litsy! New book day. Imagine Sherlock Holmes in outer space along with being a sorceress. Really like the fun of this book so far.

CarolynM I'm not a fan of fantasy but I love the way Alexis Hall writes so I'll definitely give this one a try. 🙂 2mo
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Briary
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So. I am running seriously behind my review, Waterstones keeps announcing more and more Exclusive Editions (weeps in Ninth House and The Starless Sea), AND I keep stumbling upon Very Interesting Books that I need to start reading immediately despite my other.. hm.. 5 current reads.

BUT this is a queer female sorceress Sherlock Holmes retelling with eldrich magic and mad gods. 🎉

esurient Oh gosh I want. Thanks for posting! 2mo
Briary @esurient So far this has been rather brilliant! Here's hoping it will last and you will like it too 🍹 2mo
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Traveler13
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Steampunk gender flipped bisexual Holmes and super boring Watson in a fantasy world with beasts and oddities. Enjoyed for the most part a few places made me go whut?!?

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Preciouz29
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In Alexis Hall‘s own words, this is a “queer fantasy novel” & “it‘s probably best summed up as: bisexual lady Holmes & puritan trans Watson solve crimes in a weird fantasy city.”

Totally was exactly that; expected to be enthralled with this, but I wasn‘t. It was just too much thrown at me; it was too convoluted & I was often confused for entire sections of the book. Perhaps if you often read steampunk/sci-fi type novels, you‘ll do better than I.

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Holmes and Watson, but where Sherlock is the sorceress Shaharazad Haas. The book is (of course) narrated by Ms. Haas‘s housemate, the fumbling Captain John Wyndham, whose gentle sensibilities frequently require him to to censor his account. This is a queer fantasy world, with sky-pirates, vampires, underwater cities, necromancers, fishmongers, and luxury express trains. It is weird and ridiculous and I loved it.

CarolynM I've just finished this one. I'm not a fan of fantasy, or steampunk, or even Sherlock Holmes, but I really liked it. Alexis Hall writes so entertainingly no matter what his subject matter. 2w
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