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The Affair of the Mysterious Letter

de Alexis Hall

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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 221b Martyrs Walk. His new housemate is Miss Shaharazad Haas, a consulting sorceress of mercurial temperament and dark reputation. When Miss Haas is enlisted to solve a case of blackmail against one of her former lovers, Captain Wyndham finds himself drawn into a mystery.… (més)
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Before this, I knew Alexis Hall as a writer of 'kissing books,' like the wonderful Boyfriend Material and Glitterland. This is entirely different, a weird and fantastical homage to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. John Wyndham is the Watson in the story but here he is a shy gay trans man, who is writing his memoirs in serial form twenty years after the events. Shaharazad Haas, the Sherlock Holmes of the book, is a pansexual sorceress who is currently investigating the blackmail of a former lover. This all takes place in a complex fantasy land that includes undersea cities, dream off-worlds, and vampires on an Orient Express-type train.
Hall is a terrific writer and is able to mimic the style of Doyle without losing the freshness of his own style. The descriptions are lush and imaginative. Though I must admit I love Wyndham's primness, each character is distinctive and fun. I generally read very quickly, but here I took my time and savored each chapter. I hope the series continues because it sounds as if Captain Wyndham has a lot more adventures to relate. ( )
  N.W.Moors | Apr 30, 2021 |
This was a fun riff on ACD, but had a couple of significant flaws that became more prominent as the book went on -- the narrator's prissy voice got kind of tedious by the end, and there's no supporting cast to speak of despite a couple of promising scenes. The setting is very cool, not sure it was used effectively.

I guessed whodunit immediately (although not how and why). ( )
  RJ_Stevenson | Aug 19, 2020 |
So, I have mentioned how well Hall's romances work for me. How brilliant I think he is. Creative....

And now that's painfully obvious with the release of this full-fledged fantasy retelling. Most astounding though, is I've read three thoroughly different styles from Hall-and with the exception of pieces of this feeling slightly repetitive, probably with good reason and not that I minded. Because...

I've mentioned how well Boulton works for me as a narrator (though in this he isn't adopting his usual voice 90% of the time, which was a good choice for Wyndham's character).

This book put them together. So um-was there any doubt?

It's zany and fun and really really delightful. It spans monsters and sexuality and verses.....It's a huge ball of imagination wrapped in a tiny little book and PLEASE tell me there will be more.

Also, might be my favorite introduction scene for two characters. ( )
  samnreader | Jun 27, 2020 |
The worldbuilding was exceedingly clever, but I wasn't able to finish, because the book lacks a crucial element of a Sherlock Holmes pastiche: strong interpretations of the characters. The Watson equivalent character was much too stuffy and straight-laced, and the Holmes equivalent was murdering and seducing people left and right. Those are not the Holmes and Watson I know and love.
  dreamweaversunited | Jun 5, 2020 |
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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 221b Martyrs Walk. His new housemate is Miss Shaharazad Haas, a consulting sorceress of mercurial temperament and dark reputation. When Miss Haas is enlisted to solve a case of blackmail against one of her former lovers, Captain Wyndham finds himself drawn into a mystery.

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