“𝘞𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘥𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘣𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘭𝘦 𝘢𝘨𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘴𝘵 𝘥𝘢𝘳𝘬 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘤𝘦𝘴 𝘪𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘤𝘢𝘯’𝘵 𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘣𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶’𝘳𝘦 𝘥𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘵?” ― 𝘼𝙡𝙚𝙭𝙞𝙨 𝙃𝙖𝙡𝙡, 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝘼𝙛𝙛𝙖𝙞𝙧 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙈𝙮𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙤𝙪𝙨 𝙇𝙚𝙩𝙩𝙚𝙧
The Affair of the Mysterious Letter by Alexis Hall offers a spin on the classic detective story. This one reminded me of A Darker Shade of Magic meets Sherlock Holmes—olde world magic meets Victorian crime. Set in a fantastical world of magic and mystery, the book follows the adventures of Captain John Wyndham, a retired soldier turned private investigator, as he attempts to solve a case for his eccentric and brilliant friend, Shaharazad Haas.
The book is filled with twists and turns, memorable characters, and an amazing blend of science fiction and fantasy. The world-building was standout for me, and I also thoroughly enjoyed the witty narration from Captain Wyndham—and his prudent censorship of Haas’ colorful language—his adventures with the unpredictable Haas were always entertaining and kept me on my toes! Perfect for fans of historical fantasy!