London, 1841. Returned from their adventures in India, Jeremiah Blake and William Avery have both had their difficulties adapting to life in Victorian England. Moreover, time and distance have weakened the close bond between them, forged in the jungles of India. Then a shocking series of murders in the world of London's gutter press forces them back together. The police seem mysteriously unwilling to investigate, then connections emerge between the murdered men and the growing and unpredictable movement demanding the right to vote for all. In the backstreets of Drury Lane, among criminals, whores, pornographers, and missionaries, Blake and Avery must race against time to find the culprit before he kills again. But what if the murderer is being protected by some of the highest powers in the land?
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Good, but not as good as the first book
I would recommend it if they have listened to the first one. The characters are both fleshed out more than in The Strangler VIne and the story is decent. As before, there is historical background, though to me not as interesting as what happened in India in the first book.
This is my main gripe about this book. How many Victorian era London mysteries do we need? There are already thousands upon thousands. I think the author should have stayed in India.
Two sittings will suffice.
I loved the chemistry between Blake and Avery, which has developed since the first book. My main gripe is that the story was not as compelling as in the first book, and that it is situated in Victorian London. That was almost done to death decades ago.