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Affair of the Mysterious Letter
Affair of the Mysterious Letter | Alexis Hall
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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 221b 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 is 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 Ms. Haas' stock-in-trade.
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Laughterhp
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Unfortunately I didn‘t love this. I felt like it dragged on and was very convoluted. They kept throwing things at you and I felt like I had to constantly catch up. I didn‘t like how he wrote like it was a newspaper article, but nowhere else did it seem like an actual newspaper column. I also didn‘t care for all the language censorship, though I did understand what he was doing.

This was definitely a unique take on Holmes & Watson so 👍🏻 4 that.

Laughterhp I ran out of characters in my post 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️ 1w
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Laughterhp
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Sunday evening snuggles - starting to get into this book. It‘s pretty good so far - we are exhausted after all the yard work today.

#sundaynightreads #sundaynight

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Laughterhp
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Had to wait a day to post this because I wanted to get the books from the library!

These are the 3 books I‘m looking the most forward to reading in November.

2 of them are 2 week loans so oh man, I have to read them first 😂😂

#GratefulReads

LiteraryinLititz I really liked Stranger Diaries. Hope you do too! 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You better get busy!!!! 🤣🤣 2w
OriginalCyn620 🙌🏻📚❤️ 2w
CarolynM I really enjoyed the tagged book. Hope you do too. 2w
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Laughterhp
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Congrats to @Librarybelle for hitting 200k in Litfluence! I always love looking at the books you recommend.

One book off my TBR that I‘m interested in getting is the tagged book. I‘m really looking forward to reading this book!

#200kgiveaway

Librarybelle Thank you! Nice choice! 1mo
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Lizpixie
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Currently alternating between this audiobook & my signed hardcover of Melmoth by Sarah Perry. This audiobook is brilliant, it‘s like if Terry Pratchett had written Sherlock Holmes! Really hoping it‘s just the start of a series based on these characters, they‘re fabulous🙌 #SomethingWickedFall #readathon

CarolynM I really enjoyed this even though I'm not really a fantasy reader. I am a fan of Alexis Hall though, I love the way he writes. 2mo
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JSW
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Steampunk, queer, witty, and fantastical homage to Sherlock Holmes. This book is wacky and original and creative and a mind-bending blast. #queerbooks #holmes

RaimeyGallant Sounds great! 3mo
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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! 3mo
JennyM I LOVE your review...how can I not give it a go! 3mo
LeeRHarry Fab review 😊 3mo
Centique You had me at flirtatious necromancer bankers 😂😂😂 3mo
JoyBlue You‘ve raised my curiosity! 😂 3mo
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CarolynM
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One to remember😂

Leftcoastzen ❤️😂My life story!😂 3mo
Centique Have to use that! 😉 3mo
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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. 3mo
CaitlinR @CarolynM Do you have a recommendation for my next read by Hall? 3mo
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 🙂 3mo
CaitlinR @CarolynM Thanks!! 3mo
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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. 🙂 4mo
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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! 5mo
Briary @esurient So far this has been rather brilliant! Here's hoping it will last and you will like it too 🍹 5mo
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Traveler13
Mehso-so

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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ablachly
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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. 3mo
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