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The Affair of the Mysterious Letter
By (author): Alexis Hall
9780440001331 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Fantasy / Historical Jun 18, 2019
$22.00 CAD
Active 5.27 x 7.98 x 0.84 in 352 pages Ace
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 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, 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.

Story Locale: Fantasy world, faux-Victorian

AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR Alexis Hall has won a Rita Award and is a three time LAMBDA award nominee

LGBTQ MAIN CHARACTERSARE ON TREND, with such books as Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire and Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly, and this book wonderfully represents both the bisexual and transgender communities

BRILLIANT AND WITTY DIALOGUE is reminiscent of the tv show Sherlock and draws the reader in

PERFECT COMBINATION OF MYSTERY AND WEIRD FANTASY will entice readers of both genres in a way that hasn’t been seen before

WELL KNOWN LGBT ROMANCE WRITER TURNS TO FANTASY with his trademark wit and brilliant dialogue, bringing along his current fans from the M/M romance genre and gaining new readers

EXCELLENT REVIEWS for his previous books including a starred PW review, Library Journal recommended, and Kirkus among others

Alexis Hall is a pile of threadbare hats and used teacups given a semblance of life by forbidden sorcery. He has a degree in very hard sums from a university that should, by all rights, be fictional.

Author Residence: Southeast England

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“I really enjoyed this book. It was absolutely delightful, like a chocolate box, full of unexpected and brilliant references, sparklingly witty.”—Geneveive Cogman, author of The Invisible Library

“A witty, enjoyable, extravagantly imagined slant on the Sherlock Holmes canon. Hall nails the Holmesian aesthetic in marvelously amusing ways while taking us on an extended romp through a wild range of alternate universes with a bizarre cast of characters. Don’t miss this fun, queer, clever intrigue!”—Malka Older, author of Infomocracy

“I haven’t been so enchanted and delighted by a book in years…A sheer delight from start to finish and the most perfect blend of gentle humour, wild creativity and love for the feel of Sherlock Holmes.”—Emma Newman, author of Atlas Alone

“Extraordinarily Imaginative. This is the most fun I’ve had between two covers in a while!”—Lara Elena Donnelly, author of Amberlough

“It’s difficult to express my delight in The Affair of the Mysterious Letter without falling back on semi-coherent exclamations that John Wyndam would want to discreetly summarize in gentler language. This book is so far up my alley that I discovered new, non-euclidean corners of the alley that I didn’t previously know existed.”—Ruthanna Emrys, author of Winter Tide

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