Wednesday, the 28th of July, and time for Shelf Control once again! Shelf Control is a weekly feature hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies, and celebrates the books waiting to be read on your TBR piles/mountains. To participate, all you do is pick a book from your TBR pile, and write a post about it–what its about, why you want to read it, when you got it, and such. If you participate, don’t forget to link back to Lisa’s page, and do also leave your links in the comments below as I’d love to check out your picks as well!
For today’s pick, I dove into my fairly endless pile (or should I say, black hole) of mystery books waiting for me on kindle. This is The Case of the Curious Client by T.G. Campbell, first published in 2016.
This is the first in a series of (so far) four books set in 1890s England, the Bow Street Society series. The Bow Street Society is a secret society in Victorian London comprising amateur detectives, each with a unique skill (including artists, doctors, journalists or solicitors), who together solve cases which the police are at a loss to. The society’s clerk Miss Trent assigns the cases based on members’ talents and skills. In this book, one Mr Thaddeus Dorsey hires the society to locate a missing man he knows only as Palmer, after Palmer fails to keep an appointment with him. The Society is not very sure of their client’s veracity and begin to wonder if they are being sent on a wild goose chase, but a sudden twist in events sends them in a race against time to save the life of their client himself!
This sounds like such good fun. I love historical mysteries, and one set in Victorian London, with a puzzle and set up, which I see from reviews seems much like a Sherlock Holmes story (I don’t know why by the Bow Street Society somehow made me think of the Baker Street Irregulars from the Holmes stories though of course they have nothing in common), is something I would definitely want to pick up. The fact that it is said to have quirky and unique characters would add to the fun I expect to have reading it.
Have you read this one or any others in the series? How did you find it/them? Looking forward to your thoughts and recommendations!
Lisa’s pick this week is The Widow’s War by Sally Gunning, the story of a woman who refuses to give up all she has worked for simply because she is now a widow. Find her post here.