One Word Review: Classical
One Line Review: The art of letter writing reveals a mans desperation with his guests and allows Mann to craftily emulate a lost style of mystery.
One Paragraph Review: I love Newbury and Hobbes, who are in a way a Steampunk Holmes and Watson, though morphed by Mann into something all their own and the way that Mann makes their relationship work in both novels and shorter fiction is a pleasure. in this case Newbury is visiting man who is getting more and more exasperated by his presence and we see this through a series of letters he writes to an illicit lover. But there is a twist. When Hobbes reads the letters and discusses the case it’s more horrid than the letters could justify. It also does a secondary job of commenting on the arc of Newbury and Hobbes relationship. Can’t wait to dip into the other cases.