Publishing Date: July 2016
Publishers Description: Alexander Drake, Investigator for Hire, doesn’t like working for the Nobility, and doesn’t prefer to take jobs from strange men who accost him in alleyways. A combination of hired muscle and ready silver have a way of changing a man’s mind.
Review: This was a short novella mystery set in the Victorian era?? The reviews are all over the place on this. Some thought it lacked depth and the mystery was too obvious. Others thought the supporting cast were cardboard cutouts. Others thought it was a cunning mystery set in a Gaslight world of wonder. Mmmmkay.
Me? I am in the middle somewhere, and not because it’s politically convenient. I loved Drake as a main character. Smart, tough, ornery, funny, obstinate and snerky are just a few of the descriptors for this rascal. Even the supporting caste were good and would have grown to maturity had they had enough story line to work with. The sad fact is that novella’s limit what the author can do with character development and are usually left with trending more towards the movement side in order to compact the effect. Yeah, the mystery was a non-starter but the werewolf element added to the impact. All in all a fun short, well written novella that deserves full length world building and in-depth character development.
P.S. To the reviewer Ann Benjamin who gave this novella two stars and said “..Also why were there almost no female characters?”. Well Ann, there either is, or is not female characters. Are you trying to say that there should have been more female characters? In the parlance of Chuck Borris (an old guitar player), “Go milk your own cow”.