What to Expect
Alex is in a bad place in his life, sinking into a bottle of rye after a bad breakup. In an effort to crawl out he's looking for work, and when no one would hire him he drums up a tenuous case for himself. Which, naturally, ends up pitting him against crime organisations, intelligence agencies, and living forces of nature.
What I liked
As always, I love the world Lumsden has crafted, with its detailed alt-history and unique setting and mythology coming to life. I love Alex as a detective, operating along the hard-boiled unwritten rules (though much better adapted to the modern world and modern readers!) and never mind his extra abilities.
This series epitomises blending the genres in the best of ways, and it's great to see Lumsden's style maturing and exploring literary devices for an immersive and engaging story.
What to be aware of
This is book five in the series, with many references to previous events and characters previously introduced. While each ‘case’ is more or less independent, I’d recommend reading this excellent series from the start.
Felix is not unfamiliar with the dangerous allure of alcohol, and bad breakups. Been there, done that, and he'd be happy to take Alex on a journey of redemption (starting with a pub-crawl, of course). A kindred spirit, he appreciate his doggedness to serve his client and solve the mystery, even when facing powerful authorities and supernatural forces.
If you’re a fan of Urban Fantasy detectives, this series is an absolute must read. Lumsden’s writing stands out as unique and refreshing. If you haven’t read it before, start with A Troll Walks Into A Bar.
Enjoying the reviews, but wondering who the heck is that Felix fellow? Glad you asked! He's the protagonist of the Togas, Daggers, and Magic series, an historical-fantasy blend of a paranormal detective on the background of ancient Rome.