A Study in Revenge by Kieran Shields
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: eARC courtesy of Crown and Edelweiss -get your own copy from The Book Depository
This review is in relation to the second book in the Archie Lean series. Whilst my review will not contain spoilers from the first book, I would recommend that you read the first book (The Truth of All Things) as it will provide much background to this book.
Perceval Grey is the American Sherlock Holmes. Unlike Holmes, however, he needs also work in the face of Society’s prejudice to the colour of his skin (being of Mixed Indian heritage). When he is intrigued, he will commit his all to be able to present the solution, up to the point of it being an obsession. His focus in his work is admirable and yet, he is Not Sherlock Holmes. The presentation of his solutions just isn’t as brilliant as Holmes.
Archie Lean is a dedicated Deputy of the Police. He is not only dedicated in his duty to the State but also to the people. He would pursue to the best of his abilities the mystery presented until such time that the culprit may be apprehended. I really like Archie, he’s an all-round nice guy type. He’s the ‘Watson’ sidekick to Grey and is mostly appreciated for his ‘brilliantly asinine’ comments.
To begin with, the plot / mystery in this book didn’t appear to have any relation whatsoever to the first book (nor is it necessary to know the full extent the mystery of the first book) however, it really wasn’t til the end and just now, that the title clicked into place –A Study in Revenge! The book opens with a gruesome scene of a corpse having been dug up, burnt to crisps, and surrounded with occult markings. It was followed by a missing ‘artefact’ heirloom, alchemical legends, folklore and tragic romance. There are no coincidences in mysteries, of course, all things are related and will, ultimately, reveal the secret within.
I have really enjoyed this historical mystery though you’d have to be patient as threads are being explored until they are woven to form an obvious tapestry in the last pages of the book. If you like Sherlock Holmes or Mistress of the Art of Death, you may enjoy this book / series.
Thank you Crown and Edelweiss for the privilege to read & review eARC