The Affair of the Mysterious Letter

The Affair of the Mysterious Letter

In this charming, witty, and weird fantasy novel, Alexis Hall pays homage to Sherlock Holmes with a new twist on those renowned characters.

Upon returning to the city of Khelathra-Ven after five years fighting a war in another universe, Captain John Wyndham finds himself looking for somewhere to live, and expediency forces him to take lodgings at 221b Martyrs Walk. His new housemate is Ms. Shaharazad Haas, a consulting sorceress of mercurial temperament and dark reputation.

When Ms. Haas is enlisted to solve a case of blackmail against one of her former lovers, Miss Eirene Viola, Captain Wyndham finds himself drawn into a mystery that leads him from the salons of the literary set to the drowned back-alleys of Ven and even to a prison cell in lost Carcosa. Along the way he is beset by criminals, menaced by pirates, molested by vampires, almost devoured by mad gods, and called upon to punch a shark.

But the further the companions go in pursuit of the elusive blackmailer, the more impossible the case appears. Then again, in Khelathra-Ven reality is flexible, and the impossible is Ms. Haas' stock-in-trade.

Title:The Affair of the Mysterious Letter
Edition Language:English
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  • Chaima ? ?????

    A retelling of Sherlock Holmes featuring a pansexual lady Holmes and a trans Watson? *delighted pterodactyl noises*...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    Hands-down, I’m not sure if I’ve ever read a more quirky and original retelling, and I absolutely loved this! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ The Affair of the Mysterious Letter is a fantasy retelling involving ...

  • K.J. Charles

    Absolutely gleeful. A wildly enjoyable Holmes/Watson riff in a mad Lovecraftian fantasy world where reality is optional at best. Holmes is a drug-addled sorceress, while Watson is a buttoned up refuge...

  • Lois Bujold

    Reads like a mashup of Sherlock Holmes re-imagined as Yuuko from xxxHolic crossed with Lovecraft and Dr. Who. The discursive Watsonian voice of the narrator, John Wyndham, is one of the draws. A usefu...

  • Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)

    This is without a doubt my favorite book of the year so far and my favorite fantasy pastiche of all time! It would take one hell of a book to usurp The Affair of the Mysterious Letter's first place po...

  • Sam (AMNReader)

    So, I have mentioned how well Hall's romances work for me. How brilliant I think he is. Creative....And now that's painfully obvious with the release of this full-fledged fantasy retelling. Most astou...

  • Moony Eliver

    I won a GR giveaway for this one, but it pains me to say it was not for me. I DNFed it really early because it was just not holding my interest. There was a lot of exposition that was pretty dry, and ...

  • Emma Newman

    I was lucky enough to get a galley from my editor and OMG I loved this book so much. It was a sheer delight to read and has dragged me out of a massive reading slump that lasted for months. Honestly, ...

  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]

    3.5 stars?This was a really hard book to rate.On the one hand—a gender-swapped (well, for the sorceress) and queer as hell retelling of Sherlock Holmes, set in a complex fantasy world? On the other ...

  • Cathy

    A book trying very hard to present a magical Holmes & Watson and using all the right cues. An overly amusing and mocking first person narration by Dr. Watson Captain John Wyndham. A Scandal in Bohemia...