If been doing an alphabet challenge and I'm not quite finished yet (up to S for those who are interested). But I have broken away from that a couple of times. One of those times was because Lethe Press have a massive ebook sale on.
"What's that got to do with anything?"
I've had Death by Silver on my Kindle forever and not got around to reading it. Knowing I could pick up the sequel for $1.50, well, that pushed this book right up my TBR pile. And what a joy that read was.
His practice newly established, metaphysician Ned Mathey can’t afford to turn away any clients. But the latest Londoner to seek Ned’s magical aid gives him pause: Mr Edgar Nevett, an arrogant banker, is the father of the bully who made Ned’s life hell at boarding school. Nevertheless, Ned accepts the commission to ensure the Nevett family silver bears no ancient or modern curses, and then prepares to banish the Nevett family to unpleasant memory again. Until Edgar Nevett is killed by an enchanted silver candlestick—one of the pieces Ned declared magically harmless.
Calling on his old school friend Julian Lynes—private detective and another victim of the younger Nevett—Ned races to solve the murder, clear the stain on his professional reputation, and lay to rest the ghosts of his past.
Assisted by Ned’s able secretary Miss Frost, who has unexpected metaphysical skills of her own, Ned and Julian explore London’s criminal underworld and sodomitical demimonde, uncover secrets and scandals, confront the unexpected murderer and the mysteries of their own relationship.
If you like KJ Charles and Jordan L Hawk, you'll love this book. The world building is strong and the characters are engaging even when they are being clueless and gruff. The sex is pretty much all off the page and in my opinion the romance could have been a touch more pronounced, and relied less on miscommunication, but that said I really couldn't fault the mystery or the setting.
The story swept me along and I was urging our heroes into each others arms. I hit buy on the sequel long before I finished the last page.