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The Vesuvius Club

vesuvius club review

I selected Vesuvius Club as my next read based on the recommendation that readers who like P. G. Wodehouse (an author I absolutely adore) would enjoy this novel by Mark Gatiss. The recommendation promised a whimsical spy novel with dry wit. While settings in P. G. Wodehouse’s make believe British universe remain chaste and refined, Mark Gatiss delights in the crass and grotesque. Vesuvius Club wastes no time in setting the stage for hero Lucifer Box. Painter by day and British secret…

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Manasseh: A Romance Of Transylvania

manasseh a romance of Transylvania

A veiled young woman, with her advocate and a chaperone, travels across Europe to get an annulment from her tyrannical husband; a puppet in the hands of his avaricious secretary and sly mistress. In comes a knowledgable, enigmatic and aloof stranger who scares the bad secretary away. “If the princess has a woman’s heart in her bosom,” he declares, “she will throw her million away in return for the love of a true man!” I was involved in the story right from their first…

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