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Mysteries of the Diogenes Club (The Diogenes Club #3)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  121 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Presents the accounts of the Diogenes Club, the British Empire's most secret service, whose agents solve crimes too strange for Britain's police, protecting the realm.
Paperback, 360 pages
Published December 16th 2010 by Monkeybrain
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colleen the convivial curmudgeon
3 1/2

This is a collection of 5 short stories/novellas - more stories about the elusive Diogenes Club. I'll list them in the order of preference, not appearance:

Kentish Glory: The Secrets of Drearclif Grange School - 4 stars

My favorite of the lot, perhaps because it's the most character based of the stories. It's also, seemingly, the least directly involved with the Club itself. I liked Amy Thomsett, the protagonist, and the other girls in the story, and was disappointed to not see Amy in any of
Feb 19, 2012 Ellie rated it liked it
Mysteries of the Diogenes Club is a collection of short stories surrounding Kim Newman's arcane government agency. It's based on Arthur Conan Doyle's famous gentleman's club, but the Great Detective is only ever referred to in passing, and his less famous but more intelligent brother Mycroft isn't a major character either. Some familiar characters from other Kim Newman books appear, like Charles Beauregard and Geneviève Dieudonné, and others I met for the first time, like Catriona Kaye and Amy T ...more
Jan 08, 2012 Rui rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Rui by: Lady Entropy
Mysteries of The Diogenes Club is the third book in Kim Newman's "Diogenes Club series" and one of the best things I've read in quite some time. I will be hunting the other two books like Wile E. Coyote hunts the Road Runner... sadly, from what I've seen of their availability, I will do so with just as much success. But don't let that discourage you from giving this a go, "Mysteries" can easily be read on its own and it bloody well should be read by anyone who enjoys a good, well told, story.

May 27, 2011 Nigel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I'm a big Kim Newman fanboy and have been since I first read Anno Dracula and reveled in the mad skill with which he mingled fictional characters from every era into a brilliant, well-written story. Mysteries is set in a different milieu, but features his version of Conan Doyle's eponymous Club and their continuing efforts to keep England safe from the Bad Things, as well Charles Beauregard, the vampire Genevieve and other familiar characters. This collections features stories and novellas old a ...more
Apr 07, 2014 Paul rated it it was ok
I must admit that I bailed on this book about half way through. Perhaps I'm getting tired of Newman's constant peppering of references to other literary and cinematic figures. Perhaps I thought that in the case of this book this referential mania got in the way of plot and character. Perhaps I wasn't in the mood for this book. I don't know. But for whatever reason, I could not get into this one at all. The first Anno Dracula book is still the best work in this particular literary series.
Newman once again gives us a peep into the mysterious doings of the Diogenes Club--the gentlemen's (and ladies') society that protects England and the rest of the world from all manner of extraterrestrial, weird-scientific, and supernatural threats.

These stories are from their pulp-era days, the 1930s and 40s, and deal with an occult Cold War between sorcerers that threatens England.
Trish Graboske
Nov 26, 2012 Trish Graboske rated it liked it
The Diogenes Club, founded by Sherlock Holmes's "cleverer brother", Mycroft, to fight eldritch horors.
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Note: This author also writes under the pseudonym of Jack Yeovil.
An expert on horror and sci-fi cinema (his books of film criticism include Nightmare Movies and Millennium Movies), Kim Newman's novels draw promiscuously on the tropes of horror, sci-fi and fantasy. He is complexly and irreverently referential; the Dracula sequence--Anno Dracula, The Bloody Red Baron and Dracula,Cha Cha Cha--not onl
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