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The Bedlam Detective by Stephen Gallagher
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May 28, 12

bookshelves: british-mystery, victorian-mystery, mystery
Read in May, 2012

Talk about a tough case; our detective is put to test trying to assess the mental health of a Peer of the Realm. Two girls are murdered on the Peer's estate and the Peer is suffering a break with reality following a harrowing journey down an Amazon tributary.

The story is compelling and the characters are rich and dimensional, but at times the random breaks into fantasy are a bit hard to follow. I like the former Pinkerton man turned investigator for the Office of Lunacy and I like his son Robert, a savant that appears to suffer from some form of autism, although that's not spelled out.

It feels like the author is pushing too much into this first book, but I am game for another in the series.
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