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The Victoria Vanishes by Christopher Fowler
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Jun 29, 09

Read in June, 2009

I read this on the plane home from UK and wish I'd read it there or before going. An intricate and eccentric mystery by someone who knows London by heart and loves the place. This one concentrates on the pubs and makes you want to visit them one by one. Seriously! Just don't get murdered in one if you can help it.

Other fabulous Fowler mysteries include The Water Room (featuring the real life underground waterways of London as major factor in the plot) and an excellent book whose name I'm blanking out on that featured the Palace Theater on Charing Cross Road. If that theater is not truly haunted you will think so after reading Fowler. The theater currently shows junk like Spamalot but it has a noble history. Fowler's books are elegiac for an older London but also firmly set in the present and not a bit sentimental really.

Ah yes -- the book about the Palace was called Full Dark House.
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