In 1894 London a new exhibit on King Arthur has opened at the British Museum and seems hugely popular. Then a noted Arthurian professor is murdered just before he is to give a lecture in the museum. Private enquirer agents Daniel Wilson and Abigail Fenton are called in to investigate, much to the consternation of Scotland Yard. When another murder follows the police think they have found the culprit. Daniel and Abigail aren’t convinced and must work to find the real murderer.
This was a very pleasant read with an entertaining plot and characters who are very engaging. Daniel is charming and intelligent. He has evolved from loner into a character who is warm, caring, and with depth. Abigail is much more likeable than she was in the first in the series (Murder at the Fitzwilliam), not as prickly or apt to take offense. I like how she is willing to take risks in an age when most women were neither seen nor heard. I also enjoyed how their personal and professional relationships have progressed in depth.
My one complaint, and it’s not much, is the fact that there was often extraneous information that while interesting, had little to do with the plot and made the pace lag in places. I think the story of Bedlam, the tunnels, rivers, and catacombs under London, and the architecture of the Albert Hall and Birmingham railway station could have been reserved for future books where it might fit the story better.
Overall, this was a pleasant read and I do look forward to the next installment in this series.
Thank you to NetGalley and Allison & Busby for the advance reader copy made available for my review.