This romp through a turn-of-the-century mystery with all the attendant mores withholds the real problem until the very end. It is written the the Holmes/Watson style and makes enjoyable reading. I was pleased to see that there were not voodoo rites throughout--that would have made the book tiresome.
This book has a well-handled reveal as to the meaning of "fire tongue." Once fully described, it helps the plot along. The book bogs down somewhat toward the end. I was suprised to find people from India referred to as "Orientals" in the early 20th century. An enjoyable read.
This is the third of the Doan & Carstairs novels I have read. They are always nonsense and they never fail to amuse. Doan is the most unlikely "hard-boiled detective." It is laughable. Of course, our hero unravels the mystery utilizing facts that are not available to the reader, but even so, it is a fun read.