This is a creative and clever tale in which schemes and counter-schemes abound. Rudolf, the rightful King of Ruritania, is held captive by the Duke of Streslau, his rival for the throne. Allies of King Rudolf turn to desperate measures as they attempt to secure the throne and effect a rescue. Although the pace lagged at times, overall this was a very enjoyable novel - highly recommended.
Buried within this two star crime novel is a four star short story. There are some interesting and intense plot lines. However I found it very slow going between points of interest. If you enjoy the brilliant detective / narrator sidekick genre your time is much better spent reading Sherlock Holmes.
A detective and his ex-pugilist assistant investigate the suicide of a failed businessman. Not great but worth a read if you have a few idle minutes.
The second of a two book series - read "Black Bartlemy's Treasure" first. (If you search for it by title - "Bartlemy", not "Bartelmy" as in the synopsis above.)
Martin Conisby's quest for vengeance continues as he contends with pirates, many perils, and some new characters that do not dissapoint. Highly recommended.