Johannes Cabal the Detective by Jonathan Howard
This book is the follow up novel to the hilarious and inventive Johannes Cabal the Necromancer. In this book, Cabal is still a Necromancer, but he is on the lam, and finds himself in a steampunk/Sherlock Holmes mystery with shades of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Howard’s humor is still wonderful. Cabal is still the bad guy you root for anyway. The plot was not as much my cup of tea as the Necromancer (I’m not a murder mystery girl as a general rule), but I love the character and the writing so much it doesn’t matter. The following excerpt, which I recognize makes very little sense out of context, sums up what I love about it. In just a few sentences, there are acres of characterization, an image that won’t leave you, and an out loud chuckle. If you like this, you will like this book. If you don’t like this, well, then, I’m not sure we can be friends.
“The Count Marechal was clearly a career soldier, a political meddler, and an ambitious aristocrat, and any of these occupations in itself would have boded ill. How he managed to be all three simultaneously without tearing down the seams, and the mendacity and ruthlessness with which he was stuffed leaking out, was a small miracle. Cabal briefly wondered what mendacity and ruthlessness looked like as stuffing and imagined something like wet poppy seeds before his personality turned up and quashed such frivolous whimsy. He had to remain focused if he were to stay alive.” To buy the book, click the link below:
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