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From popular historical fiction author David Liss (A Conspiracy of Paper) comes the tale of a clueless young man embroiled in a deadly supernatural mystery in Victorian London. Rooted in strange conspiracies and secret societies, this absurdist comedic romp combines strange bedfellows with murderous creatures, resulting in an unexpectedly delightful consequences.

Thomas's problems are more serious than those of a typical young Victorian gentleman. His elder brother may be sabotaging the family's bank. His childhood friend has died under mysterious circumstances. Far worse, leaves are sprouting on Thomas's skin. Perhaps it is all the fault of the long-rumored "Peculiarities" lurking in London's grey fog?

Proper society scoffs at the notion of magic, even as it seeps into their buildings, transfiguring the rich and poor alike. If Thomas is going to save the family business - and stop turning into a tree - he'll need help from some rather improper companions. Desperate for counsel, he seeks the advice of a lycanthropic medium and London's unacceptable occult society...including a strange fellow named Aleister Crowley.

©2021 David Liss (P)2021 Tantor

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Not really my cup of tea

I might've enjoyed this a bit more if I'd read rather than listened to it. The performer is very talented but his pace was a bit ponderous for me, and between that and the tweediness of the protagonist I had a very tough time paying attention long enough to follow what was happening, especially in the early parts of the book. Helped a bit when I turned the speed up to 1.25x.