• "'Atmospheric, hugely beguiling and as filled with tricks and sleights of hand as a magician's sleeve...this is English gothic at its eccentric best; a combination of Ealing comedy and grand opera: witty, charismatic, occasionally touching and with a genuine power to thrill'"

  • "'An evocatively reverential tribute to the genre...the clash of temperaments between Bryant and May makes them great detectives'"

  • "'The striking gothic setting of London under fire proves fruitful ground for a bizarre dark comedy of an investigation...bawdy, unpredictable and at times hilarious, with a cast of wonderful grotesques'"

    Maxim Jakubowski, GUARDIAN
  • "'A writer of extraordinary imagination'"

    Sunday Express
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    'Very cleverly plotted...simultaneously scary and alluring'


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