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I absolutely loved—with a big squishy heart—the bittersweet relationship between Ira and Cain Goddard. In a way,this is a coming of age story, because Ira has to face to harsh truths, look deep inside him, and make some hard decisions. He started his relationship with Cain as his prostitute, so he finds it hard that Cain really and truly cares for him—and similarly, Cain would have similar fears.

Despite there being much that is wrong about their relationship, and who Cain is, I wanted them to be happy. Yes, there seems to be a good deal of homosexuality in the book: There area few couples. The homosexuality is never glossed over, though,never treated lightly. I neglected to mention this is her first novel. Well done Ms Faraday. Original review: Squeeeeeeeeee!

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FYI, this is my favorityest, most awesome MM adjacent novel ever. My summary of this one from my review of the sequel: The Affair of the Procelain Dog: A crime-solving rentboy, his victorian crime boss lover, watson-like veteran doctor former client and would be lover, blackmail plots, warring drug lords, opium dens, anarchists, human trafficking, a MacGuffin hunt, and Original review: Squeeeeeeeeee!

My summary of this one from my review of the sequel: The Affair of the Procelain Dog: A crime-solving rentboy, his victorian crime boss lover, watson-like veteran doctor former client and would be lover, blackmail plots, warring drug lords, opium dens, anarchists, human trafficking, a MacGuffin hunt, and more, all without the boring yet seemingly obligatory on page sex that plagues almost everything with a gay protagonist these days.

In other words buckets of awesome which couldn't have been anymore perfectly up my alley if Faraday had set out to write a book just for me. Feb 13, Ije the Devourer of Books rated it it was amazing. This was great! A historical mystery with a frisson of romance, lots of suspense and shady characters, and a series too. And also really well written.

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I do love a good mystery that keeps me guessing to the end and the author did that. I also liked the back stories of the characters and the twists and turns of their past and I liked the fact that there are no obvious heroes. Everyone is kind of tainted to a greater or lesser degree but in seeking to do the right thing some of the chara This was great! Everyone is kind of tainted to a greater or lesser degree but in seeking to do the right thing some of the characters develop a kind of 'honour amongst thieves.

Another lovely series to lose myself in. View 2 comments. Aug 13, Leanne rated it really liked it Shelves: historical , romance , mm , crime , mystery , hustler. A solid, entertaining read. The MC has a wonderfully wry, self-deprecating way of looking at his pampered life as a crime lord's kept man.

As things heat up in the race to find the porcelain dog, Ira finds himself knee deep in opium lords and evil doctors - murder and mayhem ensues! There is no onscreen sex and no HEA as such but the ending is satisfying.

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I'll definitely be reading more of Jess Faraday's work. Jess Faraday shows off her beautiful, skillful writing skills in this unique historical mystery. It is most certainly not a romance book, though, if you are interested solely in that. I'm not a mystery lover but I enjoyed it, even if I was a bit lost at times.

I felt like I got a great sense for the time period and I quickly got into the spirit Jess Faraday shows off her beautiful, skillful writing skills in this unique historical mystery. I felt like I got a great sense for the time period and I quickly got into the spirit of the story. Interestingly enough, I think I've seen my first case of view spoiler [straight-for-you hide spoiler ] , which fascinates me and makes me love this book a little for that alone.

Overall, this was a solid three star read for me, but if you are into well written mysteries this could easily be a five star read for you. Feb 08, Irina rated it liked it Shelves: br-sofia , mystery , thriller , suspense , adult , british-setting , gay , no-hea-challenge , lena-rec , historical-fiction. As far as mysteries go, this was a gripping one. A tangled mess of illegal activities, old secrets, blackmailing and cruel villains, packed with action to boot, it was a nail-biting suspense.

However, my romantic heart was thoroughly disappointed. Then, just before the very end, as I was ready to let go of that hope and turn my desperate eye As far as mysteries go, this was a gripping one. Then, just before the very end, as I was ready to let go of that hope and turn my desperate eye on the Duke, it had proved futile anyway.

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The writing is flowing and an author has done a great job with depiction of a late 19th century London. Historical mystery fans will enjoy it, I'm sure. View all 10 comments. Jan 17, Nathan Burgoine rated it it was amazing Shelves: audiobooks , glbt. I'm a lover of audiobooks. Even if I were able to physically read on the bus - I can't, it makes me feel ill - there's still something so incredibly wonderful about the spoken word, and the experience of listening to a great story being told.

Usually, I do this to make the time pass by on the long trek to and from work, or when I'm doing something tedious like the laundry or dishes. For "The Affair of the Porcelain Dog" I was instead scurrying around, trying to find any excuse to be able to keep I'm a lover of audiobooks.


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For "The Affair of the Porcelain Dog" I was instead scurrying around, trying to find any excuse to be able to keep listening, and even wearing my ear-buds while I did routine stuff all the way to the moment I had to open the doors for the day. I listened on my break. I listened on my lunch. I listened in the bath. I even got up early on the day of my closing shift so I'd have the two full hours of time I needed to finish the book before my work shift started.

In short? There are a few sides to that experience. One, the writing was so completely engaging that I was happily drawn into the narrative from step one.

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The setting - a Holmes-era tale in London at it's most coal-caked and financially stratified, "The Affair of the Porcelain Dog" is also Holmes-esque in its execution, pulling you into a mystery from the opening that is as steeped in the time and place and culture as it is in the richly drawn characters. The main voice, Ira Adler, is such a charming character even when he's being selfish or spoiled that I was smitten instantly.

An orphan and former rent-boy, Ira is living in luxury now at the beck and call - and bed - of Cain Goddard, who despite his genteel appearance is in fact a crime lord making most of his living off the legal opium trade. Ira, no slouch in the street arts of lock picking, pick pocketing, and capable of thieving with the best of them, is tasked by Goddard to recover the titular piece of artwork, which is both ugly and apparently contains a secret that could ruin Goddard, and bring Ira's comfortable new life to an end. Of course, in a mystery as tightly drawn as this one, there are far more players than that - including the wonderfully written Timothy Lazarus, a giving clinic doctor who is after the same object d'art for his own friend - and Goddard's rival.

That Lazarus and Adler have a romantic entanglement in the past just adds to the joy in their interactions. Two, the performance. Oh how Philip Battley narrated the heck out of this book! He took Jess Faraday's amazing story and put such an incredible performance behind his reading. Every accent and every tone just burst with verisimilitude. It kills me that the search on his name over on audible only showed one other audiobook. I sincerely hope there's more from him.

Third - and last - there weren't compromises in the historical setting including gay characters. I rarely read historical gay fiction because so often the gay stuff sort of slides unnoticed among the rest of the tale. Somehow everyone the characters meet are happy and open-minded folks who understand these guys aren't evil despite religion, law, and everything about the current culture saying they are. That these men are gay is a huge factor to the story, but not in a way that doesn't ring true.

I'm moving past reviewing and into gushing. Just trust me on this one. Read it or listen to it - I'm totally going to suggest you listen to it if you're at all an audiobook lover - and rejoice in the fact that there's a sequel, Turnbull House, on its way.