‘The Vesuvius Club’ by Mark Gatiss

My Review (4 stars out of 5)

When several British scientists turn up dead, Edwardian painter and secret agent Lucifer Box sets off across Europe to track down those responsible. Leaving his residence at 9 Downing Street, Box delves into all things seedy and debauched as he follows the clues and the dead bodies to Naples, leading him to the mysterious and deadly Vesuvius Club.

As a big fan of Mr G’s televisual delights (League of Gentlemen, Dr Who, Sherlock etc), I was keen to sample his novel-writing talents. In this first book in the Lucifer Box series, the author’s imagination is delightfully unfettered as he throws his hero into a world of spies, murder and ruthless madmen, with a bit of saucy shenanigans chucked in for good measure. While the story is good fun and highly amusing, the author’s penchant for exclamation marks and needless dialogue tags, did put me off a bit, though the Beardsleyeque illustrations add a nice touch to the Edwardian theme.

A tongue-in-cheek jolly romp.

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  2 comments for “‘The Vesuvius Club’ by Mark Gatiss

  1. 19/04/2023 at 1:52 PM

    A tongue-in-cheek jolly romp – that is a great recommendation, Colin.


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