This is my first of these books by Ms. Law and it did leave me wishing that I'd read them in order. That's because I enjoyed it enormously. I don't know how true it is to Bacon's personality, maybe he should be a bit darker. But it hardly matters as the book is so well written and charming on it's own merits. One amazing trick it pulls off is being so breezy and light-hearted despite some truly harrowing and disturbing subject matter. The queerness of the book feels real and well researched as well. A fascinating look into gay life in 20s Paris that feels lived-in.
I would describe it as more of a thriller than a mystery if I were to make any complaint. It went by quickly and now I'm left a bit surprised that the series isn't better known. I've certainly read much worse (and more popular) books lately. I guess there is something a little odd and esoteric about the concept and subject matter of the series, but the writing it has inspired is worth the leap.