As a fan of detective fiction in general, of all sorts of things fin-de-sicle, I was directed to _Some Danger Involved_ by Amazon. Set in Victorian London (and not unlike Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's _Sherlock Holmes_), Thomas Llewelyn is our Dr. Watson to Cyrus Barker, a free-lance detective. But Barker is a great deal more mysterious (and less posh) than Holmes, and Llewelyn is more coarse and working-class than Watson, the two are equally charming to Doyle's creations - maybe even more so.
The plot revolves around the murder and public crucifixion of a young Polish Jew. The details of the crime and its motive remain a mystery: was this an act designed to sitr anti-Semitism in the East End? could it have been an attempt to show the Jews the "errors" of their ways in an attempt to get them to convert to Christianity? Or was as it done to humiliate the young man without religious intent? As the story unfolds, Will Thomas takes readers on a tour thorugh the seedy and dangerous underbelly of London's East End - a part of the city awash in immigrants from east Europe and Italy as the English struggle to accomodate and assimilate these new groups. As an added bonus, a number of (admittedly minor) hisorical figures cross the paths of our sleuths as they seek answers.
I enjoyed the story - and especially the characters - tremendously, and I look forward to more by Thomas. For fans of period fiction, mysteries or Victorian England, this is a sure hit. Recommended.