THE CURIOUS CASE OF

THE KENSINGTON KIDNAPPING

FROM THE CASEBOOK OF LYONS & HOUND

London 1902.

The esteemed paranormal investigation agency of Lyons & Hound (est.1895) are called in to solve the mysterious case of perhaps the most famous kidnapping in history.

As Professor Lyons and Mr Hound struggle to solve this diabolical diorama, they must delve into the dark and disturbing backstreets and rookeries of Edwardian London's

supernatural underworld.

And if that wasn't enough, they must also outwit the most celebrated private consulting detective of them all!

Reviews

 


 


 


10 October 2018

Format: Paperback
The devilish charm is in the detail in this and other Caractacus Plume novels, with the well-established characters
interacting wonderfully within the real world, that of fantastical folklore, and now also of popular classic literature, both
pre-existing and innovated. The wholesome medley is further integrated with fascinating historically accurate or wholly
fictional detail regarding various characters, locations, martial arts, music, artefacts, society and more. The endnotes
and further reading are secondly recommended.

We greet some of our old favourite characters (and not only of Plume's) amidst the civilised backdrop and miasmic
atmosphere of Edwardian London, which suits Cornelius and The Hound's classic fashions just nicely.  The story sees
our extraordinary friends attempt to solve a mysterious kidnapping... in Kensington.

Personal highlights include that feeling of excited anticipation which accompanies the gathering of a multi-talented
supergroup setting off on a new adventure, and the ensuing satisfaction of all of those talents being put by the author to
excellent and imaginative use; Cornelius's theatrically jolly and comic demeanour when separately facing down two
twentyish strong goblin hordes; the (brief) appearances of 'Lucky' Ed, as well as Tommy RHABB (one of whose scenes
in a previous novel remains among the funniest interestingly-nuanced ever captured) and my old favourite, Willie the
wheeze Willikins; certain pithy 'punchlines' such as the smashing vase moment, or that greatest and most puzzling
question of the 20th century, whose short contributions lend so much to the overall jollity and richness of the read;
eventually, discovering in the endnotes the geniusly contrived 'you-couldn't-write-it' (possible) fate of the Wondrous
Wally Wezilwood.

It's been great to read another of Caractacus Plume's books in such quick succession since 'Incident at 500 Acre
Wood' only came out this/last year. With so much extra volume to more fully accommodate all of the aforementioned
style and content, 'The Kensington Kidnapping' is certainly the superior of the two recently published case files, and
comes (incredibly, considering relative size) close to capturing the infectious character camaraderie, unremitting hilarity
and sheer all-encompassing joy of the full doses that are 'The Wild Hunt', 'Grendel', and 'The King of Avalon'.