Alexis Hall is a pile of threadbare hats and used teacups given a semblance of life by forbidden sorcery. He has a degree in very hard sums from a university that should, by all rights, be fictional.
I really enjoyed this book. It was absolutely delightful, like a chocolate box, full of unexpected and brilliant references, sparklingly witty. --Genevieve Cogman, author of The Invisible Library The Mysterious Affair of the Letter is a witty, enjoyable, extravagantly imagined slant on the Sherlock Holmes canon. Hall nails the Holmesian aesthetic in marvelously amusing ways while taking us on an extended romp through a wild range of alternate universes with a bizarre cast of characters. Don't miss this fun, queer, clever intrigue! --Malka Older, author of Infomocracy I haven't been so enchanted and delighted by a book in years. It's like the literary equivalent of being wrapped in a blanket and being driven in a horse drawn carriage through a magical park filled with the most amazing things happening all around and feeling safe and loved all the way through. A sheer delight from start to finish and the most perfect blend of gentle humour, wild creativity and love for the feel of Sherlock Holmes. --Emma Newman, author of Atlas Alone Extraordinarily Imaginative. This is the most fun I've had between two covers in a while! --Lara Elena Donnelly, author of Amberlough It's difficult to express my delight in The Affair of the Mysterious Letter without falling back on semi-coherent exclamations that John Wyndam would want to discreetly summarize in gentler language. This book is so far up my alley that I discovered new, non-euclidean corners of the alley that I didn't previously know existed. The world has heretofore suffered from a sad lack of queer consulting sorceresses, prudish-yet-romantic Azathoth cultists, existentially surreal urban planning, and post-colonial Carcosan politics. --Ruthanna Emrys, author of Winter Tide This zany queer and fantastical pastiche of the Sherlock Holmes stories froths with magic and humor...Hall nudges the reader's ribs with subtle satires of the works he's mashing up, and enlivens the plot with amusing scrapes and confrontations...a fun riff on canonical works of fantasy and detection. --Publishers Weekly Praise for Alexis Hall's other work: Simply the best writer I've come across in years. --New York Times bestselling author Laura Kinsale Brilliantly written, dangerously good, immensely satisfying. --New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann