Julian Kestrel, I love you: master of conversation, champion du beau monde, fashion dandy, and amateur detective extraordinaire. The equal, if not the superior, to Poirot, you dazzle me with your wits and are just an all-round wonderkid. What can I say? If you love mystery and historical fiction—heck, if you even consider either—this is a must read. The only thing I fault my boy Julian for is that his denouement is not quite as flourishing as Poirot's (du tout), but watching him get there is an absolute delight. Did I mention I love this guy? I do. You will too.