Top critical review
Well-paced and compelling, but a couple of issues with the end
December 25, 2018
I really liked Book 2 in this series, The Clockmaker's Secret, and so I read the first book in this series. This is a good, enjoyable read, paced well, and with a compelling mystery in the center of it. A couple of things detracted from my full praise of this book, however. First of all, I didn't root for the sleuth as much in this book as I did in the second book; he doesn't appear willing to improve himself as he does in Book 2. In addition, the solution to the mystery opens up several questions which don't have satisfying answers; I'm not sure it goes as far as a "plot hole," but it does make me question the killer's intelligence and motivation. Several plot points hinge on a bit of convenience, as well, although I'd be willing to overlook that I was more satisfied with the ending. If you read this one first and are unsure whether to continue with this series, be assured that Benton has kept everything good about book 1 and improved on it in book 2—and I'm eagerly anticipating book 3.