Set in an alternate Victorian London, where Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are not just fictional characters, Basil Copper's Necropolis
(1980) is a tale of mystery and intrigue worthy of Arthur Conan Doyle or Wilkie Collins. Private detective Clyde Beatty, a rival of
the great Holmes, has been hired by the lovely Angela Meredith to inquire into her father's suspicious death. As Beatty's
investigation unfolds, the danger intensifies: more murders ensue, and attempts are made on his life. It is clear there is more to
Mr. Meredith's death than meets the eye, and it may have something to do with the brazen robbery of a fortune in gold bullion. The
clues lead Beatty to the eerie Brookwood Cemetery, where fatal secrets lie hidden in the catacombs beneath a city of the
dead . . . This edition of Copper's chilling Victorian Gothic mystery is the first in more than three decades and includes the
original illustrations by Stephen E. Fabian and a new introduction by Stephen Jones.
"A novel that's all about blood and thunder and old-fashioned storytelling. It's quite amazing to think that a book that is so accessible and fun has been out of print for so long. Certainly anyone who relishes the steampunk novels of James Blaycock or any of the Holmes homages currently on the market should find it just the ticket for whiling away a foggy Autumn evening."
STARBURST, October 20, 2013