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"Just when it seems that Sherlock Holmes-inspired books are old hat, along comes this thrill ride of espionage, conspiracy, murder, and yes, even romance, set in 1909 London. Both fans of Sherlock Holmes and spy novels will enjoy this debut by a former screenwriter peppered with historical figures like Winston Churchill, especially when the ending hints of more adventures for the first British double-0 agent ever."
-- Barbara Clark-Greene, Library Journal

"The Irregular is a fast-moving, hugely entertaining thriller that evokes Victorian London with great panache. There are a host of appealing characters. Lyle is especially adept at mixing actual persons and events with imagined ones. I'm delighted to report it's the first of a series."
--Irma Heldman, It's A Mystery Column

"An exciting, action-packed adventure set in London in 1909 . . . Takes the Sherlock Holmes legacy in a new and thrilling direction."--Stephen Thornley, Shots Magazine

"An inventive espionage thriller set before World War I . . . A twist-filled adventure that proves far from elementary."
--Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal

"H.B. Lyle has found the golden thread between Holmes and Bond in a thriller that engages on every page."
--Giles Foden, author of The Last King of Scotland

"Handsomely crafted . . . The villains here are world class, with German munitions giants, Russian anarchists, and a couple of rather unexpected conspirators as well. Lyle achieves a nice blend of history and mystery, with cameo appearances by such fictional and real-life luminaries as Holmes and Winston Churchill."
--Bookpage WhoDunit Column

"It's not easy for an author to come up with an original idea for a novel, much less a plot involving Sherlock Holmes. But that is just what H.B. Lyle has done, albeit the great detective here only playing a minor cameo role . . . Exciting, interesting, and fast-moving."
--Theodore Feit, Spinetingler Magazine

"Lyle offers a skillful blend of fact and fiction, from Holmes and Watson to Churchill and the real-life leaders of the agencies that became MI5 and MI6. A compelling series debut and a natural read-alike for Robert Goddard's Max Maxted series and David Downing's Jack McColl series."

"The story is fast-paced, rich in descriptions, and the dialogue is true to the characters. Overall, this book is just plain fun. It is sprinkled with real life personages, such as Captain Kell, Winston Churchill, and MI6 founder Mansfield Cumming, as well as the literary characters of Wiggins, Sherlock Holmes, and Dr. Watson."--Clayton Thomas Booksellers

Nominated for the 2018 Best First Novel, Barry Award
"With so many books set in the wide world of Sherlock Holmes, it is difficult to come up with a new story that is both original and compelling, but H.B. Lyle has managed it beautifully with The Irregular."--Otto Penzler, ed., The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories

"A fast-moving, hugely enjoyable story with interesting characters and authentic background . . . It is the first of a series, and I look forward to the sequels."--Historical Novel Society

"A fine first entry in what promises to be a great new series. Wiggins is a captivating hero, and Lyle draws his Edwardian backstreets in convincing color. The game is most definitely afoot."--Mick Herron, author of the Slough House series

"A flavorsome smorgasbord that features not only Holmes but also Winston Churchill, this is irresistible stuff."--Barry Forshaw, The Guardian

"A good deal of excitement and some enjoyable riffing on both the history of espionage and the Conan Doyle canon, with cameos of everybody from Winston Churchill to Mr. Holmes himself . . . The book is a treat."--Sunday Express

"A thrilling story of espionage, murder, and the creation of the Secret Service."--Charles Cumming, author of A Divided Spy

"An entertaining blend of history and fiction . . . Lyle's descriptions of 1909 London are vivid. One can almost smell the coal smoke and the raw sewage. The Irregular is a compelling book, one to add to one's reading list."
--New York Journal of Books

"I think H.B. Lyle is probably our most talented historical mystery writer today. An author who writes like a veteran but instead brings a fresh new perspective."--Andrew Gulli, Strand Magazine

"Impressive period detail and sharp dialogue add charm to the strong plot."--Daily Mail

"It is hard to generate something new in such an avalanche of well-worn tropes, but H.B. Lyle has managed to do that quite cleverly in The Irregular."--Crime Time

Fans of Arthur Conan Doyle's stories will remember young Wiggins as the leader of the Baker Street Irregulars . . . Though Lyle's debut novel is certainly an homage, it's not a flat-footed imitation but a crisp, stylish spinoff."
--Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

H.B. Lyle lives in South London with his partner and their twin daughters. After a career in feature film development, he took an MA in creative writing--and then a PhD--at the University of East Anglia, an experience which led to the creation of The Irregular, his first novel. He also writes screenplays and teaches undergraduates.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Quercus Books; Reprint edition (2 October 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 288 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1681440261
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1681440262
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.97 x 2.22 x 20.96 cm
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