Anybody who knows about this series will be aware that this novella has been a gift from the author to fans, a little taste of the ongoing series, as a thank you, and a filler in a bit of a gap between novels. It has the added benefit of fleshing out the back-story of Rowland Sinclair and his band of compatriots - Edna, Clyde and Milton.
It should be astounding that even within the size restrictions of a novella, Gentill has managed to provide that back-story, build in a murder, set up a bit of romantic tension, and give a feel for the societal tensions at the time, but really it's not. Gentill is nothing if not a consummate story teller, and her Rowland Sinclair series is about as pitch perfect as you could want.
A review, therefore, in novella form that breaks quite a few of the self-imposed rules. There really doesn't need to be any careful analysis of the whys and wherefores of this series. It deserves a wide readership because it's very good. By all means, read this novella at any point in your catch up of the entire series of books - but whatever you do make sure you read this series. It's glorious.