“I thought The Emperor’s Gold one of the best Napoelonic-based whodunnits of the year… it is Smiley’s People with a Brummel cravat. Of Honest Fame is every bit as good, with the added grit of seasoned realism borne from an absolute awareness of place, especially the high and low of 19th century London. The use of language is also brilliant – you know the idioms used are just as were spoken (my favourite is unrepeatable here) – and even the occasional lapses into conversational French are excusable; even if you don’t speak it, the scene itself reveals the gist of it.
“It is Dr Zhivago meets Jane Austen and the wonderfully-drawn characters perfectly compliment the Byzantine plot. I won’t go into that, but it is every bit as gripping as any Le Carre – I got this on my birthday (thanks for that – best present of all) and I have not been able to put it down since. …
“I simply love this book and now I want to read the other one, called May 1812. …This deserves to be a huge success. …One of the Top Five books I have read this year.”
You can read the full review on the HWA website. Robert Low is author of the Oathsworn series and the Kingdom series, both published by HarperCollins.