I meant to go to bed at a reasonable hour last night, but this book had other plans. So, I ended up settling with book and a mug of tea (doesn't affect my sleep) and before I knew it, it was 1am and I ran out of stickies to mark favourite passages and phrases.
It's a slow read for me but I am really enjoying it: it's smart, charming, and gives a good insight into the time and place of its setting. I don't even really care whether there is a mystery to solve. (I'm reminded of An Inspector Calls...but we'll see.)
And much like with The Christmas Egg, the characters seem to be real people, who are able to hold real conversations.
The references to Milton and Hamlet so far are just icing on the cake.
I really hope it continues this way.