It is beyond obvious to anyone following this blog that write what I might call "bottom-line" reviews: I give my reaction to the book I'm reviewing in short order and without a lot of plot description.
I'm grateful that Leah Cummins Guinn, proprietor of the Well-Read Sherlockian blog, is of the opposite school. Her wonderful review of Rogues Gallery gives loving attention to each of the five shorter tales in the book.
Having reviewed previous McCabe-Cody books, Ms. Guinn comes to the latest with a lot of perspective. I was greatly encouraged, therefore, by this passage in particular:
One of the enjoyable things about following a series is seeing how both the characters–and their author–develop. When I first began reviewing Mr. Andriacco’s books, I found them creative and enjoyable, but there were occasional passages which read “rough” to me, or abrupt insertions that, while they illuminated the characters, interrupted the general flow of the story. Those have vanished, and these stories go down as smoothly as Lynda’s favorite bourbon.But please read the entire review.