This raunchy novel, The Skull and the Nightingale, of sex and manipulation — set in 18th-century England — evokes Tom Jones, The Crimson Petal and the White, and Les Liaisons Dangereuses. When Richard Fenwick returns from his Grand Tour, his 79-year-old godfather instructs him to move to London and report on his carnal adventures: ”I would hope to live differently and dangerously through you.” Richard is only too happy to oblige, and the lusty greed of 1760s London comes alive through letters describing his darker sexual exploits. Irwin has crafted a terrific historical novel, and an even better psychological thriller. A-
NOT YOUR AVERAGE CAMP PENPAL Protagonist Richard Fenwick writes letters to his septuagenarian godfather detailing his 18th-century England sexploits and adventures in author Michael Irwin's gripping historical novel.
Genre: Fiction; Author: Michael Irwin; Publisher: William Morrow
Posted July 26 2013 — 12:00 AM EDT
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