His new novel is inspired by the biography of the Rev Charles Dodgson, aka the author Lewis Carroll. A researcher, Kristen, has unearthed a note that appears to summarise pages torn from Carroll’s diary, casting new light on his relationship with Alice Liddell, the girl who inspired Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Before Kristen can report this discovery to the secretive Lewis Carroll Brotherhood, she is seriously injured by a speeding car. Murders follow in a novel that is improbable and highly entertaining.
Arthur Seldom and his unnamed Argentine acolyte, a student of mathematical logic — first met in The Oxford Murders (2005) — go in search of pages missing from the diaries of Lewis Carroll, aka Charles Dodgson. Soon enough, his predilection for taking pictures of naked little girls — perhaps described in too much detail here — pops up and the bodies start to drop. Are the photographs emblems of innocence or evidence of prurience?