Mark Twain as detective, with his secretary Cabot playing his sidekick and narrator, makes for a fun read. The author does the dialogue and the period perfectly! One of my favorite historical series.
Twelve people are in a room. Suddenly one is shot by one of the other eleven. Now all Mark Twain, one of the people in the room, has to do is figure out who did the shooting.
Just by chance, while staying in London, Wentworth Cabot runs into a criminal he and Mark last saw on the Mississippi. Against their will, they are drawn into a social setting with the criminal and his wife. Then things get worse, Mark finds himself defending the criminal who is now charged with murder.
Those interested in Victorian England and murder mysteries will enjoy this one, even if they do not read the other books in this series. Some of the characters in this novel are stereotyped, bu the fun is in watching Mark Twain and Cabot, with the help of Twain's wife and daughters, solve this mystery.