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By Jess Faraday | Comments: ( 711 ) | Date: ( Nov 20, 2019 )

London, 1889 For Ira Adler, former rent boy and present plaything of crime lord Cain Goddard, stealing back the statue from Goddard s blackmailer should have been a doddle But inside the statue is evidence that could put Goddard away for a long time under the sodomy laws, and everyone s after it, including Ira s bitter ex, Dr Timothy Lazarus No sooner does Ira have theLondon, 1889 For Ira Adler, former rent boy and present plaything of crime lord Cain Goddard, stealing back the statue from Goddard s blackmailer should have been a doddle But inside the statue is evidence that could put Goddard away for a long time under the sodomy laws, and everyone s after it, including Ira s bitter ex, Dr Timothy Lazarus No sooner does Ira have the porcelain dog in his hot little hands, than he loses it to a nimble fingered prostitute.As Ira s search for the dog drags him back to the mean East End streets where he grew up, he discovers secrets about his own past, and about Goddard s present business dealings, which make him question everything he thought he knew An old friend turns up dead, and an old enemy proves himself a friend Goddard is pressing Ira for a commitment, but every new discovery casts doubt on whether Ira can, in good conscience, remain with him In the end, Ira must choose between his hard won life of luxury and standing against a grievous wrong.


  • Title: The Affair of the Porcelain Dog
  • Author: Jess Faraday
  • ISBN: 9781602822306
  • Page: 178
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Jess Faraday

Jess Faraday is the author of the award winning Ira Adler historical mysteries, the standalone steampunk adventure The Left Hand of Justice and a number of historical adventures in short story and novella form.Her novella, The Strange Case of the Big Sur Benefactor, won a Rainbow Award for Lesbian Historical Fool s Gold won a Rainbow Award for Best Gay Historical, and was a runner up for Best Gay Novel Turnbull House was a runner up for Best Gay Historical, and The Affair of the Porcelain Dog was both a Lambda Awards finalist, and won Honorable Mention for Best Novel of the Year from Speak Its Name She has edited several award winning short story collections for Elm Books, including Death and a Cup of Tea one of Foreword Review s top Indie mysteries of 2015 , Undeath and the Detective Finalist for a Silver Falchion Award for Best Multi Author Anthology , and Fae Love, which won an Aspen Gold Reader s Choice Award.You can read about Jess and her books at jessfaraday



Comments The Affair of the Porcelain Dog

  • Miriam

    It says something about today's publishing market that someone thought this would sell better billed as m/m romance than as what it really is: a mystery. Yes, there are homosexuals in the book, but if you go in expecting either Hott Sexxxy Times or Love Conquering All Odds you will be gravely disappointed. What you will get instead is Ira Adler running (or walking, or riding in carriages) around various mostly grimy parts of London trying to figure out who is blackmailing his crime lord lover/em [...]


  • MLE

    This is most definitely not a romance, and I found I didn't miss it at all. The mystery to this story is compelling, and well developed. Although the book was slow building, I found myself drawn into the world of the characters, and was fascinated by their relationships, and interactions. The characters themselves are well developed, and richly nuanced. I like how well set in the time period this book feels, and how it doesn't fall victim to a rosy or romanticized view of the past, and avoids be [...]


  • Lena♥Ribka

    If this book will become a movie one day- and I hope very much it will-I would recommend Guy Ritchie as a director! (For those who don't know: an English film-maker, well-known for his Sherlock Holmes movies, though I prefer his Snatch.) And, honestly, it'll be such a shame not to film this story! Great action packed historical mystery, very atmospheric and very hard to put down. Just some keywords:London 1889.Opium trade.Child trafficking.Criminal activities and organisations.Sodomy as a crimin [...]


  • Sofia

    Phew what a ride, this was one hell of an action packed story. At times I thought I was watching reading a Die Hard episode. Breathless stuff.Told by Ira, a pragmatic fellow with any romantic notions deeply hidden but when push comes to shove, Ira shows what he is made of, heroic steel. Romantic fantasies cannot be given heed when your first priority is food and shelter.I like Faraday’s take on the Sherlockian lore. She takes us to the other side (view spoiler)[ with Cain as a sort of Moriarit [...]


  • Erastes

    Not your normal Holmes clone, that’s for sure. Although this story is set in late Victorian London, and around the Baker Street area, there’s a highly enjoyable twist.The point of view is told, first person, by Ira Adler. But instead of being a Doctor Watson clone,and the companion of a great detective, Ira is the live-in companion, “private secretary” and lover of Cain Goddard, the dread “Duke of Dorset Street.” Goddard is a crime lord, so in some respects, he’s a Moriaty clone. B [...]


  • Leanne

    A solid, entertaining read. The MC has a wonderfully wry, self-deprecating way of looking at his pampered life as a crime lord's kept man. As things heat up in the race to find the porcelain dog, Ira finds himself knee deep in opium lords and evil doctors - murder and mayhem ensues! There is no onscreen sex and no HEA as such but the ending is satisfying. I'll definitely be reading more of Jess Faraday's work.


  • Ije the Devourer of Books

    This was great!A historical mystery with a frisson of romance, lots of suspense and shady characters, and a series too. And also really well written. I do love a good mystery that keeps me guessing to the end and the author did that. I also liked the back stories of the characters and the twists and turns of their past and I liked the fact that there are no obvious heroes. Everyone is kind of tainted to a greater or lesser degree but in seeking to do the right thing some of the characters develo [...]


  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    Jess Faraday shows off her beautiful, skillful writing skills in this unique historical mystery. It is most certainly not a romance book, though, if you are interested solely in that. It reminded me a great deal of the Lord John series (starting with Lord John and the Private Matter), which is what got me interested in M/M in the first place. I'm not a mystery lover but I enjoyed it, even if I was a bit lost at times. I felt like I got a great sense for the time period and I quickly got into the [...]


  • Irina

    As far as mysteries go, this was a gripping one. A tangled mess of illegal activities, old secrets, blackmailing and cruel villains, packed with action to boot, it was a nail-biting suspense. However, my romantic heart was thoroughly disappointed. (view spoiler)[Call me a fool, but for almost all of the book, I was expecting a reconciliation between Ira and Tim. Then, just before the very end, as I was ready to let go of that hope and turn my desperate eye on the Duke, it had proved futile anywa [...]


  • Nathan Burgoine

    I'm a lover of audiobooks. Even if I were able to physically read on the bus - I can't, it makes me feel ill - there's still something so incredibly wonderful about the spoken word, and the experience of listening to a great story being told. Usually, I do this to make the time pass by on the long trek to and from work, or when I'm doing something tedious like the laundry or dishes. For "The Affair of the Porcelain Dog" I was instead scurrying around, trying to find any excuse to be able to keep [...]


  • Heather C

    A-MAZE-INGThere are NO words to portray how truly amazing this book is! Dammit, but I have to try. Here goes…Its London, summer of 1889. Ira Adler has spent the last two years playing live-in-lover to the wealthy crime lord Cain Goddard. After two years of warm baths, luxurious clothes and Egyptian tobacco, Ira has no plans of going back to his former life of selling his ass in order to survive. But Goddard is being blackmailed…blackmailed with something that will send him to prison and Ira [...]


  • PaperMoon

    Ira Adler - what a lovely name, it rolls of the tongue so nicely (shades of a Sherlock H character perhaps). Ira is young, he’s gorgeous, he’s gay and he’s a survivor. His childhood (which is revealed slowly throughout the book) is full of traumatising memories, deep hurts, abandonment and broken promises. After selling body and soul for years, Ira has finally climbed his way to security and success – for the past two years, he’s been the current live-in lover for Cain Goddard, failed [...]


  • BlackTulip

    Reviewed By BlackTulip for Booked UpI've always been fond of Victorian era mysteries and this one is not only good it is simply outstanding! Jess Faraday takes you into a very bleak, dangerous and inhuman realm. A world without mercy. But despite all this, she's able to deliver a beautiful and romantic story.This wild ride begins when Ira Adler is sent by his lover, crime lord Cain Goddard, to retrieve a certain porcelain dog from a blackmailer which contains dangerously incriminating evidence l [...]


  • J.L. Merrow

    Really enjoyed this historical not-quite-romance, and felt transported back to the days of Labouchere's Amendment.


  • Ron Fritsch

    The Affair of the Porcelain Dog, Jess Faraday’s auspicious debut novel, is set in London in 1889—Oscar Wilde’s world.Dr. Cain Goddard is a night lecturer at King’s College, hoping to become a professor. He sponsors and takes part in an athletic group known as the “Fighting Arts Society.” He’s also, secretly, a powerful crime lord known as the Duke of Dorset Street who owns brothels, gambling houses, and opium dens. A blackmailer who suddenly surfaces has evidence hidden in a porcel [...]


  • Elisa Rolle

    I really, really liked this historical adventure/mystery novel, despite all the ugliness it dealt with it managed to be also sweet and romantic, but I cannot avoid to think the author was a little too severe with one of her characters and I hope she will come back to these men and time.Former whore Ira Adler is now well nestled with crime lord Cain Goddard. Ira knows Cain’s affair are probably against the law, it was the reason why he ended up with him: Cain was one of Ira’s usual customers, [...]


  • Aimee ~is busy sleeping~

    This review will be filled with rambliness.I don't know why I took so long to read this. I'm not sure I can explain why it pulled me in so much. The Sherlock references (huge fan)? Starting with the MC's name, Ira Adler? His bittersweet relationship with criminal underlord Dr. Goddard? The web of secrets and intrigue that Ira finds himself stumbling into and which had me absorbed in reading for the entire day? I was just hooked. I loved that I was expecting this to be just a simple, typical MM h [...]


  • Denise

    I'm hard pressed to remember the last time I read such a "Goldilocks" book -- everything was just right. The right amount of gritty, the right amount of sweetness, the right amount of humor, the right amount of backstory, the right amount of action. All the elements of a good story were present and well balanced. As other reviewers have noted, this is billed as a "gay book," when it's really more a mystery. The only reason I can think of that this book is not more widely read and rec'd is that i [...]


  • Don

    I enjoyed the book tremendously. Faraday does a great job in putting you there (view spoiler)[I particularly liked the scene where the warehouse was blown up and all the drama that followed was like watching a movie, I could imagine it so vividly. Great writing (hide spoiler)]Faraday is very ambitious and the book is very busy, but she ties it all up nicely and everything is connected.I just noticed that there is a second book that very recently came out in this series. Looking forward to readin [...]


  • Nisie draws

    WHAT A GREAT BOOK!! A++ recommend! It's a fun romp through a Sherlock Holmes-type story from the perspective of a lovable rent boy/thief/former street urchin who teams up with a "Watson" and has background "Sherlock" and a couple of "Moriartys" and many wondeful background characters. It was so much fun I didn't even notice the lack of on-page sex until I reached the end and realized it never happened. SHOCKING!


  • k reads

    Very well done mystery set in Victorian times. Gritty and not romanticized, with good pacing. The stakes are high and there are no easy answers. I hope there are more books coming in this series.


  • Valerie Kubiak

    The Affair of the Porcelain Dog is a book I will recommend to many. All of the characters have their own unique individuality, no two characters are alike. The description and first chapter had be believing I understood everything that was going on, and perhaps I even thought it'd be a bitunexciting? Or at the very least, wouldn't catch me by surprise.But I am happy and surprised to say, I was wrong. Incredibly wrong. This book had not a single dull moment. Unlike most books, which have some sce [...]


  • Chris Apolant

    Ugh. This began as one of those books that, despite an inconsistent beginning, seemed as it progressed to hold such a glimmer of promise only to utterly shatter every hope you had that it wouldn't turn out the way you initially thought it might. And after suffering through that ending, I am NOTUSED.Honestly, this is one instance where I truly do not understand the glowing reviews. Certainly, it was well written, but not only was the plot, at times, unnecessarily convoluted, with the main charact [...]


  • Alison

    I absolutely loved this book. It was completely gripping and I enjoyed reading it so much. Not a romance, this is more of a coming-of-age story based around an exciting mystery. The mystery was interesting and complex and kept me well engaged. The setting (late 19th century London) was so well done and I loved the wonderful detail and atmosphere. However, I think what made this book so enjoyable is Ira Adler himself. He's a fascinating, delightful, very flawed character, and he's incredibly like [...]


  • K Leung

    To my admittedly untrained eyes, the London in this book is so convincing it is almost habitable with its treacherous villains and repugnant gutters. However inconsequential the atmosphere maybe to the 'actual' plot of a thriller, it certainly allows us to look deeper into who our protagonists are and what has made them so, which I believe is the whole point of this book.The characters of Ira Adler, Tim Lazarus and Cain Goddard are especially well realised. The rest are less explored but never 2 [...]


  • Felice Stevens

    This book was all kinds of amazing. It would make a wonderful introduction for someone looking to break into the world of Gay Fiction. The sex is only alluded too, but you feel the connection between Ira and Cain.It isn't a romance, but it is. It isn't a mystery but it is. I loved the setting-late Victorian. The writing is superb; it really sets the stage for London in the late 1800s and the desperate poverty people lived in that would make them do things they never dreamed.I'm off to read the n [...]


  • Kay

    I have to say I really, really love this book. I first got contact with it through the audiobook and it is definitely worth a listen, the narrator is excellent. The story is really fun and there were a lot of great twists and turns. I will probably have to write a more comprehensive review at another time, but at the moment I will say that this book is currently one of my favorites. Great characters, exciting plot, and a great setting come together to make a very enjoyable read.


  • Richard

    I disagree with the above blurb.I didn't find Dr. Timothy Lazarus at all bitter. I found him heartbroken.What bugs me is when a heartbroken GAY man "suddenly" finds happiness in a heterosexual relationship.


  • Jim

    I was pleasantly surprised by this mystery novel. The protagonist was quite appealing and the action went at a good pace between revelation of information and action. I did get a little confused at a couple of times but wasn't sure whether that was too many characters or the author's writing style.For mystery lovers this is well done and I can recommend it easily.


  • Michael Adam Reale

    I found this book to be spellbinding. I read on the way to and from work on the train. I found myself almost missing my stop. I had a hard time putting the book down. Well written and exceedingly enjoyable.


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