I'm very impressed with this latest addition to the Bryant & May canon - BUT I did miss the old(er) full-blown idiosyncrasies of the gentlemen that are in the usual novels.
I love Fowler's take on the classic Christie conceit of the murder at an isolated mansion, and his ability to explode the genre. Bryant and May at the early stages of their partnership foreshadows how they will work together for the coming decades (and the origin of a very special scarf...). Fowler's quippy writing style married with the hyper-political and societal change of the '60s creates a layered, informative read. I'm a fan of anything Fowler writes, so I'm not exactly a fair reviewer, but this works as both a standalone, an intro into the world, or, as I'm reading it, a lovely throwback to the past. Regardless, you should pick it up! You won't be disappointed.