Edgar Mason is a practical man, discharged from the military and now eking out a living as a butler-for-hire. Booked for the evening to wait on Agamemnon Frost, Mason soon discovers that there’s more to his temporary employer than meets the eye. Not only is he attracted to the man – at a time when gay relationships were illegal – but Frost has an ulterior motive. He believes the dinner part to which he’s been invited is hosted by aliens.
So the scene is set for the first story in the AGAMEMNON FROST trilogy. Told in first person from the POV of Mason, this novella has delicious overtones of Sherlock Holmes, while the face-changing aliens give the historical setting a science fiction twist that wouldn’t seem amiss in a Jules Verne novel. Knox combines those elements with a sprinkle of Steampunk and the LGBTQ aspect to create a world very much her own.
AGAMEMNON FROST AND THE HOUSE OF DEATH is a fast-moving story that mixes action with sexual tension that practically set my Kindle alight. The novella length is perfect – telling enough to satisfy while leaving the reader eager for more. I await sequel AGAMEMNON FROST AND THE HOLLOW SHIPS with much anticipation.
Decorated artilleryman Edgar Mason was forced to find new work when the British Empire replaced its foot soldiers with monstrous machines. Now he waits on the Liverpool elite as a personal servant. He has just one rule: he won’t work for fashion-addled dandies.
Agamemnon Frost, however, is far from the foppish man-about-town he appears to be. He’s working to protect the Earth from an alien invasion being planned by a face-changing creature known as Pandarus. And on the night he plans to confront the aliens, he enlists Mason to assist him.
For a man to love a man is a serious crime in Victorian England. But when Mason meets Frost, his heart thunders and his blood catches fire. And when Pandarus drags the two men into the torture cellars beneath his house of death to brainwash them, Mason’s new passion may be all that stands between him and insanity.
The trilogy continues with Agamemnon Frost and the Hollow Ships.
Release Date: 19 AUGUST 2013
Genre: Historical Science Fiction Romance (m/m)
Primary Book Format: e-format
Publisher/Imprint: Carina Press
Smart Girls Rating: 4 stars
**Disclaimer: This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.**