The Case of the Misplaced Hero, by Camille LaGuire
Camille LaGuire is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I love her Mick and Casey stories (Have Gun, Will Play)
and there's always something interesting going on on her blog, so I
decided to give some of her other mystery/adventures a try.
The Case of the Misplaced Hero, Alex's eccentric aunt once gave him a
special ring and advised him to go jump in a lake. One evening, while
escorting his drunk professor, Thorny, home from the bar, Alex discovers
what she meant when he and Thorny fall in the river. On the other side,
they find themselves in a different world, in the middle of mysterious
goings-on involving a train wreck, a missing spy, and an assassination
The action is fun and exciting, with plenty of twists and
turns (the story was originally posted as a serial on Ms. LaGuire's blog
and follows that same structure), and the characters are enjoyable and
well-drawn. I especially like Alex, Thorny, and Rozinshura, the
much-put-upon captain of the garrison in the town where the train wreck
happened and where Alex and Thorny washed up to everyone's confusion.
There's also plenty of humor - "Anarcho-Bureaucracy" is my favorite
political system that I've ever come across in a novel.
discovered, mysteries are solved (though there are loose ends which
hopefully will be continued in the companion story about the Baronness
of Beethingham, aka Plink), and Alex learns that when the time is right,
anyone can be a hero. A fun, fast-paced, and enjoyable read.
See my main COYER post for reading list and review links.