The Vesuvius Club by Mark Gatiss
A Bit of Fluff (Lucifer Box Novels)

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Meet Lucifer Box: Equal parts James Bond and Sherlock Holmes, with a twist of Monty Python and a dash of Austin Powers, Lucifer has a charming countenance and rapier wit that make him the guest all hostesses must have. And most do.
But few of his conquests know that Lucifer is also His Majesty's most daring secret agent, at home in both London's Imperial grandeur and in its underworld of despicable vice. So when Britain's most prominent scientists begin turning up dead, there is only one man his country can turn to for help.
Following a dinnertime assassination, Lucifer is dispatched to uncover the whereabouts of missing agent Jocelyn Poop. Along the way he will give art lessons, be attacked by a poisonous centipede, bed a few choice specimens, and travel to Italy on business and pleasure. Aided by his henchwoman Delilah; the beautiful, mysterious, and Dutch Miss Bella Pok; his boss, a dwarf who takes meetings in a lavatory; grizzled vulcanologist Emmanuel Quibble; and the impertinent, delicious, right-hand-boy Charlie Jackpot, Lucifer Box deduces and seduces his way from his elegant townhouse at Number 9 Downing Street (somebody has to live there) to the ruined city of Pompeii, to infiltrate a highly dangerous secret society that may hold the fate of the world in its clawlike grip--the Vesuvius Club.
 

About Mark Gatiss

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Mark Gatiss writes for the multiaward-winning British television comedy The League of Gentlemen, on which he portrays a debt collector, a cursed veterinarian, a dog cinema owner who has recently branched out into VHS and DVD rentals, and a Knight Rider fan, among many other characters. He also stars in the feature film The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse and has written episodes for the rejuvenated Doctor Who television series. He lives in a laboratory with a stuffed cat.
 
Published October 11, 2005 by Scribner. 112 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History, Horror. Fiction

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Gatiss, author of four novels based on the Doctor Who television series and a member of the Pythonesque sketch-comedy team League of Gentlemen, presents the droll narrative of Lucifer Box, Number 9 Downing Street, thickly punctuated with barbed bons mots as his life is with recreational sexual en...

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Otis Lee Crenshaw: I Blame Society by Rich Hall 248pp, Abacus, £10.99 The Vesuvius Club by Mark Gatiss 240pp, Simon & Schuster, £15 It is hard to think of two humorists more immediately opposed than Mark Gatiss and Rich Hall.

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Suite 101

Lawrence's classic contains a very peculiar ending for an early 20th century novel.

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Reviewing the Evidence

You can recognize these books by the fact that they all seem to contain characters with ridiculous names -- in this one, we have the hero, Mr Lucifer Box, and an array of other folk, among them the Honourable Everard Supple, Major Strangeways Pugg, Mr Jocelyn Utterson Poop, Mr Cretaceous Unmann, ...

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At the turn of the twentieth century in London, England, artist Lucifer Box is a renowned rake who also utilizes all his personas as a spy in his majesty's service, blackmailed by the family lawyer into assassinating England's enemies, a job he performs quite well.

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Further InformationISBN-10: 0743257057ISBN-13: 9780743257053Publisher: Simon & Schuster (Trade Division)Publication Date: 01/11/2004Binding: HardcoverNumber of pages: 256URL: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/search?keywords=9780743257053&index=books&linkCode=qs&tag=marksbookrevi-21.

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