M.R.C. Kasasian was raised in Lancashire. He has had careers as varied as a factory hand, wine waiter, veterinary assistant, fairground worker and dentist. He is the author of the much loved Gower Street Detective series, five books featuring personal detective Sidney Grice and his ward March Middleton. The first book in his new series, Betty Church and the Suffolk Vampire, is set in a sleepy seaside town during World War II and is out this year. He lives with his wife, in Suffolk in the summer and in Malta in the winter.
'The Secrets of Gaslight Lane reveals a mystery wrapped in an enigma, with hints, hidden passages, dropped lockets, and cagey household servants.With its tongue quite firmly in its cheek, it out-Holmeses Holmes, it out-Victorias Victoria. It is a burlesque of all Victorian novels and, probably most especially, of our modern notions of Victorian novels' Reviewing the Evidence. 'This distinctive historical series is highlighted by its atmospheric writing, quirky characters, droll wit, and macabre touches. A treat for series fans' Library Journal. 'This series is reminiscent of Dickens and Lemony Snicket with reminders of Sherlock Holmes. The writing is funny, witty, and macabre, and the characters are eccentric and quirky' Historical Novels Review. 'The jaw-dropping cleverness of Kasasian and his Gower Street detectives shines again. Witty, seemingly irrelevant asides; parallels to former cases; and magnificent leaps of logic provide hours of speculative entertainment for readers. The extraordinary cast of characters remind one of Terry Pratchett's confections' Booklist (starred review). 'Pure amusing enjoyment' New Books Magazine. 'What is so refreshing about the Gower Street series is that they are never quite what you expect - these unusual originals stand out in what is a heavily populated genre. Never pompous, but clever, beautifully written, with some mesmerising characters, humour and pathos' Crime Review.