Enigma by Wolf Black


By Wolf Black

  • Release Date: 2013-07-08
  • Genre: British Detectives
Score: 3.5
From 111 Ratings
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This book is a good old-fashioned read.

Pure and simple.

When a serial killer starts preying on young mothers, it’s up to Love, and his sophisticated partner Stuart Le Fanu, to employ their MI6 state-of-the-art equipment along with good old-fashioned detective skills to discover the identity of the killer before he can strike again.
Enigma has the obligatory twists and turns leading up to a hair-raising yet humorous car chase through the stylish streets of south Kensington, London, in addition to placing the reader unreservedly in touch with real life.

And that’s the crux.

Wolf Black has stepped into his character’s shoes and brought them to life. He’s lived them, breathed them, adored them and argued with them. He clothed his characters with authentic attire right down to the sexy underwear hidden underneath their fashionable and not so stylish outerwear.

His fictitious photographic Nicéphore test has its roots based in reality. It’s named in honour after the Frenchman who produced the world’s first photograph. You don’t need to search far in this book for the veritable tie-in.

The author spent weeks trawling through London to find bona fide addresses for his characters and then went on to furnish the properties by patronising existing retailers. He pored over maps working out various routes his detectives would use. He calculated how long each trip would take and then undertook the journey himself. Half of the routes aren’t even mentioned.

But Black needed to know. Because he wanted to lend credence to his story. This, he has achieved.

Wolf Black is a pseudonym.


  • Enigma

    By Tresid
    Probably one of the worst books of this genre I have ever read. It was painful to get through to the end. The book would have been one third shorter without so many references the details of the two detective's clothes and their cars. Once you read that the lift doors pinged when they opened a couple of times I didn't need to be told another 15 to 20 times. This book became so boring I would not be able to recommend it to anyone except as a bad example!
  • Obsessed

    By brutuswa
    The author (female, I assume) seems obsessed by the apparel of her characters. Not only that, but the cost of every piece of clothing and/or piece of furniture. It is very distracting from the story line where she describes insignificant details endlessly and without point. I gave up 1/4 into it. I would have liked to have finished it, but couldn't
  • If you like reading shopping mall catalogues this is for you.

    By Suzy W
    Actually it's like reading shopping catalogues interspersed with a street directory. This author needs a good editor! Why did we need to know what brand of every garment every character was wearing, plus its color, fabric and cost?? Nothing about this story seemed to have any point.
  • Pedestrian and predictable

    By Enazle
    Incessant product placement and endless irrelevant detail on fashion while over describing the environment leaving nothing to the reader's imagination. There is a couple of hours I'll never get back
  • Reading recommended if want to go comatose!!!

    By Was25
    Extremely slow, excruciating details which serves only to deviate from plot.. Could easily stand to lose half the number of pages