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Just this side of unpleasantly anti-LGBT mockery, ridiculously stereotypical; Charles is not biased against "gays", apparently; the archaic terminology proves he is - but the transposition of Edwards and Mac Liammóir from Dublin to London is effective and amusing; a famous theatrical gay marriage of longstanding, portrayed with more understanding than any other relationship in this novel.
Otherwise the primitive attitudes of Monique and Ives's parents now seem merely silly in 2016; stereotypes of "camp" gay men are about as acceptable as "n" jokes - only as self mockery within the community.
There is however a classic amateur detective novel with our less than competent Charles Paris, generally out of his head on cooking whisky, stuff I wouldn't even put in a black bun, overestimating his sex appeal as usual. Women are rated by physical attractiveness- so maybe gay men do better on the measure of humanity.
This was a guilty pleasure- some characters enjoyable, most not. Stereotypes if not overdone are reassuring in a bedtime story. I like the updated Paris on Radio 4 much more - times have changed and women and LGBT people cannot be described in such throwaway lines.