This is a Murder mystery novella about genetically modified Human/Animal hybrids who happen to also be the biggest boyband in the world. When the manager of the band is found torn apart in bed after a wild afterparty in a Las Vegas hotel all signs point to the popstars. Its up to Detective Luce Delgado to sort out the facts before she's forced to let the band go.
Such a fun read from beginning to end, If you’re looking for a quick read to spend an evening with, a locked room mystery is always a good time.— From Ivan G.'s Picks
A 2022 Sturgeon Award Nominee!
A 2022 Edgar Award Nominee!
Daryl Gregory's The Album of Dr. Moreau combines the science fiction premise of the famous novel by H. G. Wells with the panache of a classic murder mystery and the spectacle of a beloved boy band.
It’s 2001, and the WyldBoyZ are the world’s hottest boy band, and definitely the world’s only genetically engineered human-animal hybrid vocal group. When their producer, Dr. M, is found murdered in his hotel room, the “boyz” become the prime suspects. Was it Bobby the ocelot (“the cute one”), Matt the megabat (“the funny one”), Tim the Pangolin (“the shy one”), Devin the bonobo (“the romantic one”), or Tusk the elephant (“the smart one”)?
Las Vegas Detective Luce Delgado has only twenty-four hours to solve a case that goes all the way back to the secret science barge where the WyldBoyZ’ journey first began—a place they used to call home.
"[Daryl Gregory] constructs a clever mash-up of H.G. Wells’s The Island of Doctor Moreau, a locked room mystery, and the boy band phenomenon in this zippy but complex tale... [A] quirky and entertaining twist on a classic." – Publisher's Weekly
"Gregory deliberately and imaginatively breaks every one of T. S. Eliot’s “Rules of Detective Fiction,” with which he has prefaced this luminous novella." - Booklist, starred review
"Both unexpected and yet completely satisfying." – Mystery & Suspense Magazine
"A stunning detective story full of all-too-human animals. Reading Daryl Gregory is so much fun you never notice until it's too late that he's got you by the feels, and he's about to squeeze. I loved this hilarious, touching, ridiculous ride." - Sam J. Miller, Nebula Award-winning author of The Art of Starving and Blackfish City
"This book has everything: a genetically engineered boy band, a great detective, a Zima-soaked tour party full of suspects, and a clever locked-room mystery. Funny, smart, and completely satisfying. I devoured it like a delicious grub snack." - Sarah Pinsker, author of A Song For A New Day and We Are Satellites
"Daryl Gregory is terrific, and The Album of Dr Moreau continues his high-roller, high-stakes streak of awesome. I laughed on page one, was horrified by page thirteen, and was delighted till the very end." – Lavie Tidhar
"Meticulous, cunning, and clever." – Elizabeth Bear