I recently read Lorn's [b:Cruelty: Episode One|18627784|Cruelty Episode One (Cruelty #1)|Edward Lorn|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1380946955s/18627784.jpg|26418317], thought it was excellent and I look forward to reading the rest of the series. The writing in Dastardly Bastard was just as good - but for whatever reason I can't begin to hypothesize on - this story didn't blow me away. I enjoyed every page of the writing - 4+ stars on that - but the story wasn't my thing. Probably a personal issue. Whatever.
Regardless, I plan to continue reading Lorn. His prose is excellent. Bay's End was mentioned multiple times in this book so I think I'll line that one up next and any sequel to Cruelty is a no-brainer must add to tbr list.