The Secret Tunnel transports us into the world of trains, theatre, gay royalty and fascists. It also has to have one of the few instances of the anal sphincter being used to transmit morse code. In this case, S.O.S, but the possibilities are endless as a means to transmit information without detection.The gay amateur detective, Edward “Mitch” Mitchell, has his mind constantly in the gutter, thinking, dreaming and sometimes even starting to have sex with just about everybody he comes across, friend and foe alike. So, be warned, if infidelity turns you off and you like your man-on-man sex, romantic, warm and emotional, steer well clear. Yet, there is love for his fellows and not just the sexual kind: fondness, shared loyalty and even respect.Once again, editors let the writer down, not picking up an instance where Lear wrongly used the name of the main villain instead of one of his accomplices.The increase in complexity of the murder solving part of the plot prevents it from being as easy or as enjoyable read as the first book in the series, but it’s still an amusing way to pass a wet afternoon.