CW: I cannot fully remember, but I recall there’s some period appropriate homophobia but from family members
The interesting thing about this trilogy of books is how it doesn’t fit the normal arc of trilogies. Usually, Book 1 stands alone-ish–sets up the world, but the main plot issue sorts itself out so that if there’s no traction there’s not a horrid dangling issue left for the audience to deal with. Also, you’re more likely to get traction because the book has a nice finality to it that helps audiences like it better.
Those are my theories, at least. It means that trilogies usually go A(BC) in their larger arc.
This trilogy is the opposite, for what it’s worth–the books are set up sort of like (AB)C, where this book has a new-ish arc. Will and Kim are doing their thing, which includes this absolutely hilarious exchange wherein Will finally shows up one day at Kim’s house in a position that might put his manservant at some unease, and learns that far from being out of sorts said manservant is beyond thrilled:
Kim: “Actually, he was overjoyed when you turned up, for a very Peacockian definition of joy: it let him demonstrate his exemplary discretion at last. You must have noticed you barely set eyes on him for months.”
Will: “I thought that was just—I don’t know. Good timing?”
Kim: “His good timing, executed with the precision of a surgeon. You might have gone on thinking this flat was staffed by friendly elves forever if I hadn’t put my foot down.”
The entire series is like that, if you’re not immediately reading these you must!!!
This entire series is amazing, from Will’s obtuseness (view spoiler) to Kim’s attempts at always being honest even when he’s surrounded by the family who make him retreat into his shell, Kim’s frustration at being in his family
prison estate, Will as the only one who can make him feel better, both of them going through all sorts of relationship struggles together…it’s a beautiful thing. And then espionage/mystery/thriller plot is excellent, as well, and a fitting end (T-T) to this sweet little trilogy.
Also–I would say normally don’t be like me and forget to read the short stories along the way but in this case it ends up being a lovely way to get back to this world afterwards, so ymmv.