Fiendish Schemes is difficult to follow because the plot keeps changing. Just when the reader begins to understand the unbelievable plot, Jeter changes it again. His version of London is just too strange to read about comfortably; nearly everything is completely unimaginable. The characters are stubborn and two- dimensional, but some do have surprising secrets. Despite the unbelievable changes, one of the biggest secrets in the book is actually predictable. The only true surprise comes from the unexpected plot twists that complicate the reading experience.