Guidebook for the Dark Duke


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Evan traveled to England at the end of the nineteenth century; a fictional duke and a place that did not exist, which made him realize that where he was located was a fictional world, the world in a book, and he was the most despicable and shameless existence in the world.

In order to survive in this world, Evan had to play a pure priest, step by step to attack the cold duke, and eventually become the winner of life!

Associated Names
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Hēihuà Gōngjué Gōnglüè Shǒucè
Related Series
Faking Straight (1)
Recommendation Lists
  2. High Quality BL: Recommendations and Rising Stars ...
  3. to read (E F G H)
  4. My bl list to read for later (mostly seme mc)
  5. odd 2

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06/26/22 KnoxT c50
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Jewellia97 rated it
January 14, 2022
Status: Completed
When I read the first chapter, I had this hunch that it would be an absolutely and wonderfully great novel. So I went to read the raws and my hunch was completely right. This novel is f*cking awesome. The plot is great, there are no annoying plot fillers. Everything was well thought out. The plot, the characters, the world building, the motives, everything just went well together. I'm not exaggerating, believe me. The crimes Evan helped solve were so good, I was at the edge of my seat every time... more>> especially the last crime

where Evan was framed by the Colonel for the murder of the nun, turns out the nun was by the Colonel's side acting like the wife while the real wife was the nun that was killed, the two looked alike


Everyone has to try this novel, the raws are pretty straightforward, at least not as horrible as you'd expect, as long as you ignore some stuff.

If I could rate this how I want, it'd be a 100/100 <<less
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Dearest_Reader rated it
March 5, 2022
Status: Completed
I didn’t check the tags. Still, it was a good mistake.
I never liked reading seme protagonists pov as I am quite used to reading uke ones. This made me really mind blown after seeing that chapter. Very much baffled, If I do say so myself.

The plot is really nice! Goddamn plot twists. It’s really on tune with the word, ‘Love’. Love is the main point of the whole book, like love comes from different shapes and sizes all that shit. So, hypocrisy here is really outstanding.

Although there were some... more>> things I liked to point out. It’s more or less the knowledge of the olden times. The way MC solve crimes were decent enough. The way the cases ended really gives satisfaction! Except for Mrs. Johnson’s case.

edit: Damn, I’m still salty that MC is seme. Whatever, I’m still satisfied. <<less
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Cucumber Pie rated it
January 24, 2022
Status: --
Oh I love it! A priest MC is quite rare to read nowadays. From reading the first few chapters, I gotta say the translator did a very good job translating. I am very excited for the next chapters as well!
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Meatshield rated it
March 15, 2022
Status: Completed
I started reading this story after reading the glowing reviews and I don't regret it at all! This was a well-paced and interesting read.

Neither of the leads are good people but that's probably why they're really good for each other. On the surface the MC is kind and softhearted but in reality he is ambitious, two-faced, sharp, clever and selfish. Though this might make him sound like an AH idk why I couldn't hate him. I think it's because he felt realistic? Like ofc a guy transmigrated to those times... more>> would want to fight for power and riches. During those times wealth and status were really everything. Plus, besides his scheme to seduce the duke, he didn't really go out of his way to hurt anyone (except the original heroine). The ML is a yandere but we never really see him go out of control so I didn't have any issues with him. I thought he fell for the MC kind of quickly considering his personality was set to be suspicious and sensitive but I liked their romance. Their relationship made them better people. The side characters added to the plot nicely and I liked how there were episodic mysteries to solve to liven up the story.

Overall, recommended! <<less
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Liken143 rated it
March 20, 2022
Status: Completed
I like this novel it totally hooked me up.

I like transmigration novels and this one got to my fav lists.

I like the attitude of the MC and ML towards each other. Well, I expected from the very being that the MC with be such a pretender towards everyone but I don't think it actually harmed anyone too.

I also like how the MC deals with the cases. XD

I want to read more novels like this. Does anyone have a recommendation?
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ladyartemis rated it
March 24, 2022
Status: c24 part2
This is actually so good! But I'm also salty that the MC is seme since I don't really like reading novels with a seme protagonist. But, I guess I'll have to make an exception for this one. Also, the translation is excellent. Bookmarked!
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