[We have now] read the complete manuscript of LORD ALEXANDER'S CIPHER. We are in agreement that it has good potential, and has many of the right 'ingredients', but is still in need of work.I am not sure what Miss Snark would make of it, but I reckon that this is more of a "yes" than a "no". This is my first novel, after all. I would be suspicious if an agent suggested that it didn't need work.
I suggest that, if you are willing, we meet soon to discuss things in detail.
With the post-Christmas backlog the meeting won't be for a couple of weeks. I am not counting chickens, but I am counting the days.