Monday, April 6, 2015

Inspector of the Dead by David Morrell

Inspector of the Dead by David Morrell --- 339 pages

The suspenseful sequel to Murder as a Fine Art finds Thomas De Quincy and his daughter Emily reluctantly about to depart London where they have been the guests of the unwilling Lord Palmerston while Emily nursed detectives Ryan and Becker back to health from the injuries they sustained in the previous adventure.

At the moment of departure however, word reaches De Quincey of a new and shocking murder, in which a lady dies in the middle of a Sunday church service. Greatly relieved, De Quincy hastens to lend his "expertise" once again.

This is another gripping historical thriller, featuring a number of actual, prominent persons in Victorian England. The story takes place during the eight-week period early in 1855 when Britain was effectively without a government.  As a result of the sensational revelations about the gross mismanagement of the Crimean War reported in dispatches from the front lines by the pioneering journalist William Russell, the government collapsed until Queen Victoria reluctantly asked Lord Palmerston, the Home Secretary, to become Prime Minister.

A series of grisly and sensational murders terrorizes London. Important and influential men and their families are being violently attacked. Is this some political conspiracy at work, enemies of the state seeking to overthrow the social order  --- or are these the acts of a deranged mind?  Can the infamous Opium Eater, Thomas De Quincey, with his strange theories about the mind and memory, and his knowledge of speculative philosophy, deduce the motives and identify the mind behind these grotesque crimes before the murderer can strike at the ultimate targets he holds culpable for the injustice that casually destroyed an innocent family?

Mixing historical fact and murderous fancy, Morrell has produced another outstanding Victorian thriller.

Click HERE to read a review from the My Bookish Ways blog.

Click HERE to read a review from the Winston-Salem Journal.

Click HERE to read an interview with author David Morrell from the Huffington Post.

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