Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell

Posted November 3, 2014 by JennCG in Bookclub Reviews / 0 Comments

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Murder as a Fine Art by David MorrellMurder as a Fine Art by David Morrell
Series: Thomas De Quincey #1
Published by Mulholland Books on May 7th 2013
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
Pages: 358
Source: Purchased

Gaslit London is brought to its knees in David Morrell's brilliant historical thriller.Thomas De Quincey, infamous for his memoir Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, is the major suspect in a series of ferocious mass murders identical to ones that terrorized London forty-three years earlier.The blueprint for the killings seems to be De Quincey's essay "On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts." Desperate to clear his name but crippled by opium addiction, De Quincey is aided by his devoted daughter Emily and a pair of determined Scotland Yard detectives.In Murder as a Fine Art, David Morrell plucks De Quincey, Victorian London, and the Ratcliffe Highway murders from history. Fogbound streets become a battleground between a literary star and a brilliant murderer, whose lives are linked by secrets long buried but never forgotten.


Instead of a Romantic Suspense choice for August, we chose to read the Suspense novel, Murder As A Fine Art. Although not a romance, it was a hit with the ladies, receiving an over-all rating of 8 out of 10. The blend of fiction with history was done very well as it was clear which was which. The heroine, DeQuincy’s daughter, was a big hit as she was a very practical woman of her time. The ladies would enjoy seeing this become a series especially because they all wanted to know more about DeQuincy.


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