Inspector of the Dead

Inspector of the Dead

Book - 2015
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Thomas De Quincey, one of the most notorious and brilliant personalities of Victorian England, joined by his daughter Emily and Inspectors Ryan and Becker as they work to solve a series of murders leading to an attempted assassination of Queen Victoria ...
Publisher: New York :, Mulholland Books/Little, Brown, and Company,, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316323932
0316323934
Characteristics: 342 pages

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forbesrachel Jun 13, 2015

If you loved Murder as a Fine Art, you'll devour Inspector of the Dead. Book two in the Thomas De Quincy series begins right where the first left off, with the opium-eater and his daughter about to depart from Lord Palmerston's residence. To Lord Palmerston's chagrin, his "guests" stay has just been extended as a new wave of murders sweeps through London. Once again history melds seamlessly with the fictional aspects as we learn about the assassination attempts against her Majesty and how they connect to this new threat. The issues of shadow politics, the failures of the justice system, and the vast division of rich and poor receive special attention. Morrell continues to build on the fascinating characters of De Qunicy and Emily, and even improves upon some of the others. De Quincy's method of looking for an internal motive, whether conscious or subconscious, allows him to see below the disguise of a person who became a monster because of the circumstances of his life. The identity of the antagonist surprises us, but because of the way the author presents his story, we feel some pity for him. With the consequences of failure so high, and an antagonist so motivated, book two is more thrilling than book one.

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Normajean11
Jun 02, 2015

Great Victorian mystery. Number two in the series....doesn't disappoint. Loved it.

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lykinsj
Apr 29, 2015

I just read The Art of the English Murder by Lucy Worsley which relates the start of public fascination with murders and detection beginning with the Ratcliffe Highway murders and Thomas De Quincey's essay On Murder as a Fine Art. This mystery fits exactly in with that book and it makes the Victorian Age come alive. A rare serendipitous match up of reading.

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