Inspector of the Dead

Inspector of the Dead

Book - 2015
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"Thomas De Quincey, infamous for his Confessions of an Opium-Eater, confronts London's harrowing streets to thwart the assassination of Queen Victoria. The year is 1855. The Crimean War is raging. The incompetence of British commanders causes the fall of the English government. The Empire teeters. Amid this crisis comes opium-eater Thomas De Quincey, one of the most notorious and brilliant personalities of Victorian England. Along with his irrepressible daughter, Emily, and their Scotland Yard companions, Ryan and Becker, De Quincey finds himself confronted by an adversary who threatens the heart of the nation. This killer targets members of the upper echelons of British society, leaving with each corpse the name of someone who previously attempted to kill Queen Victoria. The evidence indicates that the ultimate victim will be Victoria herself. As De Quincey and Emily race to protect the queen, they uncover long-buried secrets and the heartbreaking past of a man whose lust for revenge has destroyed his soul. Brilliantly merging historical fact with fiction, Inspector of the Dead is based on actual attempts to assassinate Queen Victoria"--
Publisher: New York : Mulholland Books/Little, Brown, and Company, ©2015.
ISBN: 9780316323932
Characteristics: 342 pages ;,25 cm.


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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.

Jun 02, 2015

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

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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