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“I had such a flippin' great time with this book. From the first page, I was sucked in, and the only reason I didn't finish this one in a day is that I made myself slow down and enjoy the journey -- I could have taken another 300 pages and been only slightly satisfied.
“The greatest modern day storyteller takes us back to foggy London in the 19th Century when the Irish were detested, Scotland Yard was fledgling and horrendous murders were rare.......and apparently only for the downtrodden and low-caste of society. This story uses the brilliant device of the protagonist's daughters diary, to intersperse the narrative structure. Awesome as usual by David Morrell.”luke taylor wrote this review Thursday, October 31, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Historical fiction: The historical part was fascinating--lots of info. about London and its development as a city, cultural center, and microcosm of 19th century life. The fiction part was disappointing; only surface character development, and loose plot development that intrigued the reader at times but did not consistently keep one interested.”Judy F wrote this review Saturday, October 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Excellent ”Karan wrote this review Friday, October 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Excellent, engrossing, historical fiction. A bit creepy, keeps you guessing a lot of the way. Very hard to put down. Will look for more of his.”Leslie J wrote this review Friday, October 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Educating. Suspenseful. Very satisfying.”Mrs. Readmore wrote this review Thursday, September 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Morrell's strong research skills embed this tale of Victorian serial murder with fascinating facts about the era. Using the real life morphine addict and author, Thomas De Quincey's writings from the period as a central plot element works surprisingly well. And the police detectives, Becker and Ryan, are well drawn.”jeannemarie1 wrote this review Friday, August 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A HISTORICAL THRILLER WITH LITERARY ROOTS. Thomas De Quincey, best known for his sensational memoir Confessions of an Opium Eater , is the prime suspect in a series of horrific murders that paralyze London. The killer seems to be imitating De Quincey's true-crime essay "On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts." Desperate to prevent more atrocities but crippled by opium addiction, De Quincey is aided by his brilliant daughter, Emily, as well as two determined Scotland Yard detectives. MURDER AS A FINE ART recreates gaslit London as a battleground between a literary luminary and a master killer whose secrets are deeply entwined with De Quincey's own. - amazon review - end was a little disappointing as the police procedural part grew more & more unbelievable”Carol wrote this review Thursday, August 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is the fictional story of Thomas De Quincey, his memoir of Confessions of an English Opium Eater. This is a story full of suspense. One of his essays had to do with the Ratcliffe Highway Murders which happened forty years before. But his essay makes him a suspect with Scotland Yard of current murders. He often struggles with his addiction to opium as he works with his daughter Emily and two Scotland Yard detectives. The characters are very muck like normal people
and portrayed as the people of Victorian London during 1854.
If you love historical fiction then you must add this book to your reading list right now!”
“A good mystery set in the streets of old london.”patricia g wrote this review Saturday, July 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No