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Murder as a Fine Art

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Fantastic Historical Thriller

The first chapter of Murder as a Fine Art is one of the most disturbing I've read, and I like to read my share of horror and thrillers. Author David Morrell is genius as he starts off the novel by taking the reader into the mind of the 'artist', the killer himself. Base...
The first chapter of Murder as a Fine Art is one of the most disturbing I've read, and I like to read my share of horror and thrillers. Author David Morrell is genius as he starts off the novel by taking the reader into the mind of the 'artist', the killer himself. Based on the real Ratcliffe Highway murders that occurred during 1800's London, this novel was a suspenseful mystery that I found hard to put down. Writer Thomas De Quincey, also known as the Opium-Eater finds himself a suspect in a set of vicious murders that seem to mirror the unsolved Ratcliffe Highway murders of forty years past. De Quincey wrote an essay called "On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts" where he discussed the Ratcliffe murders in detail and almost as a fan of the detailed work of the murderer. This essay is what makes him a prime suspect. De Quincey, now in his sixties and heavily addicted to Opium, lives with his daughter Emily who helps care for him. De Quincey has arrived in London under mysterious circumstances and soon learns that the killer is the one who lured him back. Detective Inspector Sean Ryan and constable Becker are trying to crack the case. The original Ratcliffe Highway murders were followed by a second set of murders twelve days later and the detectives are afraid the copycat killer will strike again soon. The story takes twists and turns that had me on the edge of my seat as Ryan, Becker, the Opium-Eater and Emily try to put the clues together and discover the identity of the killer. Author David Morrell seamlessly takes us from the mind of the killer to the cat and mouse chase of the investigators with his descriptive and fast paced storytelling. I loved how David Morrell breathed life into these characters and made them jump off the pages. I felt bad for the Opium-Eater as his past comes to light and he reveals the pains he has lived through. At the heart of his existence is his addiction to Opium, it rules his every thought. An interesting and terrifying aspect of his addiction is that as things are happening to him, he wonders whether what he is experiencing is real or if he is in an Opium induced nightmare. I felt myself rooting for Emily and Becker, I wanted these two to get together. What an unexpected facet to the storyline their attraction was. Speaking of Emily, she is an interesting character. I liked that she was no-nonsense but caring at the same time. She's a bit of a rebel and refuses to wear the uncomfortable hooped dresses and tight corsets that are in style, preferring instead to wear comfortable bloomers under her skirts. The relationship she has with her father is well fleshed out and I could easily believe their storyline. David Morrell brings the seedy underbelly of 1800's London to life perfectly. The atmosphere of the novel is dark and mysterious throughout and on top of that, he creates a cast of characters that the reader can root for. The author adds historical facts throughout the storyline which just adds to the reading experience. I love it when a writer of historical fiction does their research. This was 5 star read for me, I highly recommend it to fans of historical mysteries and thrilling stories. Victorian London, murder, mystery, suspense and historical facts and fiction are all woven together masterfully to create a novel that grabs the reader and does not let go until the very end.

posted by thebookwormNJ on June 7, 2013

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Most Helpful Critical Review

5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

6 of the 5 Star ratings prior to 8/9/13 are from nook/texters -

6 of the 5 Star ratings prior to 8/9/13 are from nook/texters - have no bearing on the book. Can't they get a life somewhere else. Serious book review people - make Barnes & Noble aware of how they use this system and start complaining - in the stores, on this sit...
6 of the 5 Star ratings prior to 8/9/13 are from nook/texters - have no bearing on the book. Can't they get a life somewhere else. Serious book review people - make Barnes & Noble aware of how they use this system and start complaining - in the stores, on this site - mark the reviews as 'off topic' or inappropriate, flag them as 'not helpful' so they fall to the bottom. Make yourself heard if you don't like nook/texters ruining the book review process.

posted by Anonymous on August 9, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2013

    Creepy in all the right ways.

    What a wonder this book was. Written in the true Victorian sensational style, don't expect a first-person narrative here. Instead, expect a drifting third-person perspective that slowly reveals all the bits and pieces of a good mystery. This book is a trip back to London in the days of closed curtains and opium. And it does all this while incorporating plenty of historical accuracy.

    Top-notch, enjoyable read.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2013

    Recommended!

    Factual( non-fiction) history in a fictional setting. Very entertaining and readable.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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