Death Notes

Death Notes

by Sarah Rayne

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ISBN-13: 9781847517623
Publisher: Severn House Publishers
Publication date: 03/01/2018
Series: A Phineas Fox Mystery Series , #1
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 777,719
Product dimensions: 5.55(w) x 8.74(h) x (d)

About the Author

Sarah Rayne is the author of novels of supernatural suspense, including the new series featuring Michael Flint and Nell West. She lives in Staffordshire.

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A good researcher should be able to plumb the depths of all kinds of darknesses and remain objective, especially when his bank balance is dwindling with alarming rapidity.

 Accordingly, after his agent’s phone call Phineas plundered his bookshelves for references to Roman Volf and the infamous assassination of the Tsar Alexander II in 1881. .

 The first mention he found was couched in colourful terms, and said, ‘Roman Volf was a virtuoso violinist – charismatic and brilliant. But a dark and suffocating web of tragedy wove itself around the last months of his life, and it was believed by some that his descendants would be trapped in the spider-strands of that dark web for many years into the future…’ .

 This had been written by a Russian journalist called Feofil Markov, and a footnote explained it had been translated from the original Russian. .

 ‘Two days after the official announcement of the tsar’s death, Roman Volf led an exultant midnight march of the rebels across the Pevchesky Bridge and along the banks of the Catherine Canal. He played his violin as he went, the anarchists and rebels prancing along behind him, as if he were some fantastical Scaramouche incarnation or a latter-day Pied Piper….’ .

 Phin wondered if that extraordinary march could be verified. Because if so – and always supposing he accepted the TV commission – it would make a terrific dramatic reconstruction. ‘It was not until one o’clock in the morning,’ wrote Feofil, ‘that the Russian police, along with a number of imperial cossacks, finally surrounded him on the Pevchesky Bridge. They arrested him, and took him to the dread Peter and Paul Fortress – the “Russian Bastille”.’ .

 And, thought Phin, as far as Roman Volf was concerned, that was the day the music died. .

 At the end of the article Feofil had written, ‘ Roman Volf faced Death disdainfully, as if he was auditioning it to provide accompaniment for one of his performances. Throughout the trial he protested his innocence, although no one believed him. His judges certainly did not.’

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read other books by the author and enjoyed them. This is the first in the series It begins slowly and you need to sort out the characters but once you do, the pace picks up. Good mystery with an interesting ending. I will read the next in the series.