| Book Haul: February 06 |
Welcome to my first book haul post! To avoid the inevitable crazy long list at the start of every month I’ve decided to create a separate post which will give a little more information on some of the amazing books which have made their way onto my bookshelves. Obviously this plan is a little flawed as I still have all of January’s finds to post… but instead of including an overwhelming number of books, I’m breaking them up and they’ll be cropping up in chunks over the coming month!
| The Strings of Murder & A Fever of the Blood by Oscar de Muriel |
I won this lovely set of books in a Goodreads giveaway and they couldn’t have come at a better time! A week or so ago I had bought and read The Strings of Murder on Kindle and, after absolutely loving the first novel (review to come!) and in anticipation of the release of A Fever of the Blood, had planned to go to the book launch on 27th February at Waterstones in Manchester. Luckily for me, I happened to notice this giveaway on Goodreads and now I have a full set to get signed! And after my fantastic introduction to Frey and McGray, two highly entertaining and eccentric characters, I am in no doubt that I will thoroughly enjoy A Fever of the Blood.
| Synopsis: The Strings of Murder |
A spellbinding concoction of crime, history and horror – perfect for fans of Sherlock Holmes and Jonathan Creek.
Edinburgh, 1888. A virtuoso violinist is brutally killed in his home. Black magic symbols cover the walls. The dead man’s maid swears she heard three musicians playing before the murder.
But with no way in or out of the locked practice room, the puzzle makes no sense…
Fearing a national panic over a copycat Ripper, Scotland Yard sends Inspector Ian Frey to investigate under the cover of a fake department specializing in the occult. However, Frey’s new boss – Detective ‘Nine-Nails’ McGray – actually believes in such nonsense.
McGray’s tragic past has driven him to superstition, but even Frey must admit that this case seems beyond reason. And once someone loses all reason, who knows what they will lose next…
| Synopsis: A Fever of the Blood |
New Year’s Day, 1889. In Edinburgh’s lunatic asylum, a patient escapes as a nurse lays dying. Leading the manhunt are legendary local Detective ‘Nine-Nails’ McGray and Londoner-in-exile Inspector Ian Frey. Before the murder, the suspect was heard in whispered conversation with a fellow patient – a girl who had been mute for years. What made her suddenly break her silence? And why won’t she talk again? Could the rumours about black magic be more than superstition? McGray and Frey track a devious psychopath far beyond their jurisdiction, through the worst blizzard in living memory, into the shadow of Pendle Hill – home of the Lancashire witches – where unimaginable danger awaits…