Book Review: Murder as a Fine Art by: David Morrell

Rating: 5/5

Publisher: Mulholland Books

Publish Date: May 7, 2013

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Hardcover

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble


Thomas De Quincey, infamous for his memoir Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, is the major suspect in a series of ferocious mass murders identical to ones that terrorized London forty-three years earlier.

The blueprint for the killings seems to be De Quincey's essay "On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts." Desperate to clear his name but crippled by opium addiction, De Quincey is aided by his devoted daughter Emily and a pair of determined Scotland Yard detectives.

In Murder as a Fine Art, David Morrell plucks De Quincey, Victorian London, and the Ratcliffe Highway murders from history. Fogbound streets become a battleground between a literary star and a brilliant murderer, whose lives are linked by secrets long buried but never forgotten.

Author Bio: David Morrell is a Canadian novelist from Kitchener, Ontario, who has been living in the United States for a number of years. He is best known for his debut 1972 novel First Blood, which would later become a successful film franchise starring Sylvester Stallone. More recently, he has been writing the Captain America comic books limited-series The Chosen.

For more information on David Morrell and his novels, please visit the official website.  You can also follow David on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Review: Thomas De Quincey and his daughter Emily have been brought to London under mysterious circumstances. While they are in London, vicious and brutal murders take place reminiscent of murders from over forty years earlier. As De Quincey’s essay "On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts" describes the murders in detail, the Scotland Yard is determined to receive De Quincey’s assistance or secure his arrest. De Quincey and his daughter are in a race to clear his name amidst the growing civil unrest and his laudanum fueled dreams.

‘Murder as a Fine Art’ is an addictive read! It is so easy to get drawn into the world of Victorian London in 1854 through Mr. Morrell’s vivid description, dialogue, and characters. An intensely compelling and exciting book, ‘Murder as a Fine Art’ will capture the senses and the imagination. I don’t want to give anything of the story away – just read this book!


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