Staff Review: Murder as Fine Art by David Morrell

murderasfineartThis is a wonderfully atmospheric Victorian murder mystery, with a real-life author as reluctant detective, and a gaggle of fictional detectives, who will probably be fleshed out in future novels. The revelations of class distinction and social attitudes were strongly reminiscent of Anne Perry. The author credits his reading in Dickens, Trollope and Wilkie Collins for inspiration. Extensive research is well-incorporated into the narrative and is not too long or distracting from the main plot line. Perhaps there is one subplot too many, and one big coincidence, but otherwise the plotting is tight and suspenseful. Very enjoyable, and I would definitely pick up a sequel. I might even go back and read other novels by this author, but perhaps not First Blood.

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