MURDER AS A FINE ART by David Morrell

Book Quote:

“May I touch the corpses?”

As with so much of what De Quincey said, the request suddenly seemed to be the most normal in the world. “If you think it’s necessary.”

“I do.”

Book Review:

Review by Bonnie Brody  (DEC 2, 2013)

Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell is one of the best mystery books I’ve read this year. It is historically based, taking place in the nineteenth century. As some of you may know, Morrell is best-known for his book, First Blood, upon which the the Rambo movies are based. Murder as a Fine Art is very different from his first writings. It is literary fiction and page-turning at its best.

Set in the Victorian London, the story is about a serial killer and mass murderer who appears to be copying The Ratcliffe Murders which took place 43 years before the current murders. The current murders are indeed gruesome, the first one killing a storekeeper, his wife, a maid, and two children. The murderer uses a mallet and razor as his tools.

The murderer uses the essay by the distinguished Thomas de Quincey,  Murder as a Fine Art, as his guide. DeQuincey wrote that essay in 1827 about the Ratcliffe Highway Murders but is most famous for his scandulous book Confessions of an Opium-Eater.   De Quincey is hooked on Laudanum, a strong opiate-based liquid, which, at that time, could be purchased over the counter at most pharmacies  De Quincey is accompanied everywhere by his loyal and loving 24-years-old daughter Emily. She cares for her father with the utmost love.

Two detectives, Ryan and Becker, are told to arrest de Quincey but they end up sure that he is not the murderer and de Quincey ends up helping them to solve the crime. Because he wrote the essay that the real murderer imitates, he has insight into the clues and motivations that others miss.

The novel is a great read and I loved it through and through. For those of you who are mystery buffs and enjoy historical fiction, this is a great choice. In this novel you will also hear about Coleridge, Wordsworth, Kant and Betham. It is a true romp in the past and calls up the time and place as though you were there.

AMAZON READER RATING: from 218 readers
PUBLISHER: Mulholland Books (May 7, 2013)
REVIEWER: Bonnie Brody
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