Murder as a Fine Art (Thomas and Emily De Quincey) by David Morrell

Reviewed by Jud Hanson

Murder as a Fine ArtLate one night in mid-century Victorian London, as a shopkeeper is about to close, one last customer shows up. As a gesture of goodwill, the shopkeeper agrees to make one last sale. It was the last mistake he would ever make. When Detective Ryan and Constable Becker arrive, they find a gruesome scene: an entire family brutally beaten to death. The only clue is a tool with the initials ”J.P.” As the investigation begins, Ryan realizes that the details of the crime bear a striking resemblance to on that happened less than 50 years prior and described in detail in a book written by a noted eccentric, Thomas De Quincey, known for using opium. De Quincey and Ryan work together to find out who the murderer is and where he might strike again.

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Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell is one of the finest murder mysteries I have ever read. Morrell is perhaps best known for his creation of the character Rambo, which spawned 3 movies. Thomas De Quincey is a masterful character, as brilliant as he is flawed. Morrell’s detailed description of life in Victorian London has no equal in my opinion. His research has produced a novel that makes the reader feel as if they are actually in Victorian London with its rigid codes of behavior and dress for men and women. Morrell has already written a second novel featuring De Quincey and I sincerely hope there will be many more. I give this novel 5/5 stars.

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