Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of A Fever of the Blood by Oscar De Muriel, read by Andy Secombe.
New Year's Day, 1889. In Edinburgh's lunatic asylum, a patient escapes as a nurse lies 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....
A Fever of the Blood includes an exclusive interview with the author which is available only to audiobook listeners.
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Praise for The Strings of Murder: "This is wonderful. A brilliant, moving, clever, lyrical book - I loved it. Oscar de Muriel is going to be a name to watch." (Manda Scott)
"One of the best debuts so far this year - a brilliant mix of horror, history, and humour. Genuinely riveting with plenty of twists, this will keep you turning the pages. It's clever, occasionally frightening and superbly written - The Strings of Murder is everything you need in a mystery thriller." (Crime Review)
Love a great story.
Yes, for me the narration was superb.
There were many but I liked the part which involved Nettle, it was gentle.
He was the voice of this book.
I laughed out loud in parts and was chilled in others, but always entertained.
Witches and Tartan Trousers
This is a ripping yarn, with great action and superb narration.
I loved his first book and this one did not disappoint. `i cannot wait for the next one.
This book was my first ever Audible pre-order following my love for the first book in the series, "The Strings of Murder". This book carries on the story of McGray & Frey, leaving Scotland to follow the trail of a group of Witches.
While not perfect (there was a bit of a lull in the 3rd quarter) I was again impressed at the authors ability to blend humour with serious mystery without rendering the whole thing a bit silly.
A brilliant effort for the second book in a series, but also only the authors second novel - I look forward to the third!
Everything the book wasn't! The lame story, the delivery by the narrator, no real structure to the story.
When I bought the first book 'A string of murders' although not perfect, the book had some potential to develop into a worthwhile series. Alas the second book is a disaster from start to finish, the two main protagonists are totally one-dimensional with no character development whatsoever, this was a real disappointment. Mcgraw the Scottish half of the double acts conversation is one long boring riff of one-liner put downs to his partner and after a while it really grates on your nerves.
The again Frey, his English sidekick is just as bad, the author just turns him into one very long complaining moaning, bitching, whining..you get my drift here. TO compound this situation, the narrator who started the first book really well, subconsciously (?) reverts to turning him into a parody of Victor Meldew. I was expecting at some point he would declare 'I don't believe it"!!!
The final few chapters meander all over the place and in the end the author just gets lazy and throws the kitchen sink at the story, I mean all the witches are fat, old and ugly with warts and black cats everywhere, how original! Then it gets worse he starts to mix it up with large bats on the shoulder of the big witch turing the whole thing into a sort of 'carry on' farce.
I gritted my teeth but I had to switch it off in the end. At some point I will have to see out the end. As I said at the beginning this could have been so much better, maybe the author will redeem this before it goes down the pan.
Do yourself a favour and purchase Wilkie Collins 'A Woman in White' if you've never listened to this book, you're in for a treat.
Really good promise in the first book of the series, I think he did his best with what he had. I would listen to him again.
About 95% of the dialogue between the two leading characters.
This is another excellent book in the McGray/Frey series. What I like most is the relationship between these two, the way they play off each other's opposite characteristics, and the humour that comes out of this. Also, they are both sympathetically portrayed, and humour can quickly turn to poignancy.
Oh, and the story is very good too!
I would advise people to listen to the audiobook rather than reading it, because the narrator is brilliant and brings it all to life with his mastery of the characters and their different accents.
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