It is 1889 and The Scottish Play is coming home. But before the darling couple of London theatre, Henry Irving and Ellen Terry, take their acclaimed Macbeth to the Edinburgh stage terror treads the boards. A grisly message is found smeared across the cobbles in blood, foretelling someone's demise. As the bloody prophecies continue to appear, Edinburgh's own beloved pair - Detective 'Nine-Nails' McGray and Inspector Ian Frey - enter the scene. Frey scoffs at this blatant publicity stunt, while McGray is convinced of supernatural affairs. As they scrutinise the key players, they discover that Terry, Irving, and his peculiar, preoccupied assistant (one Bram Stoker) all have reasons to kill, or be killed.... But one thing is clear. By occult curse or human hand, death will take a bow the night the curtain rises.
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"Fun to read and a fast page-turner...love and murder - they go together like strawberries and cream." (Independent)
"A hugely entertaining Victorian mystery." (The New York Times)
"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...Everything you need in a mystery thriller." (Crime Review)
"This is a fast-paced, well-researched and thoroughly spellbinding read. The mismatched pair is as entertaining as Holmes and Watson at their best, and the supernatural element brings an entertaining twist." (The Historical Novel Society)
"I enjoyed this - properly creepy and Gothic." (Ian Rankin)
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I may be wrong but I get the impression the second two books were rushed out to fulfil and contract. Loved the first book but found the constant repeating of the history of the characters and families tedious.
I really like the relationship between the two main detective Frey and Mccray. The theatre world and the characters of Irving, Terry and Stoker were ripe for dramatisation. I did find the running about here and there a bit hard to follow at times. Also kept wondering why such a big case with very little actual crime happening until the end....but this was minor and I still really enjoyed the book. Would definitely listen to the next one...hope there is one!
"Added another author series to my "love this" list"
Though this book was a bit long I was immediately intrigued with the author's note and prologue and captivated to the very last word of the story.... Listened straight thru! Skillfully written with historic bits and the narration was an amazing performance, making this a book I will definitely listen to again.
"Please get US access to the second book!"
The title to this review should be all the praise needed for the Frey & McGray series. Ye ken?
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