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A Mask of Shadows Audiobook

A Mask of Shadows: Frey & McGray, Book 3

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2017 Oscar de Muriel (P)2017 Penguin Audiobooks Ltd

What the Critics Say

"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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    Mrs. M. 05/06/2017
    Mrs. M. 05/06/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it!"
    What made the experience of listening to A Mask of Shadows the most enjoyable?

    The narration by Andy Secombe is perfect


    What did you like best about this story?

    The relationship between Frey and McGray - their insults and squabbling makes me laugh out loud.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I loved the arrival of Frey's family to Edinburgh and wished there was more of them. They are all so horrible.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked this the best of all the three books because of the huge tapestry of characters including Ellen Terry, Henry Irving, Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde! I also loved the first book and I think the second was not so much fun and a bit too serious.

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    DEBORAH 13/05/2017
    DEBORAH 13/05/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant"

    I can't wait for the next Frey -Mcgrey Instalment . So enjoyable laugh out loud funny at times and beautifully written.
    The narration as always is first class.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. Serginson UK 18/04/2017
    C. Serginson UK 18/04/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "very enjoyable"

    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!

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    Crispin 26/04/2017
    Crispin 26/04/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Repeat"

    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.

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    mollyeyre 20/05/2017
    mollyeyre 20/05/2017
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    "I have an odd friendship with Frey and McGray"

    When I start reading these books - I start by thinking - 'Oh I won't read any more of these, they are getting wearisome ....' BUT by the time I finish - I am chuckling out loud at some of the between character comments. Overall I am really enjoying the books, I love the main characters, but the storytelling is sometimes a trifle arduous and I drift off and get lost in my own thoughts so have to rewind.

    I do think that the story could be 'moved along a bit', It does meander and one gets a little confused. What I find odd in my own reaction is that having finished the book - I almost hear myself sighing with satisfaction at the outcome.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rosie 22/04/2017
    Rosie 22/04/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "fantastic "

    A brilliant thrilling story as always. I just wish it was longer! I love these two characters and I hope there's many more to come.

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  • Bethany
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    16/04/17
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    12/04/17
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    "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?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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