The mix of all this books ingredients is very moreish. Genuinely riveting with plenty of twists, this will keep you turning the pages. You never leave the island and the island never leaves you… one place in particular appears to be inhabited by creatures rather than humans…bats in their cloaks of darkness roam these parts… The mix of all this books ingredients is very moreish. Everything you could want in a crime novel. Death and increasingly bizarre happenings will intermingle throughout this trip to the Highlands, before Frey and McGray learn a terrible truth.
I've wanted a book that hooked me enough to resist the temptation of podcasts, and twitch streams, and YouTube etc. This new investigation of my favorite detective duo since Holmes and Watson takes us to a very remote region of Scotland, the alas, fictional Loch Maree. This is a brilliant move by Oscar de Muriel, and his symptoms fit; burning in sunlight, mental illness, stomach or abdominal pain, seizures, and weak bodies that look like the undead some believe Porphyria was the original cause of the vampire myth. I was walking the street at midnight to finish it. My favorite is the 3rd book. Which brings me back to the first thought I had upon finishing the book: these two should definitely stay in Edinburgh. The mismatched pair is as entertaining as Holmes and Watson at their best' Historical Novel Society It is a joy to return to Victorian Scotland and the mismatched Edinburgh detectives, Inspector Ian Frey and Inspector Adolphus 'Nine-Nails' McGray, the duo looking into the strange, the supernatural and the horrific.
The minor characters were also interesting because even though I didn't like many of them I loved to hate them. Death and increasingly bizarre happenings will intermingle throughout this trip to the Highlands, before Frey and McGray learn a terrible truth. You have a clear view of the sunrise and sunset: very useful for pagan rituals. As a young woman she was forced to give away her child, her son was fathered by one of the Kolomans and now the family want him to return as heir to his father's estate. They must stay with the mysterious Koloman family - any one of whom might be a suspect. Murder of the priest sets the tone for this blood drenched tale of gothic horror, as McGray and Frey find themselves isolated, in danger and manipulated in their most testing investigation. However, I always look forward to the new Frey and McGray novel, they always entertain, make me laugh and leave me wanting more, and book 4 is no different, I need 5 now.
I love a book to make my senses tingle,and this didn't disappoint. It's clever, occasionally frightening and superbly written - The Strings Of Murder is everything you need in a mystery thriller. One of the very best Victorian mystery series, for sure. But Frey and McGray have little time to get their bearings. The plot is complex enough, I think, that you aren't likely to guess it all. In exchange for their help, his mother offers McGray a cure for his sister who is locked in an asylum. Soon after they do, the local police officer is found strung up and empty of blood.
Frey travels to Loch Maree with the one family member he loves, Uncle Maurice. Also, I knew the lemons were suspicious. But it ticks so many of my boxes. It's clever, occasionally frightening and superbly written - The Strings Of Murder is everything you need in a mystery thriller. Oscar de Muriel is going to be a name to watch' Manda Scott 'Fun to read and a fast page-turner. Luckily for her, she has another more routine police issue that Frey can help with; her love child has been declared the only heir of his father and she fears for his life. The use of piano playing to set the mood is a clever idea that I enjoyed, it became as if the book had its own soundtrack built in, playing only in your mind.
There are so many twists and turns to this case and the overall mystery that you can tell a lot of thought and planning went into the planning stages of the case when it came to writing it so bravo! As always in the Frey and McGray novels, there are moments of high jinx as well as plenty of pace and a plot full of hints of the supernatural along with murder most fowl. It was a very well written book, in the vintage style, easy to read, yet very involved. The continuous dread and fear that the characters somehow won't survive the case? Genuinely riveting with plenty of twists, this will keep you turning the pages. The loch of the dead 3. I love all of Oscar de Muriel's books but I've honestly felt like The Strings of Murder and now Loch of the Dead are his darkest. A brilliant, moving, clever, lyrical book - I loved it.
It's clever, occasionally frightening and superbly written - The Strings Of Murder is everything you need in a mystery thriller. However,Benjamin has been brought up in complete ignorance of his family history and believes he was a foundling ,who had the good fortune to be brought up by the local parish priest in Thurso. Even before they arrive the boy's guardian is brutally murdered, and one thing becomes clear to the two detectives: Someone is willing to kill to protect the secrets of Loch Maree. Everything you need in a mystery thriller' Crime Review 'Fast-paced, well-researched and thoroughly spellbinding. But nothing is as it seems at the manor, or on the island and as usual Frey and McGray are dragged into the fray excusing the pun. Being such a huge fan of the series it was a marvel and a privilege to be trusted and given this opportunity I cannot say thank you enough hopefully I can be so lucky for the next book.
Oscar de Muriel is going to be a name to watch. The island has been a sacred burial ground since the time of the druids, but the legends around it will turn out to be much darker than McGray could have expected. Best book I've read this year! And their husbands are not related to each other. But Frey and McGray have little time to get their bearings. Generally I tend to be a bit of a butterfly reader, I've got another series going which I've taken about five years to complete, but this series has really held my attention and got me invested.
Take this excerpt for example 'Konrad took his time to do his tie and I pictured myself setting his Austrian styled moustache on fire. Still a good read but doesn't quite live up to the first 3. This is the best ever in the series. I have read and thoroughly enjoyed the first three in the Frey and McGray series and then along comes book four which in my opinion takes this authors writing to another level. Oscar de Muriel is going to be a name to watch. Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Loch of the Dead by Oscar de Muriel, read by Andy Secombe.