Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Review of Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell
“Murder as a Fine Art” is a compelling and engrossing mystery, a suspenseful thriller as only author David Morrell can deliver. I truly felt as if I was an active observer in the events, living in this era, as mid-19th century London is so vividly detailed and brought to vivid life through art. In 1854 in London, a series of murders commences, and the unknown murder (in whose mind we walk) considers himself an artist. Indeed, he constantly plays off the motif of the famous essay by Thomas DeQuincey, “Murder as a Fine Art,” which elaborated on the 1811 Ratcliff Highway slayings in London. The monumental mysteries surrounding the 1854 slayings (and those of 1811) are matched by the incredible depths of characterizations, as author Morrell gives us characters to populate this novel that are perhaps even more than three-dimensional, so deeply are they related. High recommendations are in order for “Murder as a Fine Art.”
I reviewed a complimentary e-book copy in return for my fair and impartial review.
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