Murder as a Fine Art

Murder as a Fine Art Gaslit London is brought to its knees in David Morrell s brilliant historical thriller Thomas De Quincey infamous for his memoir Confessions of an English Opium Eater is the major suspect in a seri

Gaslit London is brought to its knees in David Morrell s brilliant historical thriller.Thomas De Quincey, infamous for his memoir Confessions of an English Opium Eater , is the major suspect in a series of ferocious mass murders identical to ones that terrorized London forty three years earlier.The blueprint for the killings seems to be De Quincey s essay On Murder ConsiGaslit London is brought to its knees in David Morrell s brilliant historical thriller.Thomas De Quincey, infamous for his memoir Confessions of an English Opium Eater , is the major suspect in a series of ferocious mass murders identical to ones that terrorized London forty three years earlier.The blueprint for the killings seems to be De Quincey s essay On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts Desperate to clear his name but crippled by opium addiction, De Quincey is aided by his devoted daughter Emily and a pair of determined Scotland Yard detectives.In Murder as a Fine Art , David Morrell plucks De Quincey, Victorian London, and the Ratcliffe Highway murders from history Fogbound streets become a battleground between a literary star and a brilliant murderer, whose lives are linked by secrets long buried but never forgotten.

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Murder as a Fine Art

  1. David Morrell is a Canadian novelist from Kitchener, Ontario, who has been living in the United States for a number of years He is best known for his debut 1972 novel First Blood, which would later become a successful film franchise starring Sylvester Stallone More recently, he has been writing the Captain America comic books limited series The Chosen.

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  1. THE COLOR OF LAUDANUM IS RUBY It is a liquid that consists of 90 percent alcohol and 10 percent opium Its taste is bitter A Swiss German alchemist invented it in the 1500s when he discovered that opium dissolved effectively in alcohol than in water In the 1660s, an English physician refined the formula, removed impurities such as the crushed pearls and the gold leaves, and prescribed it as a medicine for headaches as well as stomach, bowel, and nervous disorders By the Victorian era, laudanum w [...]


  2. A dark, ruby red liquid that seeps into the mind and into the soul.Laudanum Although the constraints of Victorian society discouraged anyone from confessing to what was considered a failing of fortitude Thomas De Quincey, author of Confessions of an English Opium Eater , made no secret of his dependency on what was contained in that little blue bottle to subdue the pains of the head and the face But no one would be able to subdue the panic and out of control fear that escalates after a shopkeepe [...]


  3. 1854 London, Lord Palmerston in charge, under the cover of fog with a gas light as aid to see in the streets and the Hansom Cab as means of transport, a macabre scene of death unfolds David Morrell has created a story in a bygone time, a historical mystery that has truths meet together, facts in fiction This is Edgar Allen Poe visits Dickens London kind of mystery.Cholera was not the only insidious nature to visit the people but a wave of murders struck without reason A past crime, the Ratcliffe [...]


  4. Kudos need to go to David Morrell for the detailed research he must have done to write this book Not only regarding De Quincy but 1850 s London It s about time some one gave De Quincy a fair podium As far as the re enactment of the multiple murders perpetrated in this story, based on the actual murders that took place, the amount of detail supplied moved the story along at a fine pace.Some of my favorite parts of the book were the back story into the life of the antagonist, especially of his yea [...]


  5. Find the enhanced version of this and other reviews at flashlightcommentary.A few weeks ago a friend came over for dinner and seeing me sprawled out on our couch, book in hand, astutely asked what I was reading A slow smile crept across my lips as I considered my response I had to be careful I was hanging on every word of the deliciously dark historic thriller, in love with every lurid detail, but how best to explain my enthusiasm for a book on sadistic serial killer left me in a bit of fix The [...]


  6. From the author who has given the world an iconic hero we all know as Rambo based off the action novel First Blood, we have his latest Murder As a Fine Art David Morrell is an accomplished writer who has a strong following that I am happy to be a member of I haven t read any historical fiction thriller by Morrell before by I think he s done a great job at a genre I hold near and dear to my heart Murder As a Fine Art is the fictional story of Thomas De Quincey who is famous for his memoir Confess [...]


  7. I ve been a fan of David Morrell since the first time I read him, which was Double Image Murder as a Fine Art did not disappoint The research into 1854 London and before, specifically the Radcliffe Highway Murders, was excellent What wasn t true to form the author noted in his Afterword The fictional story of real life author Thomas DeQuincey and his daughter, Emily, weaved into this novel was quite good So not only was I entertained by the story and on the edge of my seat for most of it since i [...]


  8. I could not put this amazing book down I read it over a few hours, still reading it at 3am unable to put it away Full review to come.


  9. In a wordant Thomas De Quincey who wrote On Murder describing in detail the 1811 Ratcliffe Highway murders is embroiled in a series of copycat killings in 1850s London A friend told me that great historical fiction should make you want to study on the period I certainly doLoved it David Morrell truly brings 1850s London back to life


  10. This novel set in Victorian London uses Thomas De Quincey, controversial author of Confessions of an English Opium Easter and On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts as the central character in this novel De Quincey s essay, On Murder dramatised the infamous Ratcliffe Highway killings which terrorised the country in 1811, when the inhabitants of both a shop and a tavern were murdered viciously Now it is 1854 and De Quincey and his daughter, Emily, are staying in London at the request of an [...]


  11. Wow, this was a truly frustrating read for me On the one hand, I was immediately drawn into the story after the first chapter I thought it was superbly written and hit on all the notes that one would expect of a Victorian England set murder mystery Combine that with a very intriguing premise and I was all in Unfortunately, it was, save for a few action sequences, mostly downhill from there IMO.First the good as I mentioned above, this started off with a bang and I flew through the opening chapte [...]


  12. 2.5 stars.Features nuanced portrait of Thomas de Quincey, the English Opium Eater, but also non fiction intermingled with the novel I guess that s one way of preventing As you know, Bob, syndrome but it s disconcerting for the reader , and a nascent love triangle.For a further review susannagoklikes post 12.


  13. Thomas De Quincey, infamous for his memoir Confessions of an English Opium Eater, is the major suspect in a series of ferocious mass murders identical to ones that terrorized London forty three years earlier.The blueprint for the killings seems to be De Quincey s essay On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts Desperate to clear his name but crippled by opium addiction, De Quincey is aided by his devoted daughter Emily and a pair of determined Scotland Yard detectives.In Murder as a Fine Art, [...]


  14. Metus prad jau su tokiu labai anti venti ku XIX am iaus detektyvu, kuriame i sijuosus mon ms, tarp j ir k dikiams, plaktukais dau omos galvos, o tuomet perpjaunamos gerkl s, darant i viso to men Jaukumo neprideda ir tai, kad tokios mog udyst s i ties vyko XIX am iaus prad ios Londone ir knygoje tikrai daug tikr fakt , veikia joje ir tikri veik jai, i galvota tik nauja istorija, prat sianti iauri tikrov Visas tas tikros istorijos dvelksmas labai stiprus ios knygos pliusas Jis lyg neleid ia atsiri [...]


  15. Honestly, I m not entirely sure how I feel about Murder as a Fine Art I don t normally find historical fiction to be all that interesting Indeed, some of the complaints I have about the novel are in the execution of the historical details But I find myself having started this book nearly 10 hours ago captivated by the story I fear that I have neglected those who rely on me at work for having spent the entire day reading in between moments of busyness I m thankful for a partner who made dinner as [...]


  16. This was a well researched book and the author uses an actual multiple murder case from England s past to set the stage for copycat killings 43 years later He also uses a real life figure and near life long opium addict, Thomas De Quincey, as the main protagonist The story is told in third person though there are also some parts that are relayed in third person omniscient and these parts come across like the narration for a documentary on Victorian life Then there are sections that are presented [...]


  17. The historical references and the journal of Emily De Quincey were well done Morrell would please many readers by bringing these well written characters back to the page for crime solving adventures A gruesome yet fun romp through Victorian London through the eyes of The Opium Eater and his plucky daughter If they return, I will be along for the ride



  18. I wasn t sure whether to give this 4 or 5 starsAt the end of this book, Mr Morrell tells us that for two years he lived in the London of 1854 in order to fully understand it would be like to live in that time and I have to say, he weaves a fantastically detailed tapestry.Unfortunately he doesn t do it seamlessly He uses every opportunity to deliver a history lesson which isn t carefully interwoven into the story, bolted on It becomes a little tiresome at times.However, this is a wonderfully old [...]


  19. Set in 1854 London and based on the real life of Thomas De Quincy, the author of Confessions of an Opium Eater, of one of the most notorious books of the Victorian era, Murder As A Fine Art is a well researched, interesting book that doesn t quite come off as a police procedural It s just not that well written Is there reason to read it Yes, if you re intrigued by arcane information about burial procedures, how Picadilly got its name from a tailor who made a fashionable collar known as a piccadi [...]


  20. Atmospheric Dark Gripping.Morrell transports the reader to Victorian London in a manner worthy of Dickens and Wilkie Collins.Thomas DeQuincey, notorious for his confession as an opium eater, is the prime suspect when murders repeat his depiction of crimes 40 years in the past But his powers of deduction and his shockingly modern daughter soon impress Ryan and Becker, the chief investigators, and it is through his influence the killer is finally revealed.The character I most wanted to smack up al [...]


  21. Review of Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell5 stars 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 of [...]


  22. Meticulously researched, richly described, and not as hyphenated as this short review, MURDER AS A FINE ART is a worthy entry into the diverse canon of one of our most reliable writers David Morrell s historical murder mystery is definitely worth your time Also, check out THE TOTEM and FIRST BLOOD, which are both outstanding.


  23. In Victorian England someone is committing horrible mass murders patterned after similar crimes 43 years earlier Inspector Ryan, Constable Beecker, and the writer of essays on murder along with his daughter attempt to solve the puzzle preventing deaths The author addresses the moral and social conditions of the period, especially the use of opium.


  24. Review first published on BookLikes brokentuneoklikes post I love the cover of this book Murder as a Fine Art has been on my currently reading shelf for months just so I could admire the cover art.I also love the premise of Thomas De Quincey the author best known for Confessions of an English Opium Eater investigating a murder in Victorian London A premise like this just screams fun read , I thought And then I got stuck just 23% into the book.Why 1 Even though the idea behind Murder as a Fine Ar [...]


  25. I had such a flippin great time with this book From the first page, I was sucked in, and the only reason I didn t finish this one in a day is that I made myself slow down and enjoy the journey I could have taken another 300 pages and been only slightly satisfied.Set in 1854, the novel opens with the artist , a violent serial killer bent on replicating and improving upon a series of violent murders from 1811 And ew, are they grim For the police and the London public, these crimes are chilling and [...]


  26. This book delivered beyond my expectation It was a great combination of real people and events, historical facts and literary license combined with fictional characters and embellishments coming together for an intensely entertaining historical murder mystery I listened to the audio and was completely immersed in the unfolding drama as well as figuring out at first whodunit and once I learned the identity of the criminal mastermind trying to uncover just how the final details would play out to t [...]




  27. I loved this book Yeah I don t rave about books a lot but I m raving about this one It had everything to keep me captivated The atmosphere of London in the mid 1800 s, the constant dense fog with shadowy gaslights, the harsh murders that are based on real life occurrences and used as a jumping off point for these new horrific murders The two detectives who work together on this case with the help of 2 characters who are historically factual but not historically accurate with relevance to this f [...]


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