The year is 1855. The Crimean War is raging. The incompetence of British commanders causes the fall of the English government. The Empire teeters. Amid this crisis comes opium-eater Thomas De Quincey, one of the most notorious and brilliant personalities of Victorian England. Along with his irrepressible daughter, Emily, and their Scotland Yard companions, Ryan and Becker, De Quincey finds himself confronted by an adversary who threatens the heart of the nation.
This killer targets members of the upper echelons of British society, leaving with each corpse the name of someone who previously attempted to kill Queen Victoria. The evidence indicates that the ultimate victim will be Victoria herself.
I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Let me start by saying, I loved this novel!
Inspector of the Dead follows Thomas De Quincey (the “opium-eater”), along with his daughter and two detectives as they try to solve a series of murders plaguing British society. The mystery behind the murders thickens as they may be practice to get to Queen Victoria.
It has been a while since I found a mystery that I really go into, but once I started this novel, I was hooked. I did not read the first book in this series (Murder as a Fine Art) but found that Inspector of the Dead did well as a stand-alone. Morrell provided enough background information about the characters, that I didn’t feel lost.
Each character in this novel had their own voice and personality, especially the main character Thomas De Quincey. Readers got a glimpse of that fine line between genius and insanity. Morrell wrote events in the novel at a fast pace. As the stakes grew higher, the plot increased in intensity and as a reader, I was buzzing through the pages.
As I said before, I was enthralled by this book. Although I did figure out who our villain was before the reveal, the motive was grander than I imagined.
Check out this series, it will be worth it.