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LEGENDARY THRILLER WRITER DAVID MORRELL TRANSPORTS READERS TO THE FOGBOUND STREETS OF LONDON, WHERE A KILLER PLOTS TO ASSASSINATE QUEEN VICTORIAThe Year Is 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 NationThis 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


10 thoughts on “Inspector of the Dead

  1. says:

    In the murderer worthy to be called an artist, there rages some great storm of passion jealousy, ambition, vengeance, hatred which creates a hell within him Thomas De Quincey On the Knocking at the Gate in Macbeth I must make a full confession I read this book and wrote this review without being under the influence of laudanum There is a possibility, because I read this book completely well reasonably so sober, that I may have missed some nuances that may have made perfect sense if I had been taking nips from a bottle of opiates Please forgive my abstinence The story begins with a murder most foul Lady Cosgrove is murdered in the Church of St James in her pew without anyone seeing the murder Up and back went Lady Cosgrove s head, and now the vicar saw her mouth, but the mouth became wider and deeper and great heaven, that wasn t Lady Cosgrove s mouth No mouth was ever that wide and red It isn t just murder it is a vicious, passionate, evisceration of a human being Previous to the murder, the congregation was all a twitter people whispering to one another not tweeting about the arrival at the church of the diminutive opium eater Thomas De Quincey De Quincey might be the only author actually held hostage by a publisher until he produced a work to be published Not that we can blame the publisher De Quincey had a way of convincing one publisher to give him money for his scribbles to only turn around and sell his finished work to yet another publisher He fully intended, of course, to produce a work to pay the initial debt, but funds became desperate, and he had to rob Peter so that he could get paid by Paul The congregation, whether they be those who were sitting on the cushy seats in the locked pews up front or the ordinary people sitting on the hard seats in the rear, should have felt some kinship with De Quincey for he did confess all his sins in rather dramatic fashion with the publication of his work Confessions of an English Opium Eater Was he contrite Well, let us settle for honest He hasn t given up laudanum He has tried several times with disastrous results His daughter Emily, who takes care of him as he dodges creditors long enough to keep his pen scratching, is generally the keeper of his ystical bottle He is trapped by his addiction He is no longer able to even attempt to break its devilish hold on his soul He fingered his laudanum bottle as though it were a talisman, but the sadness of his expression made clear that the talisman had long ago lost its magic Murder is a puzzle he is very familiar with He wrote On Murder Considered one of the Fine Arts and so he knows the demons that grab hold of a man He s not just interested in ordinary murder, such as a scuffle between brothers that goes too far, or a wife bludgeoned by her husband for a perceived infidelity, or a husband with his wife s scissors in his liver No, there is no art in these murders, but murdering Lady Cosgrove in church, now there is murder as a fine art When they discover that the whole Cosgrove household from maid to husband have been killed and left in demented, ritualistic poses, De Quincey knows he has found an insane mind whose canvas is skin and whose paint is blood With the help of police detectives Ryan and Becker, De Quincey and his daughter try to unravel the mind and motivation of this vengeful killer before he manages to kill again The fear and trepidation of these brutal murders reaches to the heights of Buckingham Palace This is Victorian England, and there is an uneasy queen who has survived no less than seven assassination attempts As clues compile and De Quincey s unique logic begins to assemble the loose facts of the case, it becomes readily apparent that the murderer for his final performance must make a fiendish art of the queen herself Queen VictoriaDavid Morrell, in this second outing with this most unusual detective, has once again effortless blended fiction and fact to bring to life a period of time that may have seemed strait laced and proper on the surface, but lurking beneath the perfume and tea time at three was a world of murder and vice You might also be interested in my review of Murder as a Fine Art ReviewIf you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at


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    I understand, but as Mr De Quincey often reminds me, reality is different for different people And to view life from behind the eyes of the unbalanced must be a horrifying experience that quivers the mind with every full out scene Especially front and center the unraveling of the controlled to the state of becoming undone.David Morrell presents his second book in the Thomas De Quincey series De Quincey and his daughter, Emily, have once again been caught up in a continuous chain of murders in Victorian London This time the victims are from the upper rankings of London society which shocks those of privilege They are also assisted by their Scotland Yard companions, Detectives Becker and Ryan Since their last encounter, De Quincey and Emily, are staying at the home of Lord Palmerston who has since grown weary of De Quincey s laudanum requirement even though De Quincey had saved his life Morrell adds a bit of humor to the constant banter between the two men But there is certainly no jovial tone to the brutal murders that will lead this odd little group all the way to Queen Victoria and her husband, Albert.What lurks here is the heavy weighted reality of someone s undying flame of the passion of revenge A clever mind has scripted and designed every footplacement leading to the queen herself And who bears such hatred all the way to the monarchy, and further, why Morrell stretches that aforementioned reality here We are caught up in a world of extremely strange happenings and imaginings We must also suspend belief a bit in which the evil doer is on hyper drive This second book in the series is quite different from the first and the third, although murder is placed on the half shell and served extremely cold Morrell never lets you down with his superb writing and his flawless research of times spent in the wee hours surrounded by London fog and eerie shadows It s the stillness of the late night that gets you every time.


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    Before reading, Inspector of the Dead, I had never read a book by David Morrell I plan to read many I thoroughly enjoyed reading this second book in a series but great as a stand alone about Thomas De Quincey, a man plagued by an addiction to laudanum during a time when no one knew of such addictions and viewed dependence as a choice Most looked down on him for his intake of large doses but in truth he needed those doses to function.Being on such a drug, De Quincey was constantly questioning reality and would often question whether it existed only in our minds or outside of us He also had a knack for using this theory to solve murder mysteries by looking at the reality of situations from a completely different angle He would at times express philosophical tidbits that made me pause and go hmmm One quote I particularly liked was, There s no such thing as forgetting The inscriptions on our memories remain forever just as the stars seem to withdraw during daylight but emerge when the darkness returns As a whole, I found this book to be engaging from the start It was very well crafted at building suspense and at one point I could feel my pulse quicken The dialogue was great and far from arbitrary, it was direct and to the point never once pulling me away from the story I also found it interesting that the story would shift from third person omniscience to journals that were action filled in first person viewpoint At first the journals were tough to get into but as the book went along, I rather enjoyed the change of view.One thing that I want to point out is how I was able to both empathize and find disgust in one or two of the characters simultaneously I think it takes a very talented author to pull off such a feat The author also did a great job of unfolding information at just the perfect moments so that I was never bored or felt tricked in any way Instead, I felt as though I was part of the story, observing everything from a distance as it happened, therefore, I plan to go back and read the first book I highly recommend this book.


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    In this 2nd book in the Thomas De Quincey mystery series, the opium eater detective is on the trail of a murderer who s threatened the Queen The book can be read as a standalone This story takes place in 1850s London, just when England s government is collapsing because of the Crimean War Bizarre, horrific murders are occurring among London s elite and a message is left at each crime scene that seems to threaten the life of Queen Victoria Queen VictoriaIt soon becomes clear that the perpetrator of the crimes is seeking revenge for something that happened to his mother, father, and two sisters many years before In an effort to catch the perpetrator and protect the Queen the crimes are investigated by two amateur detectives, Thomas De Quincey the famous English opium eater and his daughter Emily and two Scotland Yard detectives, Becker and Ryan Though the team is unconventional the members work well together, with knowledge and skills that are complementary.David Morrell skillfully depicts the ambiance of London at the time, both the filth and squalor of the slums and the wealth and elegance of the ritzy neighborhoods London slumLondon ritzy neighborhoodHe also includes a good chunk of authentic London history according to his own essay at the end of the book The rich, aristocratic people of the time apparently believed that their class never committed violent crimes and consistently blamed the poor, especially the unwelcome Irish immigrants During the course of their inquiries De Quincey and Emily who have known lifelong hunger and poverty get to purchase some new duds albeit funereal wear and have dinner with the Queen and Prince Albert This is an amusing scene during which Emily, fearing she and her laudanum addicted father would be thrown out sooner rather than later tries to eat as quickly and as much as possible.For the most part, though, the story is gritty and violent, with the murderer pursuing his agenda and British nobleman literally fighting between themselves over a woman.The book alternates points of view between the murderer and the third person narrator, and contains excerpts from Emily s journal The reader, therefore, has a good idea of what s going on in everyone s mind For the first two thirds or so the book is suspenseful and compelling with plenty of action The story then reaches a climax after which it takes too many chapters to wrap up Moreover several of the story points that emerge in the final chapters are not believable, culminating in an unsatisfying ending All in all I d say this book works better for its history than its mystery.You can follow my reviews at


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    When I found out there would be another book in this series featuring the Opium Eater Thomas De Quincey, his brilliant and beautiful daughter Emily, and their Scotland Yard buddies Ryan and Becker I quickly grovelled and begged for Netgalley to provide me with a copy Inspector of the Dead begins with the death of a prominent woman in a very public place named Lady Cosgrove She is found with a note in the her pocket that reads Young England This group is known for being against the monarch hoping to someday overthrow the government As the investigation progresses, there are attacks and deaths on prominent persons in London with notes left on them naming others who have attempted to assassinate the queen Being a genius on the subject of murder as a fine art, De Quincey was able to deduce that the Queen may be the true target of all these murders.De Quincey and crew investigate past attempts as well as possible suspects We learn through their travels just how rudimentary the legal system was at that time It s people such as Becker and Ryan who suggested incorporating the many things I m sure are taken for granted Such as taking pictures of the crime scene or at least preserving the scene And gratefully Morrell doesn t allow this novel to move at a pace that makes you feel every inconvenience of being set in Victorian England I barely noticed that it would have been helpful to have a cell phone in order to tell the Queen to hide Morrell kept me glued to this novel and I enjoyed it just as much as Murder As a Fine Art The idea that not much has changed in regards to human nature to wear disguises to often times be who we aren t or to make the appearance of being important than we are Even De Quincey admits he s fallen victim to being a person who knows that his name bares weight in certain circles That is why he added the De before Quincey The suspect in this novel uses disguises to work his way into a society he didn t belong And he s pretty smart I tell ya I really dig this guy One other thing worth mentioning is that I really enjoy getting into the characters heads Emily s diary entries provide a lot depth into her character and the relationship she has with the two inspectors Ryan and Becker We also get to peer into the mind of the killer in an effort to understand what he s thinking and why he s doing what he s doing The only characters who take a backseat in this title are Becker and Ryan I would have liked from them but they aren t the stars Thomas De Quincey is He s a character based on a real man so it s interesting that Morrell has given him such depth and allows him to be likable instead of stagnant.Overall, I m a bonafide fan of this Thomas De Quincey series Inspector of the Dead is fast paced, absorbing, and just a good ol fun read Traipsing around the dark and murky corners of Victorian England is always a good time I hope David Morrell graces us with installations to this De Quincey series He is one of my favorite authors so even if there is never another Opium eater, I will definitely be reading Inspector of the Dead encourages me to see past the disguise and realize people are than they appear to be Copy provided by Mulholland Books via Netgalley


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    The story opens on a foggy late night in Victorian London A mysterious stranger is walking the streets when he is attacked by a begger The mysterious stranger makes quick work of his attacker, disarming and disabling in one swift movement He then offers the begger a hefty fee to meet him at an address for the next day Next scene, mysterious stranger is ringing the doorbell down the street and bashing in the head of the butler who answers the door This book started out so great Mystery, suspense and some great action sequencesand then we meet the cast of characters.Unfortunately the characters were pretty two dimentional and generic The villains bordered on caricature Detective Inspector Ryan and Sergeant Becker are the main investigators along with Thomas De Quincey, author and opium addict, and his daughter Emily, who assist the detectives I did not realize that this book was the second in the series, so I m still unsure how Thomas and Emily are given free reign to investigate, be privy to all confidential information and even visit Queen Victoria, several times I m also unsure of whose story this is Most of the characters are given equal billing story wise.The book was written in the third person, with occasional journal entries of Emily s, which only served to continue the story in italic print instead of regular print Any additional information we need as the reader was provided by the character, much like on a TV police procedural where a character explains step by step what and why they are doing something Occasionally when a new character was introduced, the omniscient narrator would just dive into the part of the characters backstory to fit the plot Basically, all of the writing mechanisms are all out on display here In fact, the author even gives an explanation of how he wrote the book in his foreword His personal references to emulating Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins actually made me cringe a little.The only redeemable parts of the book were the action sequences The main villain of the story dispatches his enemies like a Victorian era Jason Bourne, with inexhaustible energy and inventiveness, while running an underground organization wreaking havoc on the city Considering the author was the creator of Rambo, I would expect nothing less of the combat scenes I have not read any of Morrell s other books, so I will reserve my judgement to this book only The story was interesting enough for me to finish the book, but the writing mechanisms and tricks used made the book seem very amateurish and had me rolling my eyes often I don t think I will be exploring this series any further.


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    Find this and other reviews at was pretty excited about reading David Morrell s Inspector of the Dead Books one of the Thomas De Quincey series, Murder As A Fine Art, was one of my favorite reads of 2013 and I was eager to dive into its sequel.Like its predecessor, I quickly fell for the feel and atmosphere of the Morrell s England The dark and gritty descriptions, paired with Thomas and Emily s unconventional lifestyle make highly entertaining material and like how the backdrop emphasizes the sinister elements of the mystery at the heart of the story.Morrell takes a couple of artistic liberties, but I found them highly appropriate to the story and actually liked the references to Wilkie Collins The Moonstone I also liked how Morrell used Queen Victoria and the numerous attempts on her life as a foundation for a much darker intrigue Genuinely thrilling and impossible to put down, Inspector of the Dead is an absolute must A thoroughly satisfying read that kept me on the edge of my seat beginning to end.


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    David Morrell s sequel to Murder as a Fine Art is a thrilling, high stakes tale about murder, detective work, social class, and very much in Victorian London I found this novel even compelling than the first one Someone is killing off the elite in London, and Thomas DeQuincey and his daughter become involved in solving the mystery of who is doing this and why it s being done In fact, as each murder occurs, it becomes evident that Queen Victoria herself is going to be the ultimate target of the serial killer Written in a style that takes you back to London in the mid 1850s, Inspector of the Dead is one of the best books I ve read in a very long time David Morrell has gone from First Blood Rambo to Victorian England, and in doing so, demonstrates his wide range of creative ability with these latest novels If you enjoy mystery, suspense, beautiful prose, and an atmospheric rendering of another time and place, this is the book to read.Mark Rubinstein


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    My favorite historical mystery series and it keeps getting better Seriously, this series demonstrates how a historical mystery should be done You drop down a rabbit hole and wander around in the damp dangerous world of Victorian England The amount of research Mr Morrell must have done is staggering, yet he weaves the historical elements and the lives of real people seamlessly into a breathtaking mystery thriller without sparing one ounce of tension Several times along the way I found myself stopping to delve into the historical story lines because Morrell made them so interesting Please, someone make this into a movie or, better yet, a series.5 stars 6 stars However many just read it.


  10. says:

    Like a perfect wine I inhaled this mystery in about a week whilst frequenting my favorite coffee shop in London A star shy of 5 stars only because of the ending it felt like a circus trick and was not believable, in my view.