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Fever of the blood, Oscar de Muriel

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Fever of the blood
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Fever of the blood
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Oscar de Muriel
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eng
Summary
A spellbinding concoction of crime, history and horror - perfect for fans of Sherlock Holmes and Jonathan Creek. New Year's Day, 1889. In Edinburgh's lunatic asylum, a patient escapes as a nurse lays dying. Leading the manhunt are legendary local Detective 'Nine-Nails' McGray and Londoner-in-exile Inspector Ian Frey. Before the murder, the suspect was heard in whispered conversation with a fellow patient - a girl who had been mute for years. What made her suddenly break her silence? And why won't she talk again? Could the rumours about black magic be more than superstition? McGray and Frey track a devious psychopath far beyond their jurisdiction, through the worst blizzard in living memory, into the shadow of Pendle Hill - home of the Lancashire witches - where unimaginable danger awaits
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  • A bleak, creepy setting (winter in Victorian Edinburgh and Lancashire); an escaped lunatic, his poisoned nurse left for dead in his room; and inexplicable events that hint at the work of supernatural powers very nearly make the paranormal believable to doggedly pragmatic Inspector Ian Frey. His boss, Nine-Nails McGray, who already knows the subtle powers of legend and spell, compulsively pursues evil in all its guises, human or not, dragging a sputtering Frey along despite his objections. Forcibly committed to the asylum in 1882, Lord Joel Ardglass flees captivity seven years later, and dashes off into the night. But as the detectives get closer to catching him, a powerful unknown force aligns against them. This sequel to Strings of Murder (2016) strays into melodrama and far-fetched motives, but readers will be hard-pressed to stop turning pages once the chase begins. Through his characters, the author explores the definition of insanity and its effect on families and society. Victor LaValle’s characters in The Devil in Silver (2012) likewise straddle the line between sanity and lunacy, while Alex Grecian’s The Black Country (2013) evinces a similar shocking, cold atmosphere. -- Baker, Jen (Reviewed 3/1/2017) (Booklist, vol 113, number 13, p42)
  • Inspectors Ian Frey and "Nine Nails" McGray are called to the local asylum in the middle of the night in this second installment of the historical detective series set in late 19th-century Edinburgh, Scotland. One of the nurses is dying of strychnine poisoning, though many believe that she was cursed by witches. McGray is a bitter alcoholic in charge of the two-man police department (referred to as "The Elucidation of Unsolved Cases Presumably Related to the Odd and Ghostly") and haunted by his sister's madness and incarceration at the asylum. Frey, a sharply dressed Londoner in exile, attempts to forget that his fiancée left him to marry his brother. The men are a mismatched duo, and teens will appreciate their darkly amusing verbal give-and-take, which drives much of the plot. As McGray and Frey investigate the poisoning, they learn of an ancient curse by a coven of witches, all of whom may still be alive. This chilling foray into insanity, vengeance, and the power of suggestion is full of nonstop action, with plenty of plot twists to keep readers guessing. VERDICT Give this volume to teens who enjoy a soupçon of madness with their mysteries. Fans of Justine Larbalestier's My Sister Rosa or Arthur Conan Doyle's "Sherlock Holmes" tales will appreciate this one.—Gretchen Crowley, formerly at Alexandria City Public Library, VA --Staff (Reviewed 12/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 12, p115)
  • /* Starred Review */ Murder, potions, curses, an asylum, a devastating snowstorm, and late-Victorian manners and morals—all figure in 
			de Muriel’s delicious witches’ brew of a mystery, the worthy sequel to 2016’s well-received The Strings of Murder. In this outing, the mismatched detectives Insp. Ian Frey and Adolphus “Nine Nails” McCray—“a lanky Londoner who fancies himself a duke, travelling with a scruffy Scotsman who wears ridiculous clothes,” as one character puts it—chase an escapee from an asylum who has poisoned his nurse with strychnine. The duo start in Edinburgh and end on the desolate moor of Pendle Hill, infamous home of the real-life Lancashire witches, who were executed in the 17th century. The well-paced and suspenseful plot hurtles readers through a centuries-old conspiracy coming to a head in 1883, marked by eerie questions of occult powers. But the most impressive aspect of the novel is its detailed, vivid characters, driven by powerful emotions and full of surprises. Agent: Maggie Hanbury, Hanbury Agency (U.K.). (Apr.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 02/06/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 06, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ In 1889, Lord Joel Ardglass escapes from Edinburgh's lunatic asylum. He is known informally as Lord Bampot, which is Scottish slang for idiot.He may have committed a murder, so inspectors Adolphus "Nine-Nails" McGray and Ian Frey search for him. There's a clever plot and no shortage of twists and turns, but the colorful characters are what make this novel such a pleasure. Frey narrates—he's a British CID assisting the Commission for the Elucidation of Unsolved Cases Presumably Related to the Odd and Ghostly. McGray is "a scruffy Scotsman who wears ridiculous clothes" and lost the ring finger on his right hand, earning him his nickname. The two don't always get along—Frey calls McGray "the witchcraft-nonsense expert" and a "filthy…sheep-offal-stuffed…hare-brained Scot!" The detectives chase Ardglass on an eventful train ride and survive poisoning by foxglove. Frey is covered in a foul substance from a witch's bottle, and a "middle-aged lady with a plumed hat glared at [him] as if faced with a tray of manure." They encounter horribly contorted poisoning victims and never touch the bottled frog McGray says is "so poisonous ye'd die from touching it with yer fingertip." Throughout, they try to puzzle out the meaning of "marigold," written amid a page of scribblings. "The worst thing you can do to yourselves is find it out," Frey hears. The Scot's colorful voice pops off the page as he gets the best lines: challenged about his investigation, McGray barks, "Doing my job, ye stinking hag." About the upper class, "these people only marry commoners to avoid harelip." He wants to capture Ardglass alive, but it's a mission fraught with peril. "If ye live through this," he tells Frey, "ye might have a future writing tacky novels." More fun than a plateful of haggis: a delightful read.(Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2017)
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10559505
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Muriel, Oscar de
Dewey number
823.9/2
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no index present
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non fiction
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True
Series statement
Frey and McGray novels
Series volume
0002
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  • Police
  • Murder
  • Edinburgh (Scotland)
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Fever of the blood, Oscar de Muriel
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rdacarrier
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
20 cm
Extent
419 pages
Isbn
9780718179847
Isbn Type
(softcover)
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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MYSTERY
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(OCoLC)918931844
Label
Fever of the blood, Oscar de Muriel
Publication
Copyright
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
20 cm
Extent
419 pages
Isbn
9780718179847
Isbn Type
(softcover)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
MYSTERY
System control number
(OCoLC)918931844

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