Monday, 2 July 2018

Blog Tour / Book Musings - The Red Hand of Fury by RN Morris

London, June 1914. A young man is mauled to death at London Zoo after deliberately climbing into the bear pit. Shortly afterwards, another young man leaps to his death from the notorious Suicide Bridge. Two seemingly unconnected deaths – and yet there are similarities.

Following a third attempted suicide, Detective Inspector Silas Quinn knows he must uncover the link between the three men if he is to discover what caused them to take their own lives. The one tangible piece of evidence is a card found in each of the victims’ possession, depicting a crudely-drawn red hand. What does it signify? To find the answers, Quinn must revisit his own dark past. But can he keep his sanity in the process …?

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My Musings :

This was a refreshing read inspite of being  a crime mystery. I say refreshing because it's break for me from the contemporary time frame. I really enjoyed reading and getting into the 1914 time.

I absolutely misjudged the characters! At the beginning itself I was so sure I knew the killer but as the story unfolded, it took a few twists and turns which disabused me of my certainty. Was I so wrong? But the revealing of the clever antagonist kept me at the edge all the time. And Silas's actions had me horrified and mesmerised at the same time.

Speaking of characters, all of them are crisp and well written. I especially was intrigued by the detective's depth and past. The way he reasoned it out wasn't outrageous but he was a tiny bit obsessed with it. The story line is plotted out well with sufficient angles to please the reader. The time period was also interesting with the various side lines of conflict which kept me going forward with the read easily.

Only negative thing was that I felt kind of let down at the end. I built it up to be a totally different scenario in my mind. So I deflated at the end. But this doesn't mean I didn't the book. On the contrary, I quite enjoyed it and Silas has me interested in his future dealings.

I received a copy voluntarily for reviewing purposes. This doesn't impact my review in any way.

My one line review : A quite well plotted crime mystery with crisp characters.

My rating : 4.5/5

My reread factor : 3/5

Author Bio – 

R. N. Morris is the author of eight historical crime novels. His first, A Gentle Axe, was published by Faber and Faber in 2007. Set in St Petersburg in the nineteenth century, it features Porfiry Petrovich, the investigating magistrate from Dostoevsky’s great novel, Crime and Punishment. The book was published in many countries, including Russia. He followed that up with A Vengeful Longing, which was shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger. A Razor Wrapped in Silk came next, followed by The Cleansing Flames, which was nominated for the Ellis Peters Historical Novel Dagger. The Silas Quinn series of novels, set in London in 1914, began with Summon Up The Blood, followed by The Mannequin House, The Dark Palace and now The Red Hand of Fury, published on 31 March, 2018.

Taking Comfort is a standalone contemporary novel, written as Roger Morris. He also wrote the libretto to the opera When The Flame Dies, composed by Ed Hughes.

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