The Strings of Murder – Oscar De Muriel

I was sent the strings of murder by Penguin in return for review, however this doesn’t effect my review or my opinion.

strings of murder

The Strings of Murder is a murder mystery novel set in 1888 Edinburgh (Victorian era)

A virtuoso violinist is brutally killed in his home. Black magic symbols cover the walls. The dead man’s maid swears she heard three musicians playing before the murder.
But with no way in or out of the locked practice room, the puzzle makes no sense…
Fearing a national panic over a copycat Ripper, Scotland Yard sends Inspector Ian Frey to investigate under the cover of a fake department specializing in the occult. However, Frey’s new boss – Detective ‘Nine-Nails’ McGray – actually believes in such nonsense.

Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 407
GoodReads Avg. Rating: 3.83
My rating: 3.5 – 4 stars (I can’t decide!)

First of can I just say… cover art.. A*. It really fits the story well as it has an old fashioned and elegant feel to it.

The strings of murder is the first book in a new crime series following Inspector Frey, a high born gentleman trying to mark his name on the world and do something worthwhile with his life.

The first thing I noticed I liked about this book is the way the setting was described. It gave the book a really eerie and suspenseful feel to it, which definitely contributed to the overall plot. I found it really interesting to read a book set in the Victorian era, and would recommend this to anyone who is looking for their next Victorian read.

I also loved the characters relationships in this, especially the on going banter between Frey and McGrey, it’s exactly the kind of relationship you want when between two crime solving partners. The character development was also something I found interesting, as it’s the first in a series there are a lot of characters your introduced to and each of these characters has such a unique personality,

This book is set to come out on the 12th of February, and if your looking for a good crime/mystery/historical fiction novel, then this is the one for you. As for me, I can’t wait for the next in the series.

Thanks for reading

Jess xxx

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