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The Darker Arts

Oscar de Muriel

4 Reviews

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Crime & mystery

Imagine a Victorian Jonathan Creek: find history and mystery in this fiendishly clever and compelling locked-room puzzle.

Madame Katerina, Detective 'Nine Nails' McGray's most trusted clairvoyant, hosts a seance for three of Edinburgh's wealthiest families.

The following morning everyone is found dead, with Madame Katerina being the only survivor. When questioned she alleges a tormented spirit killed the families for revenge.

McGray, even though he believes her, must find a rational explanation that holds up in court, else Katerina will be sentenced to death.

Inspector Ian Frey is summoned to help, which turns out to be difficult as he is still dealing with the loss of his uncle, and has developed a form of post-traumatic stress (not yet identified in the 19th century).

This seems an impossible puzzle. Either something truly supernatural has occurred - or a fiendishly clever plot is covering a killer's tracks...

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Praise for The Darker Arts

  • 'A hugely entertaining Victorian mystery' - New York Times

  • 'Properly creepy and Gothic' - Ian Rankin

  • 'A brilliant mix of horror, history, and humour. Genuinely riveting with plenty of twists, this will keep you turning the pages. It's clever, occasionally frightening and superbly written ... Everything you need in a mystery thriller' - Crime Review

  • It's official: I am addicted to Frey and McGray - Christopher Fowler, author of the Bryant and May series

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