#Blogtour – Wednesday 27th June
Welcome to my stop on this fantastic, thrilling blogtour. Many thanks go to the Blog Host, Rachels Random Resources for inviting me on the tour and the author who brought this story to life, R. N. Morris
A big thanks also goes to Netgalley for providing me with a copy of the book for review.
The time period setting in this book teamed with the dramatic, mysterious subject helped to make this an enjoyable and interesting read.
Before I tell you more about this book, lets see a little bit about the author.
About the Author
R. N. Morris
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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About the Book
The Red Hand of Fury
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 …?
UK amazon (kindle)https://www.amazon.co.uk/Red-Hand-Fury-pre-World-historical-ebook/dp/B07CWWQLLR/
US amazon (kindle) – https://www.amazon.com/Red-Hand-Fury-pre-World-historical-ebook/dp/B07CWWQLLR/
If I was to have one complaint about this book, it would be that I hadn’t realised that this was the latest in a series of books including the same character. And although it has been read in the wrong order, I am 100% committed to obtaining the other books so I can read more about this very intriguing detective inspector.
Saying that, this reads very well as a standalone story.
Silas Quinn is a detective inspector based in London 1914 and I knew from the outset that I would enjoy reading about him. Although complicated and damaged, he is still very much fascinating. I felt the pain he experienced as he dove deeper into the case, the writing flowed wonderfully and I believed in Quinn’s character as his presence took shape on the pages in front of me. The almost grotesque way in which mental health was dealt with back in these times was harrowing to read, but it was handled very well.
I also liked the character interaction; particularly liking the dialogue between his colleagues, Macadam and Inchball. If anything, the banter between them helped to create a jovial element at times, which stopped the book from coming across as too sombre.
The style of this book is beautifully crafted; I love the fact that it is based in a past era and that the story has an almost ‘Sherlock Holmes’ feel to it. Although I love all genres, I have to admit that Crime Thrillers are one of my favourites. I love a gritty read, something that can pull me in from the very first page and this book did that. Reading about the gruesome details of the suspicious suicides had me lapping up every word. Although the scenes were difficult to read at times, they were delivered in a way that had me believing every single word. The story flowed quickly and I found myself not wanting to put it down until I had read it thoroughly. It was a very compelling and absorbing read.
Author, Morris has created an exceptionally intelligent, yet damaged character; someone who is also very likeable and believable. The story flowed really well and I lapped up each word as I wanted to know where the story took me. I was not disappointed with the climax of this book at all and I am just holding on to the hope that this is not the last that we will hear from Silas Quinn.
I would recommend this series to anyone who likes a good crime thriller. I have already added the first books in this series into my TBR list – I look forward to seeing more of Silas Quinn’s character.
4 out of 5 Stars
If you would like to hear more from people who have read this book, see my fellow bloggers who have taken part in this blogtour.
Thanks for reading my review…
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