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The Dark Palace (A Silas Quinn Mystery) Hardcover – 16 Jan 2014

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Creme de la Crime; First World Publication edition (16 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780290594
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780290591
  • Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 14.9 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,155,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ruth Rendell fans open to stories set a century ago will be well satisfied." Publishers Weekly Starred Review "The story line is fascinating" Library Journal "At once fascinating and repelling, this is a gripping read but not one for the fainthearted or easily spooked." Booklist "Quinn's third case, which anticipates cinema verite by nearly a century, benefits greatly from Morris' colorful period-flavor prose." Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

R N Morris is the author of the highly-acclaimed St Petersburg historical crime series featuring detective Porfiry Petrovich from Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment. He lives in north London with his wife and two children.


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By J. Lesley TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 Mar. 2014
Format: Hardcover
This was the first novel I've read by R. N. Morris and I absolutely couldn't stop reading this story. Dark, somber, grim, yes, but I still became almost addicted to this fascinating world. To begin with, I had no idea I would be reading such a wonderfully crafted story; the prose was lyrical, many of the descriptions made me want to jot them down on a notepad, and the characters were all so vividly drawn they made me feel as if I knew them. Detective Inspector Silas Quinn of the Special Crimes Department fits perfectly into this darkly portrayed tale of how the Metropolitan Police Force was utilized by the Admiralty to keep track of possible German spies in England as war hovers on the horizon. The year of 1914 plays into the atmospheric scene so well because there is just enough modern technology (automobiles, telephones, and cinema houses) to make the action interesting and yet these advances are still relatively new so they are not taken for granted by anyone.

I can tell from this plot that there have been other stories in the series and it is obvious that Quinn has something of a reputation with his soubriquet being Quick-Fire Quinn of the Yard. He was such a moody, almost grim character and yet I liked him. Some explanations and references were made to his past, but I would imagine it is the kind of thing where you gather one nugget at a time from each succeeding book. This story deals quite remarkably with eyes. Metaphorically and realistically the eye is what plays the central role in this story. In conjunction with roles being played, the infant cinema industry is the pivotal force behind the deaths which happen in this story and those deaths are described in quite a bit of detail.
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Format: Hardcover
Thank you for the review copy via netgalley.

April, 1914. Against his better judgement, Detective Inspector Silas Quinn is attending the premiere of the new motion picture by notorious Austrian film-maker Konrad Waechter. But the glamorous event is interrupted by the piercing screams of a young woman in the street outside. She has been viciously mutilated in a horrific attack which eerily echoes a macabre act of violence in Waechter’s film.

So the third book featuring Silas Quinn – and once again a dark atmospheric tale with an intriguing premise and a wonderfully beautiful writing style meant I read this pretty much in one sitting – well two if you want to be pedantic – and certainly its my favourite so far.

Along with Detective Sergeant Macadam and Sergeant Inchball, Silas is soon drawn into a shadowy world behind the burgeoning success of cinema – and finds out how easily appearances can be deceptive..

Some of this will not be for the faint hearted (especially if like me you have a thing about EYES) but its a haunting addictive read that takes you back to another era. Silas Quinn himself is an interesting character and I was pleased to see him “fleshed out” even more in this instalment, as we follow along with him and a great supporting cast. See what I did there?

All in all a great read and I would recommend it for lovers of Crime Fiction with a historical aspect and a taste for modern “noir”.

Happy Reading Folks!
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By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Jan. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the third Silas Quinn mystery, following on from "Summon Up the Blood" and "The Mannequin House." Having enjoyed the two previous novels, I was very excited about reading this and I am pleased to say that I was not disappointed.

The year is 1914 and Quinn is back in charge of the Special Crimes Department, ably aided by Detective Sergeant Macadam and Sergeant Inchball. War is looming and they are given the task of keeping an eye out for German spies. When Inchball suggests they stake out a German barbershop that he feels is suspicious, Macadam is eager to utilise his new recording equipment. It is the early days of `kinema' and Quinn is invited to the premiere of a new film by Austrian director Konrad Waechter, starring the beautiful Mademoiselle Eloise. Quinn finds the film shocking and he is even more disturbed when a young woman is found horribly injured after the premiere - her eye gouged from its socket, in a manner similar to that which occurred in the film.

Before long, Quinn is involved in a series of deaths which are linked to the fledgling film industry. Those involved may appear to be famous, rich, beautiful and glamorous, but he is quickly disillusioned by what he discovers - debt, deceit and blackmail. As he begins to try to uncover what is at the heart of a disturbing series of crimes, we also learn more about Quinn as a man. The author has deftly woven a whole cast of interesting characters around Quinn, including people who live in the same boarding house and those he works with. Although Quinn is a great detective, he is nervous and unsure about women and you feel for him as he suffers unrequited adoration for the aloof Miss Latterly, secretary to Sir Edward Henry, and is unable to see when women are attracted to him. This is an atmospheric and enjoyable read and Quinn a character whose adventures I look forward to following.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, for review.
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Format: Hardcover
Set just before the 1st World war, tension is high regarding German spies. Detective Inspector Silas Quinn and his two sergeants Macadam and Inchball are given the task of identifying these spies but with very little to go on. The previous two reviewers have covered the plot very well, so I'll suffice it to say it's all abut eyes!
The Austrian film director with his film The eyes of the beholder. The woman attacked near the premier of this film, who seems to have had an eye removed! The actress/prostitute who is murdered and an eye removed! The billiard ball sent to Lord Dunwich wth an eye painted on it! The playing card with an eye removed! The eyes of the women that Quinn coverts!
Quinn is sarcastic and very quick to use his revolver and is known as quick fire Quinn!
The only other book I have read by this author is one of his Porfiry Petrovich series. This is a different departure but good nontheless. I shall look forward to reading more of Silas Quinn. Read my full review on the Euro-crime website.
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