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The Mannequin House (Silas Quinn Mysteries) Hardcover – 12 Dec 2012

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Creme de la Crime (12 Dec. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780290381
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780290386
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 2.5 x 21.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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"Entertaining and engaging"
Booklist on The Mannequin House

" Morris excels at heart breaking scenes of pain and violence, imbuing a classic whodunit plot with emotion and psychological depth."
Publishers Weekly Starred Review of The Mannequin House

"A nifty period whodunit packed with flamboyant characters and brisk dialogue"
Kirkus Reviews on The Mannequin House

"" Morris excels at heart breaking scenes of pain and violence, imbuing a classic whodunit plot with emotion and psychological depth.""
Publishers Weekly Starred Review of The Mannequin House

""A nifty period whodunit packed with flamboyant characters and brisk dialogue""
Kirkus Reviews on The Mannequin House

Entertaining and engaging
Booklist on The Mannequin House"

""Morris excels at heart breaking scenes of pain and violence, imbuing a classic whodunit plot with emotion and psychological depth.""
Publishers Weekly Starred Reviewof The Mannequin House"

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By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 April 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is the second Silas Quinn mystery (the first being Summon Up The Blood: Silas Quinn Mystery Series, Book 1). The book is set in London, 1914, where Silas Quinn is head of the Special Crimes Department, aided by the wonderfully named Sergeant Inchball and Sergeant Macadam. Quinn has been warned that there have been too many deaths in his investigations and another officer will be brought in if there are any more 'accidents'. Before long, Quinn is embroiled in a new investigation, which requires a certain amount of tact and diplomacy, as it involves the prestigious House of Blackley department store.

Benjamin Blackley, the self made son of a farm labourer, rules the House of Blackley like his own personal fiefdom. When one of the young mannequin's is found dead in the boarding house she shares with the other beautiful, young models, Quinn is sent to investigate her death. He finds DCI Coddington already there and it is soon apparent that the other man is hoping to take Quinn's job, but it is questionable whether he has the skill needed to solve such a difficult case. Amelie was found strangled with nobody in the locked room but a pet monkey. However, it soon becomes apparent that everyone involved is either lying or holding something back. Did Mr Blackley treat the young girls at the mannequin house as his personal harem and how far are his employees willing to go to cover up for him? With a great setting and characters, family feuds, jealousy among the girls and Quinn's personal life becoming more involved in the plot, I enjoyed this even more than the first book in this series and look forward to the next Silas Quinn mystery.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars 13 May 2017
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just okay.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mannequin House 7 April 2013
By S Riaz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the second Silas Quinn mystery (the first being Summon Up The Blood (Silas Quinn)). The book is set in London, 1914, where Silas Quinn is head of the Special Crimes Department, aided by the wonderfully named Sergeant Inchball and Sergeant Macadam. Quinn has been warned that there have been too many deaths in his investigations and another officer will be brought in if there are any more 'accidents'. Before long, Quinni is embroiled in a new investigation, which requires a certain amount of tact and diplomacy, as it involves the prestigious House of Blackley department store.

Benjamin Blackley, the self made son of a farm labourer, rules the House of Blackley like his own personal fiefdom. When one of the young mannequin's is found dead in the boarding house she shares with the other beautiful, young models, Quinn is sent to investigate her death. He finds DCI Coddington already there and it is soon apparent that the other man is hoping to take Quinn's job, but it is questionable whether he has the skill needed to solve such a difficult case. Amelie was found strangled with nobody in the locked room but a pet monkey. However, it soon becomes apparent that everyone involved is either lying or holding something back. Did Mr Blackley treat the young girls at the mannequin house as his personal harem and how far are his employees willing to go to cover up for him? With a great setting and characters, family feuds, jealousy among the girls and Quinn's personal life becoming more involved in the plot, I enjoyed this even more than the first book in this series and look forward to the next Silas Quinn mystery.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a Sherlock who is a little more emotional and doubtful 9 Sept. 2013
By Philip J. Herman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This second book of the Silas Quinn murder mystery series is profound, complicated, colorful, atmospheric, and satisfying. I wish the book was twice as long. It is easy to relate to this main character. He is awkward with women, has problems with his bosses, has less power than he needs, doesn't sleep well, and has problems receiving enough respect. But he also has 2 helpful and supportive detectives, a nice landlady, and a sometimes supportive boss. And a good deductive mind and good memory. He also has one of the first cars in 1914 London. This second installment focuses on a giant store and it's charismatic owner and chief salesman. The models who model the clothes for the upscale clients are called mannequins, hence the title being the house in which the mannequins live. The murder mystery starts with a locked-room murder involving a monkey. So Mr. Morris has evoked AC Doyle and Poe all at once, and the detectives reference Sherlock Holmes more than once, all of which makes for great entertainment. I just love these characters and this series and I hope that R. N. Morris can continue to craft emotional and ingenious stories starring Silas Quinn.
5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric and dreamlike 4 July 2016
By Biblio Phile - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This, the second in the Silas Quinn series, is somewhat less dark than the first but retains the awesome, absorbing, all-enveloping sense of time and place. Morris is developing a "quinn-tessential" literary antihero whose own failings take on aspects of a fallen angel, his sins almost sacred when compared to the base sordidness of the system and world he seeks within for meaning closure.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mannequin House 19 May 2016
By Greenwood - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The story started off strong but the longer it went the more slow paced it became. At times the police inspector seemed depressed and given to making sermons to suspects that had nothing to do with the case.
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